Say No More by Hank Phillippi Ryan is the fifth book in the “Jane Ryland” suspense series. Publisher: Forge Books, November 2016

say-no-moreHer career is all about the truth–but now, keeping silent may be her last chance to stay alive.

When Boston reporter Jane Ryland reports a hit and run, she soon learns she saw more than a car crash—she witnessed the collapse of an alibi. Working on an expose of sexual assaults on college campuses for the station’s new documentary unit, Jane’s just convinced a date rape victim to reveal her heartbreaking experience on camera. However, a disturbing anonymous message—SAY NO MORE—has Jane really and truly scared.

Homicide detective Jake Brogan is on the hunt for the murderer of Avery Morgan, a hot-shot Hollywood screenwriter. Her year as a college guest lecturer just ended at the bottom of her swimming pool in the tight-knit and tight-lipped Boston community called The Reserve. As Jake chips his way through a code of silence as shatterproof as any street gang, he’ll learn that one newcomer to the neighborhood may have a secret of her own.

A young woman faces a life-changing decision—should she go public about her assault? Jane and Jake—now semi-secretly engaged and beginning to reveal their relationship to the world—are both on a quest for answers as they try to balance the consequences of the truth.

This fast-paced drama immediately grabbed my attention and I could not put this book down. The momentum of every chapter never faltered and I found myself wrapped up in the narrative as the author told a multifaceted story that underlies some of what is happening in society today. The angst of the characters, the pull of the situation, the roles that were cast all gave way to a story embroiled in the turmoil that existed for the detective, the reporter and the victim and it is the author’s cleverly written treatment that kept me engrossed in the ensuing play-by-play action. And what a testament to the author’s ability to weave a multi-plot story like no another, that sets the stage for a series of revelations that led to the resolution that was justified in all that mattered. One of the things I find enjoyable in reading this book is that with each segment, there are different viewpoints that enhance the telling of this tale. This is one of the best books in the Jane Ryland series and I can’t wait to see what exciting adventures awaits this dynamic duo.

FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the author.

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