Another Gripping, Furious-Paced Thrill Ride with Erica Sparks!
by Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart
Series: Newsmakers (Book 3)
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
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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.
The United States is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there. After reading The Separatists, Lis Wiehl’s latest heart-stopper, that would not be a surprising sentiment in a foreign reader. The book is described as a ‘thriller’, and it most certainly is one, but it also ventures into the horror genre. Not the guts-splattering, monster-filled type of terror, but the psychological frightener kind, with a murdering, megalomaniacal, psychopathic terrorist at its helm. One who was duly elected into office through the process of American democracy.
Our heroine, Erica Sparks, news journalist supreme, struggles to get to the bottom of a heinous plot to tear apart America piece by piece, while distracted by a wayward daughter and an estranged husband. Whether she saves the day yet again, I will not say. I will note, however, that this is the last novel in the series, so hold your breath and cross your fingers in those final few chapters!
If you have not read the first two books in the terrific Newsmakers series, please do so before cracking open this one. Many old friends return here, and to fully understand Erica’s relationship problems the reader needs to know the histories of certain characters (including that of Ms. Sparks herself).
If you’ve already read and enjoyed The Newsmakers and The Candidate, then you know you’re in for a treat with Wiehl’s new offering, a fast-paced, scary commentary on the current state of the nation.
— Jennifer Michelle
4 of 5 Hearts. Another Gripping, Furious-Paced Thrill Ride with Erica Sparks!
The Separatists, the third novel in Lis Wiehl’s latest series, has all the suspense and excitement of the previous two, with another disturbing cast of villains, and with even higher stakes. And, as in the previous books, it’s flawed Erica Sparks, always dedicated to uncovering the truth, whom we love to watch pit her intellect and courage against those who would unleash a terrible evil upon the country.
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank BookLook Bloggers and Thomas Nelson for providing me with a copy of The Separatists in exchange for an honest review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”