Author Hank Phillippi Ryan

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Hank Phillippi Ryan

The House Guest

Now available in trade paperback

The House Guest is another diabolical cat-and-mouse thriller from USA Today bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan—but which character is the cat, and which character is the mouse?

After every divorce, one spouse gets all the friends. What does the other one get? If they’re smart, they get the benefits. Alyssa Macallan is terrified when she’s dumped by her wealthy and powerful husband. With a devastating divorce looming, she begins to suspect her toxic and manipulative soon-to-be-ex is scheming to ruin her—leaving her alone and penniless. And when the FBI shows up at her door, Alyssa knows she really needs a friend.


Hank Phillippi Ryan is one of my favorite authors, and The House Guest proves why.
—Lisa Scottoline
Hank Phillippi Ryan weaves a twisted tale of love, revenge and betrayal. The House Guest kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.
—Tamron Hall
An edge-of-your seat thriller! Ryan breathes new life into the classic Hitchcock tale…
—Lisa Gardner

Propulsive, smart, twisty and impossible to predict. Ryan brilliantly ramps up the tension.
—Gilly Macmillan

Ryan is at the top of her game in this fiendishly clever, rocket-paced thrill ride.
—Lisa Unger

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About Hank

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the USA Today bestselling author of 14 psychological thrillers, winning the most prestigious awards in the genre: five Agathas, five Anthonys, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, with 37 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. National book critics call her “a superb and gifted storyteller”; she’s the only author to win the Agatha in four categories: Best First, Best Novel, Best Short Story and Best Non-Fiction. Her newest is the page-turning standalone thriller The House Guest–a story of psychological manipulation that explores the dark heart of marriage and friendship—it’s Gaslight meets Thelma & Louise. Bestselling author Lisa Scottoline says, “Ryan is one of my favorite authors and The House Guest shows why,” EMMY-winning host Tamron Hall says, “The House Guest kept me on the edge of my seat…” and the Publishers Weekly rave review says, “Ryan is a master of suspense!” and the Library Journal starred review calls it “Binge-worthy.”

Watch for her newest thriller One Wrong Word, coming February 2024.

Hank is a founder of MWA University, host of CRIME TIME on A Mighty Blaze, and co-host of First Chapter Fun and The Back Room. Visit Hank online at, on Twitter @HankPRyan, on Instagram @hankpryan and Facebook at HankPhillippiRyanAuthor.

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