If you are looking for a suspense-filled thriller to read in a weekend, then, you need to read the book, "Hand of Fate", by Lisa Wiehl, a second book in her series of books, by Thomas Nelson Publishers. One thing that truly made me want to initially read the book was that it is a Christian novel, that alone is a plus in itself. The story setting takes place in downtown Portland. Outspoken radio talk show host Jim Fate tragically and unexpectedly dies, while his own show is on the air! Throughout this twist of irony & mystery, three women find themselves looking to each other, as one of them was secretly dating Jim, therefore one of them had unlimited access to his home and personal life, as well as possible evidence. In the days following Jim's death, it must be decided who is telling the truth and who killed Jim. this mystery was exciting and will keep you on the edge of your seat while reading it; you definitely won't want to put it down! Although this is the second of Lisa Wiehl's books in this series, it was the first that I had read and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I received a complimentary copy of this book from "Booksneeze", through Thomas Nelson Publishers, in exhcange for my review. My opinions are my own and were in no way influenced positively or negatively. Disclosure statement made as per FTC guidelines.
The book begins with the death of outspoken talk show host, Jim Fate, during a broadcast of the Hand of Fate. The Triple Threat Club, Allison Pierce, Federal Prosecutor, Nicole Hedges, FBI Special Agent and Cassidy Shaw, crime reporter, work together to decipher the circumstances of Fates death. One of the ladies had been personally involved with Jim Fate, further complicating the solving of the crime. The story unfolds as they search for the killer while dealing with personal issues they are each facing, some devastating. Will they discover who the killer is? And the motive behind the killing before it is too late?This book is fast paced and suspenseful. There are a few twists and turns as Nicole, Cassidy and Allison seek the answers to the many questions. The characters are well rounded and intriguing. I could not recommend this book as a Christian novel. There are too many references to drinking, immorality, and shallow Christianity. We often allow our teens to read adult fiction but not this book. As a Christian publisher, should I not expect a strong moral content? I realize characters need to develop and learn but there was little content that would lend itself to a change brought about by Scripture. I would not recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.
Hand of Fate by Lis Wiehl was a complete and pleasant surprise. From the first page to the last I was completely taken and read it almost in one sitting! Lis Wiehl is a storyteller. The characters are compelling and believeable. I found myself on the local library website looking for more novels by her.The book is about a popular radio host who is murdered by sarin gas in his studio. Murder mysteries are not my genre of reading but this was fabulous! The best part...I didn't figure it out ahead. It was not predictable or boring, just the opposite.Disclosure of Material Selected: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
I had the opportunity to review Hand of Fate by Lis Wiehl early. I was not familiar with the series before I received this book, so I have not read Face of Betrayal. Even so, I felt like the author did a good job at introducing the characters without assuming you had read the first book. Reading this book was a nice change of pace for me, a suspenseful novel starring a trio of female characters: Nicole Hedges, an FBI special agent, Allison Pierce, a Federal Prosecutor, and Cassidy Shaw, a crime reporter. Though the characters have worked together before and have a history (all three went to private school together) this book probes their relationships and challenges their ability to trust each other. Hand of Fate tells the tale of a popular and controversial radio talk show host who is murdered. The radio host, Jim Fate, is a very polarizing character, so the list of suspects is not short. There are a few nods to the headlines, and I appreciated how it made me reconsider how I interpreted those events. Though I have read crime novels before, I was pretty ignorant of the TV and radio behind the scenes, and I felt Wiehl did a great job of making you feel like an insider. The plot keeps you guessing, though I wish the twist had been developed a bit more (the middle was a little slow). Overall, it was a good read and I'm interesting in picking up the rest of the series! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
The storyline is very solid and much more efficient and creative than the first book in this series. The "Triple Threat Club" find themselves thrown into a crazy situation when a radio talk show host is gassed to death in his own studio amid fears of a terrorist attack. As they dig into the investigation, they discover a lot of people had motivation to end the life of Jim Fate...his co-host, his co-workers, politicians and even listeners.The story also delves into the backstories of each of the "Threats" bringing in multiple problems from drug addiction to the lasting effects of sexual assault. The ending seemed a little rushed. I had a tough time thinking the killer would turn so quickly when they were being handed a ready-made out for the blame. The plot of the story has the "ripped from the headlines" feel of a Law and Order episode but one particular passage was so similar to the real life death of a politician that it shook me from the realm of fiction. I had a very very hard time getting back into the story after that moment. There is also a passage where one of the Threats faces a personal physical crisis that really hits home with someone who walked through it with their spouse. I have to say that portion of the book seemed completely unrealistic to me. I understand the need to move forward in a book with the plot and story but she recovers from this event entirely too quickly. I can only hope in the third book of the series there's more emotional scars on this character.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.