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October 3, 2016

The Candidate {Lis Wiehl}

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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. Celeste 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?

My Thoughts:
This second book in the Newsmakers series is just as intense as the first, and just as entertaining. As with the first book, I spent much of the book hoping this is not a true-ish reflection on real-life. Such a scary thought.

In this book, Erica Sparks is back and trouble continues to find her. This time it is the midst of the presidential election series and Erica just senses something is not right about one of the candidates. Of course, Erica becomes committed to getting to the bottom of the mystery. And then people start dying.

Erica still has custody of her daughter, Jenny, and struggles to find that perfect balance between work and motherhood. This struggle is so real for so many of us working moms and I appreciated it being brought to light in this book. Erica also struggles with finding a balance for her long distance engagement with Greg, who was much involved in book one.

This book brought so much excitement and suspense. I read it on a camping trip and was glad I had the extra time to read because I could not put it down. It can be read as a stand alone, but I know you will enjoy the entire series.

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.