Title: The Catch
Author: Taylor Stevens
Release Date: July 15, 2014
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Munroe has been hiding out in Djibouti, working as an interpreter, when she’s forced into a bad situation: filling in for an injured crewman on a ship traveling in Somalian waters. When that ship is hijacked by pirates, Munroe manages to get away, but she realizes things don’t quite add up and embarks on her most dangerous mission yet to understand what happened that night.
The fourth book in the Vanessa Michael Munroe series returns to Africa, with an amazingly detailed and rich setting, fascinating main character, and twisty story. Thriller fans shouldn’t miss this one.
Vanessa Michael Munroe is really one of the best, most interesting characters in the thriller genre. She’s smart, resourceful, adaptable, and can turn any situation around to achieve her own ends. She’s not invulnerable though, and that shows in The Catch. Injured and alone, she ends up second guessing many of her decisions and thinking longingly at the peace she left behind for this new life. The character of Munroe is developed further in this novel, and it’s great to see.
The story of The Catch is fascinating; it focuses on politics in Somalia and Kenya, two countries that aren’t often written about in mainstream literature. Though Somali pirates are at the center of the novel, Stevens takes care to not make her story seem ripped from the headlines. She gives the complicated situation its proper context and fills the novel with fascinating details about the way things work. She also paints her settings with vivid detail, giving the narrative a lot of local flavor.
The Catch is certainly twisty, taking the reader in new and unexpected directions on every page. If you’re a thriller fan and you haven’t read any of Taylor Stevens’ novels, you’re missing out on a complex main character and some fascinating stories that delve into unique situations and issues. This was a great read, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Munroe does next.
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