Rising TV news investigative reporter Jane Ryland was shocked when she lost her job because she refused to name a source. Because she was a rising star at Channel 11, she expected the support of her bosses. But after the judgment against the station in the million dollar lawsuit was announced Janeís high-profile career came crashing down.
After a few weeks of unemployment she went to work at a local Boston newspaper. Her first assignment? Interviewing the wife of one of the candidates in a hotly contested Senate race - a fluff piece in Jane's eyes.
In the meantime Jane's friend Jake, a detective with the Boston Police Department, is investigating the so-called bridge killer murders. The killer leaves the body of the woman he kills near one of the Boston bridges, using a different bridge each time, thus the nickname the press has given killer.
Although Jake insists the murders are not the result of a serial killer, the media says otherwise. With headlines blaring both in print and on television and radio, Jake must continue to sift through clues in search of the killer.
In the meantime, Jane receives shocking news about one of the women who was murdered. She begins her own quiet investigation while still pursuing information and sources for her newspaper assignment. When she and Jake realize they are working on related cases, they start sharing information - off the record, of course.
The Other Woman was written by author Hank Phillippi Ryan. She is the investigative reporter for Bostonís NBC affiliate and certainly knows her topic well. The Other Woman is one of the best novels I've read in a while. I reviewed the four books in her first series for BellaOnline, and I must say the author really upped her game on this one.
Sometimes the word page-turner gets over used, but in this case it is spot on. I literally could not put the book down; reading far into the night. There seems to be something happening on every page to keep the reader engaged, and the twists and turns keep coming until the very end.
This is a must-read for Ryan fans as well as those who have not yet read any of her books. Here's hoping this becomes a series rather than a stand-alone novel. I would love to read more about Jane and Jake, and their Boston backdrop.
The advanced reader copy of this book was sent to me through the Amazon Vine Program for our review. If you are interested in The Other Woman or any of Ms. Ryanís other books, they are available at Amazon.com.