by Lis Wiehl, April Henry

Forge Books, $#7.99, 421 pages

Katie Converse, a Washington DC page, returns home to Portland, Oregon for Christmas break and disappears. Worried and upset, her parents turn to the local authorities and media for help in finding their daughter.  When the story breaks, Cassidy Shaw is the first to report it and the story explodes. Federal prosecutor Allison Pierce and FBI agent Nicole Hedges find themselves swept into this investigation. Soon, it becomes evident that there may be more to the disappearance of Katie than meets the eye. Racing against time, The Triple Threat Club — Allison, Cassidy and Nicole — must use all their abilities to solve this crime before someone else becomes a victim.

Although this book is a political thriller, I did not find it to be bogged down with a lot of legal and political aspects that take away from the story. I liked how Lis Wiehl weaved fiction and truth to create a book that will leave you thinking. I found myself intrigued by the process and details presented in the investigation. Portland readers will be able to recognize key landmarks such as Forest Park and the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse. If you want a book that will keep you guessing until the end, Face of Betrayal is the book for you.

Reviewed by Rebecca Eischen