State of Terror
by Louise Penny and Hillary Rodham Clinton
Art most definitely imitates life in this taut political thriller co-authored by two exceptional women. It’s an America that is slowly trying to recover from the previous four years of an administration that had been run by a total nincompoop. But there are still forces wishing to do harm to the country and the new administration. Clinton has provided the guts to the machinations of the evil doers who hope to bring down the government while Penny wields the pen that puts the words onto paper.
This plot-driven novel is clever and ambitious, full of intrigue and enough red herrings to keep the reader on his or her toes. Friendship and female solidarity are strong themes as portrayed by the characters of Ellen Adams, Secretary of State, and her counselor and best friend Betsy Jameson. With their humour and honesty, they are a refreshing change to the way that such characters are usually portrayed.
This fast-paced and exciting story does not disappoint. Right up until the end we are kept guessing: who do you trust? The book leaves us wondering and asking for more and certainly has the feel that a sequel could be a distinct possibility.