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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061567167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061567162
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. An innocent yard sale jump-starts this stunning stand-alone thriller from Ephron, author of Amnesia and four other mysteries written with Donald Davidoff under the name G.H. Ephron (and one of the Ephron writing sisters), as well as two nonfiction books. Ivy and David Rose, happily married high school sweethearts, are trying to clear out the junk the previous owner left in their glorious Victorian in Brush Hills, Mass., before the birth of their first child. Among the bargain hunters is Melinda White, a high school classmate who's also pregnant. Considered an oddball in school, Melinda worries about more bad luck after nearly knocking over a large mirror. When Melinda disappears and no one can remember seeing her leave the sale, the evidence suggests the couple murdered her. Ephron doesn't miss a searing beat as she plunges the Roses into an abyss of suspicion. A surprise toward the end provides the perfect twist to this deliciously creepy tale of obsession. (Jan.)
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The award-winning mystery reviewer for the Boston Globe makes her debut with a light suspense novel featuring a hugely pregnant 33-year-old suburbanite. Ivy Rose and her husband, David, have just put the finishing touches on their newly rehabbed Victorian, and Ivy, intent on clearing out the junk left by the previous owner, decides to throw a yard sale. She is somewhat taken aback when a woman she has not seen since high school turns up. Melinda White is also pregnant and eager to bond with Ivy, who senses in Melinda’s increasingly intrusive questions vestiges of the lonely outcast she had been in high school. Ivy is immensely relieved when her husband rescues her, taking Melinda into the house for a tour. Days later, the police show up looking for Melinda. As evidence mounts that Melinda has been murdered, seemingly by David, Ivy is forced to do some detective work of her own. Despite the sinister undertones, Ephron never delves too deeply, instead offering a briskly moving plot and an entertaining portrait of a suburban community. --Joanne Wilkinson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

This is a really fast read that grabs you and keeps you glued to the pages through the night.
Denise Crawford
It was one of those books that you couldn't put down and I read it in only a couple of hours.
Shannon Alsem Cashman
Maybe that's not a bad thing for every reader out there, but I was certainly hoping for more.
Ashley Megan

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By barry VINE VOICE on January 1, 2009
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I usually agree with the reviews by PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. A starred review by them is ususally a treat for me. They are totally off here. This novel is in no way worthy of 5 stars. The book is an easy read and delves only slightly into the psychological depths of the characters. It is more a plot driven story. It flows lightly along like your standard romantic suspense novel. Only difference is the main characters are already married. But it is that light.

The premise is interesting. Ivy and David Rose are a couple very near the due date of their first child who are having a yard sale to get rid of much junk left in the house by the previous tenant. We are told early on that Ivy and David are the perfect couple and very happily married. We are supposed to just accept this. The story progresses when an old high school classmate Melinda White appears at the yard sale. Both Ivy and David hacve conversations with her. She says she used to play in the house and David takes her in for a tour.

The title of the book NEVER TELL A LIE certainly has meaning throughout the story. Melinda is reported missing and David tells the police about giving her the tour of the house and that she then left. Ivy verifies that she saw Melinda leave. Thing is, she didn't. The suspense does start here and develops quite nicely as clues the police find seem to link Ivy and David to the disappearance. Some story lines don't ring true though and belief must be suspended like with the fact of Ivy going along with the fact that she supposedly saw Melinda leave. She knows she didn't and never questions her husband about it. Is this believable?

Ignore this and the story does move along nicely for a while in regards to the suspense. You want to read on and see what happens.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C.E. VINE VOICE on December 24, 2008
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Wow! I finished this novel in and afternoon, it was a quick read that was well plotted and mastefully crafted. I was sucked in after the first page, looking at the Rose's perfect life get shattered by a terrible missing persons case.

Ephron does a great job of bringing the reader into the Ivy and David's world, peeling back layers of the past as things get more and more mysterious about the missing Melinda.

Reading this book was a treat, and I didnt want to put it down until I found out what happened and how the story ended. It reads in a very visual style, and I have no problem imagining this book turned into a movie very soon. It fits well into the vein of "Single White Female", "What lies Beneath", and "Basic Instinct." Mash all that up together and you get a hint of what is in store.

I am really impressed with this book and will look forward to other things that Ephron writes. She infuses her characters with flaws, tained morality, and questionable decisions. But to top it all off, they are also given humanity and written in such a way as to be the couple that lives next door. Well written, well plotted, and above all else...the suspense is doled out in just the right dosage. Enough to keep the adrenaline high and then BANG! a wonderful conclusion that still leaves you turning the story around in your head after the book is closed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JerseyGirl VINE VOICE on January 6, 2010
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This is supposed to be a suspense story and a who done it type of story, but I figured out what was going on very soon after the problems and the suspense were introduced. There were really no surprises here.

A young couple in a small Masschusetts town, David and Ivy Rose, hold a garage sale and a woman shows up at the garage sale and introduces herself as a former high school classmate. Soon thereafter, the woman is reported as missing by her family and the police question the couple because she was last seen at their garage sale. I don't want to reveal much more since I don't want to reveal much of the story, but, I think the so called mystery disappearance and suspense are very transparent and I knew what was going on almost immmediately.

There is not much of a mystery here and I thought that the book was really pretty much an amateur effort and the ending was felt like something was left incomplete.

There are better suspense and thrillers out there. If you want a real suspense and thriller novel, read Vanished.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael DENNISUK VINE VOICE on February 21, 2009
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This "novel of suspense" never really engaged me. The plot was very predictable and even the casual reader will see the climax coming long before you get there. A couple of long married high school sweethearts encounter a myriad of problems after an unexpected encounter with an old high school classmate at their "yard sale". The plot unfolds with the usual incompetent police work and manipulation.

I have a few "pet peeves" with this book. The first is the lack of attention to detail. The two main characters meet "late in the fall of their senior year" in high school. He was the quarterback of the football team and he accidentally hits her with pass while she is practicing with her relay team on the track. She is a distance runner. There are no relays "late in the fall" to be practicing for, most distance runners would be winding up their cross-country seasons. It's love at first sight. She then wore his varsity jacket "so many football games". What? One or two? Remember it is late in the fall of their senior year. Please don't make up silly details if you don't then take the time and care to get the details right. Which leads me to my second "pet peeve" - Authors think that using details (such as the flavor of the tea or the color of the wallpaper) and think that is character development. It is not. Read Michael Connelly or Laura Lippman and you will see real character development.

It was a quick read and the writing wasn't bad. It was like a snack. This was probably more a 2 1/2 star review. Wait for the paperback. Don't think too much while you are reading it and it will get you through to the next real meal.
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More About the Author

Hallie Ephron loves suspense, and she tries to write novels that are one part one part Alfred Hitchcock, one part Mary Higgins Clark, and one part uniquely her own wry take on the world. Her suburban-based thrillers draw you in and keep you turning the pages.

Ephron's new novel, THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN, is available April, 2013. In pre-release, it earned stellar reviews. Publishers Weekly called it "a touching novel of suspense. ... Ephron's portrait of the intimate details of the inescapable consequences of age and alcoholism is as gripping as any traditional mystery."

Her debut standalone NEVER TELL A LIE (William Morrow) was turned into the movie "And Baby Will Fall" for the Lifetime Movie Network. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it "stunning" and a "deliciously creepy tale of obsession." USA Today called it "Hitchcockian" and "unputdownable." It was nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and won the David Award for Best Mystery Novel of 2010.

COME AND FIND ME (William Morrow) is the story of a recluse who works and lives online must brave the "real world" when her sister goes missing. Booklist called it "A suspenseful tale of high-tech skulduggery that even low-tech readers will appreciate." It was also honored with a Mary Higgins Clark nomination.

Hallie is also the author of two books about books and two books about writing. She is an award-winning book reviewer for the Boston Globe.

Hallie lives near Boston but grew up in Los Angeles, the third of four writing Ephron sisters. Her parents were screenwriters Henry and Phoebe Ephron who wrote classic movies like The Desk Set and Carousel.

Hallie loves connecting with readers. She can be reached through her web site hallieephron.com.

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