An international thriller featuring a female journalist who stumbles upon a dark conspiracy, and her determination to follow the clues, no matter how far that takes her.
Casey Benedict, star reporter at the Post, has infiltrated the lives and exposed the lies of countless politicians and power players. Using her network of contacts, and her ability to slip into whatever identity suits the situation, Casey is always on the search for the next big story, no matter how much danger this might place her in, or what the cost might be, emotionally.
Tipped off by an overheard conversation at an exclusive London nightclub, she begins to investigate the apparent suicide of a wealthy young British man whose death has left his fiancée and family devastated. The young man's death, however, is only the tipping point of a much more sinister and dangerous scandal involving the world's most powerful leaders and magnates—men who are gathering in northern Africa for an extreme and secret hunt. With fellow reporter Miranda and combat veteran Ed by her side, Casey's determined hunt for the truth will take her from the glitz of St. Tropez to the deserts of Libya and on to the very darkest corners of the human mind.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
As an investigative journalist, Holly Watt has written about the refugee crisis, traveling to Libya, Lebanon, and Zaatari refugee camps in Jordan, and covered stories ranging from the Panama Papers to chasing modern-day pirates in the Indian Ocean. She has written for the Sunday Times, the Telegraph, and the Guardian. She lives in London. To the Lions is her first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
To the Lions takes on an intense, complex topic. It’s the type of novel that normally holds me riveted and tears at my emotions. I so wanted to love this book, but I didn’t. The major issue for me is the total lack of character development. Who are these people and why should I care what happens to them? If I can’t answer that, the rest doesn’t matter. And, for the most part, I didn’t learn anything about these people. Casey and Miranda, our two female leads, are highly driven journalists. They’re unlikable in the way they use and manipulate people, stomping through lives without regard, all in the name of the story. And that’s about all I know. Everyone else is just a chess piece there to serve a purpose for the plot. The writing style lacks cohesion. We jump around a whole lot, with appearances from an endless procession of characters, none of which breathe life into the story. The plot itself is horrifying, and yet I only experienced it in the abstract way of knowing but not feeling. The journalistic feel is spot on, which makes sense given the author is a successful investigative journalist herself. But the crossover to fiction didn’t work for me. About one-third through, when I realized I was skimming way more than I was reading, I knew it was time to give it up.
Thank you NetGalley and Dutton Books for granting my wish on my request for this book. To The Lions is a debut novel by Holly Watt, who is a UK based investigative reporter who has written for The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, and The Guardian. The story is about Casey Benedict, a star reporter for The Post who is looking for the best story in a dog eat dog and cutthroat world of journalism, where you are only as good as your last story. She overhears about a recent scandal and a game being played by the uber wealthy on unsuspecting refugees in Libya. She partners with a fellow reporter Miranda and combat veteran Ed by her side following the story from the UK to St. Tropez to Libya. The book could only be told with so much grit and gore of the subject matter based on the writer's experience first hand when she was in Libya reporting, and have experienced first hand government uprisings and corporate greed and disloyalty for money, greed and power. The story is very suspenseful and thrilling. The writing has a lot of elements that are terrifying, heartbreaking, dark and chilling. However, I found it thought provoking and still shocking. I love that there are two strong female protagonist that would do whatever it takes to expose how people with money and privilege can use and abuse their power. I think that Holly Watt was able to accomplish what she wanted to throw To The Lions in this gripping tale of terrifying proportions I recommend this book for fans of political thrillers and strong female characters. Thank you for the ecopy provided in exchange for unsolicited and objective review of this book.
Does the end always justify the means?? This debut novel addresses this question and many others as Watt delves into the lives of investigative journalism. Casey and Miranda who both work for the Post, find sketchy evidence of a manhunt in Libya and are determined to expose the truth (think The Most Dangerous Game with unsuspecting victims). With combat veteran Ed in tow, the three travel to Libya and use subterfuge and other talents they've gleaned to become part of this chilling "tour." I'll be honest; it's a difficult read because of the subject matter, as it's terrifying and heartbreakingly dark. But in today's political climate, it's both relevant and shockingly real. It's even more so for us as we live in San Diego, mere minutes from the border where thousands of refugees are seeking asylum and are living in deplorable conditions, suffering from a multitude of injustices and not knowing what fate awaits them. I shudder each day as I open the newspaper or watch the news on TV and witness what is happening (and yes, on both sides). The answers aren't easy I know. Today's news is about the outbreak of mumps in 57 detention centers affecting both children and adults. So yes, this book is painful but it also addresses concepts we can't hide from. Watt shows us the underpinnings of investigative journalism, both its pitfalls and successes through two incredibly strong female protagonists. My heart was in my throat for most of the book but I liked it much more than I anticipated! Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!
Dynamic, heartbreaking, gripping, powerful. The story centers around Casey the protagonist, infiltrates a group suspicious individuals, using vulnerable refugees for disgusting means. I really liked her character, she remained strong, and determined to get the truth. She's dealing with highly violent, and unstable people with a feminine cunning intelligence. Filled with details but not gory, the storyline is suspenseful making me want to know more each time I turned the page. The details about infiltrating the group and gaining the trust of the varied characters was fascinating. Great story I highly recommend it for a never forger thriller.