The Separatists is the third installment in Wiehl’s Newsmaker series. It is by far the best of the three, and I thoroughly enjoyed the first two. You can read my review of The Newsmakers here.
In this third volume, Erica Sparks, the nations top and hardest hitting news reporter investigates the secessionist movements that are growing around the nation. One such movement, in North Dakota, is disturbing, and Erica stumbles upon something much bigger, more sinister and dark than she’s ever experienced. As she seeks to follow the threads of murder and corruption to their source, she lands herself and her family in great danger.
Paired with this plot, Wiehl describes a woman who is both successful and greatly insecure. Sparks comes from humble beginnings, and seeks to escape that stigma, and be a better mother to her daughter. And with her new marriage struggling to survive, Wiehl paints a picture of a realistic person, struggling with many of the same struggles most of us deal with on a daily basis.