The Other Woman

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Reporter Jane Ryland is tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election. Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer that may be hunting down Boston’s young women under the city’s bridges. As the body count rises and election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected...and that they may be facing a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to silence a scandal.

Dirty politics, dirty ...

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Overview

Reporter Jane Ryland is tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election. Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer that may be hunting down Boston’s young women under the city’s bridges. As the body count rises and election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected...and that they may be facing a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to silence a scandal.

Dirty politics, dirty tricks, and a barrage of final twists, The Other Woman is the first in an explosive new series from Hank Phillipi Ryan. Seduction, betrayal, and murder—it’ll take a lot more than votes to win this election.

Winner of the 2013 Mary Higgins Clark Award

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this lightweight murder thriller, Ryan (Drive Time and three other mysteries featuring Boston TV investigative reporter Charlotte “Charlie” McNally) introduces Jane Ryland, a former Boston TV investigative reporter, who left Channel 11 in disgrace and is now working as a newspaper reporter. Jane is covering a U.S. Senate race while her desk mate has the more exciting beat, writing about a serial murderer known as the Bridge Killer. Jane spends significant time thinking about the possibilities of her romantic life, dwelling on the various attractions of her cop friend, Det. Jake Brogan; her newspaper editor, Alex Wyatt; and a cute guy campaign worker, Trevor Kiernan. Jane’s campaign reporting soon mixes with the hunt for the serial killer. Misunderstandings, misconceptions, mistaken identities, missed opportunities, and, most egregiously, missed cellphone calls generate more tedium than suspense. Those who care about what Jane is wearing and who she thinks is hot will be most rewarded. Agent: Lisa Gallagher, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Sept.)
Library Journal
When several young women are found murdered near bridges in Boston, the media incite panic by suggesting a serial killer is at work. Det. Jake Brogan must handle the fallout. Meanwhile, Jane Ryland, a recently discredited investigative TV journalist-turned-newspaper reporter, uncovers a possible scandal involving a Senate contender. The plot thickens as story lines entwine and Jane's career and life are endangered. Can Jane's investigative prowess prevent further scandals and deaths? Will Jake track down the Bridge Killer before more women die? Is there more than just a professional connection between Jane and Jake? VERDICT Ryan, the Anthony and Agatha Award-winning author of the Charlotte McNally mysteries (Drive Time; Prime Time), employs her investigative reporting and political background to craft a dizzying labyrinth of twists, turns, and surprises. Readers who crave mystery and political intrigue will be mesmerized by this first installment of her new series. [See Prepub Alert, 3/21/12.]—Mary Todd Chesnut, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights
Kirkus Reviews
Fired by the TV station that got sued for libel when she refused to reveal a source, a Boston reporter gets thrown into the even more dangerous shark tank of a U.S. Senate campaign. Jane Ryland knew perfectly well that grocery magnate Arthur Vick was the client who'd reneged on all the high-flown promises he'd made call-girl Sellica Darden. But when Vick won a $1 million judgment from Channel 11 and Sellica vanished, her boss threw her under the train. Now that Jane's old rival, Boston Register city editor Alex Wyatt, has snapped her up, the first thing he wants her to do is identify the source she wouldn't identify in court. No deal. So Alex sends her into the jaws of ex-governor Owen Lassiter's Senatorial campaign to get an interview with Lassiter's reclusive wife Moira. At first Moira hides behind the likes of campaign mogul Trevor Kiernan and consultant Rory Maitland; then she puts Jane off. When she finally talks, though, what she says is explosive: She thinks the candidate is carrying on an affair. In fact, he's in much deeper trouble than his wife realizes. Two different beauties, volunteer Kenna Wilkes and groupie Holly Neff, are plotting at cross-purposes to get close to him for their own nefarious ends. Someone sabotages one of his campaign rallies in far-off Springfield. Skeletons from the candidate's past prepare to leap from their closets. Back in the present, Detective Jake Brogan, Jane's friend and not-quite-lover, tangles with reporters convinced that the second young woman's corpse found near a bridge means the city is harboring a serial killer. More of everything you read thrillers for--two unrelated stalkers, four unrelated killers (along with diverse non-homicidal malefactors) and enough plot twists for a pretzel factory. Readers who love too much of a good thing will look forward to the promised series from Ryan (Drive Time, 2010, etc.).
From the Publisher
“Narrator Kadushin has a great sense of timing, a pretty voice and the ability to express emotion without overdoing it.” – The Plain Dealer

“This fast-paced mystery, set in Boston, translates well to audio…Narrator Ilyana Kadushin portrays the assorted characters in a clear but intimate voice that engages listeners in Jane’s life.” – AudioFile Magazine

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“If you haven’t read Hank Phillippi Ryan yet, you should, and The Other Woman is the perfect place to start. A killer plot, compelling characters, and nonstop suspense. Riveting!”

—Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author

The Other Woman does everything a great suspense novel should…  Ryan raises the bar sky-high—I knew she was good, but I had no idea she was this good.”

—Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author

“Nonstop action, written from the rare perspective of one who knows the news business from the inside out… Ryan grabbed me on page one. As current as today’s headlines, The Other Woman is a wholly entertaining read. Just when you think you know it all, Ryan surprises with another twist.”

—Sandra Brown

“A thriller that twists so fast it'll leave you gasping. If you think you know where this story's going, you don't —but I promise, you won't want to wait to find out. Hank Phillippi Ryan is a star.”

—Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author

“A rocket ride of a thriller!  Ryan effortlessly captures the frenetic pace of colliding lives, cutting edge journalism, and killer secrets, as only a true insider would know.  Brava!”

—Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author

A master of timing, Hank Phillippi Ryan serves up a powerful fusion of political intrigue and dastardly crime that keeps the reader captivated until the final, explosive ending.

-Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765332578
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 628,351
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

A former US Senate staffer and political campaign aide, HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate, and has won twenty-seven Emmys and ten Edward R. Murrow awards. A bestselling author of four mystery novels, Ryan has won the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She’s on the national board of directors of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

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“Get that light out of my face! And get behind the tape. All of you. Now.” Detective Jake Brogan pointed his own flashlight at the pack of reporters, its cold glow highlighting one news-greedy face after another in the October darkness. He recognized television. Radio. That kid from the paper. How the hell did they get here so fast? The whiffle of a chopper, one of theirs, hovered over the riverbank, its spotlights illuminating the unmistakable—another long night on the job. And a Monday-morning visit to a grieving family. If they could figure out who this victim was.
A body by the river. This time, the Charles, down by the old dock. Her legs, black tights striped with mud, leather boots, one zipper down, splayed on the fallen leaves and slimy underbrush on the bank. Her head, chestnut hair floating like a punk Ophelia, bobbing and grotesque in the tangled weeds.
Too bad I can’t call Jane. She’d love this.
Jake’s yellow beam of light landed on that Tucker kid, notebook out and edging toward the body. Rubber boots squished in the muck of the riverbank, still soft from Boston’s run of bad-luck weather. “Hey, you, newspaper kid. Out. This means you. You don’t wanna have to call your new editor to bail you out.”
“Is it a serial killer?” A reporter’s voice thin and reedy, carried in the chill wind. The neon green from the Boston Garden billboards, the purple beacons decorating the white-cabled Zakim Bridge, the glaring yellow of the chopper’s spots colored the crime scene into a B-movie carnival. “Are you calling it a serial killing? You think it’s one person? Was she killed the same way as the other?”
“Yeah, tell us, Jake,” another voice demanded. “Is two murders serial?”
“One a couple weeks ago, one today, that’s two.” A different reporter’s voice. “Both women. Both by water. By bridges. Both weekend nights. Both dead. That’s serial. We’re going with that. Maybe … ‘the River Killer.’”
“We are, too. The Bridge Killer.”
“Have you figured out who the first victim is?”
“Outta here, all of you!” Jake tucked his flashlight under one arm, zipped his Boston Police–issue brown leather jacket. Reporters scrambling to nickname a murderer. Crazy. What does Jane always say? It bleeds, it leads? At least her stories aren’t like that. A siren screamed across Causeway Street; then the red-striped ambulance careened down the rutted side street. Every camera turned to the EMTs scrambling out the opening ambulance doors.
No need for them to hurry, Jake thought. His watch showed 2:15 A.M. She’d been dead for at least three hours.
Just like the other woman.
*   *   *
Jane Ryland had thrown up after the verdict.
She’d twisted her damp hair away from her face, avoided the mirror, and contemplated how long she could hide in the Suffolk County Courthouse ladies’ room. Forever would be good. Instead, she’d gritted out a smile for the scrum of cameras as Channel 11’s defense attorney promised her television colleagues an immediate appeal of the jury’s decision. The two then marched down the granite steps of the courthouse, the lawyer’s pin-striped arm protectively across Jane’s shoulder, as if a million-dollar damage verdict were the honorable cost of doing journalism business.
But soon after, Jane could read the counterfeit smiles, rescheduled meetings, abysmal story assignments. Her TV reporting career was over. She’d protected a source, but nobody was protecting her.
MILLION-DOLLAR MISTAKE, the headlines screamed. RYLAND NAMES WRONG MAN AS JOHN IN SEX-FOR-HIRE CASE. Indy rag Boston Weekly called her “Wrong-Guy Ryland.”
Jane knew she hadn’t been wrong. There’d been no mistake, but it didn’t matter. Days later she was fired.
“And most incredibly bogus of all, they pretended it wasn’t about the verdict.” Jane had banged out a bitter and bewildered e-mail to her pal Amy. Once newbie co-anchors together in Iowa, Amy had landed a high-profile reporter gig in Washington, D.C., then Jane got a similar deal in Boston. Amy’s star was still rising. Plus, as she never let Jane forget, she was married.
“After three years of promos, all those promises,” Jane typed, “they said they wanted to ‘go another direction’ with their political coverage. Are you kidding me? There’s an election coming. It’s the biggest story since the Kennedy thing. What the hell other direction can they go?”
“I’m so sorry, Janey honey,” Amy typed back. “They had to blame somebody. Everyone hates TV reporters. And everybody hates TV. I’m probably next, you know? We should have gotten real jobs, kiddo.”
Now Alex Wyatt—Register city editor Alex Wyatt, of all people!—was about to offer Jane a real job. Such as it was. At least the Register’s headlines had been objective. GROCERY MAGNATE WINS SLANDER SUIT.
Jane closed her eyes briefly at the memory. Dad would take care of her, if it came to that, even urge her to come home to Oak Park. Then he’d probably urge her to go to law school, like younger sister, engaged sister, good sister Lissa. Dad would be supportive, at least try to be, but Dr. Ryland never approved of failure. She was on her own. And she’d be fine.
Perched on the couch in Alex’s new and already file-strewn office at the Boston Register, surrounded by the clutter of his half-unpacked boxes, Jane was working hard at being fine.
She wished she could just say no. Leave town. Change her name. Forget the jurors, forget the verdict. Talk to her mom just one more time.
But reality included a hefty mortgage on her condo, payments on her suddenly extravagant Audi TT, looming utility bills, and evaporating severance pay. She’d once reported heartbreakingly headlined stories about the terrors of unemployment. Now she was unemployed. Jane knew she’d tell Alex yes.
“I vouched for you with the bigs on the fifth floor.” Alex positioned a framed Columbia J-school diploma against one beige wall, raised his wire-rimmed glasses to his forehead, then marked the wall with a pencil, turning his back to her. “Told ’em you were nails on the street. Tough and fair. Beat me on a couple stories, that’s for sure. The hospital thing last year, remember?”
I sure do. “The hospital thing” was an overnight stakeout of a politician injured in a suspicious hit and run. Alex and Jane, each refusing to leave while the other kept watch, shared the last of the murky coffee. Jane had secretly contemplated sharing a lot more than coffee. Luckily, as she later admitted to Amy, she’d checked Alex’s third finger, left hand. Taken. At least she’d eventually gotten an exclusive interview with the victim.
Alex was still talking. “But here at the paper, we respect reporters who protect their sources. We don’t fire them. Told ’em I figured your source threw you under the bus.”
He turned to her, glasses back in place and pencil now behind his ear. “Speaking of which. About the case. Sellica Darden told you, didn’t she? She had to be your source. Want to talk about it? Off the record?”
Not now, not ever. “Lawyers, you know? The appeal?” Jane smoothed her black wool skirt over her knees, carefully pulling the hem over her best black leather boots. Looking anywhere but at Alex. Why didn’t life have an “Undo” button? She hadn’t realized she was risking her career for Sellica. She tried to keep the sorrow out of her voice. “I can’t. I really can’t.”
Alex narrowed his eyes. “There’s nothing that’ll hurt the paper, though, right? Nothing’ll come back to bite us? All any of us has is our reputation, you know?”
“Right,” Jane said.
Mortgage. Heat. Health insurance. Food. Mom would have said, “Jane Elizabeth, you should remember every closed door means another door opens.”
“You can trust me, Alex. I know times are tough for newspapers. I’m grateful Jake—Detective Brogan—called you about me. I’m grateful, really, for the opportunity.”
The room went silent.
Maybe Alex was getting cold feet, no matter what Jake had told him. Maybe no one would trust her again. The jury was wrong, not her. But how can you battle perception? Jane gathered her black leather tote bag, ready to be dismissed. Maybe it was too soon. Or too late.
Leaving his framed diploma propped on top of a peeling radiator, Alex leaned against the side of his battered wooden desk. He smiled, running a hand across its pitted wood. “They told me T. R. Baylor himself, founder of the Register, used this very desk back in the day. Brinks job, Mayor Curley, the Boston Strangler. All the Kennedys. They offered me a new desk, you know? But keeping this one seemed right.”
Jane smiled back. “Wonder what T.R. would think about your Internet edition? And maybe there’s a new Boston Strangler now, the one they’re calling the Bridge Killer.”
“Times change; news doesn’t,” Alex replied. “People sure don’t. The Register’s covering it, but we’re not calling anyone the Bridge Killer yet, that’s for sure. Who knows if those killings are connected? But yeah, you can’t understand the future if you don’t understand the past. I’m hoping this desk reminds me of that.”
He pulled a yellow pad from a pile beside him, flipped through the top pages, then held up a hand-drawn calendar. In several of the pencil-line boxes was written JANE.
“Anyway,” Alex continued, pointing to the schedule. “You’re dayside. We’re all about teamwork, and saving bucks, so I have you sharing a desk with Tuck. Tuck’s covering the ‘bridge killings’—whatever you want to call them—always out, so you’ll probably never see each other.”
She was in. She felt a reassuring flutter of the real Jane. I’ll scoop the hell out of those jerks at Channel 11. “Sounds absolutely—,” she began.
“I have to give you a six-month tryout,” Alex interrupted, gesturing “upstairs” with his notepad. “Fifth floor says that’s the deal. Are you with us?”
Jane managed a network-quality smile. Even if “network” was no longer in her future.
“You got yourself a newspaper reporter,” Jane said. She looked square into the city editor’s eyes, telegraphing she was not only the right choice to cover the election and share a desk with Tuck, whoever that was, but a valuable addition to his staff as well. One who did not make mistakes.
His eyes, however, were trained on the screen of his iPhone.
“Alex?” she said. If he dissed her on day one, she had low hopes for the teamwork he promised. But, facts be faced, her hopes were fairly low to begin with. She was still navigating the raw stages of grief over her dismissal from Channel 11.
It had been a while since her heart was broken.
Jane had avoided all the good-byes. She’d gone to the station one last time, after midnight. Packed her videotapes, Rolodex, fan mail, and three gilt-shiny award statues; stashed the cartons in the musty basement of her Brookline brownstone. The next two weeks she’d wrapped herself in one of Mom’s afghans, parked herself in a corner of her curvy leather couch, and stared at her television. A screen no longer her domain.
She hadn’t gone outside the apartment. Hadn’t answered e-mail or the phone. A couple of times, drank a little too much wine.
Dad had been brusque when she called to tell him. “You must have done something wrong,” he’d said. It was okay. Even after all these years, Jane knew he was still missing Mom. She was, too.
Mrs. Washburn from downstairs had appeared with the mail, bearing her famous mac and cheese, Jane’s favorite. Little Eli, the super’s starstruck eight-year-old, tried to lure her, as always, into an Xbox marathon. Steve and Margery, once her producer and photographer, sent white tulips, with a note saying, “Television sucks,” and suggesting beer.
“Television sucks” made her laugh. For about one second.
Week three of unemployment, she’d had enough. She had clicked off the television, cleared out the stack of empty pizza boxes, and popped open the résumé on her laptop. The next day she rolled up the blinds in her living room, dragged the unread newspapers to the curb, and had her TV-length hair—the stylist called it walnut brown—cut spiky-short. She savagely organized all four closets in her apartment and dumped her on-air blazers in a charity bin. She’d listened to every one of her voice mail messages, and one was Jake. With a lead on a job at the Register.
And now she had an offer. Such as it was.
“Sorry, Jane, had to answer that text. So? Can you start tomorrow?” Clicking off his blinking screen, Alex tucked the iPhone into a pocket of his tweedy jacket. He’d been promoted from senior political reporter to city editor in time for the Register’s geared-up election coverage. Once Jane’s toughest competition, Alex Wyatt—“Hot Alex,” as Amy persisted in calling him—was about to become her superior.
Jane couldn’t ignore the irony. The up-and-coming Jane Ryland, award-winning investigative reporter. Crashed on the fast track and blew it at age thirty-two. Possibly a new land speed record for failure. Her smile still in place, she pretended she hadn’t noticed her potential new boss had ignored her.
“You got yourself a reporter,” Jane said again. Now she just had to prove it.

 
Copyright © 2012 by Hank Phillippi Ryan

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You can choose your sin, but you cannot choose your consequences…

Reporter Jane Ryland is tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election. Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer that may be hunting down Boston’s young women under the city’s bridges. As the body count rises and election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases may be connected...and that they may be facing a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to silence a scandal. Dirty politics, dirty tricks, and a barrage of final twists, The Other Woman is the first in an explosive new series. Seduction, betrayal, and murder—it’ll take a lot more than votes to win this election.

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  • Posted October 12, 2012

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    Stories that could have some facts based in truth pull me in quickly as realistic actions and fantasy characters play out in an intriguing tale of murder and suspense that is plausible. Author Hank Phillippi Ryan puts these elements together in her latest thriller, THE OTHER WOMAN, with great results. Narrator Ilyana Kadushin does an excellent job bring the characters to life providing each with their own distinct voice. She has a flare for expressing the emotional ups and downs throughout the story causing you to feel the excitement as the tension mounts. Protecting one’s source is extremely important to rising T.V. star Jane Ryland. It’s so important she loses her job when she refuses to reveal a source involving charges against a prominent businessman. Landing a job as a newspaper reporter working for a former rival, she’s assigned puff pieces. However, as Jane goes about her job she discovers a candidate for Senate may be hiding a secret mistress just days before a pivotal election and it seems his wife thinks so too. Meanwhile, Boston Detective Jake Brogan is busy investigating a possible serial killer and trying to keep the media from dubbing the suspect as ‘the bridge killer.’ Two bodies of unidentified women have been found by bridges and Jake isn’t making much progress. When the body count rises, the third victim turns out to be someone connected to the case involving Jane’s dismissal from T.V. Jane and Jake begin to realize their cases may be related. As they battle their attraction for one another, they each set out to find a ruthless killer bent on silencing a scandal or making a name for himself. The action is fast-pace and filled with highs and lows true to reporting. Ryan’s detailed descriptions of the Boston area places you in the heart of the action with the characters making the setting a major part of the story. There are twists and turns and just when you have it figured out, another turn takes you in a different direction as dirty politics, revenge, betrayal and seduction lead to murder. Ryan’s journalism background shines through in THE OTHER WOMAN. She has created a dedicated journalist in Jane as she deals with high standards for reporting and her desire to have a forbidden relationship. Jane has strength and determination, but also a vulnerable side. Jake is a dedicated cop trying to do the right thing as he battles his feelings for Jane. While at times there appears to be not one but several other women, in the end there is truly only one that is THE OTHER WOMAN. Will it be who you think it is? This is a adrenaline-driven story that will hold you captive from opening paragraph to the last line. Jane and Jake, a crime-fighting duo to rival Lois and Clark. FTC Full Disclosure - This audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Jake Brogan is following leads in two deaths¿.women who the medi

    Jake Brogan is following leads in two deaths….women who the media believes were killed by “The Bridge Killer”….Jane Nyland is trying to get her life back together after refusing to reveal a source and losing her job and her credibility…..she takes a job at a newspaper and doesn’t want to do the local stories that no one cares about…..she is trying to track down “The Other Women” in a Senate election.
    Will Jake and Jane figure out if their stories are connected? Who is willing to kill women in Boston without a second thought? Will it be to avoid political scandal or is there more to the story?
    I have watched Hank Phillippi Ryan on my Boston news for years, but until I read her books, had no idea what reporters (especially investigative reporters) go through for stories, including the danger involved if they try to investigate the wrong person! I have a new found respect for the job that she does! If you have not read her four earlier books, now is the time to read a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and keep you reading long into the night! Think you have the story figured out? Guess again! The plot twists and turns and keeps you guessing, taking you through the streets of Boston, with an inside look at crime fighting and journalism. You will not want to put this book down! Another amazing book by and equally amazing author, Hank will be on your favorite authors list before you are finished with the book! Don’t miss this one! Thanks Hank for another thrilling ride!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2012

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    The Other Woman is a plot-twister of a novel set in Boston invol

    The Other Woman is a plot-twister of a novel set in Boston involving a strong and sexy cop, Jake Brogan, and a smart and savvy newspaper reporter, Jane Ryland, as they struggle to find a serial killer and follow a political campaign while trying to ignore their draw to one another. When the murder investigation and campaign seem to overlap, Jake and Jane are thrown into each others worlds and have to face what their growing attraction could mean to both of their careers.

    Steven King once said, "Good books don't give up their secrets all at once." and Hank Phillippi Ryan has proven that with The Other Woman. This is a book that keeps you turning pages to find out its secrets and just when you thought you figured them out they twist and turn into something new.

    Hank knows how to build suspense. I could not put this down and stayed up way to late promising myself just one more chapter. I HAD to know what happened next. That is what I love about a good book and this one is a great one!

    Victoria Allman
    author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey With Her Captain

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    Wow! In this fast-paced and action-filled narrative, newspaper r

    Wow! In this fast-paced and action-filled narrative, newspaper reporter Jane Ryland's assignment and homicide detective Jake Brogan's murder investigation turn into a kaleidoscope of duplicity and when it was all over, only the strong survived.

    This was an awesome read that quickly became a page-turner that I could not put down. I was immediately drawn into this suspenseful drama where the action never stops from the first page to the explosive finale. I had no choice but to take this nail-biting journey wondering what happens next when both Jane and Jake separately connect the dots on this roller coaster ride of intrigue. This is a terrific start in this debut series and I look forward to more thrilling exploits with Jake and Jane, wherever it takes them.

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    Posted September 4, 2012

    Fast-Paced Thriller

    A great book, filled with twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end. A wonderful read with interesting characters, a timely plot, and an abundance of suspense. Highly recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

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    The Other Woman

    There is more than one “Other Woman” in this new novel by Hank Phillippi Ryan [following her 2010 “Drive Time,” the fourth in the terrific Charlotte McNally series]. This time she introduces a new female journalist, Jane Ryland. For Jane, the other woman she is trying to track down is the one she suspects of being the paramour of Owen Lassiter, the political Golden Boy, charismatic former Governor and current candidate for Senate, in whose life there is, perhaps, more than one “other woman.” For Jane’s not-quite-significant other, Detective Jake Brogan, of the Boston PD, the “other woman” is the one whose dead body is discovered [on page one], the second in a week found in the river, under one of Boston’s bridges, with nothing to identify her: no ID, not even a pair of shoes, for the police to work with. The tabloids have of course dubbed the women as victims of The Bridge Killer, though the police vehemently deny that a serial killer is in their midst. And there will be more “other women” before this tale is through.

    Jane’s personal backstory plays an important part in the plot: an award-winning investigative tv reporter, when she refuses to give up her source on a scandalous piece she did about a married businessman magnate who patronized a prostitute, she and the tv station for which she covered the story are found guilty in the ensuing defamation lawsuit, a million-dollar verdict the result. She is, of course, promptly fired, although she soon manages to get a job as a reporter on a Boston paper. On the romantic front, she and Jake find that their respective professional obligations make any relationship difficult, at best.

    Other bodies turn up, and the ‘serial killer’ theory harder to deny. The political story as well is a tough one for Jane to uncover. There are a couple of females who could be described as potential stalkers, their motives unclear. But who was the real threat? And who the killer? The author sleekly weaves together several threads, with corresponding and changing pov, each time leaving the reader with mini-cliffhangers, and building the suspense to the point that this reader was racing through the pages in the final third of the book.

    Ms. Ryan’s bona fides in writing about a media reporter turned print journalist, involved in a political fray, are hard-won: She is a multiple-Emmy-Award-winning reporter on Boston’s NBC affiliate and former US Senate staffer and political campaign aide, and her credentials are evident on every page. I found this a terrific summer read, and it is highly recommended.

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  • Posted October 31, 2013

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    Loved the story of Jane and Jake. Can't wait to see what the nex

    Loved the story of Jane and Jake. Can't wait to see what the next exciting adventure is for them. Hank Phillipi Ryan, writes with an amazing flow that captivates you from page one. A Perfect book to read to see if you can find out who dun what. Excellent and beautiful story line, makes you wish you could jump into the book and help Jane. Hank, hit this out of the park, you could almost feel yourself being in Boston. Classy read just like the wonderful person that Hank is.

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  • Posted August 15, 2013

    Politics, Scandals, Investigations...and Boston as a Backdrop.

    Politics, Scandals, Investigations...and Boston as a Backdrop. Author Hank Phillipi Ryan combines the perfect ingredients for a good Boston suspense novel. While it's not my favorite of her books, I did appreciate the clever twists and turns that form the backbone of her story. I agree with some of the other readers...some parts didn't hold my attention and were a bit confusing. The end was quick, but I did enjoy it. I think it's difficult to write about a scandalous campaign and successfully keep a reader guessing. Thankfully, characters were colorful as well as the setting. Looking forward to reading more of Hanks' books.

    J.R. Reardon, author, "Advice and Consent"

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  • Posted April 1, 2013

    Warning: Do not start this book late in the evening if you plan

    Warning: Do not start this book late in the evening if you plan to sleep the same night. Once you begin reading Hank Phillippi Ryan's The Other Woman you will not be able to put it down. Ryan is a master of the believable thriller.

    Jane Ryland, star television investigative reporter, is fired by her station and forced to grab a lowly newspaper job. As the newbie reporter Jane is assigned to interview the reclusive wife of the leading Massachusetts senatorial candidate. Her cubicle mate gets the assignment Jane lusts for -- a possible serial killer stalking Boston. While her maybe boyfriend, police detective Jake Brogan, hunts the killer, Jane's supposedly simple interview sends her down a rabbit hole of campaign intrigue and infidelity. But who is truly unfaithful and the identity of the Other Woman will surprise you more than once. My only complaint -- Jane's cell phone is so intrusive it practically becomes a character. A minor quibble in an otherwise great read.

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  • Posted November 17, 2012

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    How timely can it get? Hank Phillippi Ryan's new book/audiobook

    How timely can it get? Hank Phillippi Ryan's new book/audiobook reads like it's torn from the front pages of today's newspapers! I thought it was timely when I was listening to it during the Romney/Obama campaign. Boy, did I have no idea!

    This is a fabulous book which gives the perspective of a young woman who's caught between a blockbuster story and everyone who wants to be "off the record." Every newswoman's nightmare. Jane Ryland, the main character, is a tough and tender news reporter who would do anything to protect her sources, and does. She's also feisty and ferocioius when it comes to those she wants to protect in her private life. Coupled with the sometimes "off the cuff" love of her life, Jake Brogan, an equally manned-up cop, she does all she can to help turn a campaign on its ear, solve the mystery of the (several) other woman, and dig into the case of The Bridge Killer, a seemingly serial killer loose in Boston. A lot for one woman and a cop to deal with while they steal kisses and longing looks!

    Boston becomes another actor in this hot and heavy thriller, which I absolutely loved. The town is home to me, and Ryan describes it so well as she chases after big stories and people of interest. More of this would be wonderful as Jane becomes a series persona!

    This is a fast-paced, heavy hitter of a book. Never a dull moment as Jane works to find the other woman within a maze of different senarios. Misadventures, mistaken identities and miscrossed situations make this a story that won't let up for one second! If you wonder how things can get so tangled in the headlines, read this one! The twists will defy even your attention!

    I listened to this audiobook while preparing jewelry items for market this last month. It stopped me dead in my tracks on several occasions. Hot and searing in its complexity...it doesn't let go until the wrap up at the end.

    I recommend it!

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

    Looking forward to it.

    It is impossible to review a book in April which won't be released until September. I do, however, anticipate it to be awesome based on how good her other books were.

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    good read, sometimes frustrating

    Like life, the story has it's disconnects which is frustrating to read, but real. good story.

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

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    Politicians do make for strange bedfellows...and this may be the

    Politicians do make for strange bedfellows...and this may be the strangest yet.

    Hank Phillippi Ryan writes power-driven fiction that mimics the high-stakes political and investigative reporting theme that just may be closer to the truth than we want. She knows exactly what she is writing about from her own life experience of investigative reporting. The main character is Jane Ryland, former top reporter for television who has been blackballed for not revealing her source in a high profile murder.

    Taken on a six-month trial by a newspaper editor who happens to believe in her, she finds herself whisked away to political rallies, interviews and press releases. She also interviews Lassiter's wife for background. At the same time, her good friend Jake is investigating a series of deaths that may or may not be connected to each other and just may be vindicating Jane for not revealing her source which got her fired from her last job along with an unbelievable debt. 

    Non-stop action in this story, don't put it down, you might miss something! This book is fascinating in its tension, thriller action and mystery. Who is the stunning but elusive Mrs. Wilks? Is there a serial killer? Just when you think you have the answers, the story takes a 180 and starts you on a new thread. The final answers are surprising. Will Jake and Jane throw caution to the wind and begin a relationship? Well, that will have to be another story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Good

    Fast moving keeps you reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Great read

    A fast paced thriller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Recommend

    Always good books.

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  • Posted November 9, 2012

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    Hank Phillippi Ryan is an award winning investigative reporter

    Hank Phillippi Ryan is an award winning investigative reporter for a television station for Boston, Massachusetts. She has also turned her talents to fiction writing and has won numerous accolades for her four books. After all, she's writing what she know - reporting and investigation. So I eagerly picked up my first book by this author - her latest - The Other Woman.

    Jane Ryland was a television reporter, fired when she refused to reveal a source and cost the station a million dollars. Now she works for a newspaper. But the drive is still there to uncover the 'big' stories. And she thinks she's found it in the final days of the senate race. A mysterious woman is appearing at every rally for the governor. At the same time her cop friend Jake (or as she refers to him - Jakey) is investigating the deaths of a number of young woman. Is it a serial killer? Could there be a connection between the two 'cases'?

    I never read other reviews until I've written my own. And I've discovered I'm in the minority on this one. It was an okay listen, but never really engaged me fully. I listen back and forth while driving to work and honestly found my attention wandering during the last few discs. Much of the story seemed to be repeated - there were multiple phone calls and texts that I found interminable, discussions rehashed and more. I truly think Ryan dragged out the story - it could have been two discs shorter for me.

    The reader was Ilyana Kadushin. Kadushin has an excellent voice - rich and resonant. She also read the Twilight series. And that was the character I associated her voice with - a teenager. Her breathless delivery didn't suit an investigative reporter character. She really didn't have a different voice for each of the characters and at times I was hard pressed to figure out who was talking. You really had to listen the the "Tuck said, Jake said" cues.

    I never really bought into the Jane Ryland character. Her cutesy references (Jakey and Janey) and daydreaming about her married boss (Hot Alex) lessened her and I had trouble taking her seriously. I found Jane's dialogue amateurish given her profession and Jake as a detective was the same.

    Given the number of 'big name' blurbs that promoted this book, I thought I would love it too. Sadly,I didn't.

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