Murder, television, parenting, the Amish - they all swirl together at breakneck speed in Wachowski's In Plain View. The author provides some great storylines in this novel, but that¹s part of the problem - there are just too many.  Plus, though interesting, a lot of the plotlines are pretty far-fetched. Still, there are some good things, Wachowski forces you into a labyrinth, but it's a fun one. Maddy's a great character, though she has faults, she remains likable and has a killer newsroom jargon to boot. Billed as a romantic suspense, the book is really more about Maddy than the potential between her and the sheriff. All-in-all, this is an enjoyable read -- one you're willing to suspend your disbelief for. Despite all its complications and stretches of the imagination, the novel does justice to two complex worlds: television news and the Amish. Wachowski has real deftness when it comes to using conversation to explain both. The author uses camera and set directions to visually stage the book. Her zoom-ins clue us into what's really important, which is done well, and make the story extremely interesting. In the end, what makes good TV is what makes you turn the pages of In Plain View: the fall of the innocent always leaves you wanting more.

Veteran television reporter, Magdalena "Maddy" O'Hara is a legend. But now Maddy's trapped in the Chicago suburbs, trying to parent her young niece. Parenting is not easy, and Maddy starts work at the local television station WWST to make ends meet. Her first five minutes on the job, she's saddled with her boss' sister's kid. Her first 10 minutes on the job, she's called out to report on a suicide in Amish country. Within the first hour, she¹s antagonized the local sheriff and the WWST staff. Yes, Maddy O'Hara sure has her ways. As she gets closer and closer to the truth of the suicide, the real threat gets closer and closer to Maddy - and her niece.(, dl. $5.99)


Reviewed by: 
Maria Planansky