Thursday, February 13, 2014

SNAPSHOT by Lis Wiehl - A Review

Disclosure: The following post contains some advertisement. I received this book in exchange for my opinion. No other compensation given.

If you love novels with a bit of history, you are sure to be smitten with this one. It will keep you turning pages from page one. 

Two little girls, frozen in black and white. One picture worth killing for.
Federal prosecutor Lisa Waldren’s estranged father wants her to investigate a cold case from his FBI days. Lisa nearly refuses, even though a wrongly convicted man faces execution for murder. Then her father reveals a photograph: a little white girl playing alongside a little black girl at a rally in 1965 where the shooting of a civil rights leader took place. She recognizes herself in the photo.
She was there.

Lisa agrees to help, resolved to boldly seek answers she’s skirted for decades. What she discovers are layers of deception, both personal and professional, reaching as high as the head of the FBI. Possibly even the president.
And though Lisa and the other girl may have escaped the 1965 shooting physically unharmed, her little friend, now grown, bears the scars of it. All because of the color of her skin. As Lisa and her father get closer to the truth, the real killer turns the hunt around.
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About the Author:
Lis W. WiehlLis 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. Her column "Lis on Law" appears weekly on
I was blessed with a copy of this book from the Book Sneeze Program in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to give a positive review. 
My Thoughts:
History being one of my favorite subjects, I found this book to be captivating. Although fiction, Lis based the book on actually happenings of the 1960 time period.   A photo of two little girls, one white and one black, in an era where seeing the two together could cause a multitude of conflicts, sparked the idea for this story. Lis herself being one of  the girls in the picture.  
This novel is a intriguing tale of racism, politics, murder, cover-ups and so much more.  While Lisa (the book's main character) is now a grown woman with a title of Federal Prosecutor, she still wonders about much of her childhood. When her estranged father, a retired FBI, calls her out of the blue to assist him on a case, Lisa has quite a few reservations.  There are more questions than answers...  A man, convicted years before, for a murder he may not have committed; a black and white photo of two little girls on the day that murder happened, and many unanswered questions divulge a mystery you will not be able to resist.  Once in, you will bite, hook, line and sinker.  
How much of this plot is reality or fiction.... is for you to find out. Characters in the story will jump out at you as you remember events of the past. At the end find out how the author came to write Snap Shot.  A fun question and answer time with Lis and her father, along with a Reading Group Guide.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and had a very hard time putting it down! 

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