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 succe...

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Title:The Murder List
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The Murder List Reviews

  • Judy Collins

    Check out my fun

    with the amazing Hank Phillippi Ryan!

    Bestselling author and one of my favorites, Hank Phillippi Ryan "wowed" us last year with

    My Top Books of

    and returns with her best yet—

    Top books of

    which will leave you "glued" to the pages in this high stakes cat-and-mouse game of manipulation. A wild roller-coaster game of obsession, power, and revenge.

    Check out my fun

    with the amazing Hank Phillippi Ryan!

    Bestselling author and one of my favorites, Hank Phillippi Ryan "wowed" us last year with

    My Top Books of

    and returns with her best yet—

    Top books of

    which will leave you "glued" to the pages in this high stakes cat-and-mouse game of manipulation. A wild roller-coaster game of obsession, power, and revenge.

    It takes more than two to tango. There is a triangle (we are not talking love triangle). In addition to the cat-and-the-mouse, there is also cheese (the power). You will be guessing until the final reveal, which one is which. Which character is manipulating the other?

    Which side are you on? Who is on the Murder List?

    • Martha Gardiner - Assistant District Attorney. Highly intelligent.

    • Jack Kirkland – Best defense attorney in Boston (married to Rachel)

    • Rachel North - Age 36. Law Student Harvard. Married to Jack. Goal: To be a partner: Kirkland and North law firm, once she passes the bar.

    Jack and Rachel have been married for six years. Jack is a lawyer, and he likes to win. Rachel is a law student but has a plan. Her plan is ultimately to be a partner in Jack’s law firm. To do so, she wants to do a summer internship in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. After all, it is only for three months.

    However, to do so, that would be working with Jack’s enemy, ADA Martha Gardiner. Martha would be her new boss. Jack refers to her as “Satan in pearls”. A predator. She is the one prosecutor who can beat Jack.

    She wants them to be a team. She has heard all the stories from Jack about Martha’s disturbingly unfair and manipulative tactics. Rachel thinks this is the perfect strategy.

    Her plan: She will work with Martha, learn her methods and techniques. She could scope out the competition from the inside. The more she understands her prosecution, the more she can use to structure their defense. She thinks it is brilliant. She then will be back with Jack and working against Martha, right?

    Jack does not agree. Very risky. He thinks Martha would be using Rachel. Jack cares about justice, defending his clients, even the ones he knows are guilty. He almost always wins—even if a murderer walks free.

    There was a murder-list case. Jack was appointed as Marcus Dorn’s attorney. The key witness vanished. Marcus Dorn is now behind bars after being charged with a gruesome murder of a couple after breaking into their high-priced condo. He was the security guard.

    Now Rachel is training to understand two sides. Defense and prosecution. “The devil you know.” Law school is about the, what if? Just like her life.

    Martha Gardiner holds the key to Rachel’s future. Martha is from Old New England money. She is in it for glory and power. For the win. She has her eye on the attorney general’s office. Will she outsmart everyone?

    “How long does it take to ruin everything? One moment. One wrong decision. One mistake. One unfortunate assumption or ill-chosen word or even a misunderstood gift. The dominoes fall, never to be righted.”

    What about Jack? His motives? Is Jack jealous? What about Martha? Did Martha choose Rachel to blackball Jack from getting murder-list cases? Dealing with the devil has its pitfalls. There are two sides, and Rachel is in the middle, or is she?

    From a case six years earlier before Rachel and Jack were married. Rachel worked for Senate President Thomas Ames Rafferty Beacon Hill. A necklace. A murder.

    "Politics—like life—is driven by the balance of power."

    The murder list—the list of accused killers who cases, and lives, he’s responsible for. That is how Jack got assigned to represent now-convicted slasher, Marcus Simmons Dorn. High-paying cases. This is how Jack and Rachel met.

    LET THE GAMES BEGIN. You will doubt every character in this power play. Who will win in the end? Who will outsmart the other?

    Hank Phillippi Ryan is in her "element."💕 Polished craftsmanship, brilliantly written, from the Boston setting to each precise movement of each character. 🎬 Movie-worthy! From the intricate legal proceedings, courtroom scenes, politics, character development, and crime scenes.

    With the Author’s expertise in the field as an investigative reporter, she carefully constructs every scene and multiple POV and timelines. Ryan maneuvers past and present tense with a perfect pace unfolding layer by layer, leaving you looking over your shoulder. INTENSE!

    A triangle on steroids with razor-sharp dialogue. Nothing is as it appears. You will be turning the pages into the wee hours of the morning to see how this psychological, legal thriller will end. Filled with shocking twists and turns that will keep you on your toes until the very last page. BTW: A KILLER ENDING 😜

    Reminds me of the old book, "Who Moved my Cheese?" They all want cheese (power) and are willing to do whatever it takes to attain it. They are running around in a maze, but this time there are three players and someone will lose.

    does not hit the New York Times Bestseller list, I will be shocked! Move this one to the top of your list. For legal thriller fans of John Lescroart, Michael Connelly, Lisa Scottoline, and Scott Turow. Highly recommend! Ryan is at the TOP of her game.👏 She is on fire. 🏆

    A special thank you to Forge Books, Edelweiss, and Netgalley for an advanced reading copy.

  • Jessica Strawser

    What I love most about Hank Phillippi Ryan's novels is that you never (ever!) know which characters you can trust—but you can always trust that you're in good hands with this expert storyteller. What starts as an unsettling undercurrent grows into the kind of tension no reader can walk away from. Deftly mining the gray area between right and wrong, erroneous and inevitable, innocent and guilty, The Murder List is twisty, unpredictable, and utterly irresistible: Suspense at its finest from an aut

    What I love most about Hank Phillippi Ryan's novels is that you never (ever!) know which characters you can trust—but you can always trust that you're in good hands with this expert storyteller. What starts as an unsettling undercurrent grows into the kind of tension no reader can walk away from. Deftly mining the gray area between right and wrong, erroneous and inevitable, innocent and guilty, The Murder List is twisty, unpredictable, and utterly irresistible: Suspense at its finest from an author at the top of her game. (Many thanks to the author and publisher for the opportunity to read and review early.)

  • 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 had a running grudge again

    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.

  • 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’s straigh

    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. She's set to graduate from Harvard

    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.

  • Jamie

    Hank Phillippi Ryan has a special way of keeping her legal thrillers from taking on a procedural feel - something that is no easy feat in this genre. The Murder List centers on law student Rachel North and her internship with the DA's office - interestingly enough, Rachel's husband is a criminal prosecutor on the other side. While we learn the specifics of Rachel's life and work, it becomes evident that something in her past is going to factor into the present, so we get alternating timelines -

    Hank Phillippi Ryan has a special way of keeping her legal thrillers from taking on a procedural feel - something that is no easy feat in this genre. The Murder List centers on law student Rachel North and her internship with the DA's office - interestingly enough, Rachel's husband is a criminal prosecutor on the other side. While we learn the specifics of Rachel's life and work, it becomes evident that something in her past is going to factor into the present, so we get alternating timelines - a storytelling device that I always enjoy.

    Dual timelines keep the story fresh and keep the anticipation building. Ryan does a great job of planting red herrings as well as true clues for the payoff. I found The Murder List to be truly suspenseful and an enjoyable read from start to finish, a mystery I can highly recommend!

    Thank you to Forge for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

  • 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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  • 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. But this “back and forth” did not flow as seamlessly as it should.

    Just as one narrative was getting interesting the story would switch to the other, losing momentum, and making me to want to skim-

    It did have a satisfying conclusion, but I just never found myself completely immersed in the story.

    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 law, and how they each manipulate each other and the system....

  • 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 degree so th

    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.

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