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What You See: A Jane Ryland Novel Hardcover – October 20, 2015
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- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765374951
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765374950
- Publisher : Forge Books (October 20, 2015)
- Dimensions : 6.4 x 1.34 x 9.62 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,409,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now this series is officially titled the Jane Ryland series, but I would argue that Jane’s boyfriend Jake Brogan should be just as much a part of the series title. They are both equally important characters in each book, contributing to the solution of the plot.
Boston detective Jake Brogan has landed a case with too many witnesses. A man has been stabbed in the middle of a small park near city hall at lunch time, and there are cameras and cell phones all around. Did one of these eye witnesses see the stabbing? Or did they capture a clue on their phone?
Meanwhile, reporter Jane Ryland is trying to land a new job. When the call about the stabbing comes in, she is interviewing at a TV station and is the only person around, so she heads out to cover it on a freelance basis. However, a family crisis with her sister’s wedding threatens to derail her career comeback. Can she solve her family’s problems?
If you are new to the series, you can certainly jump in here. Jane and Jake are wonderful characters, and it is easy to figure out their history from comments and exposition here. While a tiny bit of a sub-plot from the previous book is spoiled (explaining why Jane is once again unemployed), nothing major from any of the previous books is spoiled.
There really are two plots in this book that weave in and out of each other seamlessly. The book is a bit slow as the stories are built up, but once they get going, this book is a page turner. I had a hard time putting it down, always wanting to read just a little bit more. This book is longer than the books I normally read, but it didn’t feel like it as I was glued to the page. Of course, everything builds to a satisfying climax.
The story unfolds from multiple viewpoints, including Jane and Jake. This allows us to get to know several characters very well, which helps since we have a large cast of new characters here. All the characters are real, becoming fully fleshed out before we are too far into the book.
Unfortunately, the cuts between the multiple viewpoints was part of the problem early on in the book. In an effort to create tension, we had some quick cuts that were supposed to be suspenseful but were more annoying than suspenseful. As we got to know the new characters and the plots built, switching to another part of the story became a welcome thing because I needed to know what was going to happen.
I saw a description of this series recently that referred to it as cozy thriller. While I don’t know if I would go quite that far, these definitely fall closer to the soft boiled spectrum than the pure cozies I usually read. Mostly, this is noticeable in a few well-placed swear words. And the plot is definitely a step closer to thriller than cozies generally are as well, with more tension and more at stake but without the violence that genre usually has. Just keep this in mind as you pick it up to read.
Because I definitely recommend you read What You See. You’ll be caught up in the story before you know it.
We had met once before when Hank was inducted into the Mass Broadcasters Hall of Fame. I knew she wrote crime novels and had won an Agatha Christie for her first one. I decided then to read all her mysteries in order, as I had done with Travis McGee, Spenser, Jesse Stone, Shane Scully, the Girl with the “Dragon Tattoo,” Wallander, Carl Hiasson, PJ Donaldson, and others.
Investigative reporter Charlie McNally is a great character in Hank’s first four novels. Then Charlie lives happily ever after, and we meet Jane Ryland, who is even more likable and, to me, a little more relatable. Also an investigative reporter.
I really like the way Hank switches POV - even within a chapter - and makes of point of having each character talk a little differently, like you’d imagine they would in real life.
Now I’ve finished all 5 Jane Rylands and have moved on to “Trust Me” that Hank was pitching last summer. It’s also a page-turner, but I’d love to see to reprise of Ms. Ryland on a murder case.
To add to the suspense, Jane gets a call from her sister. The woman is getting married that coming weekend and her fiance's daughter is missing. While he's overseas! Melissa is in a panic so naturally Jane has to respond.
I really liked the way the author took two separate stories and beautifully wove them together in the end. I also liked the way Jane put family above her own wants and needs, not realizing the two cases were actually connected. Jake was pretty amazing as well. In the midst of his case, he's still trying to help Jane find this young girl, showing how much Jane means to him.
This was a top notch story, fast-paced, and I love these characters. Just wish the author didn't take so long between books.
Who did Lewis Whilhite turn out to really be??? Done with Jane Ryland.