I am a huge fan of Lis Wiehl and have read her books with an eager anticipation and appetite. When The Newsmakers was released, I was all over it. Once again, Ms. Wiehl offers a strong story of suspenseful proportions. I loved the transformation of the main character, Erica Sparks, and the irony in the way she seeks the truth while desperately hoping to hide her own past sins. The villain is wickedly wicked and well written. I truly hated him.
Normally, I would only give rave reviews since I love Lis Wiehl’s books but there were a few things that brought the book down for me. One was the use of inappropriate language. I would not consider myself a prude by any means, but I was disappointed that the book used any foul language. It didn’t add to the dialogue or the storyline and in fact, became a distraction. Another issue was the fact that it’s written in third person present tense. It was a constant annoyance for me.
The storyline was excellent and I loved the tension and the suspense but it was done in a very telling not showing way and made it seem more like a newer writer than the seasoned and skilled writer that Lis Wiehl already is.
Overall, The Newsmakers is a good book and even with the downsides, I will continue to read her books.
I received this book from the Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion which I’ve provided here.