Click here to read reviewer Dave Roy's take on Face of Betrayal (Triple Threat Series #1).
Katie Converse is a smart, beautiful, seventeen-year-old Senate page from Portland, Oregon.
Back home in Portland for Christmas, she disappears while walking the dog. Her parents immediately raise the hue and cry, and a desperate search begins.
Local television reporter Cassidy Shaw announces the story of Katie's disappearance on the air. The media firestorm that follows could be the making of her career
- if she can keep herself at the forefront of the action. Good thing for Cassidy that her two best friends become involved in the case, as well. Federal prosecutor Allison Pierce and FBI agent Nicole Hedge are Cassidy's buddies;
as a group, they call themselves "The Triple Threat Club," and they get together regularly to try to sort out the difficulties of their crazy lives. Cassidy is able to glean important bits of information about the case from Allison and Nicole because both women are soon sucked into the investigation that mushrooms around the case.
When Nicole discovers that Katie had a MySpace page that she posted on regularly, things really start to heat up. Turns out Katie was having a little fling with "Senator X." It isn't too hard to figure out that "Senator X" is actually Senator Fairview, who sponsored Katie's page application. Suddenly the case
takes on a whole new aspect; the well-known Senator has motive and opportunity. His relationship with Katie is certainly a juicy scandal, but is he really her killer?
This fast-paced suspense novel's premise could easily have been ripped from the headlines. All of the characters are well-rounded and their relationships feel authentic. The point of view rotates
among Cassidy, Allison and Nicole, so the reader gets to know the personal struggles of each woman and how they relate to each other as a group of close friends. Cassidy is a beautiful girl with a promising career, but she is stuck in an abusive relationship. Allison and her husband have been struggling with infertility, under the stress of trying to have a baby for the past several years. Nicole is a single mom, juggling parenting her child and the demands of her job. She doesn't seem to have any time left over for a personal life. Because of their unique relationship, they are able to put their heads together and figure out what happened to Katie Converse. Interspersed between chapters are Katie's MySpace pages. Through them, the reader gets to know a little about Katie's life.
The action keeps the reader guessing and turning pages in this absorbing tale. Ms. Wiehl's experience with the media and the government are apparent and lend the book a veracity that makes it seem to almost read like a nonfiction story.
Looking for an exciting contemporary mystery with strong female characters? Add Face of Betrayal to your summer reading list!