The Candidate by Lis Wiehl

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About the Book

How far will a candidate go to become president? Erica Sparks—America’s top-rated cable-news host—is about to find out.

Mike Ortiz is a dynamic war hero favored to win the White House. Standing by his side is his glamorous and adoring wife, Celeste. But something about this seemingly perfect couple troubles Erica. Is Celeste really who she seems? And most importantly, what really happened in that squalid Al-Qaeda prison where Mike Ortiz spent nine months?

But more than the nation’s future is at stake. Erica’s relentless search for the truth puts the life of her preteen daughter Jenny in danger, even as Erica’s own dark past threatens to overtake her.

In her latest Newsmakers thriller, NewYork Times bestselling author and Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl weaves a taut and chilling story. The Candidate is packed with political intrigue and media manipulation as the lust for power turns deadly indeed.

My Perspective

Wow. This book was powerful, suspenseful, riveting and so much more! I loved the first book in the Erica Sparks series, but when I saw this was a political storyline I was a little nervous it wouldn’t have the same excitement as the first. Boy was I wrong! I was hooked from the very start and could not wait until my eyes found the last page.

Ms. Wiehl has a talent for storytelling. Her descriptions are well thought out and just grab you. The storyline has this seductive quality to it – it pulls you in little by little and then BAM! You are so attached to the characters and the plot that you cannot turn away. I’m glad this didn’t take me long to read because I don’t think I could take the suspense.

If I had one critique it would be that I wish the Greg storyline didn’t happen. I don’t want to give it away, but I just didn’t feel this dynamic was necessary for this book. But all in all, this was a fantastic book. I hope you’ll open it up to see how Erica’s doing. Do not let the political nature scare you away. I actually found myself wanting to look more closely at the real political world while I was reading and you may have that same thing happen. You just never know what you may discover if you dive in a little deeper!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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