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Product Details

  • Series: Jane Ryland (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1 edition (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765332582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765332585
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #778,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A strong theme compensates for a heavy reliance on coincidence in Ryan's sequel to 2012's The Other Woman, a Mary Higgins Clark Award winner. Tucker Cameron, a former colleague of reporter Jane Ryland's at the Register, a Boston newspaper, asks for Jane's help in determining how a private adoption agency, Brannigan Family and Children Services, managed to reunite her with the wrong birth mother. Meanwhile, an anonymous phone call leads Det. Jake Brogan and his partner, Det. Paul DeLuca, to a Roslindale apartment, where they find the body of a woman who's suffered a fatal blow to the head, but no murder weapon accompanying it. Jane's editor assigns her to cover the killing, setting the stage for a complex investigation. Ryan does a good job portraying the foster care and adoption systems, their shortcomings, abuses, and overpowering demands. Intriguing secondary characters, including an idealistic worker at Brannigan, support the well-matched Jane and Jake, whose romance continues to smolder. Author tour. Agent: Lisa Gallagher, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Sept.)

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*Starred Review* Reporter Jane Ryland is on the trail of something big enough to ensure her continued employment on the downsizing Boston Republic when an anonymous threatening phone call makes her editor pull her off the story. Sidelined, she takes time to help former colleague Tuck Cameron, an adoptee just paired with her birth mother, who is distressed that the private Brannigan adoption agency that placed her made a mistake and that she’s “the wrong girl.” Jane still continues to ferret out angles of the story of an unidentified woman killed in a house with two young toddlers present and evidence of a missing baby, a case being worked by her not-quite-lover Detective Jake Brogan. As Jake tries to avoid Jane on the job, he also has to deal with a case involving two top Brannigan administrators found dead days apart under questionable conditions. Investigative television reporter Ryan fulfills the promise of her first Jane Ryland mystery, The Other Woman (2012), as she blends a social issue—the cost to young children of an overworked and underfunded foster care system—into a crisp, fast-moving police procedural featuring reverberating illegalities, increasing danger and suspense, and crackling sexual tension between Ryland and Brogan. Another winner from Ryan. --Michele Leber

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Denise Crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 13, 2013
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This second installment in the Jane Ryland series after "THE OTHER WOMAN" finds Jane, now a reporter for a local newspaper, embroiled in another mystery involving betrayal, secrets, and murder. Jane and Jake are drawn into investigating a series of deaths that lead them to a corrupt adoption agency and an overworked foster care system. All the victims seem to be related to a central issue - the question of whether adults who were adopted as babies and are seeking answers are being reunited with their true birth mothers or if something illegal is going on. It seems that an old colleague of Jane's (Tuck Cameron) coincidentally meets her purported birth mother through the agency but is convinced that the agency has made a mistake; that she is "the wrong girl."

The action shifts constantly from character to character and there are a lot of twists and turns in the narrative that keep the reader guessing as to what is actually going on because there are different aspects of the case that are all connected to Brannigan Family and Children Services. Many unbelievable scenarios and coincidences provide the forward momentum of the story as it spins first in one direction and then another.

Of course there is a component of romance to this series -- Jane and Jake want to be together but their jobs make it impossible as they need to remain objective. I found their longing for a public relationship with each other to be the least compelling part of the novel and, seriously, it would have been better if everyone answered their phone calls!

Overall, I didn't particularly like the constant shifts in point of view and the jumpy transitions in the flow of the story. I didn't really care much about any of the characters as I did not see any real depth to them. I think it's important that if you choose to read this book that you read the first in the series prior to doing so. I'll likely not read a third in the series.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. August VINE VOICE on July 4, 2013
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After reading about this famous investigative reporter, Hank Phillippi Ryan, I expected some sharp, intriguing characterizations. The plot of the novel was interesting but it was somewhat convoluted. The story starts out simple enough when Tucker Cameron, a former coworker of the heroine, Jane Ryland, approaches her for help concerning Brannigan Family and Children Services. She attests that the agency reunited her with the wrong birth mother. This premise ignites the plot that begins with the murder of a woman who appears to be the young mother of two small children. Domestic violence is the initial motive.

Jane Ryland lost her TV job and was working at a Boston newspaper, The Register, looking for scoop and a lead story to recapture her fame. The story takes place in Boston during the winter with frightful cold and unending snowfall. Ryan uncovers the intricacies of adoption agencies and the foster system. Jane's editor, Alex, assigns her the job of covering the murder which leads to twists and turns involving more murders and the smoldering attraction of Jane and Detective Jake Brogan.

The chapters are extremely short transporting the reader from Jane to the police to Tuck to secondary characters in the plot. Before something really happened, a new chapter would appear, moving me from scene to scene. The foundation of the mystery was interesting but the characters were stereotypes. After reading many mysteries, I discovered excellent novels have quirky and unforgettable characters. Ryan doesn't create anyone that is unique or memorable. Jane is a typical go-getter with no real surprises. I wanted to yell, "wake up Jane." Brogan was good but he needed a bigger personality, one that the reader would not forget.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By bet on September 30, 2013
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I read most of Hank Phillippi Ryan's books and enjoyed them. This book is an exception. I don't understand why going all over the place trying to find out if Tuck is the wrong girl. Just do a DNA test and get it over with already. All the characters are not likable and kind of dumb. All the 'why' and 'what' and 'who' are driving me crazy. End up skip thru most of the pages just to get to the end.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 13, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed Hank Ryan's last Jane Ryland novel, so I was eagerly looking forward to reading The Wrong Girl. Unfortunately, I did not find this story to be nearly as compelling, and had a hard time maintaining much interest in this tale of adoption, foster care and mismatched families.

Jane Ryland is still as interesting as ever, although this time around I found her constant fretting about her relationship with Jake to be tiresome and repetitive. They weren't together much in this story, so their relationship was reduced to just a couple of witty conversations and a bunch of worrying. Ho hum. At one time, the plot seemed to revolve around Jane not getting a voice mail message. I was left wondering for quite a while exactly what kind of reporter doesn't check her messages? It was frustrating and ended up feeling like nothing more than a contrivance to move things along.

There were many plot elements that seemed to coincidental, and although the ending was gratifying, the journey we took getting there was just not very interesting. The author was not very successful in generating any genuine suspense, and I found myself struggling to get to the end of the story. Jane seems to have lost a bit of her edge in this novel, and I hope she gets it back again in the next installment. This one is not a recommend.
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More About the Author

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the bestselling author of seven award winning novels of suspense. National reviews have called her a "master at crafting suspenseful mysteries" and "a superb and gifted storyteller."

Her newest book, TRUTH BE TOLD, is a Library Journal Editor's Pick and RT Book Reviews Top Pick and received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, which says, "Drop everything and binge read!"

THE WRONG GIRL has the extraordinary honor of winning the Agatha Award and the Daphne Award, and is a seven-week Boston Globe bestseller and Anthony Award nominee.

THE OTHER WOMAN won the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award, and was listed as a Best Book of 2012 by the Kansas City Star, the Sacramento Bee, Suspense Magazine, and The Boston Globe, won the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award, and was the only novel nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Shamus and Daphne awards for Best Novel of 2012.

Her first four mysteries, beginning with the Agatha Award-winning PRIME TIME, feature Charlotte McNally, a Boston television reporter. FACE TIME was a BookSense Notable Book, and AIR TIME and DRIVE TIME were both Anthony and Agatha Award nominees for best novel of 2009 and 2010.

Hank is also an award-winning investigative reporter at Boston's NBC affiliate. Her work has resulted in new laws, people sent to prison, homes removed from foreclosure, and millions of dollars in refunds and restitution for victims and consumers. In addition to 32 EMMYs and 12 Edward R. Murrow awards, Hank's won dozens of other honors for her ground-breaking journalism. She's been a radio reporter, a legislative aide in the United States Senate and an editorial assistant at Rolling Stone Magazine.

Hank is also on the national board of Mystery Writers of America and served as 2013 president of national Sisters in Crime.

Learn more about Hank at www.HankPhillippiRyan.com.

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