May I have your advice? I don’t want to tell you my name right now, so I’ll just call myself Tosca. And I’m happy that we can do this privately. I’m a young woman, a student at a prestigious Boston college.
I guess I should’ve known better, I am a senior after all, and an opera student. I always planned to be an opera singer, or some sort of performer, but now I stay home in my little apartment overlooking Boston’s bustling Kenmore Square, barely able to go outside.
It’s a little embarrassing to tell you, but all I do now is watch out the window, looking at the packs of students hustling by, living their fun and busy lives, and I watch for the guy who assaulted me last February. February 21 to be exact.
I awoke one horrible morning, in his dorm room. How did I get there? And what had happened?
Now, in seclusion, I take classes via the internet. And what’s more, I keep track of his every move in a file I have labeled “Someday.” I know his Facebook friends, his Instagram photos, all his new girlfriends and his leading roles and when he’s at the library and Java Jim’s and I’ve even seen his new car parading up Beacon Street. “Someday”? I’m not quite sure what someday means. But perhaps it means someday I will do something about him.
I also check the campus sexual assault websites, because I have to get better someday, right? I need my life back. And the other day I saw a posting from a person who wanted to talk to survivors of campus sexual assault.
I hesitated, and then I called. Turned out it was a reporter named Jane Ryland, who said she was working on a documentary about campus sexual assault.
She wants me to talk to her about what happened. She says it’s time to empower college students, to let them know they have a right to be safe.
And she wants me to tell my story.
I’m pretty sure I’m going to do it, but here’s what I need advice about. There’s something else going on at the college campus, something dangerous, and potentially deadly, and I could be putting my life in danger if I say anything about that. On the other hand, how can I let it continue?
What should I do? Should I tell Jane the truth? She seems like a nice person. . .very sincere and reliable and trustworthy. Or. . . should I say no more?
Say No More is the fifth book in the Jane Ryland mystery series, published by Forge Books, November 2016.
A Boston newcomer watches a murder–but won’t tell police. A college sexual assault victim is trapped in a sinister scheme to force her silence. And after reporter Jane Ryland witnesses a hit-and-run, she discovers that revealing the truth may put her life in danger. What if staying silent is the only thing that keeps the three women alive? Hank Ryan’s newest ripped from her own headlines thriller: SAY NO MORE.
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, and now she’s under pressure to tell all to the police. She’s also digging up the inside scoop for an expose of sexual assaults on Boston’s college campuses for the station’s new documentary unit, and is working with a victim to reveal her heartbreaking experience on camera. But, 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. 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? What’s really going on behind closed doors at a prestigious Boston college? And when will the killer strike again? Jane and Jake—now semi-secretly engaged and beginning to reveal their relationship to the world—are both on a high-stakes quest for answers. Can they handle the consequences of the truth?
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About the author
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate, winning 33 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. The bestselling author of nine mysteries, Ryan’s also an award-winner in her second profession—with five Agathas, two Anthonys, two Macavitys, the Daphne, and Mary Higgins Clark Award. Critics call her “a superb and gifted story-teller.” Her What You See is an Agatha and Anthony nominee and Library Journal Best of 2015. Ryan’s newest novel is Say No More — Jeffery Deaver says “Superb!” and a Library Journal starred review says “A fast-paced, edgy mystery.” Hank is a founder of MWA University and 2013 president of National Sisters in Crime.
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