Contemporary Christian Fiction

The Newsmakers by Lis Wiehl

Newsmakers Thomas Nelson | January 2016 | Mystery & Thrillers

TV reporter Erica Sparks has become a superstar overnight. But is it due to her hard work and talent? Or is she at the center of a spiraling conspiracy?

Erica Sparks is a beautiful and ambitious reporter who has just landed her dream job at Global News Network in New York. And while it was hard to leave Jenny, her cherished eight-year-old daughter, in the custody of her ex-husband, Erica is determined to succeed in the cutthroat world of big-time broadcasting. She can only hope her troubled past won’t come back to sabotage her dreams.

Although the wounds from her divorce are still fresh, Erica can’t deny the chemistry between her and her new producer, the handsome and empathic Greg Underwood. But a relationship is the last thing she wants right now.

On her very first assignment, Erica inadvertently witnesses—and films—a horrific tragedy, scooping all the other networks. Mere weeks later, another tragedy strikes – again, right in front of Erica and her cameras.

Her career skyrockets overnight, but Erica is troubled. Deeply. This can’t just be coincidence. But what is it?

Erica will stop at nothing to uncover the truth. But she has to make sure disaster—and her troubled past—don’t catch up with her first.

My Thoughts

Following a stint in rehab, Erica Sparks landed a new job as a field reporter for GNN. In a short amount of time, she is catapulted from obscurity to stardom. Initially Erica feels she has been in the right place at the right time to catch major breaking news, but soon she begins to wonder if something sinister is at play. With a story that could easily translate to the big screen, author Lis Wiehl has put herself on my radar.

I went into this story with an open mind, because Lis Wiehl is a new-to-me author. I believe the author’s experience in News emanates from the main character and lends credibility to the story. With cyber security being such a hot topic in the media, Lis capitalizes on it well for this book, albeit on a rather grandiose and slightly unbelievable scale.

A few scenes involving Nylan Hastings compel me to mention that The Newsmakers is a little gritty and not a “clean read.” For me, the romance between Erica and Greg came on a little too quickly, yet Erica’s character is well developed with a solid backstory. Despite a few cable television worthy moments, the themes of forgiveness, faith, and restoration are woven throughout the book.

Overall, I’m happy to have been introduced to Lis Wiehl’s writing. I believe this work of contemporary Christian fiction will appeal to broad audience both inside and outside of the genre.


I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley 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 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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