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Never Tell a Lie: A Novel of Suspense

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  1,420 ratings  ·  284 reviews
It all started with the yard sale . . .

Eight months pregnant and nervous about the future, Ivy Rose doesn't recognize the woman approaching her and husband David as they attempt to rid themselves of the decades-worth of junk cluttering up their suburban home. The woman says she's Melinda White—their former high school classmate, now pregnant also—and asks if she might revi
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Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2009)
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I wouldn't call this "a novel of suspense". I knew exactly who, what, and why from the first chapter.
Picture this; a creepy girl from high school shows up at your yard sale but now she’s a weird pregnant woman. She obviously wants something, and is making you a little uncomfortable. You’re saved by your gallant husband who offers to show her the house. You breathe a sigh of relief until she turns up missing, and yet with dozens of witnesses, no one can confirm they saw her exit your house. The clues start to pile up, and they threaten to ruin your life.

And so goes Hallie Ephron’s Never Tell a
Ruth Turner


This sounded like such a great story. Terrible formatting, missing words and missing letters made it difficult to read, and I didn't have the patience to finish it.
Dec 14, 2008 Jackie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery/suspense/thriller fans
I literally could not put this book down and powered through it in a matter of hours. It's a gripping tale of a young couple who have a yard sale one Sunday that an old high school acquaintance shows up at. This is an innocent start to a nightmare that threatens to
shatter, even end, their lives. Pay attention--there are clues throughout the text.
Never Tell a Lie, by Hallie Ephron, a "new to me author", is a must read for anyone who enjoys a fast paced thriller. I read half of the book last night (hated to stop for sleep), and then I woke up early today to finish it. I could not wait to see how this one ended.

Ivy and David Rose are a young couple expecting the first baby is just a few weeks. The live in a charming old Victorian home in (fictional) Brush Hills, MA. Amy convinces her husband to have a yard sale to clean out a bunch of junk
Hallie Ephron's book has a blurb on the cover describing it as "compelling,chilling... 'unputdownable'". One would expect this mystery novel to be a gripping, suspenseful tale, but she has failed to meet expectations. I soon developed suspicions of the solution of this contrived plot, which in the end proved to be correct. Somehow, this book was just an ordinary "teaser", with few redeeming factors.

In all fairness to Ms. Ephron's efforts, I probably should have rated this with three stars becaus
Vicki Kee
Even though in the title it says this is a novel of suspense, it wasn't suspenseful to me in the slightest. I had it figured out early on. Too many clues thrown straight at you. It just made me want to scream at the main character for taking so long to figure it out. I just skimmed through the last third of the book. Thank goodness I got it on my Kindle and saved some money. Fortunately it is a very fast read.
Jessica Ryan
I'm a big fan of the mystery genre. I can honestly say I enjoyed this novel. It was just a creepy, fun read. I really liked Ivy, and I loved that only knowing what she knew. I have read a lot of mystery novels where the woman never questions what a man tells her, and has an unwavering belief in his innocence. Ivy is not like that. She wants to believe her husband had nothing to do with the crime, but when the evidence mounts against him, so do the doubts in her mind. Ivy is a likable protagonist ...more
This book was very fast-paced. Like the cover read, it was "unputdownable". The ending was a little abrupt for my liking, but overall I really enjoyed the book.
Hope Baugh
Oh, my goodness, this is a nail-biter! I started to read this in a chain bookstore, couldn't afford to buy it that night and so put it on hold for myself at my local public library. I can't remember the last time I have anticipated a book so eagerly.

And then, when it finally came in for me, I devoured it.

Ivy and her husband, David, are having a yard sale of all of the stuff that the previous owner of their old, Victorian house left behind. A woman shows up who says she went to high school with
Prompted by the title, I must admit that I found this book to be quite a disappointment. The story manages to be both incredibly predictable while also incredibly implausible. Reading it exercises all of your eye-rolling muscles, that’s for sure! The characters, straightforward and simple, aren’t engaging enough to compensate for the shockingly trite plot. It completely spoils the reading experience. And Ivy’s pregnancy only adds to the ridiculous nature of the majority of her actions. At the sa ...more
Harlan Coben, move over, there's a new girl in town.

I got an ARC of Never Tell A Lie in the mail today from Hallie and started this book at the gym. Ate nuts and yogurt for dinner so I didn't have to stop and cook and finished it in one sitting when I got home. I really needed to know what happened. A true page turner. The prose was lovely with many turns of phrase that gave me author envy. I can't say much about the plot without spoiling things, but a pregnant protagonist certainly turns up the
Got an ARC of this last week and stayed up VERY late the last two nights reading it. A great tale of suspense written by one of THOSE Ephron women! Very suspenseful, fast-moving, never-a-dull-moment kind of book.

It was very well-plotted and kept me on the edge of my seat. The good character development, showed them with all of their flaws. This kind of book demonstrates that an author can write a thriller without all the blood and guts that genre usually has
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It starts out innocently enough--a couple, expecting their first baby, are having a yard sale. An old, rather strange high school acquaintance shows up. And then the problems begin. This is an involving mystery/psychological suspense tale that involves old secrets and new lies and nobody being quite who they seem. Pay attention, there are clues throughout that lead to an amazing conclusion. I really couldn't put this book down!


Terrible writing.....I couldn't finish this one!
I guess I have been spoiled by Thomas H. Cook, who never fails to amaze me with his layered and intelligent mysteries. Hallie Ephron’s debut novel Never Tell A Lie, while not horrible, wasn’t all that the praise had promised.

Ivy and her handsome husband, David, are hosting a yard sale at their Victorian home. Ivy is hugely pregnant and she’s nesting like crazy, trying to rid the house of years of accumulated junk – most of which belonged to the previous owner. She is approached by a woman, Melin
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense thriller for the squeamish, July 17, 2009

This review is from: Never Tell a Lie: A Novel of Suspense (Hardcover)
This is not the typical suspense thriller on the market today -- in fact, I enjoyed it even more because it didn't contain grisly details of torture and murder! Sure there's murder -- but -- is there?

This is a really fast read that grabs you and keeps you glued to the pages through the night. Easy to finish in one sitting, it's a great debut mystery novel by
This reads like a house afire and I'm having a hard time putting it down.

Update: I kept wavering between 3 and 4 stars and wish I could give it 3.5. The book started very well: About to pop pregnant woman who lives in a big old house with her hunky husband has a garage sale. Who should show up but an old school-mate but unrecognizable because she had gone from outcast to a very nice-looking woman, and is also pregnant. The schoolmate asks to see the house so husband takes her in but she never c
Bree T
I read Hallie Ephron’s most recent novel Come And Find Me a couple of months ago and found it mostly enjoyable, if a bit implausible so when I spotted this earlier book of hers at the local library I picked it up on a whim. I started it last night and finished it this morning in bed and found it quite similar – a fairly interesting if a bit predictable story line.

David and Ivy are having a yard sale after purchasing a huge Victorian house and inheriting a bunch of the old owner’s belongings alon
I received the book as an advanced reader copy through Library Thing and had requested it because it looked like something I would enjoy.

Ivy and David are fixing up an old Victorian house and Ivy is pregnant with their first child. They have a garage sale to clean out some old junk, when Melinda, a girl who was picked on by everyone shows up at the garage sale. David gives her a tour of the house where she said she played as a child, but she never comes out. I don’t want to say any more in case
Michael Jenkins
When a novel is tagged as a thriller by reviewers, I expect to read one. I expect to read a lot of intrigue, suspense plot and a consistent plot. Also the story has to be fast paced, it cannot leap all over the place and the plot must interest me enough to keep reading. There are many accolades about this book and I left wondering about all the critical acclaim. In the beginning of the novel, it started off good, learning about David and Ivy garage sell, meeting Melinda after years but then the ...more
“Never Tell A Lie”
A Novel of Suspense

by Hallie Ephron

Book Review by Jay Gilbertson

Whenever the cover of a book says, “…of Suspense” I can’t help myself—I grab it. This one grabbed me back!
The thing with this type of read-it-forget-your-life-until-the-last-page kind of novel is that once you do turn that final page—the entire story tends to fade from memory rather quickly. So what?
Whenever I do indeed succumb to such a read—that suspense packed novel—I try and figure out the mystery part as so
Kat Hagedorn

This is the first mystery by a woman famous for having written the bible on how to write mysteries (Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel)? Huh, I guess practicing what you preach is a lot harder than it sounds.

I've never seen so many telegraphed clues in one book; I think I spotted at least 6. Anyone who's read at least a dozen mysteries will be able to spot them all as well, I guarantee it. This means that by page 25 I knew the outcome of the book. I even bet my husba
Never Tell A Lie was a totally gripping, bone-chilling and spellbinding read!

Ivy and David have purchased an old Victorian house with an attic full of things left behind by the previous owners. They decide a garage sale will help them get rid of a lot of the things they don't want and what's left David would haul to the dump. During the garage sale a woman named Melinda shows up and introduces herself to Ivy and David, reminding them that they had attended high school together.

Ivy and David reme
Jyoti Singh
Either “Never tell a Lie” or don't throw a Yard Sale
(Review of Hallie Ephron's book – Never Tell a Lie)

There are thrillers and then there are some thrillers which are disturbingly weird. Yes, it's the class of weirdness where Hallie Ephron's novel “Never Tell a Lie” falls to.

Story is about Ivy and David, happily married couple who are expecting their first child in few weeks. Being kicked by nesting spirit of pregnancy, Ivy decides to get rid of clutter and arrange for a yard sale. Everything w
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Like an Alfred Hitchcock thriller, this realistic novel begins in an everyday suburban situation and rapidly escalates into fast-breaking terror and uncharted suspense.

A yard sale at an old Victorian house, hosted by a young couple, the wife eight months pregnant with their first child. Among the eager bargain hunters is a barely recognized former classmate of these happily married high school sweethearts. This aggressive, nervous woman, also expectin
This is a hard review for me to write. On the one hand, I stayed up into the wee hours reading this book; on the other hand, I guessed the big secret (no, no spoiler here) pretty early on which defeated the "mystery" part of the book. Never Tell a Lie is a quick read, though I thought it got off to a bit of a slow start. Ivy is well-drawn and definitely elicited an emotional reaction; David, Tony, and Melinda were all much more hazy and therefore harder to connect with as a reader.

I thought the
Never Tell a Lie (William Morrow 2009) is the story of Ivy Rose, who is inspired by the final month of her pregnancy to clear out everything left behind by the previous owners of their Victorian house in Brush Hills, Massachusetts. Ivy, whose previous pregnancy ended in a late-term miscarriage, is consumed with worries about delivering a healthy baby. As Ivy and her husband David are busy at their yard sale, a very pregnant woman identifies herself as Melinda White, a former high school classmat ...more
A young couple, Ivy and David, host a yard sale with the intention of clearing out their new home in preparation for the birth of their first child. An acquaintance from the couple's past, Melinda, stops by the sale and is last seen entering the home with David. No one witnesses her leaving and David quickly becomes a "person of interest". What follows is a web of lies that is slowly unraveled as a wife searches for proof of her husbands innocence. Did he do it? Do the lies from David's past ero ...more
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