Posted in 4 paws, mystery, Review on December 19, 2014

Truth Be Told HC

TRUTH BE TOLD is another gripping tale featuring fan-favorite protagonists Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan. Set in Boston, the novel weaves a tale of financial manipulation, the terror of foreclosures, secrets from the past, murder, and the primal need for home, family and love.

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 big-bucks scheme and the surprising players who will stop at nothing, including murder, to keep their goal a secret. Turns out, there’s more than one way to rob a bank.

Boston police detective Jake Brogan has a liar on his hands. A man has just confessed to the famous twenty-year-old Lilac Sunday killing, and while Jake’s colleagues take him at his word, Jake is not so sure. But he has personal reasons for hoping they’ve finally solved the cold case.

Financial manipulation, the terror of foreclosures, the power of numbers, the primal need for home and family and love. What happens when what you believe is true turns out to be a lie?


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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 of them all tie together in the end.  The first deals with home foreclosures and the second is a twenty year old mystery that Jake’s grandfather dealt with when he was alive and commissioner. There are some characters that you think are the good guys but then you find out that they really aren’t.  The stories are edgy, as are most of her books, and deal with real issues that affect many of us.

I am wondering where Jake and Jane’s relationship is headed.  They keep it under wraps which can be tough when you are talking a news reporter and a police detective.  It is apparent it causes some issues when it comes to the cases.

We give this 4 paws up and anxiously await the next book!


About the Author

new hank cornerHANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate. She’s won 32 EMMYs, 12 Edward R. Murrow awards and dozens of other honors for her ground-breaking journalism. A bestselling author of seven mystery novels, Ryan has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: three Agathas, the Anthony, Daphne, Macavity, and for THE OTHER WOMAN, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. National reviews have called her a “master at crafting suspenseful mysteries” and “a superb and gifted storyteller.” Her 2013 novel, THE WRONG GIRL, has the extraordinary honor of winning the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel and the Daphne Award for Mainstream Mystery/Suspense, and is a seven-week Boston Globe bestseller. Her newest hardcover, TRUTH BE TOLD, is a Library Journal Editor’s Pick and RT Book Reviews Top Pick, with starred reviews from Booklist and from Library Journal, which raves, “Drop everything and binge read!” She’s a founding teacher at Mystery Writers of America University and 2013 president of national Sisters in Crime.

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