I couldn't wait to read the third and final novel in Lis Wiehl's The Newsmakers Trilogy. I loved the first and second books (The Newsmakers and The Candidate) and was eagerly looking forward to the conclusion, The Separatists. The plot sounded intriguing and like it was ripped straight from the headlines. The back cover says:
"From New York Times bestselling author Lis Wiehl comes the final book in her Newsmakers series. Journalist and newscaster Erica Sparks is only planning to report on an explosive story—until she gets caught in the middle of it.
After getting the green light from her network to launch an investigative news show, Erica flies to Bismarck, North Dakota, to investigate Take Back Our Homeland, the largest secessionist group. What she finds is profoundly disturbing – a growing threat to the future of our union.
Back home, her husband Greg is drinking more and talking less—and taking an unusual interest in the glamorous author Leslie Burke Wilson. Erica’s teenage daughter has also begun acting out in troubling ways.
Then she discovers a potential informant murdered in her Bismarck hotel. Take Back Our Homeland might be even more dangerous than she had thought—and she’s unwittingly become one of the key players in the story. Her fear and anxiety escalate – for her marriage, her daughter, and her own life.
Bestselling novelist and former legal analyst for Fox News Lis Wiehl takes us behind the anchor’s desk in this gripping look at high-stakes reporting in a country torn apart.
“BREAKING NEWS! Lis Wiehl has written another blockbuster—using her insider’s eye to nail the dangerous mix of media and politics. The Separatists is bold, timely, thrilling and a simply stunning read.” --Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author
“Political high jinks and unusual escapades always mark a Lis Wiehl novel. Eric Sparks is a highly trained, top-notched, alpha-female —totally reminiscent of her creator. This one is a smart, sexy, reflective read and I highly recommend it."
--Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author"
I'll admit, I was a little bit underwhelmed by The Separatists. After being obsessed with The Newsmakers and loving The Candidate, my expectations were sky high for The Separatists, especially because of the exciting description. However, the character I loved in Erica Sparks in the first two books started to grate in the third. Her character took a bit of a self obsessed and workaholic turn in this book. She was way too self-absorbed and not concerned enough with her husband and daughter. The plot was a bit thin and not as well done or well fleshed out as it could have been. The first two books were incredible, but the third wasn't quite up to par. I do recommend this trilogy in its entirety. Definitely read the books in order, because they follow a story arc throughout the entire trilogy. If you enjoy political thrillers, you will like The Newsmakers trilogy.
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