What You See – Hank Phillippi Ryan


5/5 Plain Sight Stars

On The Back:

Hank Phillippi Ryan weaves another taut and surprising tale in What You See, the fourth Jane Ryland novel of suspense

Why would a father abduct his own child? A wedding is planned in Jane Ryland’s family, but there’s a disaster instead. Nine-year-old Gracie—supposed to be the flower girl—has been taken by her stepdad. Where are they? Is the girl in danger? Reporter Jane Ryland learns there’s a limit to the bonds of family—and learns to her peril what happens when loved ones are pushed too far.

Meanwhile, Detective Jake Brogan’s got a doozy of a case. At Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall, a man is stabbed to death in front of a crowd of tourists snapping photos of the murder on their cell phones. Solving the case should be easy, but the pictures and surveillance video lead him to a dark conspiracy of extortion and stolen lives.

Jane and Jake must explore where their loyalties lie—to each other? To their families? To their careers? If they make the wrong decision, the consequences could be fatal.

My Thoughts:

I can’t possibly express my love for Hank Phillippi Ryan’s books. They are absolute gems! Filled with the perfect parts of suspense, mystery, and everyday life, they really make me want to move to Boston and become an investigative reporter.

Jane sees even more development in her personal life in this book both with Jake and without him. I loved learning about her family and meeting her sister, it made Jane feel more real somehow to me. It also added an extra layer of suspense to the mystery part of the story knowing that it all hit closely to Jane’s life.

The mystery, as always, however, is the real star. It was fill with so many twists and turns and I love the way Ms. Ryan takes what looks like multiple completely separate mysteries and weaves them together into one mystery by the end; it’s absolutely mind blowing at times but it always makes sense.

The book ended on a cliffhanger and I absolutely cannot wait to see how it ends up in the next book! Excellent characters, setting, and mystery; this is probably one of my favorite series right now. Highly recommend!


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