The Wrong Girl

Jane Ryland (Volume 2)

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Forge Books

Award-winning and Boston Globe bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan presents a spine-chilling, heart-wrenching suspense novel that explores a terrifying scenario striking at the heart of every family.

Does a respected adoption agency have a frightening secret? Tipped off by a determined ex-colleague on a desperate quest to find her birth mother, Boston newspaper reporter Jane Ryland begins to suspect that the agency is engaging in the ultimate betrayal—reuniting birth parents with the wrong children.

For detective Jake Brogan and his partner, a young woman’s brutal murder seems a sadly predictable case of domestic violence, one that results in two toddlers being shuttled into the foster care system. Then Jake finds an empty cradle at the murder scene. Where is the baby who should have been sleeping there?

Jane and Jake are soon on a trail full of twists and turns that takes them deep into the heart of a foster care system in crisis and threatens to blow the lid off an adoption agency scandal. When the threatening phone calls start, Jane knows she is on the right track…but with both a killer at large and an infant missing, time is running out….

The Wrong Girl is a riveting novel of familial relationships—both known and unknown—vile greed, senseless murder, and the ultimate in deception. What if you didn’t know the truth about your own family?

The Wrong Girl is the winner of the 2013 Agatha Award for best contemporary novel.


Read an Excerpt


“Listen, Jane. I don’t think she’s my real mother.”
Jane Ryland took the phone from her ear, peering at it as if it could somehow help Tuck’s incomprehensible tale make sense. Real mother? She didn’t know Tuck was adopted, let alone looking for her birth mother. Why would Tuck call her? And spill this soul-baring saga of abandonment, adoption agencies, then meeting some woman in Connecticut? Jane and Tuck were barely friends, let alone confidantes, especially after Tuck had—
The doorbell?
“I’m in your front lobby


Praise for The Wrong Girl

"Whip-smart writing and a dizzying pace make The Wrong Girl a thrilling, one-night read!"
-- Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Last to Die


"Hank Phillippi Ryan is a star."
—Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author

"Innocent bystanders beware! This series is off and running. You better hope you can catch up."
—Sue Grafton, New York Times bestselling author

"What a wonderful heroine!  Anyone who loves smart, multi-dimensional characters will fall for Jane Ryland... It’s a thrilling ride and thrilling read."
—Louise Penny, New York Times bestselling author

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Hank Phillippi Ryan

  • HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate, and has won twenty-eight Emmys and ten Edward R. Murrow awards. A Boston Globe bestselling author, Ryan has won the

    has won two Agatha Awards, in addition to the Anthony, Macavity, Daphne du Maurier, and Mary Higgins Clark Award. She’s on the national board of directors of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime and is the author of The Other Woman, The Wrong Girl and Truth be Told.

  • Hank Phillippi Ryan
    Hank Phillippi Ryan


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The Wrong Girl

Jane Ryland

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Agatha Awards - Nominee, Agatha Awards - Winner, Anthony Awards - Nominee


Forge Books