The Wrong Girl

The Wrong Girl

A Jane Ryland Mystery

Book - 2013
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Investigating allegations against an adoption agency that is suspected of reuniting adopted children with the wrong birth parents, Jane Ryland finds her efforts suspiciously tied to Jake Brogan's case involving a young woman's brutal murder and the disappearance of a baby.
Publisher: New York : Forge, c2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765332585
Branch Call Number: MYS Ryan
Characteristics: 366 pages ; 25 cm

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wimsey1
Mar 16, 2016

Did this book actually have an editor? Continuity was very odd...I found the story extremely hard to follow. Would not recommend.

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Doris527
Oct 15, 2015

I found this found this novel full of intrigue and some twists. i really enjoyed the plot revolving around adoption and finding birth parents. Looking forward to more of Jake and Jane.

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Russ_A
May 28, 2015

At first I assumed the author, named Hank, was a man. When I came to descriptions of the women’s “outfits” and eyelet lace curtains I realized my mistake. What is it with women authors and women’s clothing? Are women readers really that shallow? A male mystery writer wouldn’t describe the outfit of an attractive young female character; he’d describe her body, especially her breasts, because, yes, male readers really are that shallow.

But that’s not what bothered me about the book. It was just ungodly slow-paced. All the blurbs on the back cover about non-stop action must have been written by fellow authors who were paid to write them and never read the book. Nothing ever gets accomplished for the first 300 pages or so because everyone keeps getting interrupted. As soon as character A starts to tell character B that really important thing she just noticed, character B gets interrupted by character C or a cell phone, or something else and we never find out what it was. If a character gets to an important location and is about to enter, the scene shifts elsewhere. If a key message is left on someone’s voice mail, that person never checks it. It’s exasperating as all getout. I assume an editor told the author to keep the reader in suspense by never resolving anything until the very end. It’s more like suspended animation than suspense. The heroine – or protagonist at least – of the story is a total dingbat. The author’s abysmal ignorance of police procedure and law are a serious drag on the plot, too. It really deserves a 1 rating on the Goodreads scale, but that sounds just a bit too harsh; it’s readable, barely, if not actually good.

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bridge1
Feb 24, 2014

The story was okay but I found the action too slow and I didn't care for the characters.

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jmdeinken
Dec 19, 2013

Great story--great characters--great ending!! Ms Ryan's mystery is a tangled web of story lines and characters that is well defined and keeps you wondering right up to the end how all the moving parts fit together. Check this one out--8 of 10 for me!! Will now be checking out "The Other Woman" by this author.

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