Once more Lis Wiehl has written a page-turner about events that one would not be surprised to find in their current newspapers or broadcasts. When star TV newscaster Erica Sparks is given the go-ahead to start a new program, she decides to begin the series with a feature on a secessionist movement growing in North Dakota. It doesn’t take long before the situation becomes a powder keg that gains the attention of the entire country and Erica finds herself right in the center of things.

I enjoyed reading “The Separatists” which not only featured plenty of suspense but also personal issues in Erica’s own life, especially developing problems with her new husband and her teen daughter. Having read the previous two books from the series, I am beginning to wonder why such a savvy newscaster like Erica is so naive when it comes to trusting the wrong people. I suppose it adds to the story but you’d think she would realize by now that she trusts others just a bit too easily and usually gets burned because of it. Nevertheless, “The Separatists” as well as the rest of the Newsmakers series are excellent reads and I recommend them to anyone who enjoys contemporary suspense.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by Amazon Vine. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


Journalist and newscaster Erica Sparks is only planning to report on an explosive story—until she gets caught in the middle of it.

After getting the green light from her network to launch an investigative news show, Erica flies to Bismarck, North Dakota, to investigate “Take Back Our Homeland”, the largest secessionist group. What she finds is profoundly disturbing – a growing threat to the future of our union.

Back home, her husband Greg is drinking more and talking less—and taking an unusual interest in the glamorous author Leslie Burke Wilson. Erica’s teenage daughter has also begun acting out in troubling ways.

Then she discovers a potential informant murdered in her Bismarck hotel. Take Back Our Homeland might be even more dangerous than she had thought—and she’s unwittingly become one of the key players in the story. Her fear and anxiety escalate—for her marriage, her daughter, and her own life.

New York Times bestselling novelist and former legal analyst for Fox News Lis Wiehl takes us behind the anchor’s desk in this gripping look at high-stakes reporting in a country torn apart.


Lis Wiehl is one of the nation’s most prominent trial lawyers and highly regarded commentators.  Currently, she is the legal analyst and reporter on the Fox News Channel and Bill O’Reilly’s sparring partner in the weekly “Is It Legal?” segment on The O’Reilly Factor. Prior to that she was O’Reilly’s co-host on the nationally syndicated show The Radio Factor.  She is also a Professor of Law at New York Law School.

Prior to joining Fox News Channel in New York City, Wiehl served as a legal analyst and reporter for NBC News and NPR’s All Things Considered.  Before that, Wiehl served as a Federal Prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s office.

Wiehl earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and her Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Queensland.

Wiehl is also the author of The 51% Minority, which won the 2008 award for Books for a Better Life in the motivational category, and Winning Every Time.

She lives in New York.