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A Review of Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Truth Be Told

by Hank Phillippi Ryan

“Write what you know.” One of the most commonly given pieces of advice to new writers. Most people take it too literally. It becomes a pair of handcuffs. Ms. Ryan took that advice and used it to write an exciting, fast-paced mystery thriller. She uses her experience as an  investigative reporter in Boston to enhance the realism of her descriptions. Her journalism background also comes through in the tightness of her prose. She doesn’t waste words, just says what needs to be said to tell the story, but she always says enough so that it feels real.

Truth Be Told is an excellent book. The multiple story-lines twist around each other. They intersect, and then separate. You are sure that they are tied together, but then something else happens that throws that idea into doubt. Then just when you think that you know what is going on, Ms. Ryan throws in something totally unexpected. You never feel that the action is forced or unrealistic. It is all totally believable. You don’t want to put the book down.

Ms. Ryan does a great job of putting life into her characters. Jane Ryland feels like a tough reporter. She is hard-working and goes the extra mile to get her story. Her personal life isn’t as clear. She and Jake Brogan have something going, but there is a lot in the way. How can a reporter and a police detective be together? How can they deal with the different demands of their jobs.

The main idea behind this whole book is the search for truth. Some people want to find it and expose it for all to see, and others want to hide it, to twist it, to bury it, so that nobody ever knows the truth. But “Truth Be Told”. The book lives up to its name. The truth comes out, mostly.

This was a great book. I’m going to have to keep and eye on Ms. Ryan, and if I ever get any free time, search out her earlier works. Even though this is book three in the series, you won’t have any problem jumping right into the story. I didn’t.

I give Truth Be Told 5 stars out of 5, and Two Big Thumbs Up! Once you start reading it you won’t want to stop. Great job.

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher, Forge Books.

Book Description

truth-be-told-225Truth Be Told, part of the bestselling Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan series by Agatha, Anthony, Mary Higgins Clark, and Macavity Award-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan, begins with tragedy: a middle-class family evicted from their suburban home. In digging up the facts on this heartbreaking story—and on other foreclosures— reporter Ryland soon learns the truth behind a big-bucks scheme and the surprising players who will stop at nothing, including murder, to keep their goal a secret. Turns out, there’s more than one way to rob a bank.

Boston police detective Jake Brogan has a liar on his hands. A man has just confessed to the famous twenty-year-old Lilac Sunday killing, and while Jake’s colleagues take him at his word, Jake is not so sure. But he has personal reasons for hoping they’ve finally solved the cold case.

Financial manipulation, the terror of foreclosures, the power of numbers, the primal need for home and family and love. What happens when what you believe is true turns out to be a lie?


Book Details

Series: Jane Ryland (Book 3)
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (October 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765374935
ISBN-13: 978-0765374936
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pound


About the Author

Photo: Lynn Wayne
Photo: Lynn Wayne

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate. She’s won 32 EMMYs, 12 Edward R. Murrow awards and dozens of other honors for her ground-breaking journalism. A bestselling author of six mystery novels, Ryan has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and for THE OTHER WOMAN, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. National reviews have called her a “master at crafting suspenseful mysteries” and “a superb and gifted storyteller.”

THE WRONG GIRL,  a seven-week Boston Glose bestseller, has the extraordinary honor of winning the 2013 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel and the 2014 Daphne Award for Mainstream Suspense. It is now an Anthony nominee.
Hank is on the national board of Mystery Writers of America and 2013 president of national Sisters in Crime.  Her new thriller TRUTH BE TOLD received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, which raved “Drop everything and binge read…”!
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