by Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart
Cover Artist: Design: Michael Kandros Designs
Review by Linda Marie Schumacher
Thomas Nelson Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780718037673
Date: 19 January 2016 List Price $26.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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In The Newsmakers, Erica Sparks is a young journalist who lands her dream job at Global News Network (GNN), a large cable news network in New York City. Erica departs to cover a visit from Britain's Duchess Catherine in Lower Manhattan. As Erica stands in Battery Park, the Staten Island ferry crashes into the pier, and Erica is right there to cover the story.
The crash is blamed on terrorists that hacked into the ferry's controls and caused the crash, but Erica's computer-savvy friend at GNN is able to trace the signal, and realizes the hack into the ferry's controls came from inside the US. Erica is suspicious, and her friend keeps looking, but he is attacked and almost killed.
Shortly afterward Erica is covering another story and another odd occurrence happens right on camera during Erica's interview. Erica is strong-willed and continues to investigate her suspicions with her computer friend, even though the owner of the network wants her to take over as a news anchor instead of field reporting. As Erica digs, more strange things happen. It takes the characters most of the novel to figure out what the readers suspects all along, but it is a fun mystery.
The Newmakers is a fun mystery, but also is about 25% chick book. The story has the requisite female heroine, and Erica has a troubled past. Erica grew up poor in the state of Maine, but managed to secure a scholarship to Yale University, which enabled her to advance to her current level. Her advancement was not free from hardship and, now a recovering alcoholic, Erica had great troubles while she was drinking which led to divorce, and her ex-husband having custody of their young daughter. Erica also ends up in an inter-office romance at GNN, which tests her further.
As the novel progresses, Erica is not sure if her prospective boyfriend is part of the unusual occurrences, or if he really is as supportive of her as he claims to be. I have read other books that had too much "chick drama" and not enough mystery, and they turn me off. The Newsmakers works and it is fun to read.
I enjoyed The Newsmakers a lot. It reads quickly, but still has a lot of great characters and a great story. A second book in the series comes out this fall and I am looking forward to reading it too.