The Murder List
"An exhilarating thrill ride that keeps you turning pages.. Ryan deftly delivers a denouement as shocking as it is satisfying."--Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish and The Last Time I Saw YouLaw student Rachel North will tell you, without hesitation, what she knows to be true. She's smart, she’s a hard worker, she does the right thing, she’s successfully married to a faithful and devoted husband, a lion of Boston's defense bar, and her internship with the Boston DA's office is her ticket to a successful future.Problem is--she’s wrong.And in this cat and mouse game--the battle for justice becomes a battle for survival.The Murder List is a new standalone suspense novel in the tradition of Lisa Scottoline and B. A. Paris from award-winning author and reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Murder List Details

TitleThe Murder List
Author
ReleaseAug 20th, 2019
PublisherForge Books
ISBN-139781250197238
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Suspense, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

The Murder List Review

  • Kaceey
    January 1, 1970
    3.5*Lately, legal thrillers and courtroom dramas are becoming a new favorite (sub) genre for me.After a very slow start, I naturally assumed this would be a struggle to finish. But to my delighted surprise it took a complete 180 degree turn about midway. I could almost hear the “click” as everything fell in place...and I was all in!Rachel is thankfully nearing the end of law school. A summer internship with the dreaded Martha Gardiner of the DA’s office. And once she passes the bar, it’s straigh 3.5*Lately, legal thrillers and courtroom dramas are becoming a new favorite (sub) genre for me.After a very slow start, I naturally assumed this would be a struggle to finish. But to my delighted surprise it took a complete 180 degree turn about midway. I could almost hear the “click” as everything fell in place...and I was all in!Rachel is thankfully nearing the end of law school. A summer internship with the dreaded Martha Gardiner of the DA’s office. And once she passes the bar, it’s straight into a partnership with her husband Jack at his criminal defense law firm. Now…If she can just get through this summer and manage to keep her marriage intact. It’s common knowledge throughout the office that her husband and new boss have a deep seeded hatred for each other. Told in two timelines. Who can you trust to see that justice gets served? The prosecutor? The defense attorney? Maybe the jury? What if each has their own secrets and quite possibly their own personal agendas?Hank Phillippi Ryan writes a gripping and suspenseful legal thriller that, while I enjoyed it, took a bit too long to get off the ground. Though she did manage to surprise me with some unpredictable, clever twists!Thank you to NetGalley Macmillan Tor/Forge Publishing and Hank Phillippi Ryan for an ARC to read and review.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Great minds think alike.And they tend to gravitate toward one another.Hank Phillippi Ryan has created quite the cat-and-mouse scenario in this one. She's got attorneys set up to out-think, out-maneuver, and out-pace one another in this weighty legal bundle tied with loose string that will soon begin to unravel.Rachel Kirkland is a bit late to the game at age thirty-six stepping into the inner circles of an internship at the Middlesex District Attorney's office. She's set to graduate from Harvard Great minds think alike.And they tend to gravitate toward one another.Hank Phillippi Ryan has created quite the cat-and-mouse scenario in this one. She's got attorneys set up to out-think, out-maneuver, and out-pace one another in this weighty legal bundle tied with loose string that will soon begin to unravel.Rachel Kirkland is a bit late to the game at age thirty-six stepping into the inner circles of an internship at the Middlesex District Attorney's office. She's set to graduate from Harvard Law School next year. Her life is somewhat complicated in that she's married to Jack Kirkland, the very lawyer involved in a case in which she served as a juror six years ago. Their attraction was instantaneous. Love does set bear traps like that.To tangle things up even more, Rachel is completing her internship in the office of Martha Gardiner, Jack's arch enemy. He recently lost a case to her and the bitterness is still palatable. The tension is not lost on Rachel who is reminded of this woman's actions on a daily basis. Jack won't leave it alone and Rachel won't drop out of the internship.Ryan sets up her chapters in a past and present manner entitled with each character's name. The story spins back and forth but doesn't quite give you a full plate of events of the past. Ryan is holding back on that until we get the remaining courses at the end. Someone is living a lie here and, as readers, we're ready to pin it on any one of the main characters. They all seem to be wearing cologne with a shifty nature. Ryan's gonna make you work it out. And we all enjoy a tightly twisted challenge.I received a copy of The Murder List through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Forge Publishing and to Hank Phillippi Ryan for the opportunity.
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  • DJ Sakata
    January 1, 1970
    Favorite Quotes:My new boss. Martha Gardiner. The woman Jack usually refers to as “Satan in pearls.” He never laughs when he says it.Forget the speed of light. Nothing travels faster than gossip… Secrets only take a few beats longer. Gossip is the fuel of power.At noon, Kurt had brought us lunch, wrapped in the white waxed paper of the Pietro Pan Deli. The Italian sandwiches had too much salami and too many onions, and I’d wondered if that was a sneaky way to encourage us to hurry. I wished the Favorite Quotes:My new boss. Martha Gardiner. The woman Jack usually refers to as “Satan in pearls.” He never laughs when he says it.Forget the speed of light. Nothing travels faster than gossip… Secrets only take a few beats longer. Gossip is the fuel of power.At noon, Kurt had brought us lunch, wrapped in the white waxed paper of the Pietro Pan Deli. The Italian sandwiches had too much salami and too many onions, and I’d wondered if that was a sneaky way to encourage us to hurry. I wished the jury room had windows we could open.You could send lawyers to law school. And judges to judge school, or whatever they had. And those people were versed in all the rules. But at the end of all the rule-following and objections and legal procedures, when the gavel banged and the door closed, when you got into a jury room, it was regular people. Flawed people. Biased people. Who may or may not agree to those rules. Who can manipulate and pressure and influence. And, depending on the power of jurors’ consciences, no one would ever know.I flinch at the sound of my name. I’ve felt so invisible, even I almost forgot I was here.My Review:This was extremely clever, so smartly plotted, brilliantly paced, and engagingly written. I fell right inside and didn’t surface for most of the day, only under the threat with death by my internal organs and whining from my neglected husband. This was my first experience reading this sly wordsmith and I was a quick convert, I’ll buy whatever she’s selling as I totally fell for her tricks, I never saw it coming. The writing was superb and cleverly amusing as well as perceptively detailed, but the characters - they were vibrant and alive for me on the page. Ms. Ryan has exceptionally strong word voodoo. Like a binging dieter, I greedily want to amass and consume all her clever words.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    My first Hank Phillippi Ryan book, and it’s a doozie. The characters are lawyers, but this is not a legal thriller. It’s a psychological suspense starring lawyers who like to win, sometimes at all cost. It’s got an intricate intertwined plot, and you’ve got to pay attention and remember details. I really enjoyed it!
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  • Jayme
    January 1, 1970
    Rachel North is a law student, married to Jack Kirkland, a VERY successful defense attorney. Martha Gardinier is a top prosecutor, who rarely loses...but who has lost to Jack. Jack and Martha HATE each other, as only two rivals can. So, why would Martha choose Rachel to be her summer apprentice? And, why would Rachel accept this position? WHO is playing WHO in this novel of suspense? WHO has NO BOUNDARIES when it comes to winning? Told from the alternating timelines of the present, and BEFORE, y Rachel North is a law student, married to Jack Kirkland, a VERY successful defense attorney. Martha Gardinier is a top prosecutor, who rarely loses...but who has lost to Jack. Jack and Martha HATE each other, as only two rivals can. So, why would Martha choose Rachel to be her summer apprentice? And, why would Rachel accept this position? WHO is playing WHO in this novel of suspense? WHO has NO BOUNDARIES when it comes to winning? Told from the alternating timelines of the present, and BEFORE, you learn how all of their lives have continually intersected over the years. For me, just as one narrative was getting interesting the story would switch to the other, losing momentum, and bringing down my rating a bit. It was causing me to want to skim to get back to where the other narrative left off. Some have called this a legal thriller, but not much occurred in the courtroom...it’s more of a story of these three characters, with careers in laws, and how they each manipulate the system....Thank you to Hank Phillippi Ryan, who graciously offered a digital ARC in exchange for a candid review, through Netgalley. This title will be released on Aug. 20th, 2019.
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free ARC of The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.The murder list is a list of attorneys who are eligible to defend murder cases.Rachel North is a law student, married to a defense attorney on the murder list. Rachel has been selected to join a prosecutor's office for 3 months as part of her internship. Unfortunately, the prosecutor is a woman who has had a running grudge again I received a free ARC of The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.The murder list is a list of attorneys who are eligible to defend murder cases.Rachel North is a law student, married to a defense attorney on the murder list. Rachel has been selected to join a prosecutor's office for 3 months as part of her internship. Unfortunately, the prosecutor is a woman who has had a running grudge against North's husband.Why would Rachel agree to this internship out of all the choices she could have made? And why would this prosecutor choose Rachel knowing who she's married to?That is the heart of this very cleverly written crime drama. The book alternates with a telling of how Rachel was involved with a murder case before she married her husband and with her time serving on a jury for a different murder ... one her husband defended unsuccessfully.Twists and turns, along with masterfully drawn characters, kept me glued to the pages until the final unexpected conclusion.
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  • Darinda
    January 1, 1970
    Rachel is in law school and gets an internship with the district attorney's office. This causes problems in Rachel's marriage because her husband is a defense attorney, and his biggest enemy is the DA. During her internship, a cold case is reopened. One that Rachel has a connection with from her days working with a senator.This novel alternates between past and present. Rachel is smart and driven. Her husband is a successful defense attorney, and they have plans for her to get a law degree so th Rachel is in law school and gets an internship with the district attorney's office. This causes problems in Rachel's marriage because her husband is a defense attorney, and his biggest enemy is the DA. During her internship, a cold case is reopened. One that Rachel has a connection with from her days working with a senator.This novel alternates between past and present. Rachel is smart and driven. Her husband is a successful defense attorney, and they have plans for her to get a law degree so they can work together. Before getting married, Rachel worked for a senator. During her time there, a coworker was killed and the murderer was never found. During her internship with the DA's office, that old murder case is revisited when new leads are found.A simple story told in a complex way. The murder mystery is who killed a woman that worked for a senator. As the past meets present, old secrets are revealed. Each character seems to have an ulterior motive, making for an absorbing thriller.A good read for fans of legal thrillers. Suspenseful, clever, and twisted.I received a free ARC of The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kristy
    January 1, 1970
    Law student Rachel North has a coveted summer internship in the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office with Assistant District Attorney Martha Gardiner. This is great, except Martha just happens to be Rachel's husband's arch nemesis. Jack, a defense attorney, hates to lose, and it seems like Martha is the only one who can beat him. Jack is on the murder list, a special group of attorneys who represent accused murderers who can't pay for their defense. Once Rachel's internship is over, she'l Law student Rachel North has a coveted summer internship in the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office with Assistant District Attorney Martha Gardiner. This is great, except Martha just happens to be Rachel's husband's arch nemesis. Jack, a defense attorney, hates to lose, and it seems like Martha is the only one who can beat him. Jack is on the murder list, a special group of attorneys who represent accused murderers who can't pay for their defense. Once Rachel's internship is over, she'll pass the bar and join in a partnership with Jack, defending those who need them most. "'Plus we've planned the whole thing. We're gonna be partners. You'll get me on the murder list. And we're a team.'" Well, this was quite the clever suspense novel, which weaves together two intersecting stories from various time periods. We learn about Rachel's present, interning with Martha, and then her past: her days at the statehouse--when six years ago--she supervised interns of her own. That's when she worked for Senate President Tom Rafferty. These two time periods are far more connected than we'd think--linked together by Jack and Martha as well, both of whom hate each other deeply. "Two sides. And me in the middle. But why did Gardiner bring me here?" We hear from Rachel, Jack, and Martha across these differing time periods and vantage points. I won't reveal more, but it's a very intriguing tale. I enjoyed how the two timelines intersected, bringing us a dark story of law, politics, and justice. What is right, what is wrong, and who exactly--if any--of our crew can we truly trust? There were a few places where I found my eyes glazing over a bit and skimming the pages: a lot of pontificating about law and mostly Jack haranguing Rachel about his hatred of Martha and then Martha rambling about her thoughts about law and hating Jack. That was a bit much for me. But when the book focused on the action (and lies!), it was great. Very crafty and when it finally dawned on me what was going on, I was all in. Overall, I certainly enjoyed my first book by Hank Phillippi Ryan. It was interesting, smart, different, and a fun tale of intertwining time periods. The characters were a bit too wordy for me at times, but the story made up for it in its surprising twists and turns. 3.75 stars, rounded up here. I received a free ARC of The Murder List from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. It is available everywhere on 8/20/2019. Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ PaperBackSwap ~ Smashbomb
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  • Jayme
    January 1, 1970
    Rachel North is a law student, married to Jack Kirkland, a VERY successful defense attorney. Martha Gardinier is a top prosecutor, who RARELY loses...but who has lost to Jack. Jack and Martha HATE each other, as only two rivals can. So, why would Martha choose Rachel to be her summer apprentice? And, why would Rachel accept this position? WHO is playing WHO in this novel of suspense? WHO has NO BOUNDARIES when it comes to winning? Told from the alternating timelines of the present, and BEFORE, y Rachel North is a law student, married to Jack Kirkland, a VERY successful defense attorney. Martha Gardinier is a top prosecutor, who RARELY loses...but who has lost to Jack. Jack and Martha HATE each other, as only two rivals can. So, why would Martha choose Rachel to be her summer apprentice? And, why would Rachel accept this position? WHO is playing WHO in this novel of suspense? WHO has NO BOUNDARIES when it comes to winning? Told from the alternating timelines of the present, and BEFORE, you learn how all of their lives have continually intersected over the years. But this “back and forth” did not flow as seamlessly as it should.Just as one narrative was getting interesting the story would switch to the other, losing momentum, and making me to want to skim-It did have a satisfying conclusion, but I just never found myself completely immersed in the story. Some have called this a legal thriller, but not much occurred in the courtroom...it’s more of a story of these three characters, with careers in law, and how they each manipulate each other and the system....
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  • Jessica Strawser
    January 1, 1970
    What I love most about Hank Phillippi Ryan's novels is that you never (ever!) know which characters you can trust—but you can always trust that you're in good hands with this expert storyteller. What starts as an unsettling undercurrent grows into the kind of tension no reader can walk away from. Deftly mining the gray area between right and wrong, erroneous and inevitable, innocent and guilty, The Murder List is twisty, unpredictable, and utterly irresistible: Suspense at its finest from an aut What I love most about Hank Phillippi Ryan's novels is that you never (ever!) know which characters you can trust—but you can always trust that you're in good hands with this expert storyteller. What starts as an unsettling undercurrent grows into the kind of tension no reader can walk away from. Deftly mining the gray area between right and wrong, erroneous and inevitable, innocent and guilty, The Murder List is twisty, unpredictable, and utterly irresistible: Suspense at its finest from an author at the top of her game. (Many thanks to the author and publisher for the opportunity to read and review early.)
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    Hank Phillippi Ryan has a special way of keeping her legal thrillers from taking on a procedural feel - something that is no easy feat in this genre. The Murder List centers on law student Rachel North and her internship with the DA's office - interestingly enough, Rachel's husband is a criminal prosecutor on the other side. While we learn the specifics of Rachel's life and work, it becomes evident that something in her past is going to factor into the present, so we get alternating timelines - Hank Phillippi Ryan has a special way of keeping her legal thrillers from taking on a procedural feel - something that is no easy feat in this genre. The Murder List centers on law student Rachel North and her internship with the DA's office - interestingly enough, Rachel's husband is a criminal prosecutor on the other side. While we learn the specifics of Rachel's life and work, it becomes evident that something in her past is going to factor into the present, so we get alternating timelines - a storytelling device that I always enjoy. Dual timelines keep the story fresh and keep the anticipation building. Ryan does a great job of planting red herrings as well as true clues for the payoff. I found The Murder List to be truly suspenseful and an enjoyable read from start to finish, a mystery I can highly recommend!Thank you to Forge for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Judy Collins
    January 1, 1970
    Check out my fun Q&A Interview with the amazing Hank Phillippi Ryan!Bestselling author and one of my favorites, Hank Phillippi Ryan "wowed" us last year with TRUST ME My Top Books of 2018 and returns with her best yet—THE MURDER LIST! Top books of 2019. An electrifying plot-driven standalone legal thriller which will leave you "glued" to the pages in this high stakes cat-and-mouse game of manipulation. A wild roller-coaster game of obsession, power, and revenge. The ending is jaw-dro Check out my fun Q&A Interview with the amazing Hank Phillippi Ryan!Bestselling author and one of my favorites, Hank Phillippi Ryan "wowed" us last year with TRUST ME My Top Books of 2018 and returns with her best yet—THE MURDER LIST! Top books of 2019. An electrifying plot-driven standalone legal thriller which will leave you "glued" to the pages in this high stakes cat-and-mouse game of manipulation. A wild roller-coaster game of obsession, power, and revenge. The ending is jaw-dropping good! It takes more than two to tango. There is a triangle (we are not talking love triangle). In addition to the cat-and-the-mouse, there is also cheese (the power). You will be guessing until the final reveal, which one is which. Which character is manipulating the other? Which side are you on? Who is on the Murder List? Meet the characters: • Martha Gardiner - Assistant District Attorney. Highly intelligent.• Jack Kirkland – Best defense attorney in Boston (married to Rachel) • Rachel North - Age 36. Law Student Harvard. Married to Jack. Goal: To be a partner: Kirkland and North law firm, once she passes the bar. Jack and Rachel have been married for six years. Jack is a lawyer, and he likes to win. Rachel is a law student but has a plan. Her plan is ultimately to be a partner in Jack’s law firm. To do so, she wants to do a summer internship in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. After all, it is only for three months. She can do it. However, to do so, that would be working with Jack’s enemy, ADA Martha Gardiner. Martha would be her new boss. Jack refers to her as “Satan in pearls”. A predator. She is the one prosecutor who can beat Jack. There may be some friction on the home front. Rachel wants to get on the murder list. She wants them to be a team. She has heard all the stories from Jack about Martha’s disturbingly unfair and manipulative tactics. Rachel thinks this is the perfect strategy. Her plan: She will work with Martha, learn her methods and techniques. She could scope out the competition from the inside. The more she understands her prosecution, the more she can use to structure their defense. She thinks it is brilliant. She then will be back with Jack and working against Martha, right? Jack does not agree. Very risky. He thinks Martha would be using Rachel. Jack cares about justice, defending his clients, even the ones he knows are guilty. He almost always wins—even if a murderer walks free. There was a murder-list case. Jack was appointed as Marcus Dorn’s attorney. The key witness vanished. Marcus Dorn is now behind bars after being charged with a gruesome murder of a couple after breaking into their high-priced condo. He was the security guard. Now Rachel is training to understand two sides. Defense and prosecution. “The devil you know.” Law school is about the, what if? Just like her life. Martha Gardiner holds the key to Rachel’s future. Martha is from Old New England money. She is in it for glory and power. For the win. She has her eye on the attorney general’s office. Will she outsmart everyone?Who will be collateral damage? “How long does it take to ruin everything? One moment. One wrong decision. One mistake. One unfortunate assumption or ill-chosen word or even a misunderstood gift. The dominoes fall, never to be righted.” Will Rachel be the manipulative opportunist or the advantaged insider?What about Jack? His motives? Is Jack jealous? What about Martha? Did Martha choose Rachel to blackball Jack from getting murder-list cases? Dealing with the devil has its pitfalls. There are two sides, and Rachel is in the middle, or is she? From a case six years earlier before Rachel and Jack were married. Rachel worked for Senate President Thomas Ames Rafferty Beacon Hill. A necklace. A murder. "Politics—like life—is driven by the balance of power." The murder list—the list of accused killers who cases, and lives, he’s responsible for. That is how Jack got assigned to represent now-convicted slasher, Marcus Simmons Dorn. High-paying cases. This is how Jack and Rachel met. LET THE GAMES BEGIN. You will doubt every character in this power play. Who will win in the end? Who will outsmart the other? ENTHRALLING! Hank Phillippi Ryan is in her "element."💕 Polished craftsmanship, brilliantly written, from the Boston setting to each precise movement of each character. 🎬 Movie-worthy! From the intricate legal proceedings, courtroom scenes, politics, character development, and crime scenes. With the Author’s expertise in the field as an investigative reporter, she carefully constructs every scene and multiple POV and timelines. Ryan maneuvers past and present tense with a perfect pace unfolding layer by layer, leaving you looking over your shoulder. INTENSE! A triangle on steroids with razor-sharp dialogue. Nothing is as it appears. You will be turning the pages into the wee hours of the morning to see how this psychological, legal thriller will end. Filled with shocking twists and turns that will keep you on your toes until the very last page. BTW: A KILLER ENDING 😜 Reminds me of the old book, "Who Moved my Cheese?" They all want cheese (power) and are willing to do whatever it takes to attain it. They are running around in a maze, but this time there are three players and someone will lose. If THE MURDER LIST does not hit the New York Times Bestseller list, I will be shocked! Move this one to the top of your list. For legal thriller fans of John Lescroart, Michael Connelly, Lisa Scottoline, and Scott Turow. Highly recommend! Ryan is at the TOP of her game.👏 She is on fire. 🏆A special thank you to Forge Books, Edelweiss, and Netgalley for an advanced reading copy. #JDCMustReadBooks
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  • Laura Rash
    January 1, 1970
    Alright, if John Grisham and Lisa Scottoline has a book baby, then this would be the result! Courtroom drama, a murder mystery, politics and a shaky marriage make for a real page turner! I loved the ending!
  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 Review coming soon.
  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    "Justice Never Sleeps!"If you never remember anything remember that eye witness accounts can make or break your case and it doesn't hurt to have great legal support such as your husband serving as your criminal attorney nor does it hurt to be going for the bar in achieving your own powerful legal status in becoming your husband's law partner.As if you needed more reason to read this one how about that cover that sends chills to the core and the previews plus amazing reviews that are sure to come "Justice Never Sleeps!"If you never remember anything remember that eye witness accounts can make or break your case and it doesn't hurt to have great legal support such as your husband serving as your criminal attorney nor does it hurt to be going for the bar in achieving your own powerful legal status in becoming your husband's law partner.As if you needed more reason to read this one how about that cover that sends chills to the core and the previews plus amazing reviews that are sure to come if not out already.The Murder List was one of those books that tickled my fancy from the minute I set eyes on it.I waited for quite some time on NetGalley until Macmillan Publishers granted me exclusive viewing privileges through their RIC (Reader's Insiders Club) and I was ecstatic to finally crack it open via Amazon Kindle.What a wild and powerful read by a clearly talented author Hank Phillippi Ryan.The Murder List is the perfect read for lovers of legal thrillers and murder mysteries as it contains both aspects and delves into DNA analysis, criminal motives, Modus Operandi, racial profiling, scrutiny of surveillance techniques & varied forms of evidence along with eye witness accounts.As a Master Grad in Criminal Justice who interned at a local public defenders office for undergrad work this was the perfect fit and didn't disappoint.The grass remember is not always greener as it may just be fertilized and you know what they say it depends on what you use to fertilize. This ideal life of this couple Rachel and Jack is about to explode in ways one can't imagine.It's put to the test after a recent death points fingers at numerous suspects close to them including but not limited to Rachel's own boss and Senator Tom Rafferty along with his wife Nina his other 'acquaintance' Danielle and two others Annabelle and Logan.To make matters worse those on the offense now must go on the defense to protect their own names and livelihood.This quickly turns into an accusation dilemma as no stone is left unearthed.Several other deaths also raise heightened interest as their is a slasher witness in the Marcus Dorn Case involving a wealthy married murdered couple plus the recent death of Deacon Davis and the trial involving a 'too close for comfort' knowledge becoming public.Acquittal is the game but the game may be deadly!This was a flame thrower that ended with a plea that was unexpected, vindication for wrongfully accused, and a life worthy of becoming a member of the most exclusive list=The Murder List.Thank you to Hank Phillippi Ryan, Macmillan Publishers for this exclusive ARC courtesy of NetGalley, and Amazon Kindle copy in exchange for this honest review.This is a must read thriller for 2019!
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  • Shalini
    January 1, 1970
    Omg omg this was beyond exciting with a complicated and a complex plot line making it a fun legal thriller with a theme of a cat and mouse game.The story went this. Rachel was married to lawyer Jack Kirkland where in the past she had been a juror in one of his cases. She was now interning at her husband's arch rival Martha Gardner's office. Martha and Jack hate each other and Rachel was caught right in the middle. There was a reason behind the way their lives intersected. My first book by Hank P Omg omg this was beyond exciting with a complicated and a complex plot line making it a fun legal thriller with a theme of a cat and mouse game.The story went this. Rachel was married to lawyer Jack Kirkland where in the past she had been a juror in one of his cases. She was now interning at her husband's arch rival Martha Gardner's office. Martha and Jack hate each other and Rachel was caught right in the middle. There was a reason behind the way their lives intersected. My first book by Hank Phillippi Ryan, it saw me grappling and trying to outrun the story. Story was told in different POV with different timelines, it showed me how far the characters would go to achieve their goals on their career and how they manipulated ye system I loved the way the author showed the various by-plays and manipulations. The title was eye-catching where I realized later that it was a list if lawyers willing to defend people accused of murder. That made my intrigue rise higher. The author's writing had me involved in the story line with the layered characters in a structured setting where the ways were manipulated completely to achieve a win. You've got to read to understand the thrill. A fantastic read, made my evening all the more thrilling.
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  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
    Linda's Book Obsession Reviews "The Murder List" by Hank Phillippi Ryan, MacMillan Publishers, August 20, 2019Hank Phillippi Ryan, Author of "The Murder List" has written a captivating, intriguing, intense, edgy, and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this novel are Suspense and Fiction. The novel has a realistic feel to it.  The timeline for the novel is set in the present and goes back 6 years. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated.This reminds me of several of th Linda's Book Obsession Reviews "The Murder List" by Hank Phillippi Ryan, MacMillan Publishers, August 20, 2019Hank Phillippi Ryan, Author of "The Murder List" has written a captivating, intriguing, intense, edgy, and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this novel are Suspense and Fiction. The novel has a realistic feel to it.  The timeline for the novel is set in the present and goes back 6 years. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated.This reminds me of several of the courtroom dramas that have been on television such as "Law and Order", "Perry Mason", Columbo" and more.  I could easily see "The Murder List" being made into a TV series or movie. I appreciate the author's research and intriguing legal information.Rachel North is a law student that seems to be sandwiched in between her husband a well know Defense Attorney, and a top aggressive Prosecuting Attorney, who is her mentor for the summer. Both attorneys have an uncomfortable and hostile relationship between them. The two have battled in court before, and it hasn't been pleasant.A murder case from six years ago is reopened and involves Rachel, her mentor, and her husband. There are twists and turns, suspicions, betrayals, and danger. Will justice be served? Can justice be served? Who is the murderer? I didn't pay close attention to the clues and was in for quite a shock. I highly recommend this intense and suspenseful story.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    A delightfully twisted and complicated plot with an ending that leaves you speechless.SUMMARYRachel Kirkland is a 36 year old Harvard law student and she will tell you she’s smart, she’s a hard worker and she always does the right thing. She is married to Jack Kirkland, the best defense lawyer in Boston, and when she finishes law school the two of them will practice together handling murder cases. Rachel and Jack met six years ago when Rachel was serving on a jury for one of Jack’s cases. That w A delightfully twisted and complicated plot with an ending that leaves you speechless.SUMMARYRachel Kirkland is a 36 year old Harvard law student and she will tell you she’s smart, she’s a hard worker and she always does the right thing. She is married to Jack Kirkland, the best defense lawyer in Boston, and when she finishes law school the two of them will practice together handling murder cases. Rachel and Jack met six years ago when Rachel was serving on a jury for one of Jack’s cases. That was back then she was working as the Chief of Staff for a high ranking Massachusetts State Senator. Unfortunately, the senator had to resign his office when his wife was accused of murdering one of the senator’s aides in a fit of jealousy. Rachel is now interning with the Boston District Attorney’s Office working with Martha Gardiner, Jack’s biggest adversary. Jack doesn’t want her working there, he says Martha is a predator, she maligns, twists and corrupts the law. Rachel naively hopes to find the inside scoop on how Martha prosecutes cases. With the DA experience Rachel thinks she and Jack might just be unstoppable. While at the DA’s office, Martha has Rachel helping her to solve a familiar cold case, which turns into a game of cat and mouse with the DA. REVIEWTHE MURDER LIST has a delightfully complicated plot with tons of characters. Both the story and the characters were a little unsettling. Who can you trust? What can you believe? Martha is like a snake and you never know when she is going to strike. Jack’s also been known to cut a few corners. Jack and Martha are both slinging truckloads of mud at each other and Rachel may just be in caught in the middle. Even she doesn’t know who to trust. I never knew what to think about her. She was strong but capitulates, confident yet insecure, smart but not. Author Hank Phillippi Ryan has woven a twisted tale of past and present events that will have your head spinning. Her writing is smart. Her characters are intriguing. And the ending will leave you speechless. Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Publisher Macmillan Published August 20, 2019Review www.bluestockingreviews.com
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  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON SEPTEMBER 12.Three attorneys...a District Attorney, Martha, a defense attorney, Jack, and a law student, Rachel, are the main characters in THE MURDER LIST.What is their connection?THE MURDER LIST is for those suspense readers who like to be surprised and those who like to learn about what it is like in a courtroom and the legal profession. There are twists and surprises along with jealousy, deceit, lies, revenge, and trickery....all good elements of a crime book. 4/5This FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON SEPTEMBER 12.Three attorneys...a District Attorney, Martha, a defense attorney, Jack, and a law student, Rachel, are the main characters in THE MURDER LIST.What is their connection?THE MURDER LIST is for those suspense readers who like to be surprised and those who like to learn about what it is like in a courtroom and the legal profession. There are twists and surprises along with jealousy, deceit, lies, revenge, and trickery....all good elements of a crime book. 4/5This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes an experience in life comes along that leaves you quite tongue-tied in describing its full effect. Those of us who consider reading one of our favorite experiences are fortunate to have that words-are-not-enough experience happen when we read an exceptional book. So, it is with praise that will inevitably fall short of describing its target that I am reviewing The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan. It is as near a perfect tale as words can achieve. Hank, always brilliant with characte Sometimes an experience in life comes along that leaves you quite tongue-tied in describing its full effect. Those of us who consider reading one of our favorite experiences are fortunate to have that words-are-not-enough experience happen when we read an exceptional book. So, it is with praise that will inevitably fall short of describing its target that I am reviewing The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan. It is as near a perfect tale as words can achieve. Hank, always brilliant with character development, pacing, suspense, and layering of a story, has created a twisted tale that grabs the reader into a delightful confusion of who and what to believe. And, for those of us who are obsessed with the thematic play of a book’s title throughout the book, the author continues to feed this passion. The use of past and present, the now and the before encompassing six years of a cat-and-mouse game, in which not all players are even aware of being in the game, will keep readers guessing. Is justice a possibility where it’s hard to tell who the good guys are? The author cleverly makes that a hard question to answer by telling the story from the perspective of three different sides. Jack Kirkland is the renowned Boston defense attorney who is dedicated to giving the best defense possible to his clients. Rachel North is Jack’s younger wife who, at 36, is nearing the completion of law school at Harvard and plans to go into practice with her husband, a dream team fighting for justice for those unable to fight for themselves. It is their voices we hear most clearly in the first two parts of the book. The “before” look at Rachel’s job at the State Capitol, where she worked for the President of the Senate and a past time narrative about the trial that brought Rachel and Jack together fills out much of the background. The trial was a murder trial that pitted arch-rivals Jack Rafferty, for the defense and Martha Gardiner, prosecutor, against one another. Rachel was on the jury that found the defendant guilty. By Part Three of the book, when prosecutor Martha Gardiner’s voice becomes a larger part of the narrative, the reader feels comfortably familiar with Jack and Rachel. Martha is more of an unknown quantity, and even after we begin to be privy to some of her thoughts, Ryan plays this character close to the vest. The other characters, those Hank Phillippi Ryan fascinating minor characters, are often like mysterious chess pieces being moved around by the major players, and it is this moving that keeps readers riveted to the pages and unable to put down the book. The story begins at the time when Jack and Rachel have known each other and been married for six years. It is the summer between Rachel’s second and third year in law school, and she is required to do an internship during that time. Unfortunately, her internship is with Middlesex County Assistant District Attorney Martha Gardiner, someone Jack has battled in court many times and considers an archenemy. In fact, he describes her as evil and is adamant that Rachel not take the assignment. But, Rachel assures him that it will be a good opportunity to learn about the other side, especially about Martha’s tricks of the trade. Rachel has no idea just how crafty those tricks are. As uncomfortable as it might be, Rachel forges ahead. She’s eager to become Jack’s law partner and eligible for the “murder list,” a list of attorneys who are called on to represent those who cannot afford representation. Rachel is surprised when Martha Gardiner singles her out as a promising intern, but Rachel wonders if Martha is keeping her close to get to Jack. Martha acts like she wants to work with Rachel, but then she hides things from her, too. When Martha decides to pursue a cold case, Rachel doesn’t know what to think. It’s the case of Rachel’s murdered co-worker back when Rachel was chief of staff for President of the State Senate, a case where Jack got the charges dismissed against the state’s, or Martha’s, main suspect. Knowing what that dismissal cost Martha, Rachel’s suspicions about Martha’s interest in having Jack’s wife work for her are quickly growing. When the curtain rises on the last act of The Murder List, readers, you will be well and truly sitting with your jaws hanging wide open. Part Four is one of the best endings I’ve ever read in a mystery/crime book or any book, and the epilogue is cold stone chilling. The minor characters step into the light and take their places on that chess board that leads to checkmate. I was gobsmacked, but I was delighted to be. I don’t often want to reread a book, mainly because there are so many other new books waiting for me, but what fun it would be to go back and read The Murder List after knowing the whole truth of the story. I actually did read a few passages again, and I had to smile at Hank Phillippi Ryan’s cleverness. Reading it from the perspective of the whole truth, the clues are there. But, don’t feel bad if you can’t see them the first time through. It’s like one of the characters says in the book about looking at a picture. You must look at it more than once because “later, the second time or the third time, you’d see something that hadn’t mattered before.” Hank Phillippi Ryan has given readers the best legal thriller of the year. Or, is that a psychological thriller? It’s certainly one of the best books of the year, and I think it’s Hank’s best, too. It is so much wonderful murder and courtroom drama and mind games wrapped into a story that weaves a spectacular tapestry and drops not a stitch. For full disclosure purposes, I will add that I received an advanced reader’s copy of The Murder List, and I have given my honest review of it.
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  • Kate Baxter
    January 1, 1970
    Like a well laid out lawyer's brief, this story sets the stage for a superb legal game of cat and mouse. The main protagonist, Rachel, a law school 3L, is spending her summer internship in the Middlesex County D.A.'s office, much to Jack's, (her husband's), chagrin. He's a well respected defense attorney whose firm Rachel intends joining upon passing the Massachusetts bar. She believes that interning with "the enemy" will yield insights to better prepare future defense cases. Years ago, D.A. Mar Like a well laid out lawyer's brief, this story sets the stage for a superb legal game of cat and mouse. The main protagonist, Rachel, a law school 3L, is spending her summer internship in the Middlesex County D.A.'s office, much to Jack's, (her husband's), chagrin. He's a well respected defense attorney whose firm Rachel intends joining upon passing the Massachusetts bar. She believes that interning with "the enemy" will yield insights to better prepare future defense cases. Years ago, D.A. Martha, lost a murder case to Jack which shamed her and knocked her down a few notches, forcing her out of her Suffolk County D.A. post to the lower one in Middlesex County. Martha and Jack are both winners and poor losers - each holding great animosity for the other. Martha is eager to make the streets safer at all cost, perhaps using slightly speculative methods. Jack wants to give every poor accused perpetrator the right to a fair trial. If he can get them off on a technical detail, all the better - the DA didn't do their homework to make their case strong enough. As it turns out, Rachel too, was somewhat involved in that case as she was chief of staff to the senator whose wife was accused of the murder.It appears that Martha still has a bad taste in her mouth regarding that case from six years back and utilizes her interns, including Rachel, to build a stronger and better case against the defense. But who does Martha have in her sites, (aside from Jack)? Therein lies the question.Ryan deftly creates well-developed characters, each with their own flaws, making them that much more believable. She spins a tale, holding the readers interest right up to the final moments. Although setting the stage in the early chapters was a bit slow, half-way through the story the momentum accelerates as it passes through twists, turns and results in various red herrings. The climax is spectacular. If you enjoy good courtroom drama, legal and police procedurals, then this could well be a book for you.I am grateful to Macmillan Tor/Forge Publishing and author Hank Phillippi Ryan for having provided a free uncorrected digital copy of this book through NetGalley. Their generosity, however, did not influence this review - the words of which are mine alone.
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  • Gigi H
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ chapter 7I am going to be a VERY unpopular opinion with this one.I'm all for courtroom drama, but this...was just drama. It felt like I was reading a daytime soap. The storytelling was slow and repetitive. Hello Y&R!(Young and the Restless)I could have skipped from chapter 1 to chapter 5 and it would still be the same thing: the mention of Jack being a lawyer who hates losing, his hatred for Martha Gardiner and Rachel the law student, who also happens to be Gardiner's intern.I also fou DNF @ chapter 7I am going to be a VERY unpopular opinion with this one.I'm all for courtroom drama, but this...was just drama. It felt like I was reading a daytime soap. The storytelling was slow and repetitive. Hello Y&R!(Young and the Restless)I could have skipped from chapter 1 to chapter 5 and it would still be the same thing: the mention of Jack being a lawyer who hates losing, his hatred for Martha Gardiner and Rachel the law student, who also happens to be Gardiner's intern.I also found it juvenile at times. Rachel was like a melodramatic teenager trapped in a 36 year old's body. The premise is what hooked me, and I liked the alternating timelines, but I just didn't have the patience for this one. Sorry.. Thank you Netgalley & Forge Books for my eARC
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    Jack is a defense lawyer, married to Rachel, a law student. She will be spending her summer as an intern to Martha, a take no prisoners prosecutor who just happens to have an acrimonious relationship with Jack. So why does Rachel want this particular internship out of all her choices? And why would Martha pick Rachel considering how she feels about Jack? That is the question central to this cleverly plotted tale!Rachel plans to join Jack's firm when she graduates and sees this as a perfect oppor Jack is a defense lawyer, married to Rachel, a law student. She will be spending her summer as an intern to Martha, a take no prisoners prosecutor who just happens to have an acrimonious relationship with Jack. So why does Rachel want this particular internship out of all her choices? And why would Martha pick Rachel considering how she feels about Jack? That is the question central to this cleverly plotted tale!Rachel plans to join Jack's firm when she graduates and sees this as a perfect opportunity to learn Martha's strategies and secrets. Or does Rachel have another agenda? But, let's look a bit more closely at Martha's motivation. What could she possibly gain by giving Rachel information she could potentially share with Jack? Perhaps if she can change Rachel's goal from becoming a defense lawyer to join the prosecution, she will score a personal victory against Jack. Or maybe Martha has another agenda.I don't want to give any major plot points away, but this book turns everything you think is happening upside down. I thought about writing a review with just one word repeated again and again.......clever, clever, clever. A great beach read that I correctly figured out some parts of the story and missed the huge twist. Kudos to the author, you fooled me again! 4.5 stars.I received a DRC from Forge Book through Edelweiss +.
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  • Mindy Mejia
    January 1, 1970
    Nobody keeps me guessing like Hank Phillippi Ryan and she’s done it again in The Murder List, which combines the best of psychological and legal thrillers into a genre entirely Ryan’s own. I raced through this high-stakes game between prosecution and defense, where the bad guys could be anyone, depending on where you stand. An absolute must-read for 2019!
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  • Marj Ward
    January 1, 1970
    This Author is a favourite of mine and I read a lot. Her books are twisty and the characters and stories keep you glued to the pages from the beginning to the end. Of course I love it when I get it wrong. If you haven't read this Author start now. Thanks to NetGalley, the Publisher and the Author for the privilege of reading this book.
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  • The Lit Bitch
    January 1, 1970
    Right from the start this book sounded edgy and different. I haven’t read anything by Hank Phillippi Ryan before, but I liked that the main character in this book sounded like she had her shit together but yet it might all be a lie.I have been having quite a bit of luck with thrillers this summer but I was looking for something with a little more suspense rather than the thrills and chills of a psychological thriller and this book sounded like it would fit the bill. I mean it does have ‘a novel Right from the start this book sounded edgy and different. I haven’t read anything by Hank Phillippi Ryan before, but I liked that the main character in this book sounded like she had her shit together but yet it might all be a lie.I have been having quite a bit of luck with thrillers this summer but I was looking for something with a little more suspense rather than the thrills and chills of a psychological thriller and this book sounded like it would fit the bill. I mean it does have ‘a novel of suspense’ in its formal title on Goodreads!Eager to read this one, I started it one afternoon and flew through it in a few days time! If you love interesting and suspenseful legal mysteries then you will probably devour this one as quickly as I did!This title implies that this book is about a list of people that a killer wants to murder, but it’s actually a list of attorneys that take on murder cases. Initially I thought it was the former, and was surprised to see that this book was more focuses on the legal drama—very much in the vein of classic courtroom dramas like Law and Order. This was obviously a surprise for me, but a welcome one for sure!I loved how the author details the mystery, characters, and the legal aspects without making anything boring or over the top. This book had a lot of twists and character development which I felt was balanced nicely throughout the story which kept everything moving along. What you ended up with was a well constructed mystery that had lots to enjoy with memorable, realistic characters.While I thought the characters (Rachel and Jack) were fully realized, I didn’t necessarily trust them which kept me on my toes throughout the book. I love when the characters have something to hide because it really puts the reader on edge and creates this sense of distrust throughout the book and you begin to wonder on such a more personal level who you believe and who you don’t. Unreliable narrators and characters truly make suspense and thriller books so much more unsettling for readers and I absolutely love it!This book was a shot in the dark for me since I haven’t read anything by her before, but it hit the mark! I loved this book and was thrilled to find another suspense writer that I could spend an afternoon reading. Her writing is superior and the story engaging, interesting, and had so many twists and turns that by the end I wasn’t sure what to think! Well done and I think this book is worth a read for any fans of suspense or thrillers!See my full review here
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    A legal thriller that examines both sides of justice. "The law is all about analysis. About knowing the rules and, more important, how to use them." But when a determined prosecutor faces off against an equally adamant defense attorney, only one side can win. What it's about: Rachel North is on her way to having it all. A former Chief of Staff for Senator Thomas Rafferty, she's now enrolled in law school and about to do an internship. She's married to a hotshot defense attorney, Jack Kirkland, a A legal thriller that examines both sides of justice. "The law is all about analysis. About knowing the rules and, more important, how to use them." But when a determined prosecutor faces off against an equally adamant defense attorney, only one side can win. What it's about: Rachel North is on her way to having it all. A former Chief of Staff for Senator Thomas Rafferty, she's now enrolled in law school and about to do an internship. She's married to a hotshot defense attorney, Jack Kirkland, and will one day be his partner, but she chooses to apprentice herself to Assistant District Attorney Martha Gardiner so she can surreptitiously get some inside information about how the prosecutor works, especially since Gardiner and Kirkland are often on opposite sides in murder cases. Rachel sees plenty of action while with the DA's office and, even though her husband is not happy about her summer experience, Rachel knows that she's finding out exactly how the DA wins her cases. Rachel is a crusader for justice, and she's going to go all in. NO SPOILERS.Why you should read it: Well done Ms Ryan -- you caught me out on this one! The story builds slowly with the narrative shifting between different points of view and time periods. The writing is on point with vivid descriptions of what goes on in court, in the jury room, and behind closed doors. The passion for the purity of right and wrong despite the lawyers machinations and evasions -- is the person on trial guilty or not guilty? It's not always so simple. The 3 main characters were very well-drawn and I found myself often agreeing with one or identifying more with another depending on the circumstances of the events. I was totally sucked in and went willingly on my errant path. Loved the conclusion. I definitely want to read more books written by this author.Thank you to NetGalley and Forge/Macmillan Publishing Group for this e-book ARC to read and review.
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  • Melanie’s reads
    January 1, 1970
    This highly complex thriller wrapped rings around me and fried my brain. This was my first read of Hank Phillippi Ryan’s and I’m going to be bold and say she is the queen of misdirection.What I thought was going to be a hit list is actually anything but. The murder list as the title states is actually a list of lawyers that take on murder cases.This clever book throws cases at you from all directions and although I was confused at the start it soon became clear that little pieces of information This highly complex thriller wrapped rings around me and fried my brain. This was my first read of Hank Phillippi Ryan’s and I’m going to be bold and say she is the queen of misdirection.What I thought was going to be a hit list is actually anything but. The murder list as the title states is actually a list of lawyers that take on murder cases.This clever book throws cases at you from all directions and although I was confused at the start it soon became clear that little pieces of information can become hugely important.Rachel North is stuck in the middle of a win or lose war between her husband a defender and her new boss a prosecutor. Loyalties are tested to the limits and an old case resurfaces that throws everything into question. I was completely unsure who to trust and showing all sides of a trial really helped build this. Unreliable narrators are a joy and with this book you have no clue who is telling the truth as they all believe they are.Told in chapters of before and the present, the before really helps add in little snippets of information.So many twists my head was like a revolving door and the ending was a total shocker!This is not only a great legal thriller it’s also a highly astute character assassination of people your freedom is in the hands of and a classic whodunnit.
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  • Molly Mason
    January 1, 1970
    OH. MY. GOD. Ya'll I stayed up half the night finishing this book. I loved every moment of this book and I had to give it ALL the stars. If I had more than 5 to give I would. The characters, the writing, the plot, the twists and turns - all of it was so suspenseful and gripping.Rachel North is a law student at Harvard who has been assigned to her summer internship in her husband's (also a lawyer) arch nemesis' office. He is a defense attorney, she works for the DA's office - it's not the recipe OH. MY. GOD. Ya'll I stayed up half the night finishing this book. I loved every moment of this book and I had to give it ALL the stars. If I had more than 5 to give I would. The characters, the writing, the plot, the twists and turns - all of it was so suspenseful and gripping.Rachel North is a law student at Harvard who has been assigned to her summer internship in her husband's (also a lawyer) arch nemesis' office. He is a defense attorney, she works for the DA's office - it's not the recipe for friendship. Now Rachel is working for the enemy, and Jack is not a happy camper.This book follows Rachel's journey in her internship, along with how it affects her marriage. Also, it dives in to the past to set up the events of how she met her husband and first became acquainted with her new supervisor, Martha. Through the deep dive into the past, you have this mystery evolve related to jury duty, murders, trials, etc. The book will keep you guessing up until the very end, where any of the character's could be the culprit. Ryan gives you just enough information at each interval to keep you coming back for more.This book is my definition of a good thriller/suspense novel. I related to all the characters, became invested in their story, and was totally shocked at the end how it all played out. It is the perfect murder mystery novel and if you are a fan of Lisa Scottoline, you should definitely pick this one up. Props to Ryan for putting together a book that flows through the past and present SO well. I've got no critiques, zero.This is the best book I've read in a long time. Do yourself a favor, and go pick it up.
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  • Deborah Blanchard
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this book is fantastic! A taut, psychological thrill ride and I loved every page. This book will keep you reading well into the night. This is my first book by Ryan, but I look forward to reading many more. We have three main characters, Rachel who is a law student assigned to an internship at the District Attorney's office, Jack is her high profile defense lawyer husband and Martha, who is the Assistant DA that Rachel is assigned to. These characters come to life within the pages of this b Wow, this book is fantastic! A taut, psychological thrill ride and I loved every page. This book will keep you reading well into the night. This is my first book by Ryan, but I look forward to reading many more. We have three main characters, Rachel who is a law student assigned to an internship at the District Attorney's office, Jack is her high profile defense lawyer husband and Martha, who is the Assistant DA that Rachel is assigned to. These characters come to life within the pages of this book. They are complex and true to life. There's so many twists and turns in this murder mystery. Who killed Dani? There are so many possibilities! This is a powerful novel about the intricacies of the legal system. Is it really all about winning for these lawyers? I was immediately immersed in this book and invested in the characters. The ending is absolutely explosive! There is no way you can even guess the outcome! This book blew my mind! An absolute must read and one of my favorite books this year! Don't miss this one! Such a well crafted story with an amazing plot. I loved it!!
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