The Candidate by Lis Wiehl

Book description:

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, New York 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 review:

I had read the first book in the Newsmakers series by Wiehl, so I was already familiar with her writing style. They are not books that readers can race through, but need to read for details and understanding. It took me awhile to get through The Newsmakers, so I anticipated that it would take me a bit of time to read this one.

There are clear similarities between this story and The Manchurian Candidate. It was pretty easy to understand the nuances in the relationship between Mike and Celeste early on. There were a couple of surprises toward the end of the book, that I thought made the ending go a bit more quickly, but overall this was not one of my favorite books.

If you are looking for a quick and easy read, this is not the book for you. However, if you enjoy a detailed read with a lot of nuances and connections to current events and politics, you will probably enjoy this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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