Monday, August 10, 2009

A Triple Threat Novel: Face of Betrayal (Review)

A Triple Threat Novel: Face of Betrayal
By Lis Wiehl and April Henry
Fox News legal correspondent and former Federal Prosecutor Lis Wiehl has created a suspense novel that's as timely as tomorrow's headlines.

While home on Christmas break, a seventeen-year-old Senate page takes her dog out for a walk and never returns. Reporter Cassidy Shaw is the first to break the story. The resulting media firestorm quickly ensnares Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce and FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges. The three unique women are life-long friends who call themselves The Triple Threat--a nickname derived from their favorite dessert and their uncanny ability to crack cases via their three positions of power.

Though authorities think Katie might have been kidnapped or run away, those theories shatter when Nicole uncovers Katie's blog. They reveal a girl troubled by a mysterious relationship with an older man. Possibly a U.S. Senator.

As the three women race against time to find Katie alive, their increasing emotional involvement brings out their own inner demons and external enemies. There are many faces of betrayal, but they must find one face in a crowd of growing suspects before they become the next victims.
In Face of Betrayal, Lis Wiehl's expertise in law, politics, and criminal investigation merges with April Henry's narrative genius to create a gripping mystery filled with rich characters, real danger, and a shocking yet satisfying final twist.

My review:
Recently, my reading time has been consumed with other things, so I was glad this book was fast-paced and engaging, and well worth my time. I liked the information on the subplots about the work performed by grand juries, the day-to-day pressures of TV journalism, autopsies, domestic abuse – even about myspace. I could relate to the Triple Threat friendship (and how much do you love they are named after their favorite desert?) she had – three independent women interwoven by strong intimate bonds.

As other reviewers have stated, the plot brought to mind the Chandra Levy murder case. I became totally enthralled by Wiehl's tale of trying to figure out "whodunit" and why. As each new turn came, I had to change my mind as to the perpetrator. The book kept my attention until the very end.

I enjoyed Lis Wiehl and April Henry first book. I’m looking forward to their next book Hand of Fate. Will I find out about the threads that were deliciously (and deliberately?) left untied in the first novel??
Face of Betrayal Recipe Contest - Submit your recipe for Triple Threat Chocolate Cake