One Wrong Word: A Novel (Hardcover)

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One Wrong Word: A Novel (Hardcover)

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A heart-racing new psychological thriller from USA Today bestselling and multiple award-winning author, Hank Phillippi Ryan.

One wrong word can ruin your life. And no one knows that better than savvy crisis management expert Arden Ward. Problem is, she's now forced to handle a shocking crisis of her own. Unfairly accused of having an affair with a powerful client, Arden’s life and dreams are about to crash and burn. Then, Arden is given an ultimatum. She has just two weeks to save her career and her reputation.

Is Cordelia Bannister the answer to her prayers?

Cordelia needs Arden’s help for her husband Ned, a Boston real estate mogul. Though he was recently acquitted in a fatal drunk driving accident, his reputation is ruined, and the fallout is devastating not only to the Bannisters' lives, but the lives of their two adorable children.

Arden devotes her skill and determination—and maybe her final days on the job—to helping this shattered family, but soon, revelations begin to emerge about what really happened the night of the accident. And then—another car crash throws Ned back into the spotlight.

This case is Arden’s final chance to protect her own future and clear her name. But the more she tries to untangle the truth, the more she’s haunted by one disturbing question—what if she’s also protecting a killer?

Gossip. Lies. Rumors. Words like that can hurt you. And Arden knows the reality. Sometimes one wrong word can kill.

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 37 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.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250849496
ISBN-10: 1250849497
Publisher: Forge Books
Publication Date: February 6th, 2024
Pages: 352
Language: English

"An intricately plotted ticking time bomb of cat and mouse that will leave you breathless. Masterful storytelling and relentless pacing come together in a chilling tale of deception, manipulation, and paranoia. Ryan is at the top of her game with One Wrong Word––this is your next must-read!” —Liv Constantine, internationally bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish

“A story with all the goods—great characters, blistering pace, powered by prose that cuts right to the nerve…Buckle up and read.” —David Baldacci

"Smart, propulsive, and unique…One Wrong Word grabbed me on the first page and didn’t let go. Ryan never fails to amaze me." —Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Just the Nicest Couple

“If you're looking for riveting suspense that keeps you up late—in One Wrong Word you get your wish.” —James Patterson

“Tense and twisty--hard to put down!" —Shari Lapena, internationally bestselling author of Everyone Here is Lying and The Couple Next Door

"A page-turner from start to finish, One Wrong Word had me flying through the pages, pausing only to catch my breath. Not to be missed!" —Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Overnight Guest

"Propulsive and bingeable, One Wrong Word kept me guessing to the very end." —Ana Reyes, New York Times bestselling author of A House in the Pines

One Wrong Word is a sublime cat-and-mouse thriller that had me turning the pages as fast as I was switching allegiances, all while trying (and failing) to figure out who to trust. Hank Phillippi Ryan proves once again that she’s at the top of her game, and a master of suspense! Not to be missed.” —Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of The Revenge List

"Driven by astutely drawn characters and fueled by a masterful plot, One Wrong Word had me guessing until the very last page. Hank Phillippi Ryan knows how to keep readers on the edge of their seats, and she does it again with this pulse pounding thriller. Bravo!" —Wendy Walker, bestselling author of What Remains

"I have one right word for One Wrong Word by the amazing Hank Phillippi Ryan - fabulous!! A gripping rollercoaster of a read that will have you switching allegiances with every turn of the page. This is Hank at her very best—another brilliant book!" B.A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors

"Everything you could want in a thriller--beautiful observant writing and chock-full of switchback twists." Cara Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of Murder in the Family

"Ryan has built a solid repertoire of unique thrillers, and this one is no exception."Booklist

“Ryan builds the pacing of One Wrong Word skillfully, keeping both Arden and the reader spinning amid the flurry of lies, shocks and escalating danger. It’s a thrilling ride.” –Boston Herald


“Ryan builds the pacing of One Wrong Word skillfully, keeping both Arden and the reader spinning amid the flurry of lies, shocks and escalating danger. It’s a thrilling ride.” –Tampa Bay Times


“Ryan takes the often-used phrase “words have power” to a different dimension in her 15th novel, with savvy plotting and characters that avoid cliches.” –South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“One Wrong Word will certainly delight Hank’s many fans and no doubt win her a lot of new ones.” The Eatontown Messenger (GA)