The Newsmakers is the second book I've read by Lis Wiehl, the first being Snapshot. I had trouble getting into that book so I was a bit worried to try The Newsmakers, but the description sounded so interesting that I decided to give it a shot anyway. I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book much more that Snapshot. I'm not sure if that's because the plot was just more interesting to me, or because it was co-written with Sebastian Stuart. Either way, The Newsmakers was a great book. The description reads:
"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 empathic 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."
I found this storyline intriguing and compelling from the very first page. We're thrust into the fast-paced and exciting world of Erica Sparks, who's grappling with balancing her high-powered career and the desire to be with her eight year old daughter, Jenny. We are thrown from one exciting event to the next, leaving your heart pounding and quickly flipping pages to find out what will happen. Erica's quest to find the truth kept me intrigued on every page. Although it was easy to dislike Erica at times (her ditching her child with her ex to pursue her career particularly grated on me), you still will feel compelled by her story in this plot-driven thriller. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good thriller.
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