What You See

by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Forge, October 2015, $25.99

Jane is in the middle of a job interview with Channel 2’s news director when a stabbing occurs in a public square across from Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall in broad daylight. Already on location, Jane is asked to cover the story as a freelancer. Jake and his partner also are on the scene investigating the crime, and trying to round up witnesses who may have photographed the crime on their cell phones. Meanwhile, Tenley Siskel, in Boston’s traffic surveillance office at City Hall, prepares to record the chaos at Faneuil Hall when she is stopped by her boss.

Jane’s assignment is further complicated when she receives a frantic call from her sister, Melissa, who claims that the nine-year-old daughter of her fiancé may have been kidnapped by the child’s stepfather. Will Jane put her family crisis above her career?

Ryan shrewdly builds her intricate plot into a tightly wound story, pulling in each aspect and connecting them with aplomb. Ryan’s perspective on the ethics of journalism and politics adds another compelling layer to What You See.

Oline H. Cogdill
Teri Duerr
October 2015