Author Hank Phillippi Ryan

  Agatha Award nominee 
Anthony Award nominee 
Library Journal Best Book of 2015

  Agatha Award nominee 
Anthony Award nominee 
Library Journal Best Book of 2015 

What You See

Book 4 of the Jane Ryland Thrillers

Why would a father abduct his own child? A wedding is planned in Jane Ryland’s family, but there’s a calamity 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 to a dark conspiracy of extortion and stolen lives.

What You See puts Jane and Jake face to face with deception, intrigue, and—if they make the wrong decisions—disaster.

Read about Hank’s writing process, her plans for Jane and Jake and her favorite books.
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What You See



Full Praise

“The more layers that are peeled away, the more surprises that are revealed. Verdict: Ryan’s latest thriller is built like an intricate house of cards, threatening to crumble at any second. Mystery readers get ready: you will find yourself racing to the finish.”
Library Journal (A BEST BOOK OF 2015!)

“Award-winner Ryan is a master of her craft…This is exceptional suspense written in Ryan’s inimitable style.”

“Superb…highly entertaining.”
—Oline Cogdill, Orlando Sun-Sentinel

“A perfect mix of plot, suspense, emotion and character. It’s flawlessly done—one of the best and most resonant thrillers of the year.”
—Robin Agnew Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Bookstore

“Superbly entertaining…a dark nightmare of a tale with echoes of Dennis Lehane at his level best.”
Providence Journal

“Ryan knows how to tell a story and keep the reader engaged and enthralled. Mystery fans should drop everything and pick up this book!”
Associated Press

“What You See is twisty, engrossing, impossible to put down.”
—Lisa Unger

“Hank Phillippi Ryan is one of the most adept masters of plot on the planet!”
—John Lescroart

“The ultimate insider’s mystery, with twists and turns at every stop. This is Ryan at the top of her game.”
—J. T. Ellison

“Hank Phillippi Ryan has won every mystery award out there and it’s pretty damn clear why. Bringing her superhuman investigative reporter background to bear she paints her stories with verisimilitude and human warmth. There’s a unique kind of happy that comes from having an HPR book on the nightstand.”
—Gregg Hurwitz

“Hank is a star!”
—Joseph Finder

There is something for everyone in What You See: mystery, suspense, romance… [Ryan] navigates her readers so adroitly…that one cannot help but be simultaneously enchanted by the way she does it and mesmerized by what occurs.
—Joe Hartlaub