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The Wrong Girl (Jane Ryland & Jake Brogan #2)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  862 ratings  ·  189 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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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. A ...more
Jul 30, 2013 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars
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 J
Linda Strong
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
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Carmen by: Library
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 always missing re
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
Sep 06, 2014 Connie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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 realisti
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 for
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 rea
Donna Weber
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
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 involv ...more
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.
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.
Hank knocks it out the park again! And she signed my copy today!
Ramiah Bogues
I wish I knew it was book 2 of a series. It took me awhile to get used to the writer's style of having cliffhanger ending in the middle of a chapter and then jumping to another part of the book. It came across a little ADD to me, but not reading book one might have a little to do with that. Overall a great mystery had you guessing until the end.
I listened to this as an audio book and I really like the new readers voice. I've listened to other audio books with her as an narrator and that influenc
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 happeni
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 a
Jul 21, 2014 Ronna rated it 5 of 5 stars
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 f
This is my second book by Ms. Hank Phillippi Ryan, though she has written more books before this new series. While I enjoyed The Other Woman, which I read last year, I enjoyed this story even more. Maybe I just preferred this topic-- illegal adoptions-- or maybe because the first book was setting up the scenes for the series. However I recommend both, though you don't need to read the first one to understand the second. The author is a Boston journalist in real life, so she knows the jargon and ...more
Russell Atkinson
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 un ...more
Laura L. Weller
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 u ...more
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
Virginia Campbell
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 fr ...more
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
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 pag ...more
Mark Baker
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 fas
Melissa Abbott
I thought this book would never end! I wanted it to be good and in aces it was good but the plot twists were two confusing and overwritten. I don't enjoy the blow by blow of every single moment as it makes the whole story tedious. Boston backdrop was daily good, some well thought out characters but I felt like the book could have been condensed more. I know that's a matter of taste but the whole thing seemed like a lot of over editing. Good 1st attempt.
It won a mystery award so I decided to try it out. It moves like a speeding locomotive. There is a lot of jumping around and many characters so you have to be prepared for that effect. Still it was a fun read!
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
William Morris
The Boston setting, the plot and the secondary characters are all good in The Wrong Girl. Ryan's use of the jump cut is less irritating in this book than in The Other Woman. I know Ryan has a brilliant TV background, but why do authors think readers can read longer bits of continuous prose?

My problem with The Wrong Girl is the same as it was in The Other Woman: Jane Ryland.

Jane's situation is a good one: TV journalist who lost her job and has to face life in "old media." The trouble with Jame is
Wendy Kendall
Is she the wrong girl? The two women sitting across from each other, recently introduced, look much the same. In subtle and uncanny ways, their mannerisms are similar. Are these women related, long lost to each other and now reunited? Or, is she the wrong girl? Is this really her birth mother? Is this the reunion they’ve both yearned for? Or is this match-by-agency and others like it, someone’s big business scam? The truth is hidden, possibly behind murder.

Award-winning, best-selling author and
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate. A television journalist since 1975, she has won 33 Emmys and thirteen Edward R. Murrow awards for her work. Her work has resulted in new laws, people sent to prison, homes removed from foreclosure, and millions of dollars in restitution.

A best-selling author of seven bestselling novels of suspense, Hank's first Jane Ryla
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