Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean the Deep State isn’t after you.
In a very Trumpian administration, Hayley is a young military veteran and White House intern. When her mentor, Chief of Staff Peter Hall is killed of an apparent cardiac arrest, she is suspicious. After all, he had just told her, “They want us dead!” When asked who the they is, he had replied, “the shadow government, or deep state”. He had also said, “Trust no one.” However, she must have help. As a lowly unpaid intern, what power can she wield in this battle for America itself. But will Hayley trust the right people? Will she be able to save the President?
I wasn’t too sure if I would like this book. I had never read this author before. Plus political thrillers tend to be staunchly left or right wing making for a slow slog through party rhetoric. However, there are two publishers whose books always exceed my expectations— this one, Emily Bestler Books and Flatiron Books—so I took a chance. And I’m so glad I did!
The pacing of Deep State is perfect for a thriller. It has both slow thoughtful periods and fast-paced thrill rides. And there are twists aplenty in a society, like politics, where everyone has multiple agendas. Hayley, with her rough-and-tumble childhood and prior military boxing experience, is a completely new type of heroine for our new decade.
If you enjoy reading fast-paced thrilling adventures, I highly suggest you read this book. Beware that it is extremely difficult to stop reading. It is best begun on a snowy or rainy Saturday when you have no plans or distractions. 5 stars and one of my favorites!
Thanks to Emily Bestler Books, Atria Books, and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.