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My Musing ~ You’ll Never Know, Dear by Hallie Ephron

You’ll Never Know, Dear by Hallie Ephron is a novel of suspense. Publisher: William Morrow, June 6, 2017

Lissie Woodham was only seven years old when her little sister Janey disappeared. They had been in the front yard, playing with their dolls, custom creations made for them by their mother Miss Sorrel, a famous dollmaker. Lissie wandered off for a moment. When she returned to the yard, Janey was gone, and so was her doll.

Now an adult with a college-aged daughter of her own, Lis has never stopped blaming herself for what happened, and it continues to haunt her. Every year on the anniversary of Janey’s disappearance, Miss Sorrel places a classified ad in the local papers with a picture of Janey’s one-of-a-kind doll, offering a cash reward for its return. Never, in all these years, has anyone brought her a doll that could be Janey’s—until now. Four decades after Janey went missing, a woman responds to the ad with a broken porcelain doll.

What begins as a small clue in a tragic cold case turns into something far more sinister. The women in Miss Sorrel’s family may be in danger, because whoever knows the truth about what happened all those years ago will do anything to keep it hidden.

This was a hauntingly exquisite tale of suspense that had me immediately immersed in this well-written drama that I could not put down until I knew how this was going to end. A missing daughter. A missing sister. And when by chance a doll is brought into their presence, the pieces of the past fall apart and secrets are exposed to tell a story of betrayal and deceit. The narrative was visually descriptive putting the imagery of the words in my mind as a film as I clutch at every word said and acted out among this cast of characters who all played pivotal roles that enhanced the telling of this tale. The anticipation, the awareness, the discovery, the coming to terms and the final betrayal, all created a wonderfully executed page-turner that consumed me from beginning to end. A terrific read by one of the gifted authors in this genre.

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FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher.

My Musing ~ Night Night, Sleep Tight by Hallie Ephron

Night Night Sleep TightNight Night, Sleep Tight by Hallie Ephron is a riveting tale of domestic noir. Publisher: William Morrow, March 2015

From the award-winning author of There Was an Old Woman comes a riveting tale of domestic noir, infused with old Hollywood folklore and glamour, set in a town rife with egotism and backstabbing and where fame and infamy are often interchangeable.

Los Angeles 1985: Deirdre Unger makes the drive from San Diego to Beverly Hills to help her screenwriter father put his dilapidated house on the market. She is expecting to deal with his usual kvetching and dark moods, but she gets a lot more than she expected. . .In a cruel Sunset Boulevard-ian twist, Deirdre arrives home to find her father face down in his too-small swimming pool — dead.

At first, Deirdre assumes her father’s death was a tragic accident. But the longer she stays in town the more Deirdre begins to suspect that everything isn’t as open-and-closed as she first presumed. The sudden resurfacing of Deirdre’s childhood BFF Joelen Nichol — daughter of the famous and infamous Elenor “Bunny” Nichol — seems like more than a coincidence.

Back in 1963, Joelen confessed to killing her movie-star mother’s boyfriend. Deidre was at the Nichols’ house the night of the murder, which was also the night she suffered her own personal tragedy. Could all of these events be connected?

As Deirdre digs deeper into the past, she becomes increasingly convinced that her father’s death is merely the deadly third act in a story that has long been in development. And if she isn’t careful, she might be its final victim.

Well-done! This was a brilliantly executed tense-filled drama that exploded off the pages in a tale of suspense that was hard to put down. The glamour of Hollywood’s past is felt in this terrific story of conspiracy, murder and the people who will do anything to protect that “life” even at the cost of a person’s history. The essence of this story took me to a time and place that gave an inside look into the happenings behind a gilded gate. This fast-paced, action-filled tome was enticingly sinful with a mystery that pulled me in immediately and kept me engaged from beginning to a conclusion worthy of a Hollywood finale. Deirdre is a great heroine determined to understand the truth and I felt every nuances of her discovery. The supporting cast was just as superb in their role and interactions. A great read that left me yearning for the good old days of Hollywood’s mystique.

My Musing ~ Photoplay by Hallie Ephron

PhotoplayPhotoplay by Hallie Ephron is the prequel to Night Night, Sleep Tight. Publisher: Witness Impulse, February 10, 2015

Duane Foley thought shooting movie star Bunny Nichol’s glamorous Hollywood party was going to be just another job. All the A-listers will be there, of course: Rock Hudson and Doris Day, not to mention Bunny herself and her current Argentine playboy, Tito Acevedo. And Duane’s being paid up front, not working on spec like he usually does. (He’s still smarting over having gotten that shot of Jack Kennedy and Marilyn all lovey-dovey over dinner, only to have a pair of goons tackle him in the parking lot and smash his camera.)

Bunny’s party is about what Duane expects—too many beautiful people, too much alcohol, Bunny’s 15-year-old daughter looking too grown up—but what he doesn’t expect is the shot he gets at the end of the night: a dead body. Nor does he expect to be left with an unsettling question: Is getting the shot his lucky break, or is he being played?

Steeped in intrigued, this drama led you down one path and then BAM–you knew there was more to what your eyes have seen in this riveting and intensifying short story. Now I can’t wait to read the upcoming novel.