Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Review: State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny

About the Book

Political Thriller


Simon & Schuster

Release Date
October 12, 2021

Synopsis from Goodreads:

From the #1 bestselling authors Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny comes a novel of unsurpassed thrills and incomparable insider expertise—State of Terror.

State of Terror follows a novice Secretary of State who has joined the administration of her rival, a president inaugurated after four years of American leadership that shrank from the world stage. A series of terrorist attacks throws the global order into disarray, and the secretary is tasked with assembling a team to unravel the deadly conspiracy, a scheme carefully designed to take advantage of an American government dangerously out of touch and out of power in the places where it counts the most.

This high-stakes thriller of international intrigue features behind-the-scenes global drama informed by details only an insider could know.

My Review

The new Secretary of State, Ellen Adams, is faced with a terrifying crisis.  There have been terrorist attacks throughout the world and they have received a few threats that are a bit closer to home.  It’s a race around the clock to stop the violence and bring the country together.

This is a hard one to summarize so I will just leave it at that as well as Goodreads’ description above.  State of Terror really resonated with me - it felt, unfortunately, as if something like this could actually happen today.  It’s quite a scary thought.  I wasn’t sure I’d even want to attempt to read it as it's not my usual genre, but I gave it a shot and I’m glad I did.

The characters are well portrayed.  I could feel Clinton’s first hand knowledge of being a Secretary of State shine through these pages.  Ellen Adams truly does come to life.  I felt all her emotions as she tried desperately to save lives.

Every chapter gave you a different twist.  When you think you know what’s going on, you quickly learn that you don’t.  The authors do a great job of surprising the reader and catching us off guard.  At least that’s how I felt and I love being caught off guard.  As I approached the end of the book, I just couldn’t put it down.  I had to know who was behind all of this.

I’m wondering if we’ll be getting a sequel.  I’d be here for one.  This one is already on my list of contenders for best book of 2022.

For reading challenges:

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2022
Literary Escapes Reading Challenge 2022 (District of Columbia)
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2022

Disclosure:  I borrowed this e-book from the library . All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I love that a book that is out of your comfort zone is going to end up a favourite. Thanks for sharing your thoughts

  2. i was hoping to see a review of this one. it is a genre that i love to read and i am glad it was such a hit for you. i'll be checking the library
    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. I've been curious about this one. Glad to hear your thoughts.

  4. Sounds like these authors pulled it off. Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. I listened to this as an audio book and just loved it! I think there is going to be a sequel. Some of the articles about their collaboration are very interesting to read.


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