One Wrong Word
A heart-racing new cat and-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.
I read One Wrong Word in one short weekend—and the hours flew by!
—Shari Lapena, internationally bestselling author
Smart, propulsive, and unique with two strong, memorable female leads…
—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author
My favorite Hank Phillippi Ryan book to date, One Wrong Word hits all the sweet spots…
—Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author
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“Ryan always writes one hell of a book, but with One Wrong Word she has elevated her already high game. A story with all the goods, great characters, blistering pace, powered by prose that cuts right to the nerve, and fascinating insights about what makes us all tick. And that Christie-esque twist will leave jaws hanging! Buckle up and read.”
“I read One Wrong Word in one short weekend—and the hours flew by! If you’re looking for riveting suspense that keeps you up late—in One Wrong Word you get your wish. Hank Phillippi Ryan’s latest will bring readers nothing but joy.”
“Tense and twisty—hard to put down!”
—Shari Lapena, internationally bestselling author of Everyone Here is Lying and The Couple Next Door
“Smart, propulsive, and unique with two strong, memorable female leads, One Wrong Word grabbed me on the first page and didn’t let go. Ryan never fails to amaze me.”
—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Just the Nicest Couple
“My favorite Hank Phillippi Ryan book to date, One Wrong Word hits all the sweet spots: a twisty and suspenseful plot, smart, strong heroines at the center, and a killer ending. A page-turner from start to finish, One Wrong Word had me flying through the pages, pausing only to catch my breath. Not to be missed!”
—Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Overnight Guest
“Everyone’s a suspect in this twisty thriller about a crisis management expert forced to save not just her own reputation but her very life. Propulsive and bingeable, One Wrong Word kept me guessing to the very end.”
—Ana Reyes, New York Times bestselling author of A House in the Pines
“An intricately plotted ticking time bomb of cat and mouse that will leave you breathless. Masterful storytelling and relentless pacing come together in a chilling tale of deception, manipulation, and paranoia. Ryan is at the top of her game with One Wrong Word—this is your next must-read!”
—Liv Constantine, internationally bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish
“One Wrong Word is a sublime cat-and-mouse thriller that had me turning the pages as fast as I was switching allegiances, all while trying (and failing) to figure out who to trust. Hank Phillippi Ryan proves once again that she’s at the top of her game, and a master of suspense! Not to be missed.”
—Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of The Revenge List
“No one does a cat and mouse thriller like Hank Phillippi Ryan, and with One Wrong Word, she’s at the top of her game. Ryan lays out the breadcrumbs, sprinkles the clues, and adds layers of mistrust in a tense, snappy, mind-blowing mystery that made my heart pound. The nail-biting suspense kept me on edge, building chapter by chapter then racing to the wildly exciting finish. And as each character’s secrets and lies are revealed, Ryan expertly knocked me sideways with staggering twists I never saw coming. Fun, fresh, and very clever, this is Ryan at her best.”
—Samantha M. Bailey, USA Today and internationally bestselling author of Woman on the Edge
“Driven by astutely drawn characters and fueled by a masterful plot, One Wrong Word had me guessing until the very last page. Hank Phillippi Ryan knows how to keep readers on the edge of their seats, and she does it again with this pulse pounding thriller. Bravo!”
—Wendy Walker, bestselling author of What Remains