The Newsmakers

Title:  The Newsmakers

Author:  Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart

Pages:  337

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

Erica Sparks has worked very hard to get her life back on track after a rocky divorce and a battle with alcohol.  She has just landed her dream job as a field reporter with an up-and-coming network led by billionaire entrepreneur, Nylan Hastings.  When Erica meets Nylan the first time she gets a weird vibe from him, but shrugs it off.  On her first day, she lands a national story and is off and running to the top of the news reporters heap.  She lands an interview with a presidential hopeful only to have tragedy strike during the interview.  Again, Erica makes the headlines and the network’s ratings soar.

While working on one story; however, Erica begins to suspect a sinister plot.  She enlists the aid of one of the IT specialists at the network.  He discovers something big, but wants to tell Erica in person.  They agree to meet somewhere away from the network, but he never shows up.  As the plot thickens and attempts are made to scare her, Erica feels more and more danger to the point where she hires a security company to guard her daughter and buys a burner cell phone so her calls can’t be traced.  Erica feels she is in too deep now to stop her investigation and she wants justice for the victims of these terrible crimes.  What she discovers stuns her and she knows her life is in imminent jeopardy.  Can she stay alive long enough to get her story aired?

While the story is riveting, there are a few things I need to point out to readers.  As this book is from a Christian publisher, there are some things in the novel that I didn’t expect.  There are a few curse words in the book, there is a minor character in the story who is gay, which didn’t add to the story, and there is one scene that is sexually suggestive.  I wouldn’t expect this content from a publisher of Christian books and think readers should be made aware of these items.  Otherwise, the book has suspense, tension, some romance and a great ending.  The chapters are short, so readers can speed through the action to the edge-of-your-seat ending.  I liked Erica’s honesty about her past as well as her continued struggles as it made her seem more human.

My rating is 4 stars.

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