By: Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart

Published: January 19, 2016

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson


Fans of Fox News know that Lis Wiehl doesn’t shy away from hard-hitting news and isn’t afraid to ask the questions the viewers want to hear the answers to. In THE NEWSMAKERS, she has created a reporter with the same drive to get to the truth of the story.

Erika Sparks has been chosen by Nylan Hastings to be the new face of Global News Network (GNN). Nylan created the network and runs it himself after making billions on a video game that he created. Now as a leader in the news world, he wants to be the best including hiring the best reporter and newscaster he can find. On Erika’s first live shoot to interview the Duchess of Cambridge, the Staten Island Ferry crashes into the port, on live TV while Erika is reporting. GNN’s ratings spike and Erika becomes an instant household name. Later, while interviewing a potential presidential candidate, another incident happens, live, during her interview. Is this all a coincidence or is there an evil force behind all these incidents. As Erika, ever the reporter, digs deeper into the accidents, she finds that not only herself but everyone close to her could be in danger.

This fast-paced book, even with its predictability, kept me turning the pages with quickening breaths. Even though I guessed the root cause of the casualties in the story, there was more that I couldn’t have imagined. Some of the scenarios were quite disturbing and makes me cautious of our future. I have no doubt that some of these types of situations are occurring already.

Wiehl takes you into the heat of the action in the newsrooms and shows you the backstabbing, the favors, and the deals that are made on a given news day. Wiehl takes current stories ripped from the headlines and inserts them into Erika’s life as a reporter making the reader think that much of this could be happening in our world today. Wiehl shows the reality of stardom and how quickly it can be achieved or taken away by the next upcoming star.

 Erika is a flawed, yet likable character that the reader will root for and worry about. Erika’s past makes her real to the reader and backs up her driven character. Even if the situations she puts herself in feel a bit far-fetched, Wiehl pulls you into the storyline so effortlessly that you ignore it and focus on how Erika is going to get out of this mess.

Current news stories and a fast-paced suspenseful thriller make this a great read for mystery readers. Wiehl is known for her other series of mysteries and she leaves the ending of THE NEWSMAKERS open for the reader to want to know more about Erika’s next story.

Lis Wiehl

Lis Wiehl is the New York Time bestselling author of over a dozen novels. She is a Harvard Law School graduate and has served as a federal prosecutor in the state of Washington and as a tenured faculty member at The University of Washington School of Law. She is currently a popular legal analyst and commentator for the Fox News Channel. For more about Lis Wiehl, visit her website, HERE. You can also follow her on Facebook, HERE, and Twitter, HERE.

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