Sunday, April 19, 2009

Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl with April Henry


Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl with April Henry is a good, solid mystery and a quick read. The main characters are three life-long friends who call themselves the Triple Threat. Cassidy is a reporter, Allison is a prosecuting attorney and Nicole is an FBI agent. Unfortunately, it’s very reminiscent of James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series and doesn’t hold up by comparison. The plot line was also reminiscent of the Gary Condit/Chandra Levy case and therefore felt a little predictable. I felt like the characters weren’t fully developed and seemed more like strangers to each other even though they are supposed to be life-long friends. I also felt like there were way too many issues or themes introduced that weren’t fully developed: online predators, infertility, pregnancy, domestic abuse, stalkers, etc. They weren’t integral to the plot necessarily so I felt like they either should have been left out completely or dealt with more extensively through the story line. As it is, it felt like they were briefly mentioned and then neatly tied up and the book moved on. I do appreciate Lis’ expertise in law, politics and criminal investigation which lend the plot an air of authenticity. Overall, an interesting read even if I wouldn’t call it a thriller.

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