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 puts her in hot water with her employers, calling her credibility into 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 prover 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.


Wanda L. Dyson lives on a working horse farm in Maryland, boarding and keepign a menagerie of critters.  She is the author of four acclaimed suspense novels, including Shepherd’s Fall, and she is the co~author of Why I Jumped, the true story of Tina Zahn.

Website:  Wanda L. Dyson


I used to love to watch investigative/justice themed/debate shows, there was just something about watching an investigative reporter go after folks and say all the things to them that I was thinking.  Honestly, I used to wonder, how’d she get in my head?  I’d sit there glued to the television as the host would all but pronounce judgment on the accused.  Not once did I ever question the credibility of the host nor did I ever wonder about the accuracy of the reporting, I just assumed that because it was on television and it had a quasi~legal environment that everything said had to be true without the slightest bit of embellishment.  Bad librarian.

For me, the biggest takeaway from this book is to abide by John 8:7 which states:

They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”

Sometimes in our daily lives, we are quick to judge the lives of others without knowing all the details.  And, really, who are we to judgeShouldn’t that role be reserved for the One who is sinless?  Without being overly preachy, this book is a lesson on judgment and how quickly reputations and lives can be ruined by baseless accusations.

I’d recommend this book to readers who are interested in suspense intermingled with romance and faith.  Bonus points for the book being faith based without being overly preachy and not using any profanity without being too precious.



Disclosure:  This book was provided to me free of charge through Waterbrook Mulnomah’s Blogging for Books program in exchange for a review.  This does not in any way influence my review.