Author Hank Phillippi Ryan

One Wrong Word: is now available!!

The House Guest: is now available in trade paperback!

Her Perfect Life: Agatha Award Nominee for Best Contemporary Novel and Starred Reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus

The First to Lie: An Anthony Award Best Hardcover Novel and Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee

Hank on the Tamron Hall Show, February 2024



Hank Phillippi Ryan

One Wrong Word

Now available!

A heart-racing new cat-and-mouse thriller from USA Today bestselling and multiple award-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan.

One wrong word can ruin your life. And no one knows that better than savvy crisis management expert Arden Ward.

Problem is—she’s now forced to handle a devastating crisis of her own. She’s unfairly accused of having an affair with a powerful client—and now her life and dreams are about to crash and burn. Then Arden is given an ultimatum. She has two weeks to save her career and her reputation.

Is Cordelia Bannister the answer to her prayers?

Cordelia needs help for her husband Ned, a Boston real estate mogul. Though he was recently acquitted in a fatal drunk driving accident, his reputation is ruined, and the fallout is devastating not only to the Bannisters’ lives, but the lives of their two adorable children.

Arden devotes her skill and determination—and maybe her final days on the job—to helping this shattered family, but soon, revelations begin to emerge about what really happened the night of the accident. And then—another car crash throws Ned back into the spotlight.

This case is Arden’s final chance to protect her own future and clear her name. But the more she tries to untangle the truth, the more she’s haunted by one disturbing question—what if she’s also protecting a killer?

Gossip. Lies. Rumors. Words like that can hurt you. And Arden knows the reality. Sometimes one wrong word can even kill.


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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Library Journal Starred Review

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Agatha Award Nominee for Best Contemporary Novel
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Anthony Award Winner
Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominee

Author Hank Phillippi Ryan

Anthony Award Winner
Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominee
Agatha Award Nominee
Suspense Magazine Best Book

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About Hank

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the USA Today bestselling author of 15 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” and “master of suspense.” 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 One Wrong Word—a twisty non-stop story of gaslighting, manipulation, and murder. David Baldacci says, “A story with all the goods… Buckle up and read.” B.A. Paris says, “A gripping rollercoaster of a read… This is Hank at her very best!” And James Patterson says, “If you’re looking for riveting suspense that keeps you up late—in One Wrong Word  you get your wish.”

Hank is the co-host and founder of THE BACK ROOM, host of CRIME TIME on A Mighty Blaze, and co-host of FIRST CHAPTER FUN. She is a past president of National Sisters in Crime. Visit Hank at, Twitter @HankPRyan, Instagram @hankpryan and Facebook HankPhillippiRyanAuthor

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