The NewsMakers by Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart(review by Cathy)

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From Goodreads:

Television reporter Erica Sparks has just landed her dream job at Global News Network. Beautiful, talented, and ambitious, Erica grew up dirt poor, worked her way through Yale, and is carrying a terrible secret. She moves to Manhattan to join GNN, leaving Jenny, her adored 7-year-old daughter, in the custody of her ex-husband. Erica’s producer at the network, Greg Underwood, is handsome and compelling. Scarred by her divorce, Erica is wary of romance, but there’s no denying the mutual attraction.

On one of her first assignments, Erica witnesses a horrific Staten Island ferry crash. Then she lands a coveted interview with presumptive presidential nominee Kay Barrish. During the interview Barrish collapses. Erica valiantly tries to save her with CPR. The footage rivets the world—GNN’s ratings soar and Erica is now a household name.

But she’s troubled. What a strange coincidence that both events should happen on her watch. It’s almost as if they were engineered. Is that possible?

Erica’s relentless pursuit of the truth puts her life and that of her daughter in danger. Her investigation leads her into the heart of darkness—where the future of our democracy is at stake.


My review:

I found the premise of this book interesting. Once I began reading it, I found the story of Erica Sparks and her sudden rise to fame to be a bit contrived.

It’s an entertaining read and is fast paced. Erica is a reporter and oddly enough, whatever story she’s covering becomes the scene of, or nearby scene of something nefarious.

There were situations that seemed more believable such as the jealousy that Claire felt when Erica becomes the rising star of cable news GNN.  It seemed normal that Erica’s daughter, Jenny was a bit standoffish given the circumstances of the divorce.

There are strong friendships and some behind the scenes narrative that I liked.

Overall, this was an enjoyable book.

I received a copy of this book from the publishers for an honest opinion which I have given.






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