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Never Tell a Lie: A Novel of Suspense Hardcover – January 6, 2009
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“[A] richly atmospheric tale. You can imagine Hitchcock curling up with this one.”
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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- Publisher : William Morrow; 1st edition (January 6, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0061567159
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061567155
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.97 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,885,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 they were barely acquaintances, that Melinda was always on the fringes...and that she had probably longed to be part of the crowd.
Suddenly Melinda is going inside the house with David, having asked for a tour, and Ivy is consumed with other yard sale details.
What happens next will be like a nightmare that unfurls and changes everything about the life they thought they had....and with each day that passes, their lives will be reshaped by the events of that day. For Melinda White has been reported missing, and nobody can fill in what happened after she went into the house with David. Not even David.
There was evidence, including a blood-stained outfit Melinda had been wearing, stashed at their curb in a trunk they had placed out there for garbage collection. Why did the neighbor, Mrs. Bindell, report that she had seen Ivy at the trunk? How did fetal tissue get on the clothing? And why is David's old friend Theo, who is also their attorney, acting suspicious?
Obsession, mental instability, and a very devious plan would all unfold, and as the suspense ratchets up another few notches, I was glued to the pages as it all started to make sense. Never Tell a Lie: A Novel of Suspense is a psychological thriller with characters I cared about...and an ending that I was eager to see. 5 stars.
The novel was enjoyable because it was fast paced and suspenseful. As the police investigate Melinda's appearance, it appears David may not really be the wonderful husband he seemed to be. The resolution was a little implausible, but it was a fun ride anyway.
The whodunit aspect is important, of course, and well done. But I figured out who done it (and some of why) long before the Secrets Were Revealed, and I still couldn't put it down. I couldn't wait to find out how she would figure it out, and how she would react, and most important -- I cared about her. If you couldn't care less about mysteries but enjoy vivid and intensely believable characterizations, you'll probably like this.
Just don't start reading this book unless you have time to finish it in one sitting. I found this more gripping than the best of Dick Francis, and he's one of my favorite authors.
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The story is good, a woman comes to a yard sale and disappear after it without a trace. There is a connection to a couple expecting a child, soon one is suspected of murder...
Ok it doesn't sound so original, and you may have an idea of the plot, but so well written I couldn't stop reading. I highly recommend this book!
1 How come cops cdnt trace Melindas house?,her cell phone???
2 Now a days cctvs are everywhere ,how come not a single one here.
But writing style is very good...