The First to Lie (Hardcover)
Bestselling and award-winning author and investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan delivers another twisty, thrilling, cat and mouse novel of suspense that will have you guessing, and second-guessing, and then gasping with surprise.
We all have our reasons for being who we are—but what if being someone else could get you what you want?
After a devastating betrayal, a young woman sets off on an obsessive path to justice, no matter what dark family secrets are revealed. What she doesn’t know is that she isn’t the only one plotting her revenge.
An affluent daughter of privilege. A glamorous manipulative wannabe. A determined reporter, in too deep. A grieving widow who must choose her new reality. Who will be the first to lie? And when the stakes are life and death, do a few lies really matter?
About the Author
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 36 Emmys and many more journalism honors, and her work has resulted in new laws, criminals sent to prison, homes saved from foreclosure, and millions of dollars in restitution for victims and consumers. A past president of National Sisters in Crime and founder of MWA University, her novels include Trust Me, The Murder List, the Charlotte McNally series (starting with Prime Time), and the Jane Ryland series (which begins with The Other Woman). Ryan lives in Boston with her husband, a nationally renowned civil rights and criminal defense attorney.
“A twisty road of deception that starts with a bang and ends with an explosion.”—Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling
“A taut, propulsive plot with twists that will take your breath away.”—Sarah Pekkanen
“Intricate, complex, and devilishly clever… like reading a burning stick of dynamite.” —J. T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author
“Jaw-dropping…The First to Lie will shock even the savviest of suspense readers.” —Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author
“You will tear through the pages of this breathless, keep-you-up-all-night thriller.” —Jennifer Hillier, award-winning author
“Stellar... Ryan could win a sixth Agatha with this one.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A magnificent, intricately plotted thriller that will have you questioning everyone’s motives until the stunning ending.” —Samantha M. Bailey, bestselling author of Woman on the Edge
“Filled with sharp insights, The First to Lie is a house of mirrors, taking us on a thrilling ride of dizzying twists and shocking revelations.” —Angie Kim, national bestselling author of Miracle Creek
“A must-read for thriller lovers--the compelling and twist-filled plot fearlessly delves into the intersections of revenge and family secrets.” —Vanessa Lillie, bestselling author of Little Voices
“Expert pacing, richly drawn characters, and seamless storytelling are just some of the ingredients that make this novel impossible to put down. Fabulous!” —Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of Sister Dear