Author Event: Hank Phillippi Ryan
Page 158 Books is excited to welcome back author Hank Phillippi Ryan to celebrate her new book, One Wrong Word--out February 6th.
This winter, Hank Phillippi Ryan, the bestselling and award-winning author who has won 37 Emmys for her investigative journalism, returns with her latest gripping novel of suspense: ONE WRONG WORD. Using her longtime expertise as an investigative reporter, combined with her timely and pitch-perfect storytelling skills, Ryan spins a cat-and-mouse thriller that will leave everyone in your book club sitting on the edge of their seats. The book explores the insidious nature of gossip, scandal and lies—and how careers, friendships, and even marriages can be shattered forever by ONE WRONG WORD.
One wrong word can ruin your life. And no one knows that better than savvy crisis management expert Arden Ward. Problem is—she’s now forced to handle a devastating crisis of her own. She’s unfairly accused of having a torrid affair with a powerful client—and now her life and dreams are about to crash and burn. Then Arden is given an ultimatum. She has two weeks to save her career and her reputation. Is Cordelia Bannister the answer to her prayers? Cordelia needs help for her husband Ned, a Boston real estate mogul. Though he was recently acquitted in a fatal drunk driving accident, his reputation is ruined, and the fallout is devastating not only to the Bannisters’ lives, but also to the lives of their two adorable children. Arden devotes her skill and determination—and maybe her final days on the job—to helping this shattered family, but soon, revelations begin to emerge about what really happened the night of the accident. And then—another car crash throws Ned back into the spotlight. This case is Arden’s final chance to protect her own future and clear her name. But the more she tries to untangle the truth, the more she’s haunted by one disturbing question—what if she’s also protecting a killer? Gossip. Lies. Rumors. Words like that can hurt you. And Arden knows the reality. Sometimes one wrong word can even kill.
Praised by reviewers, booksellers, readers, and many fellow authors including James Patterson, David Baldacci, Shari Lapena, and more, ONE WRONG WORD is not-to-be-missed! Only Hank Phillippi Ryan could combine her award-winning reporting skills and talented fiction writing to craft characters you root for, twisty non-stop suspense, and a page-turning story of gaslighting, manipulation, and murder.
As an on-air investigative reporter for Boston's WHDH-TV, Hank Phillippi Ryan has wired herself with hidden cameras, confronted corrupt politicians, chased down criminals, gone undercover and in disguise. She’s handled stories as varied as the Atlanta missing and murdered children to the Boston Marathon bombing. Ryan has changed laws and changed lives with her investigative reporting—gotten people sent to prison, helped reclaim family’s homes out of unfair foreclosure, and recovered millions of dollars in refunds and restitution for consumers. At least five new laws have been passed as a result of Ryan’s journalism. She has won 37 Emmys for this reporting and as she says, every one of those Emmys represents a devastating secret that someone was trying to prevent her from telling. Ryan brings that exclusive inside look into the criminal mind and the stories that captivated us all—now turned to fiction, she creates realistic page-turning suspense.
Ryan is the nationally bestselling author of 14 thrillers and also an award-winner in her second profession—with five Agathas, five Anthonys, two Macavitys, the Daphne, and for THE OTHER WOMAN, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award.
Ryan is past president of National Sisters in Crime, and a sought-after teacher and speaker. She now hosts Crime Time on A Mighty Blaze, is a founder and co-host of The Back Room, and is co-host of First Chapter Fun. She lives in Boston with her husband, a renowned civil rights and criminal defense attorney.