Genre: political thriller, suspense
Published: March 5, 2019
I’m probably the least politically inclined person around, so parts of this book could have very easily gone over my head. Instead the author spun such an engaging and twisty tale that I was left guessing about what would happen in the final few chapters.
“I love Jude, and that was the truth.
I supported Jude’s political career and that was the truth.
I was committed to my work at the Foundation and that was the truth.”
Aby and Jude are the young power couple in Washington DC who are the center of the story. Jude is a genuine good guy and he wants his election to reflect his honest values. But both he and his wife have some BIG secrets.
Interspersed throughout the chapters are excerpts from Op Ed pieces that help the reader put the political climate in perspective.
After Jude is caught in the crossfire of a bizarre shooting, Aby thinks everything could unravel and her own lies will be revealed. She is an unreliable narrator but I was still sympathetic to her.
“I realized that I couldn’t bring up any topics that I didn’t want the absolute honest truth about. And sometimes the truth came unsolicited.”
One of Jude’s college friends is Laila Rogers and she’s also his campaign manager. She was a complicated character to read and it was hard to tell where her loyalty lay. When she was fundraising for the campaign, she made it clear what her priorities were.
This book has it all – dirty money, corporate greed, scandalous behavior and grown up bullying. It will definitely appeal to the intelligent reader who can appreciate the parallels to today’s social media and political issues and also enjoys a fast paced exciting storyline!
I can also highly recommend Lemongrass Hope and The Truth About Thea, two of her previous titles!
About the Author:
After 13 years in the cutthroat world of corporate law, including a decade at the top Manhattan law firm, Skadden Arps, Amy left in 2009 to advocate for working women, eventually landing at a VC-backed start-up company, Hybrid Her (named by Forbes Woman as a top website for women in 2010 and 2011), while writing her first novel, Lemongrass Hope (Wyatt-Mackenzie, 10/8/14), and her first non- fiction book, Lawyer Interrupted, published by the American Bar Association in 2015. Amy is an award-winning author and a frequently invited speaker in writing and transitioning lawyer circles. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Huffington Post, The Glass Hammer,bDivine Caroline, and ABA’s Law Practice today, among more. She is a Tall Poppy Writer and the 2016 President of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association.
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