Review: The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan

cover160404-mediumLaw 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 successfully married to a faithful and devoted husband, a lion of Boston’s defense bar, and her internship with the Boston DA’s office is her ticket to a successful future.

Problem is–she’s wrong.

And in this cat and mouse game–the battle for justice becomes a battle for survival.

This was my first novel by this author however it’s definitely not going to be my last.  Although I wasn’t quite sure where the story was going at first, once they reintroduced the murder of Dani Zander, it started to make more sense.  Once that case was reopened and the DA started digging, things got crazy.

What I found most interesting about this novel was the question of who was really on the side of justice?  Is it the defense or is it the prosecution?  Not something I ever thought about much, considering most police and court oriented shows and novels make the good guys out to be law enforcement and the prosecution.  The Murder List, however, definitely makes you want to see the defense as the good guys as well.  Jack Kirkland definitely believes in his mission. Enough so that he’s convinced his wife of it as well.  Honestly, he had me convinced by the end, too.

The author does an amazing job of drawing you in, making you believe, and then pulling the rug out from under you.  I never saw the ending coming and it left me in shock.  Rachel is engaging and likable and a lot of the time she was the only thing keeping me reading because Jack can be a jerk at times and Martha can live up to Jack’s nickname for her – Satan in pearls.  In the end, however, it all comes together and left me scratching my head, wondering how I never thought of it before.

*Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for an eArc of the book in exchange for a fair review.


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