The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan is the second book in the “Jane Ryland” suspense series. Publisher: Forge, September 2013
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?
Jane and Jake are soon on a trail full 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. When the threatening phone calls start, Jane knows she is on the right track…but with both a killer at large and an infant missing, time is running out.
The Wrong Girl is a riveting novel of familial relationships—both known and unknown—vile greed, senseless murder, and the ultimate in deception. What if you didn’t know the truth about your own family?
This page-turning drama grabbed me immediately and I could not put this book down. The suspense, the tension, and the mystery kept me glued to the pages and I absorbed every detail as this book had my heart pounding from chapter to chapter, as I had to know how things were going to turn out. There were plenty of suspects and the author did a great job with those twists, some I didn’t see coming. This was a great read and I look forward to the next adventures with Jane.