The 3rd Woman by Jonathan Freedland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
THE FIRST TWO MURDERS WENT UNNOTICED. BUT THE NEXT WAS HER SISTER…
A terrifying yet unputdownable thriller from No. 1 bestselling author and award-winning journalist Jonathan Freedland.
SHE CAN’T SAVE HER SISTER
Journalist Madison Webb is obsessed with exposing lies and corruption. But she never thought she would be investigating her own sister’s murder.
SHE CAN’T TRUST THE POLICE
Madison refuses to accept the official line that Abigail’s death was an isolated crime. She uncovers evidence that suggests that Abi was the third victim in a series of killings that’s been hushed up as part of a major conspiracy.
SHE CAN EXPOSE THE TRUTH
In a United States that has yielded to the People’s Republic of China, corruption is rife – the government dictates what the ‘truth’ is. With her life on the line, Madison must give up the story, or face the consequences…
This was my first Jonathan Freedland book and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. A clever action packed political thriller with an intelligent female lead.
Straight into the action from the first chapter with a murder and from then on a suspense ride to the end. Madison Webb (Maddy) is the feisty journalist ex police officer who goes on a quest when her younger sister is murdered and becomes the third victim of a killer in Los Angeles. Determined to find the truth about how her sister died she uncovers a conspiracy by the US-Chinese government and the knowledge that she cannot trust anyone she embarks on a journey that is fraught with danger.
Set in LA where China has set up a base in California she stumbles on clues that lead her right into the heart of the Chinese base where US law does not exist and where Chinese rule does. Using all her skills and trading on contacts made both in the police force and in the world of journalism, Maddy discovers links to the political elections going on with bribery and corruption happening in the Chinese base and more clues to point her towards the murderer.
Right up until the end the reader is still unsure of who Maddy's sisters killer is which keeps the reader hooked until the very last page. Great suspense, action and twists and turns throughout.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.