Monday, January 4, 2016

The Newsmakers--A 2016 Must-Read

I’m really excited about this first book in my “2016 Must-Read” series.  Lis Wiehl is a favorite author of mine, and I felt that her background in law made her Mia Quinn series a cut above many others in the mystery genre.  In the same way, I feel that her experience as a Fox News contributor has made this new book something special, too.  The Newsmakers is written in the same vein as the Mia Quinn novels, except it explores crimes from a media point of view rather than legal.

Erica Sparks has just landed her dream job with a major news network.  She has moved to New York City, leaving her eight-year-old daughter behind.  Her dream is to make it big, and bring Jenny to live with her.  She lands a major story her first day on the job, and while setting up to interview Duchess Catherine, she witnesses a terrible tragedy, and catches it on film.  It’s just the break she needs for her career to take off.  But the more she investigates the incident, the more suspicious she becomes.  Only a few weeks later she is interviewing another important figure, when a second tragedy occurs.  Now she’s convinced that something more sinister is going on.  She asks a colleague to help with her investigation, and he’s attacked and nearly killed.  Erica realizes that her life is in danger, and as she delves deeper into the investigation, she begins to fear for her daughter’s life as well.  She can’t deny the feelings developing between her and her producer, Greg, but she has no idea who is involved in the conspiracy, and is afraid to trust him.  In a spine-tingling finish, Erica must expose a murderous plot to save not only her life, but many others in the midst of a terrible hurricane. 

Why it’s a must-read:

This book is great on so many levels. Ms. Wiehl writes realistic characters that readers can relate to.  Erica is far from perfect, and she’ trying to hold it all together, and leave her mistakes in her past.  She hopes to rebuild her daughter’s trust in her and make a new life for them.  I like that she isn’t portrayed as a perfect woman who has it all together!  The portrayal of the owner of the new TV station is spot-on as well.  So many young geniuses are making it rich and starting dream companies these days, and here’s one who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.  And of course every book needs a dashing love interest like Greg to make things interesting!

In addition to the wonderful characters, this book has as awesome plotline.  The story builds to a climax that will truly leave you on the edge of your seat.  You’ll be biting your nails along with Erica while trying to figure out who is behind all the terrible things that are happening, and how many of her new “friends” are involved. 

In true Lis Wiehl fashion, this book is meticulously researched and well-developed.  This book is on my must-read list because I feel that it will be enjoyable to lovers of many different genres.  It is action-packed and exciting, but has no language or scenes that I found offensive.  It’s a clean read, but won’t leave you with that feeling that something is missing like many Christian thrillers. 

The final scene of this book seems to indicate that a sequel is forthcoming, and I can only hope it’s true!  If you’ve never read Lis Wiehl’s books before, this is the place to start!  You won’t be disappointed!

Happy Reading!


I received an advance galley of this book in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own and a favorable review was not required.  Look for The Newsmakers on or around January 5, 2016.

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