Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Hand of Fate by Lis Wiehl

Hand of Fate: A Triple Threat Novel is billed as a thriller, revolving around the lives of three women.  Federal prosecutor Allison Pierce, FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges, and television news crime reporter Cassidy Shaw make up the "Triple Threat" to which the subtitle refers.  The story opens with the murder of Jim Fate, the obnoxious talk radio personality we all love to hate.  Investigating who would NOT want him dead would be an easier job for these women.  Woven throughout this main storyline are sub-plots involving domestic violence, illegal immigrants, rape victims, and food safety.  The number of social and political issues touched on is understandable, as the author is also a Fox News analyst and commentator.

While I would not call this a "pulse-pounding thriller", I did find that I enjoyed the story.  It did not draw me in and make me fall in love with the characters, but I found myself interested in the storyline and curious as to who was behind the murder.  Curious, but not page turning breathless.  What I appreciated most is that this was not a one-sided political story.  Knowing the author was a news analyst, I feared I would find a strong politic message thinly disguised as story.  That was not the case at all.  There were more questions here than answers.  No one political party or viewpoint was pushed and the gray areas were many.  The social issues of our day were given a face and a story and the answers aren't as easy and one sided (on either side) when faced with hurting people in difficult situations.  There was much to think about in an easy to read "beach-side" book.


Hand of Fate is available through Thomas Nelson (although not a "Christian" book) and your favorite online or local bookstores.

*Disclosure: I received this book at no cost through Booksneeze.com, for review purposes.*  

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