Judgment Day by Wanda L. Dyson

Book Description:  Sensational journalism has never been so deadly.

The weekly cable news show Judgment Day with Suzanne Kidwell promises to expose businessmen, religious leaders, and politicians for the lies they tell. Suzanne positions herself as a champion of ethics and morality with a backbone of steel—until a revelation of her shoddy investigation tactics and creative fact embellishing put her in hot water with her employers, putting her credibility in question and threatening her professional ambitions..
Bitter and angry, Suzanne returns home one day to find an entrepreneur she is investigating, John Edward Sterling, unconscious on her living room floor. Before the night is over, Sterling is dead, she has his blood on her hands, and the police are arresting her for murder. She needs help to prove her innocence, but her only hope, private investigator Marcus Crisp, is also her ex-fiancé–the man she betrayed in college.
Marcus and his partner Alexandria Fisher-Hawthorne reluctantly agree to take the case, but they won’t cut Suzanne any slack. Exposing her lack of ethics and the lives she’s destroyed in her fight for ratings does little to make them think Suzanne is innocent. But as Marcus digs into the mire of secrets surrounding her enemies, he unveils an alliance well-worth killing for. Now all he has to do is keep Suzanne and Alex alive long enough to prove it.
My Review:  Having never read anything by Wanda L. Dyson I wasn't quite sure what this read would be like.  The cover is rather gruesome (in my opinion) so  knew this read would probably be a suspense/thriller---not my usual reading.  
I cautiously began reading page one AND boy.oh.boy! was I hooked!  I was enthralled with all of the suspense and to be honest Suzanne made me a little angry!  I had to see what was going to happen next.  A definite page turner!
This IS NOT a read for the faint of heart.  Suzanne has many, many issues in her life.  Most of which are/have been lacking honesty of any sort.  Ethics?  Not sure Suzanne knows the meaning of this word.  Suzanne is not my favorite heroine.  She's slippery, dishonest and frankly she needs a good disciplinary action; such as, some hard knocking truths!  
As I read further into the book I realized that Suzanne is actually going to get those hard knocking truths....just not in a good sort of way.  First, she must realize that there is a God and that He is watching over her.  Secondly, she will have to answer for untruths that have deeply hurt others.  Thirdly, she'll have to come to grips with her family issues.
This was one of those reads that I won't soon forget!  The whole story line was well written and the telling of such a gruesome tale was done in way as not to shock the reader. well.not.too.much.   A few years back I had read about "such people" who looked for loners in life so that they could prey on them.  These loners were often runaways and people weren't always looking for them.  I wondered if the author had written this story after one of those news articles?  
This was a fantastic 5 star read!  With action, issues to work out and with a smidgen of romance.  But be warned . . . the cover only gives a "slight" look at what the book entails.  Be prepared to finish this read once you begin!

Wanda Dyson – "a shining example of what Christian fiction is becoming..." (Christian Fiction Review). She's been called a "natural" and a "master of pacing," but her fans know that whether it's police thrillers, suspense, or bringing a true story to life, Wanda knows how to take her readers on a journey they'll never forget.

Wanda is a multipublished suspense author, currently writing for Random House/Waterbrook. Her one attempt at a nonfiction book was picked for an exclusive release on Oprah. In addition to writing full time, she is also the appointment coordinator for the CCWC, Great Philadelphia Christian Writers, and ACFW conferences.

Wanda lives in Western Maryland on a 125 acre farm with a menagerie of animals and when she's not writing critically acclaimed suspense, or away at conferences, you can find her zipping across the fields on a 4-wheeler with Maya, her German Shepherd, or plodding along at a more leisurely pace on her horse, Nanza.

With the release of her newest hit, Judgment Day, Wanda is heading back to the keyboard to start on her next high-octane thriller, The Vigilante.

1 comment:

  1. This was one of my favorite reads last year for sure! Agree completely with your review!