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"THE WRONG GIRL is fast-paced, thrilling,
nerve-wracking, and fun...a terrific read."

   —Fresh Fiction


The Wrong Girl
A Boston Globe bestseller!

The Wrong Girl

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Winner of the 2014 Agatha for Best Contemporary Novel
Winner of the 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award

Award-winning and bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan presents a spine-chilling, heart-wrenching suspense novel that explores a terrifying scenario striking at the heart of every family.

Does a respected adoption agency have a frightening secret? Tipped off by a determined ex-colleague on a desperate quest to find her birth mother, Boston newspaper reporter Jane Ryland begins to suspect that the agency is engaging in the ultimate betrayal—reuniting birth parents with the wrong children.

For detective Jake Brogan and his partner, a young woman's brutal murder seems a sadly predictable case of domestic violence, one that results in two toddlers being shuttled into the foster care system. Then Jake finds an empty cradle at the murder scene. Where is the baby who should have been sleeping there?

The Wrong Girl an Agatha Winner!
Agatha Award Winner!

It's a trail of twists and turns that takes them deep into the heart of a foster care system in crisis and threatens to blow the lid off an adoption agency scandal. With a killer at large and an infant missing, time is running out...

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Awards & Recognition

  • Agatha Award Winner for Best Contemporary Novel
  • 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award Winner for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense
  • Anthony Award nominee for Best Novel
  • Left Coast Crime nominee for Best Mystery (set in the United States)
  • Nominee for Best Suspense/Thriller from the RT BookReviews Reviewers' Choice Awards


"Stellar follow-up to The Other Woman. Jane and Jake are engaging protagonists, and the will-they-or-won't-they tension will appeal to romance fans. The thrills are also abundant, and the plot takes a left turn when the reader is sure it's going right. Ryan has a gift for writing superb thrillers, and this one is sure to be a big hit..."
   —Library Journal

"(A) chilling novel of murder, kidnapping and deception. Intricate plotting leads the reader though a tale full of curveballs and surprises. Ryan's gift for storytelling excels..."
   —RT Bookreviews

"Hank Phillippi Ryan has done it again. The author of The Other Woman and Prime Time is a master at crafting detailed and suspenseful mysteries, and her new book The Wrong Girl is her best yet. The Wrong Girl is fast-paced, thrilling, nerve-wracking, and fun...a terrific read."
   —Fresh Fiction

"...a crisp, fast-moving police procedural featuring reverberating illegalities, increasing danger and suspense and crackling sexual tension...Another winner from Ryan." STARRED REVIEW

"The Wrong Girl is fast paced, complex, and very, very human. At the end, even though you know what has happened, whodunnit and why, Ryan doesn't tie everything up with a neat little bow. You're left with the knowledge that there are lives out there ready to be shattered, and not everyone is going to have a happy ending. Honestly, I very much liked the reality of it, getting the satisfaction of closure with the story without the cloying sweetness of everybody living happily ever after. This is a great book for people who like excellent writing and deeply human characters."
   —Fran's STAFF PICK at Seattle Mystery Bookstore

"The Wrong Girl has all the right stuff! The pacing is furious, the characters are great fun, and the dialogue crackles."
   —Linwood Barclay, International bestselling author of Trust Your Eyes

"Whip-smart writing and a dizzying pace make The Wrong Girl a thrilling read!"
   —Tess Gerritsen, NYT bestselling author of Last To Die

"A riveting story that will hook you from page one. A terrific read. Unputdownable!"
   —Deborah Crombie, NYT bestselling author

"The Wrong Girl is Hank Phillippi Ryan's best yet, with Ryan's trademark breathless storytelling and an almost unthinkable premise that will give every reader a chill. A terrific, fast-paced read!"
   —William Landay, NYT bestselling author of Defending Jacob

"A riveting page turner! Packed with dark family secrets and high stakes thrills. If you like the Lisas—Scottoline and Gardner—you'll love Hank Phillippi Ryan."
   —Wendy Corsi Staub, NYT bestselling author

"The investigation takes many unexpected turns, and the suspense is well-sustained throughout...The Wrong Girl is a fine addition to the series, and it is recommended."
   —Gloria Feit

Forge Books, Hardcover, September 2013, ISBN: 978-0765332585
Forge Books, Mass Market Paperback, July 2014, ISBN: 978-0765369147