The Separatists by Lis Wiehl (review by Kristi)

The Separatists

About the book:  When America is threatened from within on a scale not seen since the Civil War, Erica Sparks is on the front lines reporting. But what can she do to stop it?

Star newsmaker Erica Sparks is in Bismark, North Dakota, covering the first recall of a governor in that state since 1921. Mary Bellamy, who is trying to unseat the current governor, keeps talking about going through the political process to gain more freedom for the state. She seems peaceful and level-headed . . . but with other secessionist groups making noise around the country, Erica can’t help but wonder what Mary’s goal really is.

Then Erica receives a desperate call from a woman downstairs in the lobby of her hotel. Erica goes down to meet her and discovers the woman in the ladies room with her throat slit. There’s obviously more going on here–and someone doesn’t want Erica looking below the surface.

Meanwhile, Erica’s marriage to Greg Underwood seems headed for disaster . . . and her relationship with her teenage daughter Jenny may not be far behind.

Erica feels a civil war looming in her own home, and all the signs indicate that military action will be required in North Dakota. And then she discovers that the threat to all Americans is even greater than anyone imagined. Can she find the answers to save her family and her country in time?

Paperback, 340 pages                       Published June 27, 2017, by Thomas Nelson


My review:  Erica Sparks is back! Not only is she reporting the story but she’s part of it. The Separatists is a modern day political thriller that will have you reading long into the night while on the edge of your seat.

I found this book thought-provoking and very modern day and edgy. I loved how journalism mixed with politics and how Erica was not just reporting the story but was part of it, albeit unknowingly. I found the story to be fast-paced and intense and very easy to stay involved in. There are many plot twists and turns that keep the story interesting.

This story made me feel as if I got an inside look at what it’s like to work in the media and to live the life of the top journalists. Erica tries to juggle a job that takes her here, there, and everywhere while also trying to be a wife and mother. She doesn’t always succeed and at times puts her job first but she is only human after all and it is nice to see that she isn’t perfect and has flaws and admits them. This made her more real to me and as a full-time worker and wife, someone to whom I could relate.

I enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more from Lis Wiehl. I like her stories and I think her writing is smart with an edge to it that makes it stand out. This book is a definite must read for fans of political/psychological thrillers.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.


About the author:  Lis Wiehl is the author “Face of Betrayal,” a New York Times Best Seller.

She has also written “Winning Every Time: How to Use the Skills of a Lawyer in the Trials of Your Life” and “The 51% Minority: How Women Still Are Not Equal and What You Can Do About It.”

In addition to her written work, Wiehl is currently a legal analyst for Fox News. She has been with the network since 2001.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Wiehl is an adjunct professor at New York Law School.

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