THE WRONG GIRL
Winter in Boston and surrounding environs sets the stage for this chilling novel of murder, kidnapping and deception. Ryan’s gift for storytelling excels in the sophomore entry in the series. Intricate plotting leads the reader through a tale full of curveballs and surprises. The complicated relationship between Jane and Jake hovers in the background as their cases run on a parallel track.
When newspaper reporter Jane Ryland is approached by an associate to find the truth regarding the woman’s birth mother, she agrees, not realizing she’s running headlong into danger. As Jane looks into the practices of the adoption agency, her suspicions that it is reuniting children with the wrong birth parents ring true. Her position at the paper is tenuous and she needs a big story. Soon Jane is called to a murder scene that could be the break she needs. Detective Jake Brogan is there with the victim and two small children; and, apparently, there’s a missing baby. Although their investigations are separate, both are stonewalled by those connected to the agency — and Jane’s life is threatened as she pursues each lead. (Forge, Sep., 368 pp., $24.99)