Suspenseful and timely: "The Candidate" by Lis Wiehl
Top-rated cable news host Erica Sparks has found great success working for GNN, but knows she needs to keep working harder than ever if her show is going to post higher ratings and her position is going to be further secured. With the next presidential election looming, Erica sets out to cover the candidates hoping to secure the next presidential win. But a sudden tragedy soon finds Erica investigating whether candidate Mike Ortiz and his wife Celeste are all they seem to be, or whether there is a layer of darkness hiding from the public's view. Erica's search for the truth soon finds her very life, and those she loves, at risk.
"The Candidate" is another edge-of-your seat thriller from Wiehl that is set at a break-neck pace. It was very difficult to put this book down, and the timing of this novel's release when there is a real-life presidential election underway in the USA makes the book all the more intriguing. Authors Wiehl and Stuart have offered up plenty of twists and turns that will keep readers guessing as they seek to figure out who is is in control and what exactly is going on. The book is written with a dark tone permeating the novel, and some readers unused to the subject matter may be turned off by the violence. However, as I typically enjoy suspense books, I found the scenes handled with an appropriate touch. And what I quite like about this book is that in the middle of all of the action, the authors are exploring Erica's relationship with her daughter, adding a complexity to the story as their relationship and the choices Erica makes add a whole other danger to the story. From start to finish, I found myself to be thoroughly entertained!
All in all, those who enjoy suspense books are going to want to pick up a copy of The Candidate. I enjoyed it even more than the first book in the series! I award the novel a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
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