Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl with April Henry is the first in a new series, a political thriller ripped from the headlines. The story seems to be loosely based on the 2001 Chandra Levy case. Lis Wiehl is well equipped to write in this genre. She graduated from Harvard Law School. She's a former federal prosecutor and a legal analyst and commentator for the Fox News Channel.
Katie Converse, a seventeen year-old U.S. Senate page, comes home to Portland, Oregon for her Christmas break. She takes the family dog, Jalapeno, for a walk and never comes home. Reporter Cassidy Shaw, Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce and FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges are long time friends. They call themselves The Triple Threat, named after their favorite dessert. The three women become enmeshed in the case. As the investigation continues, they discover Katie's blog, which hints at a relationship with an older man, possibly Senator Fairview, her Washington sponsor.
The book begins on a confusing note, jumping from past to present but the chapters are dated so it didn't take long to get into the flow. The chapters are short, the pace brisk and the use of technology and the internet adds realism. There are enough twists and turns to keep a reader's attention. The book seems geared towards women, with its cast of strong female characters. And it's an interesting touch to view the crime form three different perspectives, the reporter, the prosecutor, and the investigator, who each have their own personal problems to deal with. There is a religious element to the story. It centers on Allison, the attorney, who prays, consults her priest and talks about religion with her friends, one of whom is an agnostic. I wasn't fully engaged with the characters but I'm a fan of whodunits so I enjoyed the read and the unpredictable ending.
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. The opinions are my own.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 1, 2010)
Paperback: 320 Pages