Never Tell a Lie by Hallie Ephron was an on the edge of your chair suspense murder thriller mystery…. a single genre really doesn’t do it justice. Not only was this book well written and entertaining, it was a quick read and by the last chapters, I literally didn’t want to put it down.

The story is about Ivy Rose whose life is turned upside down when a former high school classmate appears at her yard sale then disappears. Circumstantial evidence begins to pile up and before Ivy has time to adjust, her husband is arrested for evidence tampering and suspected of murder. To complicate the situation, Ivy is eight months pregnant after suffering a miscarrage a year and  a half earlier. Terrified she’ll lose the baby, Ivy must find the truth in the lies to save her husband and her unborn baby.

When it comes to reading murder suspense type books, I prefer to be in the police’s head. This was a new twist for me and I will say, I really enjoyed the book. Several times I thought I knew exactly what was going on and who the murderer was, only to find out on the next turn, that the details were still coming. The way the author feathered them in really kept you on your toes and before it was over, I really wanted to know more about Ivy’s Grandma who never appears in the book. Read the book to find out more about her. The description of the old house with it’s bust on the newel post, creeks and rattles, smells of must and mildew, really brought the scenes to life.

Was there anything I disliked about the book? I’d have to say the short chapters. The length pushed the book along, but they also frequently reminded me that I was reading a book vs being immersed in another place. Overall, great read. Thanks Hallie.

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