The Wrong Girl (Jane Ryland Series #2)

The Wrong Girl (Jane Ryland Series #2)

by Hank Phillippi Ryan
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The Wrong Girl (Jane Ryland Series #2) by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Award-winning and Boston Globe bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan presents a spine-chilling, heart-wrenching suspense novel that explores a terrifying scenario striking at the heart of every family.

Does a respected adoption agency have a frightening secret? Tipped off by a determined ex-colleague on a desperate quest to find her birth mother, Boston newspaper reporter Jane Ryland begins to suspect that the agency is engaging in the ultimate betrayal—reuniting birth parents with the wrong children.

For detective Jake Brogan and his partner, a young woman's brutal murder seems a sadly predictable case of domestic violence, one that results in two toddlers being shuttled into the foster care system. Then Jake finds an empty cradle at the murder scene. Where is the baby who should have been sleeping there?

Jane and Jake are soon on a trail full of twists and turns that takes them deep into the heart of a foster care system in crisis and threatens to blow the lid off an adoption agency scandal. When the threatening phone calls start, Jane knows she is on the right track…but with both a killer at large and an infant missing, time is running out….

The Wrong Girl is a riveting novel of familial relationships—both known and unknown—vile greed, senseless murder, and the ultimate in deception. What if you didn't know the truth about your own family?

The Wrong Girl is the winner of the 2013 Agatha Award for best contemporary novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765332585
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 09/10/2013
Series: Jane Ryland Series , #2
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate, and has won twenty-eight Emmys and ten Edward R. Murrow awards. A Boston Globe bestselling author, Ryan has won the has won two Agatha Awards, in addition to the Anthony, Macavity, Daphne du Maurier, and Mary Higgins Clark Award. She's on the national board of directors of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime and is the author of The Other Woman, The Wrong Girl and Truth be Told.

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The Wrong Girl 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
This second book in the Investigative reporter, Jane Ryland, series is greatly aided by the knowledge that Hank Phillippi Ryan, a TV reporter herself, has in how a story is developed through personal investigations, police procedurals, and keeping all your sources available for inside information.    Jane is working for a floundering Boston newspaper when her friend, Tucker,  asks her to help her.  Tucker has been matched up with her birth mother and they are getting along beautifully, until Tucker finds out that she's been matched with the wrong woman.  At the same time, Jane's boss sends her out on a story of a murdered woman, also being investigated by her secret boyfriend, Jake, on the Boston police force.  These investigations slowly collide in a larger investigation of the Brannigan Agency that matches adoptees and birth mothers, the foster care system, Child Services, and greedy individuals.  The pace and building atmosphere of this story are superb in creating great tension and plot that made me feel that I was deeply involved with these people's lives.  The problems that are present in the extremely overworked child and foster care system were aptly used in creating a very believable, but deeply troubling plot for this mystery. Definitely a memorable book.  I listened to this on audio and believe that added a great deal to my enjoyment of this book !
BuzzBland More than 1 year ago
The Wrong Girl is the right read! Hank Phillippi Ryan brings us back into the world of Jane Ryland, a Boston newspaper reporter, and Detective Jake Brogan, with their smoldering we-can’t-do-this relationship and a trail of deaths, murders and questions involving the foster care system and an adoption agency that appears to be reuniting children with the wrong parents. Danger lurks in every lead; this is another winning roller coaster ride for Ryan. The plots intertwine with delicious suspense, I will admit to having to put the book down and walk away to gather myself when even Jane’s tiny fur friend is in danger! Put aside a day to sit and read, you will not want to put this down. Jane’s former colleague Tuck asks for help to find out why she is being reunited with a woman who is not her foster mother. Is there a sinister motive? Is it for money or something else? Jake is following leads to find out who murdered a young woman, and will his instincts prove right that a baby is missing? The leads head for a collision course, and who will survive the dangers lurking at every turn? This is a page turner that will keep your heart racing and have you second guessing yourself if you think you know what is going to happen! Don’t miss another great book from Boston’s own treasure, Hank Phillippi Ryan!
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Jane Ryland’s still acclimating to life at The Boston Register, still transitioning from TV to newspaper reporter, after being fired by Boston’s channel 11 for refusing to reveal a source. Deciding maybe this life without “Air Time” and “Face Time” is okay, not having to always be primped has it’s perks, but now it’s all about selling papers and making headlines because there are rumors of more cuts coming. When former work mate, Tuck comes to Jane with a personal false identity adoption story Jane agrees to help look into Tuck’s adoption. Hoping for a scoop, she begins by finding out just why Tuck thinks she’s The Wrong Girl. The deeper into the story Jane gets there seems to be more questions than answers and Jane’s certain she’s opened a Pandora’s box when she’s personally and anonymously threatened. In the mean time Boston Homicide Detective, Jake Brogan’s called to investigate a possible domestic turned murder that leaves two children survivors behind, the more comprehensively he and his partner investigate this crime, the more puzzle pieces there are to put into place. It also places Jane and Jake in the same places at the same time which brings uncertainty as to why and also brings their untimely, star-crossed attraction constantly to the surface where they’re forced to question the sanity of resisting it over giving into it. Extra, Extra!! Hank Phillipi Ryan’s newest novel is another brilliant example of why she’s a bestselling, Agatha and Edgar winning author. Hank’s premise is one that could be headlined on any media source with its mistaken identity adoption draw. She intricately weaves her multiple threaded tale, dropping seemingly innocent thoughts until they start adding up to clues that will lead her readers down the garden path of wrong ways, while she easily slips from one voice to the next. Every character role is played to perfection but at the heart it’s all about Jane. Her scruples are what every J-school professor hopes his students excel at and on pg.142 she says it all when Jane tells readers that her job as a reporter is to “make happy endings” even at the expense of her own, which is yet another pull for fans. The incredible almost palatable attraction between her and Jake and the “right way” Hank always handles it. And then there’s the emotional cliff-hanger Hank so thoughtfully leaves us with that will make us yearn for the next in the series while wondering how on earth we’re going to wait until it’s here. The Wrong Girl is an adrenaline filled page-turner, an edge of your seat thriller and a romance in hiding; it will attract a variety of readers from multiple genres and attract new fans as well. If you’re looking for a title that will help you heat up those cool autumn nights look no further. Hank I’ve been there from the beginning and have enjoyed every heart-stopping mile and can’t wait for the next leg of the journey.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
One of the things I especially enjoy about author Hank Phillippi Ryan’s Jane Ryland Series is how realistic her characters are, particularly her protagonist. Narrator Ilyana Kadushin does an excellent job giving individual voices to the various characters in Ryan’s THE WRONG GIRL. Kadushin conveys the vast array of emotions the different characters experience. Her cadence holds your attention and heightens the drama of Ryan’s new suspense thriller. Newspaper reporter Jane Ryland agrees to help former colleague Tucker Cameron with a personal issue concerning her adoption. Tucker has been reunited with her birth mother through the Brannigan Family and Children Service. However, she’s afraid she’s the wrong girl because of several items that were supposedly left with her when she was an infant. Meanwhile, Detective Jake Brogan - Jane’s ‘sort of’ boyfriend - has his hands full investigating the murder of a woman that left two toddlers unharmed. In addition, Jake believes there had also been a baby at the scene and is now missing. As Jane and Tucker search for answers to Tucker’s real birth mother, Jake’s murder investigation leads to the same adoption agency. When there are more murders and Jane is threatened, the cases collide turning the lives of several people upside down. Ryan has a knack for creating realistic and likable characters. She gives them strength and courage, but also flaws and self-problems. The secondary characters are also well-developed adding depth and flavor to the story. The plot of THE WRONG GIRL flows smoothly and at a quick pace. While there are a number of things happening at once, the reader/listener isn’t lost in any confusion. The dialogue, as well as the bantering, among the characters pulls you in holding you captive as you try to figure out who the bad guys really are. Ryan’s detailed descriptions of the locations enhances the story painting a vivid landscape of the setting. In addition, she brings out the true worries and fears print journalists face daily with cut backs and lay offs. Her own journalism background enriches the working aspects of this story. Her descriptions of Jane’s inability to get to the point of telling something without going into great deal hits home for this former newspaper journalist. THE WRONG GIRL is a roller coaster ride of emotions topped off by suspense, humor and touches of romance. The action is heart-pounding, the characters memorable, and the intrigue spine-tingling. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring disjointed story. Gave up at 100 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Lots of twists and turns.
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gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
In the opening pages of the newest book from Hank Phillippi Ryan, Tucker (“Tuck”) Cameron contacts Jane Ryland to ask for her help in what has been a long quest to find her birth mother. Only acquaintances, the lives of both women had taken them along somewhat similar, if negative, professional paths: Tuck had been fired from her job as a reporter at the Boston Register for sleeping with a source. Jane is now working at the Register, after having been an award-winning investigative tv reporter before she lost her job for refusing to give up a source. Her job at the Register is a somewhat shaky proposition, what with all the paring down of personnel at newspapers around the country. The two had only worked together at the paper for about two weeks, but Tuck doesn’t know where else to turn. Seeking to find the truth about her birth parents, Tuck had years ago gone to Brannigan Family and Children Services, the name her adoptive mother had given her. It had been a closed adoption, with the records sealed, but apparently her birth mother had now given permission for them to be opened. Tuck finally has the information she is so desperate to acquire. We quickly meet some of the personnel at the Brannigan, whose theoretical purpose is making connections and putting families together. But now Tuck has reason to believe that her newly found mother has been sent the “wrong girl” of the title. And soon things take a sinister turn as two of the people at the Brannigan are found dead. And more deaths swiftly follow. Initially the p.o.v. was constantly and quickly changing and revolving among the lead characters, with many balls in the air at one time. That was a bit dizzying in the early pages, less so as the story picks up speed and suspense, which it quickly does. Jane is still ambivalent about her romantic attachment to Jake Brogan, the cop who is assigned to investigate the deaths that take place, and they still find that their respective professional obligations make any relationship difficult. The investigation takes many unexpected turns, and the suspense is well-sustained throughout. I have loved all of this author’s previous novels, especially the last one, “The Other Woman,” which introduced Jane Ryland and set a high bar for its follow-up. “The Wrong Girl” is a fine addition to the series, and it is recommended.
LoveToReadJFE More than 1 year ago
“I don’t think she’s my mother.” Tucker Cameron’s astonishing claim propels reporter Jane Ryland into a perplexing puzzle; soon the murders of a foster mother and an adoption agency employee are intersecting with her investigation, And Detective Jake Brogan is certain there’s a missing baby . . . . From the first page, Hank Phillippi Ryan’s superbly-written “The Wrong Girl” thrusts the reader into the middle of an intriguing mystery with more twists and turns than a roller coaster . . . and takes the reader hurtling along at breakneck speed to its stunning conclusion. How can there be a “wrong” girl . . . and is there a “right” girl? It’s a must-read, a can’t-put-it-down thriller that will keep you guessing right to the very end. “The Wrong Girl” is a surefire hit; highly recommended . . . don’t miss this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it a good idea ti find your biological parents.? Youd know you have somthig good with your adopted parents they wanted you! People are human also curupt mistakes are made coruption is done to hide people its more upseting to think you were hooked up with you biological parents only to be disapointed there the wrong people. Good book started slow then it grabed you. Must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gave as a gift to someone who had met the author. She was happy to receive it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hope she will release another soon.