Friday, November 13, 2020

Review for The First to Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan


The First to Lie by  Hank Phillippi Ryan 

Hardcover, 352 pages

Published August 4th 2020 by Forge Books


What happens when an undercover reporter gets in too deep? And when a practiced liar has to face off with her own truth—how does she choose her true reality?

Who will be the first to lie?

My Thoughts…

Why oh why did I put off reading The First to Lie?    Hank Phillippi Ryan is so talented that I should have known that she would not let me down.    I found myself intrigued by the story, invested in the characters, and unable to stop turning page after page.  

The characters are so unique.    Each one has their own story, their own secrets, and the reader knows that the stories will be tied to together..somehow.    I loved taking guesses at what would tie the characters together, how their stories would intertwined, and what the ending would entail.  

The First to Lie is a roller coaster of a ride, the twists and turns, the ups and downs, and the rises and fall all kept me reading and now talking about this book.    I have finished it and I am still thinking about it and asking my friends to read it.    This thriller of a book is one of my favorites of 2020.

**Thank you to Tall Poppy Writers for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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Meet Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of 12 thrillers, winning the most prestigious awards in the genre: five Agathas, four Anthonys, the Daphne, and for The Other Woman, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, with 37 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. Book critics call her “a master of suspense,” “a superb and gifted storyteller,” and she’s the only author to have won the Agatha in four different categories: Best First, Best Novel, Best Short Story and Best Non-Fiction. Her 2019 standalone, THE MURDER LIST, won the Anthony Award for Best Novel, and is an Agatha, Macavity and Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee. International bestseller A.J. Finn says, “exciting, explosive, relentless,” and the Library Journal starred review calls it “A must-read.” Hank’s newest novel: the chilling psychological standalone The First to Lie. The Publishers Weekly starred review says “Stellar… Hank Phillippi Ryan could win a sixth Agatha with this one.” and bestseller Sarah Pekkanen says “Book clubs will gobble it up.”

Hank is a founder of MWA University and past president of National Sisters in Crime. Visit Hank online at, on Twitter @HankPRyan, on Instagram @hankpryan and on Facebook at HankPhillippiRyanAuthor.

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