Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Review & Giveaway: The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan (CLOSED)

***Congratulations to Suko, winner of the giveaway!!! Thanks to all who entered! 

Title: The Wrong Girl 
Author: Hank Phillippi Ryan 
Series: Jane Ryland/Jake Brogan #2 
Published: September 2013, Forge Books 
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages 
Source: Personal copy 

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?

My thoughts:  Wow...this is the second book I've read by Hank Phillippi Ryan and once again I found myself completely pulled into the story from the first page. I was very fortunate to meet Hank when she was touring for this book back in September and so I had some background information about the story which I think only added to my enjoyment. You can read about that author visit here.

This is the second book in Hank's Jane Ryland/Jake Brogan series, although Hank does say the books do  not need to be read in order. Jane is still trying to acclimate to life as a newspaper journalist rather than a tv reporter and finds herself in the middle of a rather interesting case. Her ex-colleague comes to her with the feeling that after meeting her supposed birth mother, she might be the "wrong girl". While investigating the adoption agency, the trail connects to the homicide case that Jake is working on. 

Let me tell you - the twists and turns this book takes keeps you turning the pages long into the night and the short chapters have you saying, "Oh, I'll just read one more chapter," until you suddenly find yourself at the last page. Quite a few times, I thought I had figured things out, only to have Hank throw in a new twist that completely threw me for a loop.

I love the chemistry between Jane and Jake and love how palpable the tension is between them - they know that a relationship between them is off-limits because of their jobs, but that doesn't mean they don't care for each other. Jake went crazy went he realized Jane's apartment had been broken into; Jane went out of her mind when she heard about the gunman at the police station. Clearly one of these two needs to get a different job so they can be together!

The premise behind this story really is quite interesting and I remember Hank telling us that it is loosely based on a real call that came into the newsroom where she works. While the real case and her book are different, is just goes to show you all it takes is a little nugget of an idea for an author to then create a masterpiece of a story like this one. I cannot wait to see what comes next for Hank Phillippi Ryan - she is now on my list of go-to authors!

Books in this series:
  1. The Other Woman
  2. The Wrong Girl 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS - CLOSED (US)   Thanks to the publicist I have one copy of The Wrong Girl to give away to my readers.

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This giveaway is open to US residents only and ends December 13th.  

Good luck!


  1. This book looks so good, first time hearing about this author!

  2. This one sounds great! I am keeping my fingers crossed!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  3. This does sound excellent! Thanks for hosting this giveaway. I will share it with my readers. :)


  4. Sounds fabulous! Thanks for the chance to win.

    Mcstone84 at gmail dot com

  5. She is on my to try list. I met her at Bouchercon last year and she was delightful.

  6. Love to read this. thanks for this great giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. What a wonderful feature which interests me.Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  8. A brilliant choice, I'd love to win a copy of The Wrong Girl.
    I tweeted a link to this post:
    Thanks. carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

  9. The way you wrote this review makes it seem quite exciting- a nice mix of tension that keeps the reader on edge to keep reading, just what I need on a holiday airplane flight!

  10. I love book giveaways! Thanks for making it clear that the books need to be read in order - sometimes they don't, and sometimes they do, in regards to series, so it's always good to know!

  11. Both of Hank's books are on my TBR list! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of THE WRONG GIRL!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

  12. This book sounds perfect for me Thanks fir giveaway.Will tweet@Rhondareads

  13. Thank you! I'd love to try it. Sounds exciting.

    I will Tweet about the give away.


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