Review: The First to Lie

The First to Lie


USA Today 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―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?

Rating: 5-stars


The First to Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan is a dramatic dark suspense read. There are a lot of characters involved in this crime fiction tale. Drugs, lies, and an investigation is found here. The story has a complex plotline. There are many characters. Sometimes, I couldn’t keep track of them but it all pulls together and works out fine. The lies are complicated. A lie within another lie. So many lies from this cast. My head spins with it all. I could not guess who or what really happens until the writer tells me. This novel has many twists and surprises keeping readers, like me, on the edge of my seat wondering what is next. I love the suspense. Also, the fact that I did not know who or what really went on…is my favorite part when reading a thriller like this one. I have not read a book by Hank Phillippi Ryan until now. I am very happy that I got to read this book.

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