The 3rd Woman

Harper (August 4, 2015)

The first two murders went unnoticed. The third will change everything. . . .

She can’t save her sister.

Journalist Madison Webb is obsessed with exposing lies and corruption. But she never thought she’d 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 her sister was the third victim in a series of killings hushed up as part of a major conspiracy.

She can expose the truth.

In a United States that now bows before 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 her quest for justice—or face the consequences. . . .

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Author Jonathan Freedland / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 480 Pages

This novel opens with two distinctly dramatic events involving two women right off the bat. Oddly, I wasn’t holding my breath for them. There was something about the prose and descriptions that somehow sucked the urgency out of the events for me. I continued on thinking that instead of an instant blaze, maybe this was going to be a slow burn kind of fire, ending with hot white coals.

A number of years ago, Japanese corporations started buying American real estate. Folks joked nervously that they were going to own more of America than American’s. Later came the stock market meltdown and recession. So I didn’t find it hard at all to believe the premise of this book that our debt and foreign policy had resulted in China having a military presence on U.S. soil. You don’t have to be involved in foreign policy and politics to enjoy this book though. That’s the political backdrop, but the novel really boils down to a woman wanting to get to the bottom of her sister’s death.

Even that theme was somehow diminished by the way the sisters’ relationships are styled. For example, when Maddy goes to her murdered sister’s apartment “She hadn’t been inside this apartment for months. It might even have been a year.” Maddy’s career is that of a reporter. So she goes about the whole investigation in the same manner as if it was her next story. I respected her for being smart and professional, but there was just ‘something’ that was missing.

About Jonathan Freedland31437

Jonathan Freedland is an award-winning journalist, a number one bestselling author, and a broadcaster. He is the Guardian‘s executive editor for Opinion and also writes a weekly column. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times and the New York Review of Books, and presents BBC Radio 4’s contemporary history series The Long View. In 2014 he won the Orwell special prize for journalism.

Find out more about Jonathan at his website, and connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

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