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Never Tell a Lie

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  2,540 ratings  ·  445 reviews
It all started with the yard sale. Ivy was eight months and one week pregnant when she insisted that she and her husband, David, clean out the junk they’d inherited with with the old Victorian house they’d bought three years before. Call it nesting, call it nerves—she just wanted it all gone: the old electrical fixtures, the boxes of National Geographic from the 1960s, the ...more
Hardcover, 271 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2009)
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Megan Johnson
This wasn't a book I had ever even heard of until it showed up on my doorstep. Apparently I'd won it in a giveaway, and seeing as I had just finished my last book and this one looked interesting I gave it a try. If you know my reading tastes, it's generally easy to presume that if it's gruesome and creepy or downright graphic in it's thrills, there's almost a guarantee that I'll love it. In the case of this book, that love is a good and bad thing. On the one hand, this isn't a book thats gruesom ...more
joyce g
Apr 30, 2017 rated it liked it
It turned out to be a fast enjoyable read. Some nice turnabouts and just fun.
"I always adored this house," Melinda said. "All those fire places. Great for playing hide-and- seek, so many nooks and crannies".

Never Tell a Lie by Hallie Ephron

Yet another book with "Lie" in the title.

Premise is good though..young married couple having a yard sale. Old female friend of the groom turns up. He gives her a tour of their house..and she never comes out again.

This was a quick and engaging book. Read it in a night. While I enjoyed it, it did not "wow" me.

So this is a mystery and it
Jan 13, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-fiction
I wouldn't call this "a novel of suspense". I knew exactly who, what, and why from the first chapter.
Ruth Turner
Nov 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
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.
Dec 21, 2012 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
Barbara H
Oct 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 b
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-reads
Don't Lie

Wow, this a nail biting edge-of-your seat thriller. A woman who is pregnant has a yard sale, and one of her former classmates from high school shows up there. She too is pregnant and about as far along as the other woman. She tells the woman whose having the sale, that she Melinda used to live here. Melinda wants a tour of the house, and ivy the other woman's husband agreed to show her the house. Then, Melinda turns up missing, and Ivy's husband was the last person to see her. This is a
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Phyllis Krall
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this was your typical, predictable psychological story at the beginning of the story, but my opinion changed as I read more of the book. It was a guessing game until the last page!
It all begins when Ivy , eight months pregnant and her husband David decide to clean out the junk from previous owners by having a garage sale. An old high school classmate , Melinda comes to the event and asks to be shown inside the house where she used to play. She was bullied in high school and still has a
Vicki Kee
Jan 16, 2009 rated it did not like it
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.
nova ryder ☼
i’m not gonna lie, i 100% grabbed this solely because the main characters name is ivy rose and that’s my dog’s name.
Sometimes I pick up a book or decide to take a quick look on my Kindle with no intention of reading it right then, and, of course, I end up reading it through non-stop. Never Tell a Lie by Hallie Ephron has been on my Kindle for a bit, and in looking through the books on my Kindle, I came across it, wondering why I hadn't read it yet. So, I decided to take a quick look, and finally at 3 a.m. and 61% into the book, I got some sleep and finished it the next day. The story grabs you, period. I had ...more
Hope Baugh
Feb 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, reviewed

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
Feb 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Jennifer Schmidt
Jan 28, 2015 rated it liked it
had me wondering till the end the who dun it part. lost me in sections of extraneous words but overall enjoyed it.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
***Goodreads Giveaway Win***

I can't say I was blown away by this book but I did like it. The characters were well-written in the sense that I was never annoyed by their decisions or dialog. Hallie Ephron does a good job writing people who act like people, not characters in a book. That said, the plot was fine; as others have said, it was pretty easy to guess the outcome. Nothing about this book blew me away. I think Hallie Ephron has an excellent book in her, this just wasn't that book.
laura harris
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

I would recommend this book. Kept me on the edge on my seat. Was trying to read it as fast as I could to see how it ended.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a quick read thriller. I figured out the mystery about halfway through.
A quick read. I like that this is a simple suspense novel that does not have profanities.
Feb 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 03, 2008 added it
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
Jessica Ryan
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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Hallie Ephron ( is a New York Times bestselling author of suspense novels. Her last five have all been Mary Higgins Clark Award finalists.

Her (August 2019) Careful What You Wish For tells the story of a professional organizer married to man who can't pass a yard sale without stopping. In this respect, Hallie is writing from personal experience. Her husband is a champion ya

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