Judgment Day – Wanda Dyson

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.

Wanda L. Dyson was  new author for me but I was intrigued by the storyline and had to read Judgment Day. As one who enjoys a good suspense read, I was not disappointed. From the first few pages, the suspense began and kept me turning the pages. There were times when it was predictable but Ms. Dyson’s writing still held my interest. It is all too common in certain genres for the same ideas to be written over and over again. Ms. Dyson did an excellent job in making this unique story line work.

I was a bit disappointed in the characters. Much of the dialogue seemed shallow and rushed. While the suspense and action were well written, I would have loved to have seen more character development.  I think digging a bit deeper into some of the relational aspects would have added much to the story.

The ending was a surprise. It seem to take a relational focus and after the relationships being kept at a superficial level throughout the book, the ending seemed out of place. I definitely expected a different style of ending for Judgment Day.

However, if you are looking for a great suspense read, Judgment Day would be an excellent choice. I will be looking for more of Ms. Dyson’s work to read in the future.

You can go here and read an excerpt to get a feel for Judgment Day.

Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book for review by WaterBrook Multnomah. No compensation was made. Opinions expressed are my own.

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