The Other Woman

The Other Woman

Book - 2012
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Jane Ryland was a rising star in television news...until she refused to reveal a source and lost everything. Now a disgraced newspaper reporter, Jane isn't content to work on her assigned puff pieces, and finds herself tracking down a candidate's secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election.

Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer. Twice, bodies of unidentified women have been found by a bridge, and Jake is plagued by a media swarm beginning to buzz about a "bridge killer" hunting the young women of Boston.

As the body count rises and election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected...and that they may be facing a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to silence a scandal.

Dirty politics, dirty tricks, and a barrage of final twists, The Other Woman is the first in an explosive new series by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Seduction, betrayal, and murder--it'll take a lot more than votes to win this election.

Publisher: New York : Forge, c2012.
ISBN: 9780765332578
Characteristics: 416 p. ; 25 cm.

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pharra19
Mar 14, 2017

A very generous three stars.
This is the first book in a series, about investigative reporter Jane Ryland. While I enjoyed the main characters and the interaction between Jane and her boss, Alex, and Jane and Jake, the sexy police detective, the plot was all over the place.
The author seemed hell-bent on speeding up the pace of the novel, by introducing far too many plot lines: The Bridge Killer, who may or may not exist; Jane's informant on a major story winds up dead; a political candidate's wife suspects him of having an affair, and asks Jane to investigate; a mysterious woman in a red coat who appears too often at political rallies; people from the past reappear, and no one is who they seem to be.
It's like a game of "Whack-a-Mole", where just when you think you've solved one mystery, another one pops up!
I will try another Jane Ryland book, simply because I did like the character, and hope that Ms. Ryan has learned to tighten up her plot structure.

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Doris527
Nov 23, 2015

Political lntrigue at its best from Ryan who is now becoming a favourite author. This is a definite page turner that should not be started until you can finish it. One of the better books I have read recently. Kept me guessing to the very end.

Michael Colford May 15, 2014

Jane Ryland is a former television investigative reporter who refused to give up a source and was subsequently separated from her job in disgrace. Now she has a second chance of sorts, in the much less glamorous job as a newspaper reporter. Her first job revolves around the possible extra-martial relationship of a political candidate. At the same time, Boston police detective, Jake Brogan, is wrestling with the emergence of a possible new serial killer that the media has dubbed the Bridge Killer, which Jane would much rather be covering.

Hank Phillippi Ryan has constructed a straight-forward, but complicated mystery with layer upon layer of revelations in the world of politics. Her heroine is struggling with a major setback in her life and working to put things back together, while trying to keep a safe, professional distance from Jake, for whom she harbors a strong, reciprocated attraction. The Other Woman is the first of a new Jane Ryland series, and has won the Mary Higgins Clark Award.

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reader10000
Mar 29, 2014

Very disappointing and difficult to read. Lost interest virtually every time I read 2-3 chapters. No suspense whatsoever. Very tedious

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jmdeinken
Jan 05, 2014

Serial killer (or not), politics, and long-lost family make for an intriguing story. The author lays out the story well and keeps you guessing right up until the end. Love the Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan characters . . . hopefully somewhere down the road they will be a couple!! Good read--7 out of 10 on this one.

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mbaird1
Aug 27, 2013

Can't wait to read her earlier books. Ditto 5 star

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737knox
Nov 07, 2012

Really enjoyed this book - first one I have read of hers. A little complex but all comes together as you along with lots to keep you guessing. Definitely a 5 star

nutty7688 Sep 26, 2012

Too many characters to track, lost interest.

Will speak on Thursday, November 8 as part of the Author Talk Series
http://www.bpl.org/news/author_series.htm

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