The Newsmakers

The NewsmakersThe Newsmakers by Lis Wiehl, Sebastian Stuart
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Published by Thomas Nelson on January 19, 2016
Pages: 352
Also by this author: Lethal Beauty

 

Erica Sparks came from humble beginnings and through hard work began climbing the difficult career ladder of an investigative reporter.  But poor choices stemming from an addiction derailed her plans and forced her to start again.  Now Nylan Hastings, founder of upstart Global News Network, has offered her a position at his New York station and the possibilities seem endless, especially when news seems to find her.  However, success comes with some challenges she never anticipated, not the least of which is the threat to her life.  Will Erica be able to under cover the truth at the heart of the stories that launched her to stardom in time to stop future tragedies?

The Newsmakers’ plot is intriguing, but unfortunately too much is given away in the back cover blurb.

I generally enjoy Lis Wiehl’s novels.  Her strong female leads combined with intriguing mysteries and strong suspense make for a great evening of entertainment.  However, The Newsmakers didn’t quite work for me the way her prior novels have.  I didn’t really click with Erica nor was I captured by the suspense in this book.  The plot is intriguing, but unfortunately too much is given away in the back cover blurb.  So while this is a quick and easy read, it isn’t quite as enjoyable as some of Lis’ other books.

One of the highlights of Lis’ books tends to be her strong female characters.  They’re hard working women who have struggles, but persevere though those challenges.

One of the highlights of Lis’ books tends to be her strong female characters.  They’re hard working women who have struggles, but persevere though those challenges.  While Erica has of these same characteristics, she doesn’t feel authentic.  Some of her choices feel telegraphed and at other times they feel disproportionate to the situation.  The way she handles things with her daughter doesn’t work well for me either.  Though her ex-husband is no saint, it seems as though he is more of the victim than Erica, especially since it appeared she wants full custody of her daughter, but with out any real basis.  The whole situation between Erica, Dirk, and Jenny doesn’t feel right; it feels more vindictive than loving.  In the end, as much as I want to really rally behind Erica and enjoy her journey, I’m not drawn to her the way I would liked to be.

It’s always a bit frustrating when the back cover summary reveals too much.

It’s always a bit frustrating when the back cover summary reveals too much or the book is written such that the summary causes spoilers.  In this case, the summary does a nice job of hooking the reader, but unfortunately the writing for the book makes the summary too revealing.  The readers know what’s going on well before the characters do causing the suspense to feel contrived.  The who really isn’t in question, as that’s foreshadowed quite early in the book and how isn’t an issue either.  The back cover summary would have been fine for this book if it was written more as a thriller than a mystery or suspense.  Unfortunately, the mystery is only for the characters, not for the reader.

Despite some weakness, there is good entertainment in this book.  Though I was frustrated at several points wanting more from the characters and the story, The Newsmakers did hold my interest.  While this isn’t my favorite book by Lis Wiehl, it is easy to read and the glimpse into high pressure news reporting is intriguing.

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