The Candidate by Lis Wiehl (3 Stars)



Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The premise is how far would a candidate go to become president of the United States?  As you will read, you will realize it is not the candidate who is going to great lengths to become elected (think Manchurian Candidate).

The campaign is covered by Erica Sparks, cable news star reporter, who has a funny feeling about candidate Mike Ortiz and his incredibly wealthy wife, Celeste.  As she investigates further, everyone around her winds up dead.

I understand that this is one book in a series, but I don’t think I’ll be reading the others.  It’s not bad as the writing style is entertaining, but the plot was a little thin and I certainly didn’t find it riveting as did others.  Also, I wanted to hear the motivations for each of the turncoats.  As well, the relationship between two of the main characters remained foggy (can’t say more without spoiling it).  Erica was all that likable a character either, and for a reporter, there are times you want to slap her and say, “wake up!”  Her relationship with her daughter seemed off a bit also, as well as her relationship with her mother, but it never was fully explained what happened, just little bits here and there when she felt guilty about something.


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