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The Murder List

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  911 ratings  ·  399 reviews
"An exhilarating thrill ride that keeps you turning pages.. Ryan deftly delivers a denouement as shocking as it is satisfying."--Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish and The Last Time I Saw You

Law student Rachel North will tell you, without hesitation, what she knows to be true. She's smart, she’s a hard worker, she does the right thing, she’s succes
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Forge
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Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lately, legal thrillers and courtroom dramas are becoming a new favorite (sub) genre for me.
After a very slow start, I naturally assumed this would be a struggle to finish. But to my delighted surprise it took a complete 180 degree turn about midway. I could almost hear the “click” as everything fell in place...and I was all in!

Rachel is thankfully nearing the end of law school. A summer internship with the dreaded Martha Gardiner of the DA’s office. And once she passes the bar, it
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A legal cat and mouse thriller which had me guessing who was telling the truth, who had the hidden agenda and who was the real killer. Which side are you on? How do jury's come to their decisions? What dirty tactics do lawyers have up their sleeves? Can one really get away with murder?

This book goes back and forth through time from the past, when Rachel North worked on Beacon Hill and served on a jury which decided to convict a man for murder, to then return to her job and learn that
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great minds think alike.

And they tend to gravitate toward one another.

Hank Phillippi Ryan has created quite the cat-and-mouse scenario in this one. She's got attorneys set up to out-think, out-maneuver, and out-pace one another in this weighty legal bundle tied with loose string that will soon begin to unravel.

Rachel Kirkland is a bit late to the game at age thirty-six stepping into the inner circles of an internship at the Middlesex District Attorney's office
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

My new boss. Martha Gardiner. The woman Jack usually refers to as “Satan in pearls.” He never laughs when he says it.

Forget the speed of light. Nothing travels faster than gossip… Secrets only take a few beats longer. Gossip is the fuel of power.

At noon, Kurt had brought us lunch, wrapped in the white waxed paper of the Pietro Pan Deli. The Italian sandwiches had too much salami and too many onions, and I’d wondered if that was a sneaky way to
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My first Hank Phillippi Ryan book, and it’s a doozie. The characters are lawyers, but this is not a legal thriller. It’s a psychological suspense starring lawyers who like to win, sometimes at all cost. It’s got an intricate intertwined plot, and you’ve got to pay attention and remember details. I really enjoyed it!
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Rachel North is a law student, married to Jack Kirkland, a VERY successful defense attorney.

Martha Gardinier is a top prosecutor, who rarely loses...but who has lost to Jack.

Jack and Martha HATE each other, as only two rivals can.

So, why would Martha choose Rachel to be her summer apprentice?

And, why would Rachel accept this position?

WHO is playing WHO in this novel of suspense?
WHO has NO BOUNDARIES when it comes to winning?

Told from the alternating timelines of the present, and BEFORE, y
Rachel is in law school and gets an internship with the district attorney's office. This causes problems in Rachel's marriage because her husband is a defense attorney, and his biggest enemy is the DA. During her internship, a cold case is reopened. One that Rachel has a connection with from her days working with a senator.

This novel alternates between past and present. Rachel is smart and driven. Her husband is a successful defense attorney, and they have plans for her to get a law
Linda Strong
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free ARC of The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

The murder list is a list of attorneys who are eligible to defend murder cases.

Rachel North is a law student, married to a defense attorney on the murder list. Rachel has been selected to join a prosecutor's office for 3 months as part of her internship. Unfortunately, the prosecutor is a woman who has ha
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Law student Rachel North has a coveted summer internship in the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office with Assistant District Attorney Martha Gardiner. This is great, except Martha just happens to be Rachel's husband's arch nemesis. Jack, a defense attorney, hates to lose, and it seems like Martha is the only one who can beat him. Jack is on the murder list, a special group of attorneys who represent accused murderers who can't pay for their defense. Once Rachel's internship is over, she'l ...more
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
DNF @ 46%. Not connecting with the storyline.
Rachel North is a law student, married to Jack Kirkland, a VERY successful defense attorney.

Martha Gardinier is a top prosecutor, who RARELY loses...but who has lost to Jack.

Jack and Martha HATE each other, as only two rivals can.

So, why would Martha choose Rachel to be her summer apprentice?

And, why would Rachel accept this position?

WHO is playing WHO in this novel of suspense?
WHO has NO BOUNDARIES when it comes to winning?

Told from the alternating timelines of the present, and BEFORE, y
Jessica Strawser
What I love most about Hank Phillippi Ryan's novels is that you never (ever!) know which characters you can trust—but you can always trust that you're in good hands with this expert storyteller. What starts as an unsettling undercurrent grows into the kind of tension no reader can walk away from. Deftly mining the gray area between right and wrong, erroneous and inevitable, innocent and guilty, The Murder List is twisty, unpredictable, and utterly irresistible: Suspense at its finest from an aut ...more
Judy Collins
Check out my fun Q&A Interview with the amazing Hank Phillippi Ryan!

Bestselling author and one of my favorites, Hank Phillippi Ryan "wowed" us last year with TRUST ME My Top Books of 2018 and returns with her best yet—THE MURDER LIST! Top books of 2019.

An electrifying plot-driven standalone legal thriller which will leave you "glued" to the pages in this high stakes cat-and-mouse game of manipulation. A wild roller-coaster game of obsession, power, and revenge. The ending is jayet—THE
Jamie beauty_andthebook_
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Hank Phillippi Ryan has a special way of keeping her legal thrillers from taking on a procedural feel - something that is no easy feat in this genre. The Murder List centers on law student Rachel North and her internship with the DA's office - interestingly enough, Rachel's husband is a criminal prosecutor on the other side. While we learn the specifics of Rachel's life and work, it becomes evident that something in her past is going to factor into the present, so we get alternating timelines - ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Three attorneys...a District Attorney, Martha, a defense attorney, Jack, and a law student, Rachel, are the main characters in THE MURDER LIST.

What is their connection and why does the defense attorney hate the District Attorney? Was there something in their past? Was it a former court case? Did the defense attorney want the District Attorney job? What is Rachel’s connection?

As the story unravels, the reader gets a glimpse into the life of Rachel before she met Jack and c
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I devoured this book, I could not get enough of the twists. I never saw the ending coming. Ryan is an author that knows how stuff the attorney aspect of this book was wonderful. Mind blown Ryan is at the top of her game with this one.
4 stars and I recommend this book.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A delightfully twisted and complicated plot with an ending that leaves you speechless.

Rachel Kirkland is a 36 year old Harvard law student and she will tell you she’s smart, she’s a hard worker and she always does the right thing. She is married to Jack Kirkland, the best defense lawyer in Boston, and when she finishes law school the two of them will practice together handling murder cases. Rachel and Jack met six years ago when Rachel was serving on a jury for one of Ja
Laura Rash
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alright, if John Grisham and Lisa Scottoline has a book baby, then this would be the result! Courtroom drama, a murder mystery, politics and a shaky marriage make for a real page turner! I loved the ending!
Gigi H
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ chapter 7

I am going to be a VERY unpopular opinion with this one.

I'm all for courtroom drama, but this...was just drama. It felt like I was reading a daytime soap. The storytelling was slow and repetitive. Hello Y&R!
(Young and the Restless)

I could have skipped from chapter 1 to chapter 5 and it would still be the same thing: the mention of Jack being a lawyer who hates losing, his hatred for Martha Gardiner and Rachel the law student, who also
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Omg omg this was beyond exciting with a complicated and a complex plot line making it a fun legal thriller with a theme of a cat and mouse game.

The story went this. Rachel was married to lawyer Jack Kirkland where in the past she had been a juror in one of his cases. She was now interning at her husband's arch rival Martha Gardner's office. Martha and Jack hate each other and Rachel was caught right in the middle. There was a reason behind the way their lives intersected.

My first bo
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4 1/2 Review coming soon.
Donna Hines
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Justice Never Sleeps!"
If you never remember anything remember that eye witness accounts can make or break your case and it doesn't hurt to have great legal support such as your husband serving as your criminal attorney nor does it hurt to be going for the bar in achieving your own powerful legal status in becoming your husband's law partner.
As if you needed more reason to read this one how about that cover that sends chills to the core and the previews plus amazing reviews that are
Linda Zagon
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Linda's Book Obsession Reviews "The Murder List" by Hank Phillippi Ryan, MacMillan Publishers, August 20, 2019

Hank Phillippi Ryan, Author of "The Murder List" has written a captivating, intriguing, intense, edgy, and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this novel are Suspense and Fiction. The novel has a realistic feel to it.  The timeline for the novel is set in the present and goes back 6 years. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated.

This rem
Sometimes an experience in life comes along that leaves you quite tongue-tied in describing its full effect. Those of us who consider reading one of our favorite experiences are fortunate to have that words-are-not-enough experience happen when we read an exceptional book. So, it is with praise that will inevitably fall short of describing its target that I am reviewing The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan. It is as near a perfect tale as words can achieve. Hank, always brilliant with characte ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The murder of a woman who works for a senator that involves an interesting cast of characters that show up many times in both past and present situations. You don't know what to believe about many of them or who to trust. I think that the reason that I didn't rate it higher is because it often seemed that there was often little learned in a chapter, which was frustrating for me. It could have moved along more quickly for my taste, but I would still say that it is worth reading.
The Lit Bitch
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Right from the start this book sounded edgy and different. I haven’t read anything by Hank Phillippi Ryan before, but I liked that the main character in this book sounded like she had her shit together but yet it might all be a lie.

I have been having quite a bit of luck with thrillers this summer but I was looking for something with a little more suspense rather than the thrills and chills of a psychological thriller and this book sounded like it would fit the bill. I mean it does ha
Kate Baxter
Like a well laid out lawyer's brief, this story sets the stage for a superb legal game of cat and mouse. The main protagonist, Rachel, a law school 3L, is spending her summer internship in the Middlesex County D.A.'s office, much to Jack's, (her husband's), chagrin. He's a well respected defense attorney whose firm Rachel intends joining upon passing the Massachusetts bar. She believes that interning with "the enemy" will yield insights to better prepare future defense cases.

Years ago, D.A. Mar
Mindy Mejia
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nobody keeps me guessing like Hank Phillippi Ryan and she’s done it again in The Murder List, which combines the best of psychological and legal thrillers into a genre entirely Ryan’s own. I raced through this high-stakes game between prosecution and defense, where the bad guys could be anyone, depending on where you stand. An absolute must-read for 2019!
This novel is a compelling tale of how a woman’s past and present meld into one. Six years prior to present day, Rachel North is the chief of staff for a powerful state senator. Her loyalty, however, goes beyond that of the workplace and she has fallen in love with him (She does not reveal this to him). The situation becomes more complicated when Rachel is called in for jury duty and a younger staff member begins to fill emotional and physical needs for the already married senator. Rachel is tor ...more
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to enjoy this novel but in the end I could not. I got tired of the switching narrators and also different points of view and lastly switches in time. I also had a feeling about the main narrator and what was going to happen because it is a fad these days to have unreliable narrators, which to me is very old and I am tired of it. The main murder case was passed over early on. I also did not enjoy any of the characters in the story-that usually spells trouble. I am glad this one is in the ...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 psychologi