Let me get this out of the way first. I unabashedly love Hank. Her books are awesome sure, but she’s also a super awesome human being.
Most of those in my area may know her from being the lead investigative reporter in Boston Channel 7 News. She brings that same investigative skills to her books as well. Her Jane Ryland series got me hooked. Set in Boston, it follows a one time tv reporter to the world of newspapers and of course murder and mayhem. Plus, the detective Jake is dreamy. Or he is at least the way I imagine him.
Anyway, so just this past month, she released her newest novel:
Trust Me by Hank Phillippi Ryan
It’s a standalone novel, centered around the court case of a young mother accused of murdering her child. For those in the Boston area, it is reminiscent of the “Baby Doe” case that gripped the city a few years ago. The only difference is, the mother more closely resembles Casey Anthony than a drug addicted woman. While trying to pull herself out of a depression, former reporter Mercer is assigned to follow the case for a potential book. Everyone knows Ashlyn (the mother) is guilty. Mercer thinks it as well. The first part of the book follows the trial and is interspersed with Mercer’s notes/write ups. They clearly signify Ashlyn’s guilt.
The second part of the book takes a turn as Mercer and Ashlyn are thrown together. I won’t spoil how, but it has to do with the book. Ashlyn seems to be a master manipulator, and even the reader starts to wonder if they got everything wrong.
The mystery at the end is wrapped up tidily, which was a bit of a disappointment. I thought the end could’ve used a little more explanation. But, at the same time….fans of shows on Discovery ID will like this book for the courtroom drama. I definitely wanted to read to the end to find out it if the reader ever learns if Ashlyn is really guilty or not.
Hank is so good at making a good beach/winter read. And as a Massachusetts person, I love reading books set in Boston. It makes me feel like I’m part of the action!