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Revenge. Romance. The Ratings.
Cameras don't lie. Pictures do.
Smart, savvy, and successful reporter Charlotte McNally has two tough battles on her hands: her constant search for justice, and the continuing challenge to hold on to her high visibility job. Charlie's facing TV reality—despite all those EMMYs, she's only as good as her last story.
With people everywhere buzzing about "Making a Murderer" and "Serial," FACE TIME tackles the same issues—the tragedy of potentially unfair convictions and the outcry for justice. Charlie enlists her local Innocence Project to fight a battle for truth of her own. The good news: she's got explosive evidence to free an innocent woman from prison. The bad news: will that make Charlotte—and someone she loves—the real killer's next target? And what will happen if the convicted murderer is actually guilty?
Unfortunately, Charlotte's prime source won't talk, the attorney general is trying to block the investigation, and the more Charlotte investigates, the more people turn up dead. Charlie knows she has what it takes to get the story. But does she have what it takes to stay alive?
The action-filled page turner is not only filled with thrilling twists, but also with a twist of romance as readers meet the incredibly sexy new love of Charlie's life.
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Awards & Recognition
- A Book Sense Notable Book
- Borders/Waldenbooks bestseller
Top ten bestseller in 2009 (Mystery Lovers Bookshop)
"Hank Phillippi Ryan, the Emmy-winning investigative reporter for Boston's Channel 7, has written a fast-moving and tense mystery. Reporter Charlotte McNally finds herself in the middle of an investigation involving a woman unjustly jailed for murder, and there are bad guys galore. There is much fascinating background about television news, and Ryan tells the tale with high-powered energy."
Dede Gallagher, Book Ends Winchester, MA
"Face Time is a superior sexy mystery infused with an insider's knowledge of the wild TV news industry and, at its heart, a rich, well-developed protagonist we can cheer for. Charlotte "Charlie" McNally is a forty-something reporter with keen instincts, experience and drive to free a wrongly-accused woman. Her creator, Hank Phillippi Ryan, is an exciting voice for smart women who are tired of silly chick lit fare and ready for some real, kick-ass romance and intelligent plot. I loved it!"
Sarah Strohmeyer, Nationally Bestselling Author of The Sleeping Beauty Proposal
"Loved it! Smart, funny, fresh, intriguing and thoroughly entertainingI highly recommend this series."
"Face Time is a gripping fast-paced thriller with an important story line and an engaging and unusual heroine. As Charlie McNally wrestles with aging, ratings, her mother, and her lover's little girl, she gives us a vivid behind-the-scenes look at television news; we meet a cast of characters whom we hope to see again."
Sara Paretsky, Bestselling Author
"Family secrets, murder, legal shenanigans and evening news power playsall dished up with Hank Phillippi Ryan's pitch-perfect wry humor and behind-the-scenes accuracy. These characters will stay with you. Face Time is a winner!"
Christina Skye, Bestselling Author
"This author writes what she knows, investigative reporting. With her knowledge of the field, Hank Phillippi Ryan makes this story so vivid and real that I almost expected the characters to stand up and walk off the pages of the book. Excellent!" (five stars)
Debra Fitch, Huntress Reviews
"Face Time just proves that Hank Phillippi Ryan is an author on the fast track to success in the writing field. Her characters are engagingly developed; her gift for dialogue comes through loud and clear, and her fresh voice in the suspense genre comes to life on the pages. If you are looking for a great mystery, a little comedy and romance to boot, you can't go wrong with a Hank Phillippi Ryan book. Bravo, Ms. Ryan, Face Time is another keeper."
Lettetia Elsasser, SingleTitles.com
"Murder, edgy suspense, and hot romance abound in this mesmerizing new story from Hank Phillippi Ryan. Ryan delivers a fast-moving, densely plotted caper filled with many shady characters that will leave you guessing as to who did it. The ending is fantastic how she ties everything together! Ryan delivers a wonderful illustrative look behind the scenes at a T.V. news station. I loved the delicious romance that is blossoming between the two main characters, Charlotte and Josh. The love scenes are spiced with the right amount of steam. Josh's daughter throws Charlotte off balance on how to react around an eight-year-old. Added to the ensemble is an annoying mother who is just overly concerned for her daughter. I thought her mother was a hoot! Face Time is terrific escapist fare. Ryan has created a captivating plot that is sure to grip readers and never let go!"
Michele Rioli, RomanceJunkiesReviews.com
"Hank Phillippi Ryan is one mighty fine writer, and Face Time is a well-written and smoothly paced mystery. Ms. Ryan keeps turning out excellently plotted stories featuring superb returning characters. Face Time is intelligent entertainment laced with humor, romance, and of course, suspense. This book comes highly recommended."
Betty Cox, Reader to Reader
"Charlie is a clever, fast-thinking investigator with a quick mind and a terrific imagination. Her visions of the murder change throughout the investigation, but leave her a hero and "on the top" in the end. Her escapades are exciting and filled with lots of puzzle solving. This is the second Charlotte McNally novel in this cleverly written series by Hank Phillippi Ryan. I found the plot very interesting, which made this a fast reading, fast-paced action thriller, yet filled with humor. I look forward to reading the other books in this series."
Kay Quinten, Fresh Fiction
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