My Review:How far would a candidate go to become President of the United States?
In covering the presidential election campaign, star newsmaker Erica Sparks notices that favored candidate Senator Mike Ortiz seems dependent on his wife to an unnatural degree. Celeste Ortiz is a brilliant and glamorous billionaire who—along with her best friend and confidant Lily Lau—has engineered her husband’s meteoric rise. The White House is within their reach. But the more Erica investigates the Ortizes’ strange relationship, the more intrigued she becomes.
Erica begins an investigation. But everyone material to her probe ends up dead. With each death, her foreboding grows. Is she next? And can she find out in time if the country’s beloved candidate is what he seems . . . or a threat to national security?
I love politics in books (well, nonfiction books anyway), be they romance or thriller. Sadly, I did not love this book despite it being about a fictional Presidential election as told from a popular anchor, Erica, on the beat of covering the election. I did find Erica to be a bit too smug -- even though she has a checkered past, she really sees herself as this moral champion, unfortunately to the detriment of others. I didn't relate to her at all and I found that many of the things that Erica uncovered in this book were not explained well enough; there were so many loose threads and tangents. Once the "thriller" part of this really took off, I just found it so unbelievable and over the top. I was rolling my eyes in the last chapters and just waiting for this to be over; it also became a bit schmaltzy. This book reminded me of some of the more recent books in the FBI thriller series and, consequently, the books in that series that I am not as fond of. That being said, this might appeal to some if you like a journalist narrator with her own sense of right and wrong.
The Candidate came out last week on October 4, 2016, and you can purchase HERE.
It's Monday morning and Erica Sparks is in the elevator at GNN headquarters in New York--going up. She's on her way to a meeting with Mort Silver, the head of the network. Silver called her yesterday and scheduled it. She isn't sure what his agenda is, but she suspects if has to do with her hopes of moderating on the presidential debates in the fall.