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Book Review: The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan

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I have been a stalker, aaahhh, admirer of Ryan’s since she first released her debut, Prime Time, and introduced us to the comical, dazzling, influential, and vivacious Charlotte “Charlie” McNally. Charlie will always be one of the best fictional heroines of all-time. Since 2007, Ryan has rapidly become one of the world’s leading writers since she ventured beyond the TV cameras to appear on book shelves across the globe with Prime Time.

Now with the release of The Other Woman, Ryan slayed the competition and created a category all her own — unsurpassed kick ass scribe. And for those who are chitting and chatting about Ryan, darlings, please, she’s old hat to us Ryan devotees. Bottom line Ryan is uber fly!

After Jane Ryland loses a million-dollar lawsuit for refusing to roll over her confidential informant, she is tossed off the dazzling network pedestal as an investigative reporter. Ostracized for sticking to her guns, she winds up taking a position at the Boston Register to pay the bills. Meanwhile, Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a case in which two women are discovered under a bridge. The media immediately labels their culprit the “Bridge Killer” and Jake doesn’t believe the slayings are linked.

When a third body turns up with a connection to Jane, things get downright spine-chilling. Embroiled in the midst of the carnage is a senatorial contender whose campaign takes an ominous jaunt in the mix of things. And Jane is hot on the trail to get to the bottom of things.

The Other Woman is teeming with distrust, insatiability, political scheming, and torment as only the incomparable Ryan can convey. I know Ryan is a proficient journalist, but The Other Woman cements her as an unparalleled storyteller. She traverses the reader on a whirlwind ride reminiscent of your first rollercoaster ride.

The dialogue is brisk, intonation innovative and the plot invigorating. Oh, and let me tell you, folks, you think you know, but you don’t. Just know you need to strap on a buckle and enjoy the ride. What? I’m talkin’ about Ryan’s bombshells, curves, and the intoxicating maze she creates leaving readers replete…but pleading for more.

I will admit, I am a bit sad with the way things went down with Charlie from a publishing standpoint, but it is absolutely marvelous Ryan dusted off her writing pom poms. Go R-Y-A-N! Go F-O-R-G-E! Let’s hope Ryan and Forge will develop further with Jane Ryland and Detective Jake Brogan…I mean, remember, my little Go R-Y-A-N and Go F-O-R-G-E motivation spiel? It wasn’t in vain. I’d cheer more, but it was all the strip club would allow me to do with my poms. Next time, folks, I’ll try out for The Pussycat Dolls and scandalously cheer more. *wink*

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