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Review: The Third Woman by Jonathan Freedland

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Third Woman
Jonathan Freedland

Genre: Thriller
Hardback: 480 Pages
Publication: August 4, 2015
by Harper

The United States have yielded to the People’s Republic of China – Beijing has written off trillions of dollars of US debt in return for a permanent military presence on US soil. America is now a former global superpower, dependent on and junior to China. And the evidence – cultural and political – is everywhere.

Madison Webb is a work-obsessed journalist who will do anything to get to the heart of a story; to expose lies and corruption. When her sister is brutally murdered, the police seem too eager to write it up as an isolated incident. Madison starts digging and uncovers a series of similar rape-murder cases.

As her investigation beings to attract the media spotlight, Madison draws the attention of some powerful people. And when she reveals the link between the victims, Madison will find out that the Chinese military makes for a terrifying enemy…

My Thoughts

Madison Webb is a LA Times investigative journalist. Her sister Abigail has been found dead with doctor announcing that Abigail died by a massive drug overdose of heroin. Madison does not accept it, so she is determined to find out what really happened.

The story sets in a time when the United States has defaulted on its national debt and has been usurped as a super power by China. Not only does China control the western ports and smog fills the air, the United States dependent on Chinese finances. Corruption is rife in this world.

I love how the story shows journalism’s impact on society, American election campaigning, and the political correctness. I also enjoy that there's an awareness in society that the press can interfere with the course of the law, but it also can expose things that the public have a right to.

The author creates tension and mystery and keeps the reader constantly guessing on what will happen next. With solid writing and interesting characters, it is a thriller to pick up this fall. Overall, I enjoyed the story and would recommend it.

About the Author

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.

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1 comment on "Review: The Third Woman by Jonathan Freedland"
  1. I'm glad you enjoyed this exciting read! Thanks for being a part of the tour.


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