The Murder List

The Murder List

"An exhilarating thrill ride that keeps you turning pages.. Ryan deftly delivers a denouement as shocking as it is satisfying."--Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish and The Last Time I Saw YouLaw student Rachel North will tell you, without hesitation, what she knows to be true. She's smart, she’s a hard worker, she does the right thing, she’s succes...

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Title:The Murder List
Author:Hank Phillippi Ryan
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The Murder List Reviews

  • DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes:

    My new boss. Martha Gardiner. The woman Jack usually refers to as “Satan in pearls.” He never laughs when he says it.

    Forget the speed of light. Nothing travels faster than gossip… Secrets only take a few beats longer. Gossip is the fuel of power.

    At noon, Kurt had brought us lunch, wrapped in the white waxed paper of the Pietro Pan Deli. The Italian sandwiches had too much salami and too many onions, and I’d wondered if that was a sneaky way to

    Favorite Quotes:

    My new boss. Martha Gardiner. The woman Jack usually refers to as “Satan in pearls.” He never laughs when he says it.

    Forget the speed of light. Nothing travels faster than gossip… Secrets only take a few beats longer. Gossip is the fuel of power.

    At noon, Kurt had brought us lunch, wrapped in the white waxed paper of the Pietro Pan Deli. The Italian sandwiches had too much salami and too many onions, and I’d wondered if that was a sneaky way to encourage us to hurry. I wished the jury room had windows we could open.

    You could send lawyers to law school. And judges to judge school, or whatever they had. And those people were versed in all the rules. But at the end of all the rule-following and objections and legal procedures, when the gavel banged and the door closed, when you got into a jury room, it was regular people. Flawed people. Biased people. Who may or may not agree to those rules. Who can manipulate and pressure and influence. And, depending on the power of jurors’ consciences, no one would ever know.

    I flinch at the sound of my name. I’ve felt so invisible, even I almost forgot I was here.

    My Review:

    This was extremely clever, so smartly plotted, brilliantly paced, and engagingly written. I fell right inside and didn’t surface for most of the day, only under the threat with death by my internal organs and whining from my neglected husband. This was my first experience reading this sly wordsmith and I was a quick convert, I’ll buy whatever she’s selling as I totally fell for her tricks, I never saw it coming. The writing was superb and cleverly amusing as well as perceptively detailed, but the characters - they were vibrant and alive for me on the page. Ms. Ryan has exceptionally strong word voodoo. Like a binging dieter, I greedily want to amass and consume all her clever words.

  • Linda Strong

    I received a free ARC of The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

    The murder list is a list of attorneys who are eligible to defend murder cases.

    Rachel North is a law student, married to a defense attorney on the murder list. Rachel has been selected to join a prosecutor's office for 3 months as part of her internship. Unfortunately, the prosecutor is a woman who has ha

    I received a free ARC of The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

    The murder list is a list of attorneys who are eligible to defend murder cases.

    Rachel North is a law student, married to a defense attorney on the murder list. Rachel has been selected to join a prosecutor's office for 3 months as part of her internship. Unfortunately, the prosecutor is a woman who has had a running grudge against North's husband.

    Why would Rachel agree to this internship out of all the choices she could have made? And why would this prosecutor choose Rachel knowing who she's married to?

    That is the heart of this very cleverly written crime drama. The book alternates with a telling of how Rachel was involved with a murder case before she married her husband and with her time serving on a jury for a different murder ... one her husband defended unsuccessfully.

    Twists and turns, along with masterfully drawn characters, kept me glued to the pages until the final unexpected conclusion.

  • Brenda

    My first Hank Phillippi Ryan book, and it’s a doozie. The characters are lawyers, but this is not a legal thriller. It’s a psychological suspense starring lawyers who like to win, sometimes at all cost. It’s got an intricate intertwined plot, and you’ve got to pay attention and remember details. I really enjoyed it!

  • Kaceey

    Lately, legal thrillers and courtroom dramas are becoming a new favorite (sub) genre for me.

    After a very slow start, I naturally assumed this would be a struggle to finish. But to my delighted surprise it took a complete 180 degree turn about midway. I could almost hear the

    as everything fell in place...and I was all in!

    Rachel is thankfully nearing the end of law school. A summer internship with the dreaded Martha Gardiner of the DA’s office. And once she passes the bar, it

    Lately, legal thrillers and courtroom dramas are becoming a new favorite (sub) genre for me.

    After a very slow start, I naturally assumed this would be a struggle to finish. But to my delighted surprise it took a complete 180 degree turn about midway. I could almost hear the

    as everything fell in place...and I was all in!

    Rachel is thankfully nearing the end of law school. A summer internship with the dreaded Martha Gardiner of the DA’s office. And once she passes the bar, it’s straight into a partnership with her husband Jack at his criminal defense law firm. Now…If she can just get through this summer and manage to keep her marriage intact. It’s common knowledge throughout the office that her husband and new boss have a deep seeded hatred for each other.

    Told in two timelines.

    Who can you trust to see that justice gets served? The prosecutor? The defense attorney? Maybe the jury? What if each has their own secrets and quite possibly their own personal agendas?

    Hank Phillippi Ryan writes a gripping and suspenseful legal thriller that, while I enjoyed it, took a bit too long to get off the ground. Though she did manage to surprise me with some unpredictable, clever twists!

    Thank you to NetGalley Macmillan Tor/Forge Publishing and Hank Phillippi Ryan for an ARC to read and review.

  • Linda

    Great minds think alike.

    And they tend to gravitate toward one another.

    Hank Phillippi Ryan has created quite the cat-and-mouse scenario in this one. She's got attorneys set up to out-think, out-maneuver, and out-pace one another in this weighty legal bundle tied with loose string that will soon begin to unravel.

    Rachel Kirkland is a bit late to the game at age thirty-six stepping into the inner circles of an internship at the Middlesex District Attorney's office

    Great minds think alike.

    And they tend to gravitate toward one another.

    Hank Phillippi Ryan has created quite the cat-and-mouse scenario in this one. She's got attorneys set up to out-think, out-maneuver, and out-pace one another in this weighty legal bundle tied with loose string that will soon begin to unravel.

    Rachel Kirkland is a bit late to the game at age thirty-six stepping into the inner circles of an internship at the Middlesex District Attorney's office. She's set to graduate from Harvard Law School next year. Her life is somewhat complicated in that she's married to Jack Kirkland, the very lawyer involved in a case in which she served as a juror six years ago. Their attraction was instantaneous. Love does set bear traps like that.

    To tangle things up even more, Rachel is completing her internship in the office of Martha Gardiner, Jack's arch enemy. He recently lost a case to her and the bitterness is still palatable. The tension is not lost on Rachel who is reminded of this woman's actions on a daily basis. Jack won't leave it alone and Rachel won't drop out of the internship.

    Ryan sets up her chapters in a past and present manner entitled with each character's name. The story spins back and forth but doesn't quite give you a full plate of events of the past. Ryan is holding back on that until we get the remaining courses at the end. Someone is living a lie here and, as readers, we're ready to pin it on any one of the main characters. They all seem to be wearing cologne with a shifty nature. Ryan's gonna make you work it out. And we all enjoy a tightly twisted challenge.

    I received a copy of The Murder List through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Forge Publishing and to Hank Phillippi Ryan for the opportunity.

  • Kristy

    Law student Rachel North has a coveted summer internship in the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office with Assistant District Attorney Martha Gardiner. This is great, except Martha just happens to be Rachel's husband's arch nemesis. Jack, a defense attorney, hates to lose, and it seems like Martha is the only one who can beat him. Jack is on the murder list, a special group of attorneys who represent accused murderers who can't pay for their defense. Once Rachel's internship is over, she'l

    Law student Rachel North has a coveted summer internship in the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office with Assistant District Attorney Martha Gardiner. This is great, except Martha just happens to be Rachel's husband's arch nemesis. Jack, a defense attorney, hates to lose, and it seems like Martha is the only one who can beat him. Jack is on the murder list, a special group of attorneys who represent accused murderers who can't pay for their defense. Once Rachel's internship is over, she'll pass the bar and join in a partnership with Jack, defending those who need them most.

    Well, this was

    , which

    . We learn about Rachel's present, interning with Martha, and then her past: her days at the statehouse--when six years ago--she supervised interns of her own. That's when she worked for Senate President Tom Rafferty. These two time periods are far more connected than we'd think--linked together by Jack and Martha as well, both of whom hate each other deeply.

    We hear from Rachel, Jack, and Martha across these differing time periods and vantage points. I won't reveal more, but it's a

    . I enjoyed how the two timelines intersected, bringing us a

    . What is right, what is wrong, and who exactly--if any--of our crew can we truly trust?

    There were a few places where I found my eyes glazing over a bit and skimming the pages: a lot of pontificating about law and mostly Jack haranguing Rachel about his hatred of Martha and then Martha rambling about her thoughts about law and hating Jack. That was

    . But

    . Very crafty and when it finally dawned on me what was going on, I was all in.

    Overall, I

    . It was interesting, smart, different, and a fun tale of intertwining time periods. The characters were a bit too wordy for me at times, but the

    . 3.75 stars, rounded up here.

    I received a free ARC of The Murder List from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. It is available everywhere on 8/20/2019.

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  • Debra

    A legal cat and mouse thriller which had me guessing who was telling the truth, who had the hidden agenda and who was the real killer. Which side are you on? How do jury's come to their decisions? What dirty tactics do lawyers have up their sleeves? Can one really get away with murder?

    This book goes back and forth through time from the past, when Rachel North worked on Beacon Hill and served on a jury which decided to convict a man for murder, to then return to her job and learn that

    A legal cat and mouse thriller which had me guessing who was telling the truth, who had the hidden agenda and who was the real killer. Which side are you on? How do jury's come to their decisions? What dirty tactics do lawyers have up their sleeves? Can one really get away with murder?

    This book goes back and forth through time from the past, when Rachel North worked on Beacon Hill and served on a jury which decided to convict a man for murder, to then return to her job and learn that one of her co-workers has been murdered. But wait there is more! In the present, Rachel is married to the defense attorney she watched every day in court when she served on that jury. He defended the man she found guilty - that must make for some interesting pillow talk. She is also a law student who has been chosen to be an intern for her husband's nemesis, a woman he refers to as "Satan in Pearls". Now it seems she is just asking for trouble...BIG TROUBLE.

    Whew! Once I got over that fact that Rachel choose to work with her husband’s enemy after telling him, in the long run this will help them when they have a firm together. The old, I-will-learn-all-her-tactics-so-we-can-beat-her-in-the-future argument. This made things interesting, even more so when Martha Gardiner, her husband's nemesis decides to investigate the murder of Rachel's former co-worker. This makes things interesting and had me curious as to why and who would be found guilty.

    I found this to be another solid book by Ryan. It's not my favorite book by hers (my favorite being

    ), but nonetheless, I found it to be enjoyable. I enjoyed the cat and mouse feel. For the beginning and the choices Rachel makes, I knew this was going to be a Topsy turvy ride. There are some twists and turns along the way. As always, Ryan's books are intelligent, and her plots are layered. She manages to keep some cards to herself, so that when the ending comes, there is still some shock value. In the end everything makes sense and there is that "holy crap" wow factor. I did not see that one coming until it was almost over. I found this to be an engaging tale that had me thinking.

    Thank you to Macmillan Tor/Forge publishing and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Darinda

    Rachel is in law school and gets an internship with the district attorney's office. This causes problems in Rachel's marriage because her husband is a defense attorney, and his biggest enemy is the DA. During her internship, a cold case is reopened. One that Rachel has a connection with from her days working with a senator.

    This novel alternates between past and present. Rachel is smart and driven. Her husband is a successful defense attorney, and they have plans for her to get a law

    Rachel is in law school and gets an internship with the district attorney's office. This causes problems in Rachel's marriage because her husband is a defense attorney, and his biggest enemy is the DA. During her internship, a cold case is reopened. One that Rachel has a connection with from her days working with a senator.

    This novel alternates between past and present. Rachel is smart and driven. Her husband is a successful defense attorney, and they have plans for her to get a law degree so they can work together. Before getting married, Rachel worked for a senator. During her time there, a coworker was killed and the murderer was never found. During her internship with the DA's office, that old murder case is revisited when new leads are found.

    A simple story told in a complex way. The murder mystery is who killed a woman that worked for a senator. As the past meets present, old secrets are revealed. Each character seems to have an ulterior motive, making for an absorbing thriller.

    A good read for fans of legal thrillers. Suspenseful, clever, and twisted.

  • Jayme

    Rachel North is a law student, married to Jack Kirkland, a VERY successful defense attorney.

    Martha Gardinier is a top prosecutor, who rarely loses...but who has lost to Jack.

    Jack and Martha HATE each other, as only two rivals can.

    So, why would Martha choose Rachel to be her summer apprentice?

    And, why would Rachel accept this position?

    WHO is playing WHO in this novel of suspense?

    WHO has NO BOUNDARIES when it comes to winning?

    Told from the alternating timelines of the present, and BEFORE, y

    Rachel North is a law student, married to Jack Kirkland, a VERY successful defense attorney.

    Martha Gardinier is a top prosecutor, who rarely loses...but who has lost to Jack.

    Jack and Martha HATE each other, as only two rivals can.

    So, why would Martha choose Rachel to be her summer apprentice?

    And, why would Rachel accept this position?

    WHO is playing WHO in this novel of suspense?

    WHO has NO BOUNDARIES when it comes to winning?

    Told from the alternating timelines of the present, and BEFORE, you learn how all of their lives have continually intersected over the years. For me, just as one narrative was getting interesting the story would switch to the other, losing momentum, and bringing down my rating a bit. It was causing me to want to skim to get back to where the other narrative left off.

    Some have called this a legal thriller, but not much occurred in the courtroom...it’s more of a story of these three characters, with careers in laws, and how they each manipulate the system....

    Thank you to Hank Phillippi Ryan, who graciously offered a digital ARC in exchange for a candid review, through Netgalley. This title will be released on Aug. 20th, 2019.

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister

    DNF @ 46%. Not connecting with the storyline.

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