Never Tell a Lie: A Novel of Suspense
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 ...more
And so goes Hallie Ephron’s Never Tell a ...more
shatter, even end, their lives. Pay attention--there are clues throughout the text.
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 ...more
In all fairness to Ms. Ephron's efforts, I probably should have rated this with three stars becaus ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
I really enjoyed this book...at 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
(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 ...more
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