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Truth Be Told

(Jane Ryland #3)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  882 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Truth 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 ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Forge Books (first published September 30th 2014)
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Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery Fans
As a reporter, it didn't matter, really, how Mr. Sandoval felt. It didn't even matter whether he was a murderer. All that mattered was the truth.

Jane Ryland is back in Ryan's third novel in this mystery series. An investigative reporter, Jane innocently starts investigating foreclosures and mortgages as part of a more "fluff piece" her newspaper is doing - only to discover a web of lies, cash, and murder.


1.) Ryan's decision to tackle the issue of foreclosures was very timely and I
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Hmmm, I am torn on this book because if I am honest I was bored and struggling to follow the story and connect with the characters in the first half of the book, the second half however was excellently done, so I am sitting here on a middle ground rating of 3 stars for this one.

I found the writing "jerky" and not flowing for much of the book, I had to keep going back and reading paragraphs as I felt my brain jumping all over the place, certainly I was not hooked in from the word go, the plot was
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For Jane Ryland, a reporter at the Boston Register, it started as a story about foreclosures. But as she waits outside the home of one of the properties, she soon learns that something more is afoot. There is a dead body inside…and very quickly, Detective Jake Brogan, Jane’s “secret” lover, is also involved.

Meanwhile, back at the station, a man is confessing to a twenty-year-old murder dubbed the Lilac Sunday killing, and nobody believes him. His attorney, Peter Hardesty, gets him released, and
Judy Collins
Truth Be Told (#3 Jane Ryland Series) by Hank Phillippi Ryan is an intense, edgy, and complex suspense mystery drama, of two cases, twenty years apart—from bank fraud, real estate foreclosures, to murder with a hint of romance, between detective and journalist, as they work together, to piece together the puzzle, before the next hit.

Jane Ryland, an investigative reporter is working on two major stories for the Boston Register. An apparent murder of a real estate agent woman in a recently
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The story of “Truth Be Told” opens with reporter Jane Ryland looking into the heartbreaking displacement of families who have lost their homes to the bank in foreclosures. Meant to focus on the housing crisis, the story quickly evolves into something much more sinister as bodies begin turning up in supposedly-empty houses. What is the truth lurking in the shadows of these foreclosed homes . . . and why are people dying there?

At the same time, Jake Brogan has his hands full trying to determine
The third Jane Ryland novel, which has been nominated for the 2014 Agatha for Best Contemporary Novel, was another fast-paced page turner. There are a lot of plot twists along the way that make for a fun read. There are several threads running through the book, to include the requisite murder mystery, a mystery from the past that has bearing on the characters currently, a banking/mortgage plot line, Jane's investigative reporting, and, of course, the romantic trials and tribulations of Jane and ...more
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another interesting story with Jane Ryland reporting on-line now for her paper and her relationship getting hotter with Detective Jake Brogan even though it is not necessarily good for either's careers. This book had two twisting plots, one with a false confession on an infamous murder case unsolved by Jake's Grandfather and financial fraud and manipulation in banking bought on by the housing/mortgage crisis. Fast paced and an unexpected ending.

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Feb 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
The Jane Ryland series is one of those examples of how much an audiobook can do for a book. Having listened to the first two books in the series, I felt interested in the series; however, in trying to read the third title, all that interest went out the window. The plot was tedious and the jerky method of relating the story did not work in print form.
Oct 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.50

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

Read It File It (short review): Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan was my first book by the author but it won't be my last. I LOVED the case. This was a solid 4 or 4.5 on the mystery/thriller part. The relationship drama got on my nerves but that might have been due to me jumping in book 3. Overall, this was really enjoyable.

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Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is my first book by Hank Phillippi Ryan. She can write a great story. I enjoyed this one. It was creative and different. I used to work in Escrow and in loan servicing so I could identify with the story line. I thought that was kind of fun. There were some great twists. The plot felt well thought out and I loved the execution.

There were two things that felt problematic for me. Her sentence structure drove me crazy. It was short and crisp. It was just a portion of a thought at a time. The
Mickey Hoffman
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it
A solid mystery and the continuation of the relationship between a reporter and a police detective.
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
I had some trouble with the latest installment of of the Jane and Jake show. Don't get me wrong, The Other Woman was great and I have enjoyed many of Ms Ryan's other books, But this one was taxing. The shifts in the story lines were too abrupt, instead of heightening the tension, it left this reader wondering why bother?

The awkwardness between Jane and Jake was distracting. They have been together for some time, long enough to go way together yet the "tension" is that of early in relationship
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
More tension as the police detective and reporter try to figure out how / if their personal relationship can work in light of the conflict in their professional relationship. This story kept you guessing who the bad guy was, but there were so many moving parts and characters it got a bit overwhelming at time with the sub-plots. Right down the middle for me -- 5 out of 10.
Lucy Burdette
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ryan is a master both with head-snapping action and characters the reader cares about--not a combination you find very often! Love the newspaper reporter Jane Ryland's dedication to getting the truth of a story.
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Truth Be Told" by Hank Phillippi Ryan is my kind of good read: mystery, journalism and a plot that keeps you guessing until the end. I definitely will follow this author.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I wasn't sure about this book.I struggled to stay interested for the first half, although the second half was certainly better. Jane Ryland is writing a story on bank for closures of single famiy homes when she steps into a much deeper story involving a scheme to make money off of the vacant homes by a couple of the bank employees, people begin to be murdered and one man confesses to a 20 year old murder. The case is being invesitgated by Jake Brogan , a Boston police detective, the love ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jane finds her investigative skills invigorated when she takes over completing a story from a colleague.

Jane is settling into newspaper journalism, though the on-line portion is a lot like her former TV job. Coming to terms with the conflict between reporter and police officer is a major stumbling block to a serious relationship between Jane and Jake.

Jane finds herself investigating a housing scheme that has her risking her life and her relationships.

Old murders, new deaths, bankers, mortgage
Arvind Dhupkar
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kept me hooked till the end
Carole Hardinge
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book had lots of twists, and kept me guessing. There were a few out of the blue surprises but it made the book a real page turner.
In Truth Be Told, Jane Ryland is dealing with a new editor at the Register, the newspaper where Jane is still getting her footing after a public parting of the ways with her television news career. Jane's current assignment is the foreclosure aspect of banks against those who have taken out loans and can no longer keep up the payments due to unemployment or some other unforeseen hardship. Covering the emptying of one such family's possessions from their home by sheriff's deputies, Jane and her ...more
Gloria Feit
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it

In a plot which uses the housing crash of recent years, various facets of which are still in today’s headlines, as a jumping-off point, Jane Ryland returns in this newest entry in the wonderful series by Hank Phillippi Ryan. After having been an award-winning investigative tv reporter before she lost her job a year ago for refusing to give up a source, Jane is now working as a reporter for the new online video news department of the Boston Register. That job remains somewhat tenuous in today’s
When Hank Phillippi Ryan sets out to weave a story of suspense, you can bet it will become a gorgeous tapestry of deception, lies, and fascinating characters, with snippets of the truth. All those elements come together beautifully in her latest novel, Truth Be Told.

Reporter Jane Ryland is now the only reporter assigned to the Boston Register's new online video news department. She and TJ, the new videographer, are filming a recently foreclosed house as part of the ongoing story about the
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review Originally Posted:Traveling With T

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Truth Be Told

It’s a day in the life of Jane Ryland. Siting outside of a family home, looking for details for a story on foreclosed homes. What should just be a run of the mill ordinary day- a day where Jane gets a few photos, some video, and another sad story to add to her overall piece of foreclosed homes suddenly gets a lot more interesting. What made it more interesting?

A dead body.

Yep, a
Romancing the Book
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Marissa
Book provided by the author in contest win
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

This book happened along at an interesting time. I happen to be studying for my real estate license, pouring over mortgage and foreclosure laws, and this book lands in my mailbox. (Thank you, Ms. Ryan!) While I haven’t read books one and two in the series, book three was no problem. Yes, there are background references and a developing relationship to catch up on but I was never lost. Quite
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-publisher
“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 ...more
Debbie Oxier
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a very good book. It kept you enthralled as you tried to put all the pieces together before the end. Jane was a reporter, writing a piece on the increase in home foreclosures. That and the fact people keep winding up dead in empty foreclosed houses. Her so-called boyfriend, Jake, is a detective. He is so-called because they really haven't established what they are at the moment besides involved. Jake is working a cold case after a man walks into the police station and confesses to ...more
Jeanne Bracken
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I have to say I was disappointed in this entry in the Jane Ryland series. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them from the beginning of the series, as I enjoyed Hanks' earlier Charlotte MacNally books. All draw from Hank's distinguished career as an investigative television reporter, and I especially liked the "inside" bits about the life and times of her characters. However, I found it hard to get into this book, but I stuck it out and did finish it. The solution to the puzzle is satisfying, but ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-to-review, 2014
This is the 3rd book in the series and I think the books keep getting better and better. I could relate to this book because it is an industry that I am very familiar with - banking/mortgages and real estate. I was rooting for Liz but was unsure as to what exactly she was doing at the bank. Was she manipulating the customer files so that they didn't lose their homes? How did she do that? She was definitely a champion for the underdog.

As with her last book, there are several story lines and most
Andra Watkins
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 out of 5 stars.......

And that isn't the author's fault. I love Hank's Jane-and-Jake characters. Truth Be Told was fast-paced and continued the trajectory of the relationships in the series. I was especially glad to finally get to meet Jake's mom and gramma.

My biggest problem with this book lies with the publisher. Hank is an awesome writer, a huge supporter of other writers, and an all-round delightful person. She deserves spot-on editing and proofreading to deliver a package that is worthy
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Truth Be Told" is the latest hit from Boston's own treasure, Hank Philippi Ryan. Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan are together again in another adventure that will once again keep you guessing and take you on a thrilling ride. Foreclosures have been in the news, telling the tragedies of the families losing their homes. But that is just where the story starts, with Jane working on the stories of the people in trouble, and Jake trying to solve a long ago murder. Their lives and work intertwine and you ...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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