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What You See

(Jane Ryland #4)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  589 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Hank Phillippi Ryan weaves another taut and surprising tale in What You See, the fourth Jane Ryland novel of suspense

Why would a father abduct his own child? A wedding is planned in Jane Ryland’s family, but there’s a disaster instead. Nine-year-old Gracie—supposed to be the flower girl—has been taken by her stepdad. Where are they? Is the girl in danger? Reporter Jane
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published October 20th 2015 by Forge Books
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Author Hank Phillippi Ryan consistently wins awards for her writing--the Agatha, the Anthony, the Macavity, the Daphne du Maurier, and the Mary Higgins Clark awards. She has also won awards as the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate--33 Emmys and 13 Edward R. Murrows, as well as others. So, you really don't have to take my word for it that Hank is brilliant, and her writing reflects that. However, that won't stop me from bragging on this favorite author who provides me with ...more
Mary Garrett
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What You See . . . is (or isn’t?) what you get

Hank Phillippi Ryan has hit another one right out of the park! Sighs of satisfaction, having just finished this splendid book. Ryan weaves strands of complex plots without losing clarity (a skill learned as a reporter with many stories to juggle?) I love when it all comes together.

She creates characters I care about, good people, flawed enough to be interesting and real. As webs tangled and problems grew, the “real world” had to stay on hold until
Shannon Kirk
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Hank Philippi Ryan nails Boston! I'm not sure how she pulls it off, creating such page turners, one after the other after the next. She really had me twisted up in this one. After the set up, I then just kept on flipping and flipping, as she expertly kept me on the edge of the edge. Philippi Ryan is an expert writer, she writes with suspense and well-placed humor. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as a reader, and as a writer, I got a good schooling. Her descriptions of Boston City Hall are so
What do witnesses actually see at a crime scene? Can police actually trust witnesses? In less than forty-eight hours, Hank Phillippi Ryan forces her characters, homicide detective Jake Brogan and reporter Jane Ryland, to confront those questions. And, they must wrestle with their own observations in What You See.

Wouldn't you think it would be easy to find a killer when a man is stabbed across from Boston's City Hall during a busy lunch hour with tourists and downtown workers on the street?
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can’t possibly express my love for Hank Phillippi Ryan’s books. They are absolute gems! Filled with the perfect parts of suspense, mystery, and everyday life, they really make me want to move to Boston and become an investigative reporter.

Jane sees even more development in her personal life in this book both with Jake and without him. I loved learning about her family and meeting her sister, it made Jane feel more real somehow to me. It also added an extra layer of suspense to the mystery part
Mar 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked it, it kept me intrigued, curious how it was going to all play out...but I don't particularly like the Jane Ryland character. It seems like Jake is the better main character and a series about him would be more interesting.
This was another new author for me. The novel is well written, but it may progress more slowly than many would like. On the other hand, you may like getting to know the characters in more depth as I did. The story line is complicated with twists and turns and the main characters are likeable. There are a couple of things that are somewhat unbelievable, but otherwise, the plot seemed okay. The last half of the book is more intense than the first half, but the action continues throughout the book.
Carole Hardinge
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this book I described it as “frantic”. But as I continued reading I realized I couldn’t put it down. This is the best Jane Ryland so far!
Kimberly Mussell
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just love a book that I can read and not have to struggle with the plot or characters. Hank does an amazing job intertwining numerous characters and plots. I find it hard to put these books down! #janeryland is a great leading character! Would love to see this on tv!!
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Sometimes people think they know what you are going to say before you finish telling them something. They may jump in and finish your sentence for you, or even worse they may just assume that they understand what you are trying to tell them, and then not really listen to you. They may be on their phone or watching something on TV, or thinking about their hot date for Saturday night. Communication seems to be suffering in these fast paced days that we are living.

Ms. Ryan highlights this phenomena
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
On a busy Boston pathway, a man is stabbed to death in the midst of a crowd of tourists, resulting in a frenzy of cell phone photographs and leaving Detective Jake Brogan with an unusual problem: too many witnesses.
Between all those cell phone snapshots and the surveillance cameras surrounding the area, solving the case should have been a cinch, but the investigation takes a surprising turn, revealing unexpected treachery.

Meanwhile, wedding preparations are keeping Jane Ryland busy; she’ll be
Debbie Oxier
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love these characters. Jane Ryland is a reporter currently out of a job. When her sister, Melissa calls needing her help, Jane can't refuse. Melissa is about to marry Daniel. The wedding is mere days away. Daniel is currently over seas on business and now his daughter, the flower girl, seems to be missing.

There are actually two separate stories here which end up being entwined together because of Jane and her boyfriend, police detective, Jake Brogan. Jake is investigating a stabbing that took
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first time I'm reading HPR. I was curious to read her as she's always nominated or wins big in the Agatha Award, my go-to lists for cozy mysteries. They never let me down and neither did HPR. Though the cover tells us that this is a Jane Ryland novel, her cop-boyfriend Jake, features as much. While he works the opening murder scene from a policing angle, she does so from a journalistic one. On the surface it looks like they're in a situation of conflicted interests, but they work ...more
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well poor Jane can't have a drama free day, especially not in Ryan's newest Jane Ryland/Jake Brogan thriller. A public noontime murder, family drama, missing child, comatose victims (or perps), it's all happening within a 40 hour period and Jane is in the middle of it ALL. A great thriller filled with twists and turns, and an insightful look at our current world of 'what's private and what's not". Camera's everywhere, in people's hands, on the sides of buildings, on the tops of poles: can they ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This relentlessly intense thriller demonstrates that what you see is not necessarily the truth, and the truth is not necessarily what you see.

Told in real-time, the action never lets up and one cannot help but truly care and emphasize with all of the characters and the tragedies they face.

Hank Phillippi Ryan is unstoppable.

Her work gets better and better.
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
What You See takes place in Boston and, since I'm from the area, it is the setting that drew me. Although Phillippi clearly knows the area and gets the crime beat (makes sense given her "day job"), she tries to throw everything she knows into this novel and it becomes confusing and convoluted. I wish she stuck to her main plot and left out the secondary mystery.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I was really disappointed in the last two books in this series. I found them to be boring. Thrillers should never be boring.
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoy Hank Phillippi Ryan books, I can't wait until her next one comes out.
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Very quick read and pretty good throughout until the end. Farfetched.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy of Ms. Ryan’s latest book…and my initial reaction was something like “YAY! Another author to add to my “writers-whose-latest-book-I-immediately-snap-up” list! Not sure why I have missed her previous Jane Ryland novels, but I plan to go back and enjoy them as well.

Ms. Ryan’s “day job” as an investigative reporter in Boston has been incredibly successful (30+ Emmys and a dozen or so Murrow awards), so she knows her way around crime stories. In addition, she way a way
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(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Why would a father abduct his own child? A wedding is planned in Jane Ryland's family, but there's a disaster instead. Nine-year-old Gracie-supposed to be the flower girl-has been taken by her stepdad. Where are they? Is the girl in danger? Reporter Jane Ryland learns there's a limit to the bonds of family-and learns to her peril what happens when loved ones are pushed too far.
Meanwhile, Detective Jake
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jake and Jane are at it again. Jane's left her job at the Register and their relationship is out in the open now. But that can't last long - she's got an interview with a tv station and that quickly turns into an impromptu assignment, putting her on the scene of a murder that Jake is investigating (of course). The main murder is a twisty-turny puzzle, but as if that's not enough, Jane is also dealing with the arrival in town of her sister, Melissa, who is about to be married. Melissa is meeting ...more
Dale Safford
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
So interesting how the stories all eventually wound together. The author has crafted each subplot into one bigger one. The book was v-e-r-y slow getting started, but then became a real page turner.

In Boston, in the middle of a public square, a man has been stabbed and Detective Jake Brogan is called to the case. Several people have photographed the incident including Bobby Land, a wanna-be news photographer who might have gotten the best shots. Jane Ryland, girlfriend of Jake and former news
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This book had two totally unconnected stories except for the main two characters, Jane Ryland, a journalist between jobs and Jake, a police detective who is involved in some crazy cases. Jane gets a frantic phone call from her sister that her soon-to-be stepdaughter, Gracie, is missing while she's covering a murder in broad daylight in a city park right across from City Hall. The book goes back and forth between the two stories. You can see where the Gracie story is going, so it wasn't that ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What you see is what you get - a GREAT read!

This is the 4th book in this series. Jane is a reporter (currently unemployed) in Boston and Jake Brogan is a BPD detective. They have an on-again, off-again relationship and trying to keep it away from their respective supervisors.

This book involves a murder in broad daylight and a possible child abduction. Jake is investigating the murder. Jake's case has too many witnesses but could it have been recorded? It took place right outside City Hall and
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two high tension stories within this novel made this a book I couldn't put down! Well-written, great characters.

Jane's ethics have led to unemployment - again. Jake's skills as a homicide detective has him involved in high profile cases. With Jane no longer a journalist or reporter, Jake can talk about work without conflict of interest concerns - until Jane lands a temporary freelance job with Channel 2 news.

Jane's sister Melissa is marrying Dan Fasullo in Chicago once they pick up his 9 yr. old
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hank Phillipi Ryan is a star investigative reporter for NBC news in Boston, and also the author of 10 mystery novels in two different series. Her main female character in both series is a TV reporter, a job she knows well, so there is an unusual air of reality to her storytelling.

What You See is a true page-turner. Ryan’s style of writing short sequences, each from the point of view of a different main character, adds to the breathlessness of the tale. There are abundant red herrings and plot
Dick Ulmer
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story. I like the tension and interaction between Jane and Jake. I'm sure this dilemma is true in real life. I was confused, however, about why the secret city hall surveillance video couldn't have been edited down to a few 20 sec segments to give to the police. The capability of recording 20 sec videos was a well known and ok use of the surveillance system. This wouldn't have breached the secret about the continuous recording being done and would have expedited the solution to the case. I ...more
Mary Connolly
Sep 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is the first book I have read by this author. If this author's view of a strong independent woman is Jane Ryland than God help us. What person in their right mind would go to a hotel to pick up a child they have never met and not expect to have the police arrest you in this day and age. To me this woman was just plain dumb in just about every choice she made and I will not be reading another book by this author. Their was absolutely nothing I could relate to about this main character.
Mickey Hoffman
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has a great plot and interesting personal dynamics. The only thing I can complain about is the author's choice to increase the suspense by flitting back and forth between the two main situations as they unfold. They're given to the reader in very short segments and it becomes irritating after a while.
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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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