Book Review: The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan

The Other WomanThe Other Woman
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Forge, September 2012
ISBN 978-0-7653-3257-8

When you have a political campaign in full ‘go’ mode, there is always a scandal waiting to bring down someone. Usually, it’s infidelity. Maybe it’s murder. With Ryan’s latest political thriller, you get both…or maybe not. Confusing? The Other Woman kept me guessing and wondering what connections were waiting on the next page.

Jane Ryland is a new reporter for the Boston Register, trying to distance herself from a controversial time as a television reporter. She’s assigned to interview Moira Lassiter, whose husband, Owen, is running for the Senate. She suspects an affair when Moira won’t agree to meet. She’s also seeking information about an enigmatic woman in a red coat who makes regular appearances on the campaign trail.

Jake Brogan, homicide investigator, is two bodies deep into a murder case the press is attributing to the ‘Bridge Killer’. When a third victim is discovered to be directly related to Ryland’s past, she and Brogan agree to-somewhat-work together to find the answers.

Other parties are interested in Owen Lassiter, ones with devastating connections to Owen…and to each other. Individuals who are so determined, they won’t let anything stand in their way…

Solid tight writing and a plethora of characters keep the story on a high level of tension throughout. Slick and stylish. Ryan steps above the ordinary political thriller because she doesn’t let you know what’s going to happen until she’s good and ready. Just when you think you know the answer…think again.

Reviewed by Stephen L. Brayton, June 2013.
Author of Night Shadows, Beta and Alpha.