- Series: Jane Ryland (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Forge Books; Reissue edition (July 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765369133
- ISBN-13: 978-0765369130
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
- Customer Reviews: 227 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Other Woman (Jane Ryland) Mass Market Paperback – July 2, 2013
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Meet Jake Brogan, Boston Police Homicide. He's investigating a series of murders the media believes is connected. They've dubbed the perpetrator "The Bridge Killer" since the murders took place near bridges throughout the city. But Jake does not believe the cases are connected. He has to prove that to the media, his superior officer and the public at large. But, when the body of another woman turns up, it changes everything for Jake and maybe even Jane.
I can see why Channel 7's own Hank Phillipi Ryan received so many nominations for this book. The characters are great. They are full of suspense and intrigue. And jumping back and forth between our suspects makes the mystery even interesting, revealing layers of possible motive. Jane Ryland is a great character. She reminds me of a female journalist version of Harry Bosch. A disgraced TV reporter turned newspaper reporter who looks into every angle, every crevice and leaves no stones unturned. My only complaint is Jake Brogan and the police stuff. I feel that the author used some creative licensing to write about the cop stuff, but I don't believe that the Boston Police department issues brown leather jackets to its officers. And I don't believe that a detective would wear a bullet proof vest durring a search. Maybe durring an arrest. And I doubt that detectives drive marked police cruisers unless if it was very necessary. But I could be wrong about some of this. Regarding these possible mistakes, this book was a definite thrill ride. I cannot wait to read the next one.
I'm not quite sure what I expected, but The Other Woman far exceeded it. Jane Ryland's source has abandoned her and left her in a million dollar lurch of scandal. Now Ryland has been fired from her prestigious TV job and is slumming it in newspaper.
Two dead bodies have washed up under bridges, and Boston is more than apprehensive. Detective Jake Brogan doesn't think there's a serial killer, but he can't disprove it either--especially not when a third body washes up.
Meanwhile, Ryland has to take the fluff piece on a senator's race while fighting her attraction to Jake because, well, a relationship between a cop and a reporter would be trouble all around. I would say hilarity ensues, but it's really more like mayhem.
Without giving away any spoilers, this mystery has a lot of threads. Bear with the multiple narrators at the beginning because everything ties up quite nicely. Also, I really like the balance between Ryland's personal life and her professional life--the forbidden romance between her and Brogan is believable and intriguing.
Apart from the beginning which struck me as a little choppy--I think I was just adjusting to Ryan's style--this was a smooth read and a fun page turner. I'm in.