The Separatists by Lis Wiehl

Book description:

After getting the green light from her network to launch an investigative news show, Erica flies to Bismarck, North Dakota, to investigate Take Back Our Homeland, the largest secessionist group. What she finds is profoundly disturbing – a growing threat to the future of our union.

Back home, her husband Greg is drinking more and talking less—and taking an unusual interest in the glamorous author Leslie Burke Wilson. Erica’s teenage daughter has also begun acting out in troubling ways.

Then she discovers a potential informant murdered in her Bismarck hotel. Take Back Our Homelandmight be even more dangerous than she had thought—and she’s unwittingly become one of the key players in the story. Her fear and anxiety escalate – for her marriage, her daughter, and her own life.

Bestselling novelist and former legal analyst for Fox News Lis Wiehl takes us behind the anchor’s desk in this gripping look at high-stakes reporting in a country torn apart.

My review:

It is very rare when I begin a book and do not finish it. Even if I have to put a book down and read another one, I always come back to the first book and give it the college try to read it. Sometimes it really pays off and the book ends up being really, really great! However, I just could not finish this book.

In the previous books in The Newsmakers series, it was clear to me that they were written with a liberal slant, but there was just too much bias within the first 50 or so pages for me to continue. I think authors have opinions about current events and topics that sometimes creep into their writing.  However, referring to “Trump Derangement Syndrome”, promoting a Michelle Obama book, and injecting her views on gun control was just too much.

I was rather disappointed because reading the description of this book struck me as the most interesting of all the Newsmakers books. I just couldn’t get past the political slant. However, I appreciate Wiehl taking on the topic of secessionists due to the fact that there are murmurings throughout various states about putting it on the ballot to leave the Union.

If you share the author’s political views or are able to overlook the references to liberal social views, you will probably enjoy this book. However, if you are looking for a story written with an impartial plot, this might not be the best choice.

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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