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The Wrong Girl

(Jane Ryland #2)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,733 ratings  ·  283 reviews
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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Forge Books
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Cassandra No. This author won a Mary Higgins Clark Award for the first book in the series, and criteria for that award are that the "story has no strong…moreNo. This author won a Mary Higgins Clark Award for the first book in the series, and criteria for that award are that the "story has no strong four-letter words or explicit sex scenes." The rest of the series follows suit.(less)

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Aug 04, 2016 added it
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The Hook The Wrong Girl came to my attention on Cindy Wolfe Boynton’s excellent podcast Literary New England.
How many of you as a child threw this jab in anger at your mom “You’re not my real mother” or “When my real mother comes to get me” when you didn’t get your way? How many of you felt so different from your siblings that you were certain you must have been adopted? I think many of us have been there but in truth know that our parents are those who gave birth to us. But what if you were
RE-READ 09/17/2015

This is the sequel to The Other Woman and #2 in the Jane Ryland series.

Jane Ryland is a reporter. She is in love with Jake Brogan but they can never be together because he is a cop, and it would be a conflict of interest. This book deals with adoption, meeting your birth parents, foster care, and DCFS.

Like The Other Woman, this is a fast-paced book that I can barely grab hold of. Characters interrupt each other constantly. People never get to finish their sentences. People are
Janet Martin
This book lost me in the first half hour. An adoptee, an ex-coworker, comes to Jane for help in investigating her biological mother because she feels that she has been given wrong information by the adoption agency. I'm wondering, why the fuss--get DNA testing. It's relatively inexpensive these days and should only take a few weeks for a definitive answer. Wouldn't anyone in this situation do that as a matter of course? About 2 or 3 hours in, the question is raised and discarded as irrelevant. ...more
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery, thriller, romantic suspense
Jane Ryland’s still acclimating to life at The Boston Register, still transitioning from TV to newspaper reporter, after being fired by Boston’s channel 11 for refusing to reveal a source. Deciding maybe this life without “Air Time” and “Face Time” is okay, not having to always be primped has it’s perks, but now it’s all about selling papers and making headlines because there are rumors of more cuts coming.
When former work mate, Tuck comes to Jane with a personal false identity adoption story
Linda Strong
Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
The book started out a little slow, but then picked up steam and kept a fast pace until the very end. Lots of characters and lots of dead bodies. They all seem to be connected to a respected adoption agency.

Jane Ryland, news reporter, is asked by her friend to investigate when she meets her birth mother ... who may or may not be who the agency says she is. So is the agency finding 'lost' children and placing them with people who aren't their biological parents?

It really gets interesting and puts
Donna Weber
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
After reading the riveting suspenseful, well written The Other Woman, the first Jane Ryland novel, I literally couldn’t wait to read Ryan’s newest book The Wrong Girl. For some reason although I like the two main characters and enjoyed the book in parts, this book just didn’t resonate with me. The Wrong Girl was filled with numerous characters I had no real interest in and combined with the constant changes in points of view and transitions (which worked for me in the first book) left me feeling ...more
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'd probably enjoy this book more if the writing didn't annoyed me as much. The. one. word. sentence. Gosh! And I can't with the main characters acting the way they did. They didn't act like a normal couple would. They spent of most of the time thinking and worrying about each other, but when they do have the time to spare, they don't meet or even contact each other. The way they were written was as if their character interaction stopped whenever there is a chapter break. This is especially true ...more
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
I am going to write this review. Have to. Don't want to. Must. What to say? Disjointed incomplete sentences. Continuously. Annoying. Audiobook. Maybe would have enjoyed it more if reading the written snippets instead of listening to them. Don't know. By the end of the book began to hate the style. Oh well. Life. Journalist Jane Ryland is helping a friend who believes she has been reunited with her supposed birth mother, but is not. The story is a good one with lots of mystery and subplots ...more
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the things I especially enjoy about author Hank Phillippi Ryan’s Jane Ryland Series is how realistic her characters are, particularly her protagonist.

Narrator Ilyana Kadushin does an excellent job giving individual voices to the various characters in Ryan’s THE WRONG GIRL. Kadushin conveys the vast array of emotions the different characters experience. Her cadence holds your attention and heightens the drama of Ryan’s new suspense thriller.

Newspaper reporter Jane Ryland agrees to help
Sep 07, 2013 rated it liked it
3.0 out of 5 stars -- Adoption agency run amok!

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
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
If you like crisply crafted mysteries with interesting and complex main characters, then I strongly recommend this book to you. Ms. Ryan has created a series that will keep readers happily turning pages for what I hope is many books to come.

Ms. Ryan knows her stuff. As an investigative journalist in her "real" life, she can write about her main character's world with authenticity and stay away from the glitzy cliches that less informed writers could wallow in. The stories also have that
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Parts of this were excruciating. A bit overly dramatic for my taste. Mr. Branigan was too intuitive to be convincing. Things move distractingly slow, sometimes minute to minute and from scene to scene such as what's on a cop's mind as someone is trying to hold a conversation with him. While it is overly detailed throughout most of it, there are parts which seem to be missing.

There was a romance that wasn't really a romance. With that in mind, the detective was more interested in what was
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Jane Ryland may have just received the biggest story of her life. A ex-collegue tells Jane that her mother is not her "real biological mother". She wants Jane's help to locate her real mother.

Detective Jake Brogan gets a call for a murder victim. The victim is a single mother. Someone is wrong with the picture. There is an empty crib and no baby to be found. Jane discovers that there is a link between the murder and her friend's adoption. It seems someone is playing devil's advocate.

I have
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. Simply amazing. Filled with twists, betrayals, and a little bit of romance, The Wrong Girl simply blew me out of the water.

The mystery in this book simply astonished me. Ms. Ryan has a huge talent for dropping clues left and right and then pulling the wool over the reader's eyes before an explosive reveal at the end. There were so many clues that were presented to the reader, and, now that I look back, I should have noticed them but I didn't. The final reveal was actually
Mark Baker
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, mystery
This is the second book about reporter Jane Ryland and Boston detective Jake Brogan. This time around, Jane is helping a former co-worker find out if she was sent to the wrong woman while trying to track down her birth mother. Meanwhile, she is also covering a murder that Jake is investigating. A woman is found murdered. Two kids under 3, both alive, are in the next room. It looks like a simple domestic dispute except the woman has no ID anywhere in the apartment.

I loved the book. It started
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow, another thrilling installment in this series. This is a real page-turner folks. Jane gets involved in a multi-faceted story that includes murder, fraud, corruption, and heart-stopping thrills. She starts out reporting on a murder, but somehow finds herself helping her friend figure out what's going on at an adoption agency - with no idea that the two are linked, but is thrown in the middle of both.

Hank Phillippi Ryan and this Jane Ryland series are fast becoming one of my favorites.
Jan 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Something I rarely do is not finish a book once I start reading it. But I quit this one half way through it. I kept waiting for it to get interesting for me and just found myself bored with it and decided to just move on to a different book.
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hank knocks it out the park again! And she signed my copy today!
Lisa Black
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this book I found myself suspecting everyone...then when I got to the bottom of the list I started over and suspected everyone again.
I also loved the subplot with the crime scene cleanup family business!
Judy Collins
THE WRONG GIRL (Jane Ryland & Jake Brogan #2) by Hank Phillippi Ryan, offers a complex and suspenseful crime investigation, into the corrupt and scandalous foster care and adoption system; mixed with mystery, intrigue and some sexual tensions between reporter and detective, for an engrossing read.

Jane Ryland, the investigative reporter at the Boston Registry newspaper learns of a former colleague, Tucker Cameron,who was adopted as an infant, and used information provided by her adoption
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hank Phillippi Ryan's books never disappoint. Her Charlie McNally mysteries featuring a TV investigative reporter in Boston were always terrific stories. She's gone onto greater success with the new series featuring newspaper reporter Jane Ryland and Police Detective Jake Brogran. Last year's The Other Woman won the Mary Higgins Clark Award and is a nominee for four other mystery awards. Honestly? Her new book, The Wrong Girl, is even better than The Other Woman. It's riveting, fast-paced, and ...more
Virginia Campbell
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Author Hank Phillippi Ryan once again has readers on the right track to thrilling action and suspense with "The Wrong Girl". We first met reporter Jane Ryland and detective Jake Brogan in Boston-set "The Other Woman". The chemistry-in-check still simmers between the two leads as they find themselves repeating a pattern of heading toward a crime case from different directions. When they reach the same destination, however, they always work better together. Jane is still adjusting to the change ...more
Russell Atkinson
May 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
At first I assumed the author, named Hank, was a man. When I came to descriptions of the women's "outfits" and eyelet lace curtains I realized my mistake. What is it with women authors and women's clothing? Are women readers really that shallow? A male mystery writer wouldn't describe the outfit of an attractive young female character; he'd describe her body, especially her breasts, because, yes, male readers really are that shallow. But that's not what bothered me about the book. It was just ...more
Laura L. Weller
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Usually I stick to YA, but I met Hank at a conference and expected a fun ride from her (yes, Hank is a she). “The Wrong Girl” starts at a fast pace, designed to match the choppy mental thought process of the cop on a case. It's staccato and blunt, difficult to enter the story at first. But give it a chance. Like old English, you get used to the feel. The scenes change fast at the height of tension, using the 3P-POV to maximum effectiveness, and make this a superb page turner. I love the subtle ...more
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
This second book in the Investigative reporter, Jane Ryland, series is greatly aided by the knowledge that Hank Phillippi Ryan, a TV reporter herself, has in how a story is developed through personal investigations, police procedurals, and keeping all your sources available for inside information.

Jane is working for a floundering Boston newspaper when her friend, Tucker, asks her to help her. Tucker has been matched up with her birth mother and they are getting along beautifully, until Tucker
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Wrong Girl is the right read!

Hank Phillippi Ryan brings us back into the world of Jane Ryland, a Boston newspaper reporter, and Detective Jake Brogan, with their smoldering we-can’t-do-this relationship and a trail of deaths, murders and questions involving the foster care system and an adoption agency that appears to be reuniting children with the wrong parents. Danger lurks in every lead; this is another winning roller coaster ride for Ryan. The plots intertwine with delicious suspense, I
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hank Phillippi Ryan has penned a masterful, complex story in her second mystery featuring Boston journalist Jane Ryland and police detective Jake Brogan.

When Jane becomes involved in her friend’s quest to discover who her birth mother is, she begins investigating the foster care system and the adoption process.

Meanwhile, when Detective Brogan is called to investigate the murder of a young woman, he and his colleagues first think it was likely a domestic violence case. The woman’s two young
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Adoption agencies know that there are some folks who will do anything to adopt a child. And both will do anything necessary in order to 'place/find'their bundle of joy. The Wrong Girl starts off with a bang, it was a book that I could not put down as I needed to know why Tucker, an adopted girl, thought she was the wrong girl when she found her birth mother years later. Chapters told in alternating voices, exciting twists and turns, and sometimes farfetched antics kept me quickly turning the ...more
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hank Phillippi Ryan has a steadily growing fan base and this novel reveals why. Warning...multiple plot lines may have the effect of keeping you reading all night long. The strained foster care system, reuniting young adults with their birth mothers (or are they?), and several seemingly unrelated deaths are center stage in a wintry Boston setting.

Jane Ryland is a newspaper reporter with the highest standards. Jake Brogan is an Ivy League detective dealing with rookie cops and a choking
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Really, if I could, I'd give this book a 2.5. The plot had real possibilities, but the execution was clunky and annoying. I felt like the book was written with one eye on a possible TV deal. The action flew at a breathless pace, but there were so many writing tics that drove me nuts. For instance, there is no need for a sentence like "Must. Get. The. File." or "Here we go a-gain." with "a-gain" in italics. If I read one more mystery with the plucky, impulsive heroine rushing into danger because ...more
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Hank Phillippi Ryan is the bestselling author of eleven award winning novels of suspense. National reviews have called her a "master at crafting suspenseful mysteries" and "a superb and gifted storyteller."

Her newest psychological thriller, THE MURDER LIST, received a *starred review from Library Journal--which called it: Masterly plotted, riveting and a must read.

Her first psychological

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