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Come to The Country Bookshop to Meet Hank Phillipe Ryan and hear her discuss her book! Free for All! Just register at Ticket Sandhills.

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.

Critics call her “a master of suspense” and “a superb and gifted storyteller” and she is the only author to have won the Agatha in four different categories: Best First, Best Novel, Best Short Story and Best Non-Fiction. Ryan’s 2019 release, THE MURDER LIST is a USA Today Bestseller, won the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Year, and was an Agatha and Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee. Her 2020 release, THE FIRST TO LIE, also a USA Today Bestseller, was nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the Anthony Award, and Publishers Weekly called it “Stellar” in a starred review. The USA Today Bestseller HER PERFECT LIFE, published in 2021, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly (“A superlative thriller”) and Kirkus, was an Agatha Award nominee for Best Novel. 2023’s THE HOUSE GUEST was called “binge-worthy” by Library Journal in a starred review.

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.

One Wrong Word is A heart-racing new psychological thriller from USA Today bestselling and multiple award-winning author, Hank Phillippi Ryan.

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 shocking crisis of her own. Unfairly accused of having an affair with a powerful client, Arden's life and dreams are about to crash and burn. Then, Arden is given an ultimatum. She has just two weeks to save her career and her reputation. Is Cordelia Bannister the answer to her prayers? Cordelia needs Arden's 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 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 kill.


Library Journal Prepub Alert (09/01/2023):

Accused of having an affair with a client, public relations fixer Arden Ward has only two weeks to repair the damage before her career crumbles, and she gratefully takes on a Boston real estate mogul charged in a drunk driving accident. Though Ned was acquitted, his reputation is in ruins. Then the case takes a wicked turn. With a 50,000-copy first printing; Ryan is a six-time Agatha and 37-time Emmy award winner. Prepub Alert. Copyright 2023 Library Journal

Copyright 2023 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Booklist (01/01/2024):

Healed from a checkered past, Arden Ward is in a good place. She is successful in her career as a crisis manager, protecting high-profile clients from PR disasters. But when Arden ends up in a disaster of her own--accused of an affair with a mogul she's never even gone near--her life goes sideways. Her boss fires her, but he gives her two weeks to work on a final case. This one involves Ned Bannister, a real-estate tycoon who has just been acquitted of a vehicular homicide. Despite the exoneration, Bannister's wife, Cordelia, is still being ostracized by her PTA and socialite peers. Arden jumps right in, but then Ned's lawyer is mowed down in another hit-and-run. Accused of yet another crime, Ned goes to Arden, and they begin working together while being pursued by the assistant DA and the police. Ryan (The House Guest, 2023) has built a solid repertoire of unique thrillers, and this one is no exception. Fresh twists, including the unexpected friendship between Arden and Ned, keep the plot barreling forward. COPYRIGHT(2024) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.



Biographical Note:

USA Today bestselling author HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN has won five Agatha Awards in addition to Anthony, Macavity, Daphne du Maurier, and Mary Higgins Clark Awards. As on-air investigative reporter for Boston's WHDH-TV, she's won 37 Emmys and many more journalism honors. A past president of National Sisters in Crime and founder of MWA University, Ryan lives in Boston.

Review Quotes:

"An intricately plotted ticking time bomb of cat and mouse that will leave you breathless. Masterful storytelling and relentless pacing come together in a chilling tale of deception, manipulation, and paranoia. Ryan is at the top of her game with One Wrong Word--this is your next must-read!" --Liv Constantine, internationally bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish


"A story with all the goods--great characters, blistering pace, powered by prose that cuts right to the nerve...Buckle up and read." --David Baldacci


"Smart, propulsive, and unique... One Wrong Word grabbed me on the first page and didn't let go. Ryan never fails to amaze me." --Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Just the Nicest Couple


"If you're looking for riveting suspense that keeps you up late--in One Wrong Word you get your wish." --James Patterson


"Tense and twisty--hard to put down!" --Shari Lapena, internationally bestselling author of Everyone Here is Lying and The Couple Next Door


"A page-turner from start to finish, One Wrong Word had me flying through the pages, pausing only to catch my breath. Not to be missed!" --Heather Gudenkauf, New York Timesbestselling author of The Overnight Guest


"Propulsive and bingeable, One Wrong Word kept me guessing to the very end." --Ana Reyes, New York Times bestselling author of A House in the Pines


One Wrong Word is a sublime cat-and-mouse thriller that had me turning the pages as fast as I was switching allegiances, all while trying (and failing) to figure out who to trust. Hank Phillippi Ryan proves once again that she's at the top of her game, and a master of suspense! Not to be missed." --Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of The Revenge List


"Driven by astutely drawn characters and fueled by a masterful plot, One Wrong Word had me guessing until the very last page. Hank Phillippi Ryan knows how to keep readers on the edge of their seats, and she does it again with this pulse pounding thriller. Bravo!" --Wendy Walker, bestselling author of What Remains


"I have one right word for One Wrong Word by the amazing Hank Phillippi Ryan - fabulous!! A gripping rollercoaster of a read that will have you switching allegiances with every turn of the page. This is Hank at her very best--another brilliant book!" -- B.A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors


"Everything you could want in a thriller--beautiful observant writing and chock-full of switchback twists." -- Cara Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of Murder in the Family


"Ryan has built a solid repertoire of unique thrillers, and this one is no exception." -- Booklist

Event date: 

Sunday, February 25, 2024 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Event address: 

140 NW Broad Street

Southern Pines, NC 28387

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The Country Bookshop
140 NW Broad St
Southern Pines, NC 28387

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The Country Bookshop

140 NW Broad Street
Southern Pines, NC 28387
+1 (910) 692-3211

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