A nail-biting story: The Newsmakers by Lis Wiehl

TV reporter Erica Sparks has left behind the mistakes of her past, and is determined to find her niche in the world of big-time broadcasting. When she lands a dream job with media corporation GNN, she sets out to be the best investigative journalist she can be. Her very first assignment results in her witnessing and reporting on a tragedy that puts her en route to stardom. But when a second news scoop makes her a nation-wide household name, she can't decide if things seem to be too coincidental or she's simply been at the right place at the right time. As Erica starts tracking down the truth of what happened, she realizes that nothing is as it seems, and that standing up for justice may cost her everything.

Lis Wiehl and Sebastian Stuart have teemed up to write a nail-biting story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. An ominous undertone pervades the story, and as a lover of suspense books I can say that the plot itself is riveting! However, for the first time ever I have found a Wiehl novel to be written in a present tense that I simply couldn't wrap my mind around as it just felt awkward to read. In fact, every so often I'd be in the midst of an action-packed chapter when things would grind to a halt because the writing would be so jarring. There are also a couple of places where the language is a bit edgy for Christian fiction. And, while Erica certainly has qualities to admire, she seems to have no qualms about her desires to be intimate with her producer at the network, Greg. While the story may just be reflecting the reality of our world today, I do expect more from a publisher of Christian fiction. So, while there was much I loved about the story as it is my favourite genre and the suspense side of things was top-notch, I didn't find the writing - or the content - up to Wiehl's usual standards.

I mildly recommend this book and award it 3 out of 5 stars.

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 about the author...

Lis W. Wiehl

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Lis Wiehl is a New York Times best-selling author, Harvard Law School graduate, and former federal prosecutor. A popular legal analyst and commentator for the Fox News Channel, Wiehl appears on The O'Reilly Factor and Imus in the Morning, and was co-host with Bill O'Reilly on the radio for seven years.