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Never Tell a Lie (Paperback)

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January 2009 Indie Next List


“High school sweethearts David and Ivy, expecting their first child, meet a former classmate at their garage sale. When the classmate disappears after David takes her on a tour of their house, their lives start to unravel. Vengeance -- and its havoc -- is the subject of this taut and exciting thriller.”
— Kathy Ashton, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT

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“[A] richly atmospheric tale. You can imagine Hitchcock curling up with this one.”
USA Today

Author Hallie Ephron’s fast paced and disturbingly creepy Never Tell a Lie is a page-turning thrill ride that maestro Alfred Hitchcock would have been proud to call his own. A descent into gripping suburban terror, this stunner by the Ellen Nehr Award-winning mystery reviewer for the Boston Globe has been called “a snaky, unsettling tale of psychological suspense” by the Seattle Times. Fans of Mary Higgins Clark, Harlan Coben, and classic gothic mystery will adore this supremely suspenseful and consistently surprising story of a yard sale gone terribly wrong.

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“Lovers of classic mysteries will adore Hallie Ephron’s NEVER TELL A LIE . . . [A] richly atmospheric tale. You can imagine Hitchcock curling up with this one.”

“A slick little study in malevolence . . . wrenching . . . What makes the book memorable is its sharp characterization of a woman tormented by possibilities that she doesn’t want to consider.”

“[A] page-turner with a Hitchcockian opener.”

“[A] fast-paced, exceptional tale that’s likely to keep you quickly flipping pages until the wee hours of the morning.”

“Stunning . . . Ephron doesn’t miss a searing beat . . . A surprise toward the end provides the perfect twist to this deliciously creepy tale of obsession.”

“[A]n entertaining read with a strong ending and a great lead character in Ivy.”

“Hallie Ephron’s NEVER TELL A LIE is a great discovery, compelling and chilling and all too credible. Someone once coined the word unputdownable to describe a James M. Cain novel, and this is one of those rare books that actually meets that standard.”

“NEVER TELL A LIE takes us into a totally familiar, sharply drawn, ordinary suburban world — and then, like the best of Hitchcock, begins to turn the screws until the suspense becomes unbearable and you can’t stop reading until the last, ingenious twist.”

“Chilling, complex, and insidiously creepy. Hallie Ephron’s skilled storytelling produces the perfect suburban couple, then relentlessly twists their lives into distrust, deception, and danger. This compelling thriller proves: when secrets and lies fester into obsession, there’s no statute of limitations on revenge.”

“Hallie Ephron keeps this exciting story whipping along while keeping the reader in delicious supense. Recommended to all lovers of suspense fiction.”

“Hallie Ephron’s NEVER TELL A LIE is a gripping, chilling, fast-paced psychological thriller, engrossing enough to stay with you long after you turn the final page. Truth be told, I’m still sleeping with the lights on!”

“It’s impossible to combine ruthlessness, duplicity, a heinous crime and a heroic escape—if the protagonist is a 33-year-old woman nine months into a high-risk pregnancy. It’s impossible, unless you’re Hallie Ephron . . . You’ll hate to see this one end.”

“NEVER TELL A LIE should come with a warning label: You will not play with your children, cook your dinner, or go to sleep once you start reading Hallie Ephron’s debut novel!”

“Reminiscent of Single White Female and the best of gothic thrillers, NEVER TELL A LIE delivers a tale about obsession, relationships and forgiveness. Ephron quickly builds a foundation of psychological terror that doesn’t let up until the last surprise twist.”

“[A] snaky, unsettling tale of psychological suspense.”

“Suburban noir has rarely been done with such psychological insight or plot-twisting suspense.”

“The plot is as cleverly structured as one of Mary Higgins Clark’s, but Ephron’s writing is vastly better.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780061567162
ISBN-10: 0061567167
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: December 29th, 2009
Pages: 288
Language: English