The First to Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan: A Psychologically Thrilling Ride

Does anyone have any tips for appearing refreshed after you’ve stayed up all night reading? If so, you’re going to need to pull out all the stops when you pick up Hank Phillippi Ryan’s thrilling new book, The First To Lie.

The First to Lie is a suspenseful, twisting tale of revenge, intrigue, and identity. A privileged family with dark secrets, a pharmaceutical company with much to hide, and an investigative reporter on the verge of a groundbreaking story are just a few of the players in this cat-and-mouse game of betrayal and payback. But who is the cat and who is the mouse? Are anyone’s motives what they seem? And what is the price of a lie when it comes to getting what you want? This gripping psychological thriller keeps you guessing until the very last page, and keeps you thinking long after you’ve put it down.

Hank Phillippi Ryan is a master at hooking the reader on the first page, and the sharp turns only evolve from there. I never knew where the ride would take me, and as soon as I developed one theory, it was quickly subverted with a series of twists that left me breathless. What makes The First to Lie truly stellar is that underneath the high-stakes suspense–and believe me, the stakes are high–it’s a novel grounded in family trauma, social commentary, and the question of whether the past is truly inescapable. 

If you’re looking to get lost in a read that gets your heart pounding and your mind racing, pick up Hank Phillippi Ryan’s The First to Lie. Just make sure you have a lot of caffeine on standby. You’re going to need it after this book keeps you saying, “one more chapter,” deep into the night.

The First to Lie is out today! Order your copy on, IndieBound, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or wherever you buy your books. For more on Hank Phillippi Ryan, visit and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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