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Never Tell a Lie: A Novel of Suspense

3.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,630 Ratings  ·  311 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
ebook, 288 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Ruth Turner
Nov 16, 2014 Ruth Turner rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned


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.
Jan 14, 2009 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
I wouldn't call this "a novel of suspense". I knew exactly who, what, and why from the first chapter.
Feb 24, 2009 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 14, 2008 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Oct 17, 2009 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2009 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 28, 2012 Victoria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Vicki Kee
Jan 16, 2009 Vicki Kee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jennifer Schmidt
had me wondering till the end the who dun it part. lost me in sections of extraneous words but overall enjoyed it.
Jessica Ryan
Jan 28, 2015 Jessica Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, contemporary
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
Feb 15, 2009 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 27, 2009 Hope Baugh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 04, 2015 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Never Tell A Lie is a mystery novel about a missing woman. Ivy and David haven't seen Melinda in years, until she turns up at their yard sale. Immediately afterwards she disappears and evidence points to David's involvement. Ivy is heavily pregnant and wants to believe her husband, but as he's clearly lying about some things, how can she know what is true?

The book takes a few chapters to get going. Initially my impression was that the writing style was somewhat pedestrian and the dialogue felt j
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
Shelby Lee
The cover declares this to be "a novel of suspense". Okay? I think the bad guy and the story line are unbelievably clear from the very beginning, so there's no real mystery or suspense there. I suppose there are some high stakes moments which provide some. Just like the "suspense" novel of last week though, I'm just not feeling that as a great descriptor of this particular novel.

So what does it have going for it? Well, it's extremely fast paced. It's less than 300 pages, so for me that's just a
May 02, 2015 Laurel-Rain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At long last, David and Ivy Rose are about to have their first child, after previous miscarriages. With the baby's due date only weeks away, they are clearing out the attic of a previous owner's belongings and having a yard sale. They are eager to finish renovating their old Victorian in Brush Hills, MA.

In the furor of the sale, with all the comings and goings, Ivy is stunned to see a woman, also pregnant, approach and identify herself as Melinda White, an old high school friend.

Ivy knows that t
Nov 07, 2008 JoAnn/QuAppelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tattered Cover Book Store
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!


Barbara Fields
Apr 14, 2015 Barbara Fields rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
80%of the book was AWESOME!

I really enjoyed this first. I thought it was a very easy read and I could hardly put it down. I really liked the characters and found it engaging, and I thought the plot was quite interesting and unique. Right up until the last 20% or I would guess maybe the last 40 pages or so which was honestly terrible. The way it ended wasn't the problem, it was the page after painful page that the author wrote in boring detail that really ruined the book for me in the e
Jun 14, 2015 Mila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ironically, I agree with most of the very high-rating comments as well as the low-rating comments. To me it wasn't a good thriller as such because it was quite early on predictable as to what had happened. However, I absolutely got hooked and this book was one of the key reason why I wanted to read more thrillers and suspends novels. I really like how some things where left for you to judge, especially in regards to whether the rape happened or not etc. Despite knowing early on who was behind th ...more
Never Tell A Lie is a coiled serpent. You stumble upon this snake in the tall weeds long before you hear the warning of its rattle. Hallie Eprhon’s compact novel deserves its Hitchcockian comparisons and it is reminiscent of the Single White Female thriller. It is somewhat obvious who the villain is and what drives her will not necessarily surprise. However, the author’s ability to set your heart racing as the suspense uncoils itself in a hold-your-breath finale is a thrill to read. I’m already ...more
Laronica Conway
It pains me to give books less than 3 stars. I wish there as a .5 rating system. I just don't know what to say about this book. I'm just blah. The quick and dirty version: A couple, Ivy and David Rose, own an old Victorian house that still contained old junk from the previous owner. So one day they decided to have a yard sale. Ivy is pregnant and she was in that state of mind where wanted everything gone...she wanted to clean and purge. And that's when the trouble started. The story itself is ab ...more
Jan 08, 2012 Christie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 08, 2010 K.B.L. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 09, 2010 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 07, 2009 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 23, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 08, 2013 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Hallie Ephron ( is the author of suspense novels. Her last three have all been Mary Higgins Clark Award finalists.

Her newest, There Was an Old Woman is set in the Bronx. In it, a young woman and a very old woman connect across generations in spite of, or perhaps because, they are not related. Tess Gerritsen on TWAOL: “Superb suspense and unforgettable characters!” Washingt

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