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Book Review: Face Of Betrayal (A Triple Threat Novel) by Lis Wiehl with April Henry

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Lis Wiehl, a Fox News commentator and legal analyst, teams up with April Henry on this political thriller, published by Thomas Nelson Publishing and released on April 7, 2009.

When a 17-year-old Senate page goes missing on Christmas break near her parents' home in Portland, Oregon, it sets law enforcement and local media personnel into high gear searching for clues. Three friends, at the top of their careers, who call themselves the Triple Threat Club, discover that the missing page, Katie Converse, was not the picture of innocence described by her parents. Allison Pierce, a federal prosecutor; Cassidy Shaw, a crime report; and Nicole Hedges, an FBI special agent, work together to solve this crime. Working together to uncover clues, the trio soon discovers that Katie was having an affair with a much older man, a senator whose career could be destroyed if it was publicized.

Plot twists abound in this fast paced book that will keep the reader guessing until the end. I'm hoping that this will be a new series by Wiehl and Henry – I'd love to see more books involving these crime fighters. One nice feature of the story was the inclusion of diary entries from the missing girl, which had the reader going back and forth between the two stories, uncovering clues a little at a time.

Readers who are fans of James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series will see a similarity in these two series. Having read the Patterson series I felt that this book was almost a carbon copy – it will be interesting to see if the Triple Threat Club novel will be as successful. Fans of Patterson won't be disappointed by picking up Wiehl's book.

I thought the book was well written and fast paced, but I found the similarity to the Patterson books distracting. I also felt there were huge similarities to the Chaundra Levy real-life case. For this reader, those two things made this book a not-so-original story which might be enough to discourage many readers.

In all, I'd probably give this book 3 out of 5 stars. It was a good, fast-paced read, but there were a few things that made me feel like I'd already read this book.

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