Saturday, December 8, 2012

A Face of Betrayal



Title:  Face of Betrayal
Author:  Lis Wiehl with April Henry
Pages:  310
Year:  2008
Publisher:   Thomas Nelson
               
                Face of Betrayal is the first in a series entitled, Triple Threat.  The setting is modern day Portland, Oregon.  The genre is mystery/suspense.  The triple threat referred to previously is a friendship among three women…a reporter, a prosecuting attorney, and an FBI agent.  All three are women whose goal is to see justice done.
                  Warning:  There is some sexual non-explicit scenes  in this book.
                Allison is a married attorney and a Christian who has just discovered she is pregnant with her first child.  She asks to be assigned to the Katie Converse case.  Katie is a 17-year-old girl who is home on Christmas break from Washington DC where is a page for a senator from Oregon.  This senator has taken a special interest in Katie and has agreed to mentor her.  Katie if very interested in politics and wants to make this her career.  However, something has happened to Katie.  She leaves one afternoon to walk her sister’s dog and never returns.  Did someone kidnap her?  Why is there no ransom request?  Has she run away?  Her blog indicates she was depressed, so did she perhaps kill herself?  Allison searches for legal means to question the senator to find out what he knows.  Did he kill Katie?
                Cassidy is a single reporter who is very concerned with her image.  She is constantly on the lookout for a “big” story that could be the break she has been looking for in her career to catapult her in the ratings and thus a bigger market.  Can the Katie Converse story do this for her?  She will do just about anything to get her story.  Cassidy flits from one fad to the next as far as her “faith”.  She tries the “in” thing, and when it is “out”, she moves on to something else.  She has also become involved in a personal relationship with an abusive man.  Can she see that his behavior toward her is abusive?
                Nicole is a single mom of one daughter and an FBI agent.  As an African American female she has faced prejudice in the past, but is her new team leader different?  She has been assigned as the liaison between Katie’s parents and law enforcement.  She actively works the case, looking for clues to try to solve the case.  Nicole feels she has been let down by God in the past when she needed Him most, and now she thinks she can handle everything on her own.  She can readily identify with Katie’s parents and their anxiety over their daughter.  Can Nicole discover what happened to Katie?  Will the guilty party be brought to justice?
                The short chapters make the story fly by.  There is plenty of action and interaction between the characters with a few surprises included.  I very much enjoyed the story.  However, there was reference to a sexual device, another where losing one’s virginity was discussed, and finally a scene of two unmarried, naked adults waking up in bed together.  My rating is low due to this content.  I feel the author could have told her story without this content included.  They didn’t add anything to the overall plot.  As this is the first book in the series, perhaps future books leave this type of thing out.  I plan to read the next book in this series and will write a review of it, so check back for an update.
                My rating is 2.5 stars due to the sexual content.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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