Review: Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Series: Jane Ryland & Jake Brogran (# 3)
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Forge Books
Pages: 401
Source: book provided by author in contest win



Truth Be Told, part of the bestselling Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan series by Agatha, Anthony, Mary Higgins Clark, and Macavity Award-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan, begins with tragedy: a middle-class family evicted from their suburban home. In digging up the facts on this heartbreaking story–and on other foreclosures– reporter Ryland soon learns the truth behind a big-bucks scheme and the surprising players who will stop at nothing, including murder, to keep their goal a secret. Turns out, there’s more than one way to rob a bank.

Boston police detective Jake Brogan has a liar on his hands. A man has just confessed to the famous twenty-year-old Lilac Sunday killing, and while Jake’s colleagues take him at his word, Jake is not so sure. But he has personal reasons for hoping they’ve finally solved the cold case.

Financial manipulation, the terror of foreclosures, the power of numbers, the primal need for home and family and love. What happens when what you believe is true turns out to be a lie?


Review: This book happened along at an interesting time. I happen to be studying for my real estate license, pouring over mortgage and foreclosure laws, and this book lands in my mailbox. (Thank you, Ms. Ryan!) While I haven’t read books one and two in the series, book three was no problem. Yes, there are background references and a developing relationship to catch up on but I was never lost. Quite the opposite, I was immediately drawn into the story of foreclosure as told from different sides of the bank note.

Jane Ryland is a veteran reporter now working for the internet side of a daily newspaper. I really liked Jane’s attitude. She’s adult and doesn’t whine (too badly) over men. She’s also intelligent and knows when to back down in order to get what she needs. But she’s also human and gets her feelings hurt when she can’t figure out why Jake doesn’t tell her that his business trip was canceled.

Jake seems to have the qualities of an actual man. Unlike most other fictional heroes, he has no clue that Jane would question the things he does and doesn’t realize there’s a problem. Like a real man, he thinks it’s just her. This made me frustrated but at the same time I like Jake more than a lot of other fictional men I’ve come across.

The one secondary character I really liked was Liz McDivitt. While what she did was highly illegal, I admired her trying to help people out of foreclosure. I wish there had been more background on her. There was enough about her childhood that made me want more. I’m hoping she’ll show up as a main character in another book and we’ll get more.

The one thing I didn’t understand was why Jake and Jane would have to keep their relationship a secret. I see the point about divulging information about cases but it seems to me that as long as they’re open about the relationship and agree that work information can’t be shared, it doesn’t seem like it would be a problem.

This is a great book and I’m looking forward to reading the first two books of the series, not to mention the next book. I’m so grateful that I won this in a contest and found a wonderful author to follow.