The Candidate by Lis Wiehl

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The Candidate (Newsmakers #2) by Lis Wiehl

Published October 18, 2016 by Thomas Nelson

Genres Suspense, Fiction, Mystery

Pages 352

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How far would a candidate go to become President of the United States? In covering the presidential election campaign, star newsmaker Erica Sparks notices that favored candidate Senator Mike Ortiz seems dependent on his wife to an unnatural degree Celesta Ortiz is a brilliant and glamorous billionaire who, along with her best friend and confidant Lily Lau, has engineered her husband’s meteoric rise. The White House is within their reach. But the more Erica investigates the Ortizes’ strange relationship, the more intrigued she becomes. Erica begins an investigation but everyone material to her probe ends up dead. With each death, her foreboding grows. Is she next? And can she find out in time if the country’s beloved candidate is what he seems, or a threat to national security?

So the main character of this book is Erica, an investigative journalist and the majority of the plot seems to be focused around her investigative reporting and is told from her perspective. Although there are a few scenes where the activities of Celeste and Lily are more thoroughly detailed. This book does have a good plot line going and it is well written, it was just a bit slow to me. The book also focuses on how Erica is trying to balance her life; being very dedicated to her work as an investigative journalist but also wanting to be a good parent. Although the book is suspenseful at times, it never really seemed very “action-packed” to me and although the synopsis implies that they is quite a bit of violence involved in what seems to become a conspiracy, there really isn’t much violence in the book beyond one or two scenes.

Like I said, the book is well written, the plot is fairly interesting and Erica’s character is fairly well developed, but it just kind of fell flat for me. I never felt like I really got invested in the story. I do believe that fans of the author’s previous work will really enjoy this as well as fans of authors such as Clive Cussler or Tom Clancy. I should also note that I did not read the first book in the Newmakers series, although both of the books are marketed as stand alone titles. Thank you to the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for sending me an advanced reading copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. And if you are a fan or mystery and suspense, be on the look out for this book when it is released on October 18, 2016. Happy reading!

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