TV reporter Erica Sparks has become a superstar overnight. Is it due to her hard work and talent, or is she at the center of a spiraling conspiracy?
Erica Sparks is a beautiful and ambitious reporter who has just landed her dream job at Global News Network in New York. And while it was hard to leave Jenny, her cherished eight-year-old daughter, in the custody of her ex-husband, Erica is determined to succeed in the cutthroat world of big-time broadcasting. She can only hope her troubled past won’t come back to sabotage her dreams.
Although the wounds from her divorce are still fresh, Erica can’t deny the chemistry between her and her new producer, the handsome and empathetic Greg Underwood. But a relationship is the last thing she wants right now.
On her very first assignment, Erica inadvertently witnesses—and films—a horrific tragedy, scooping all the other networks. Mere weeks later, another tragedy strikes—again, right in front of Erica and her cameras.
Her career skyrockets overnight, but Erica is troubled. Deeply. This can’t just be coincidence. But what is it?
Erica will stop at nothing to uncover the truth. But she has to make sure disaster—and her troubled past—don’t catch up with her first.
|Contributor(s)||Lis Wiehl , Sebastian Stuart|
|About the Contributor(s)||Lis Wiehl
Lis Wiehl is the New York Times 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 Washington School of Law. She is a former legal analyst and commentator for the Fox News Channel. Visit her online at liswiehlbooks.com.
Sebastian Stuart has published four novels under his own name, including The Hour Between, winner of the Ferro-Grumley Award and an NPR Season’s Readings selection. He has also co-written national and New York Times bestselling books. As senior editor of e-book publisher New Word City, Stuart has written over two dozen original non-fiction e-books.
|Publish Date||Jan 19, 2016|
|Series||A Newsmakers Novel|
- Review by Seasons of Opportunities
I have a bit of mixed emotions on this one. I felt like this book was extremely interesting. I read it in roughly 24 hours. I honestly just couldn't put it down for long. The writing style, which I have heard some complain about, actually didn't bother me at all. Maybe it is just because I am a simple country gal, not too sophisticated and I enjoy reading books without an extreme amount of detail. I enjoyed the plot which moved quickly; the characters were engaging, and the set up was entertaining.
As far as the villain goes, honestly, I knew from the beginning who it was, but I don't think that's the point of this book. I think it is more about keeping you wondering what he will do next and whether Erica will endure whatever is coming. On those aspects of the book, I would give it close to five stars. When I read a book, I don't want to put down, it is good!
BUT... There's always a but... you know? This book is put out by Thomas Nelson, a publisher I have always considered as a Christian fiction marketer. And personally, I would not consider this book a Christian fiction. There is no reference in the book to faith, or really even God. (Erica does often repeat the serenity prayer as sort of a self-soothing routine) She is a recovering alcoholic and has been clean for over a year, but there are secrets in her past she does not want revealed to the public. Yet, from a Christian standpoint, this book in no way addresses her recovery as anything other than her own hard work. (no faith or God involved there) She is also quick to give herself away, so no purity going on. Another thing that bothered me was the use of some foul language. I personally do not use or usually select book that include such. It wasn't extreme, but I prefer clean fiction. And there were a few other innuendos of a sexual nature that I just felt the book itself could have done without.
So how to rate this book is a bit complicated.... I do not know if it is promoted as a Christian fiction even though the publisher is supposed to be. The back simply says fiction, suspense. So I am going to give the book four stars. If you read enough reviews, you will be able to discern for yourself if this book is for you or not.
I received this book from the Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to review positively and no other compensation has been provided.
(Posted on 4/3/2016)
- Review by Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
Ms. Wiehl and Mr. Stuart create a captivating story for the age of breaking news and celebrity journalists. As an experienced commentator on Fox News, Ms. Wiehl brings a particularly insightful perspective to the novel’s characters, many of whom work within the halls of GNN’s headquarters.
Overall, I was left with mixed feelings regarding The Newsmakers. With a decent, though slightly predictable storyline, the novel offered an interesting read in the suspense category. Likewise, the story and characters were relatively interesting and developed. In comparison, the writing style was quite poor. Within the advance reader’s copy (which is considered to be an uncorrected proof), the number of editing errors were plentiful. Regardless of those errors that could be considered minor, the novel’s writing style incorporated sentence structure and tense use that were entirely inappropriate for a fictional work. These were not the sort of errors to be corrected by the final version, as they represented the style of the authors themselves. As a person with extensive professional writing and editing experience, I found the writing significantly distracted from an otherwise decent story. In the end, I finished the book to see if my initial assumptions about the storyline were correct, rather than due to the authors’ writing efforts.
Special thanks to The Fiction Guild for the advanced copy of The Newsmakers!
Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
(Posted on 1/5/2016)