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Hank Phillippi Ryan, author of The First to Lie

We all have our reasons for being who we are. But what if being someone else could get you what you want? After a devastating betrayal, a young woman sets off on an obsessive path to justice, no matter what dark family secrets are revealed. What she doesn't know is that she isn't the only one plotting her revenge. An affluent daughter of privilege. A glamorous manipulative wannabe. A determined reporter, in too deep. A grieving widow who must choose her new reality. Who will be the first to lie? And when the stakes are life and death, do a few lies really matter?

Week of January 4, 2021

Paperback releases for the week of January 4th include THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett, a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go; Anna Wiener’s memoir, UNCANNY VALLEY, a rare first-person glimpse into high-flying, reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune and accelerating political power; HITTING A STRAIGHT LICK WITH A CROOKED STICK, an outstanding collection of stories from Zora Neale Hurston about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture; THE FIRST TO LIE, Hank Phillippi Ryan's twisty, thrilling, cat-and-mouse novel of suspense that will have you guessing, and second-guessing, and then gasping with surprise; and BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN by Diane Chamberlain, a novel of chilling intrigue, a decades-old disappearance, and one woman’s quest to find the truth.