The author is pretty famous here in Boston but I didn't know she had a book series (I don't watch the channel she is on). The plot seemed interesting..Show More » but it was inspired by a number of local references, so us locals may have a slight positive bias.
The writing wasn't bad. She's no Lehane but the characters and the dialog were ok however with the bad production its a little hard to tell.
This second book in the Investigative reporter, Jane Ryland, series is greatly aided by the knowledge that Hank Phillippi Ryan, a TV reporter herself,..Show More » has in how a story is developed through personal investigations, police procedurals, and keeping all your sources available for inside information.
Jane is working for a floundering Boston newspaper when her friend, Tucker, asks her to help her. Tucker has been matched up with her birth mother and they are getting along beautifully, until Tucker finds out that she's been matched with the wrong woman. At the same time, Jane's boss sends her out on a story of a murdered woman, also being investigated by her secret boyfriend, Jake, on the Boston police force. These investigations slowly collide in a larger investigation of the Brannigan Agency that matches adoptees and birth mothers, the foster care system, Child Services, and greedy individuals.
The pace and building atmosphere of this story are superb in creating great tension and plot that made me feel that I was deeply involved with these people's lives. The problems that are present in the extremely overworked child and foster care system were aptly used in creating a very believable, but deeply troubling plot for this mystery. Definitely a memorable book. I listened to this on audio and believe that added a great deal to my enjoyment of this book !
Listened for Fun (Audible) Overall Rating: 3.50 Story Rating: 3.50 Character Rating: 3.50
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the ove..Show More »rall rating)
Read It File It (short review): Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan was my first book by the author but it won't be my last. I LOVED the case. This was a solid 4 or 4.5 on the mystery/thriller part. The relationship drama got on my nerves but that might have been due to me jumping in book 3. Overall, this was really enjoyable.
Narrated By Xe Sands / Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
Xe Sands did a wonderful job with all the characters in Truth Be Told. I am quite impressed at how well she pulled off the several male voices (they were unique, appropriate for age, and not girly). She was dead-on for all the women characters. Loved the newspaper lady! I would listen to her narrate this series again!