“Hallie Ephron’s ‘There Was An Old Woman‘ is a New York suspense story set in an extraordinary outer-borough neighborhood that will stay with readers… . For those who love Gotham and abhor gore, ‘There Was An Old Woman’ is the perfect thriller lite.” – Maureen Corrigan, Washington Post
Hallie Ephron’s work has been called “unputdownable” (Laura Lippman), “unsettling” (Seattle Times), “ingenious” (Joseph Finder), “richly atmospheric” and “Hitchcockian” (USA Today), and “deliciously creepy (Publisher’s Weekly). With THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN (2013, Wm Morrow) she delivers her most accomplished novel of psychological suspense yet.
A Boston Globe best seller!
There Was an Old Woman
It’s not your mother’s Mother Goose…
A young woman returns to her childhood home to take care of her mother, only to find the house has turned into a hoarder’s nest… and her mother was never a hoarder. The old woman who lives next door may hold the clue to how it got that way.
- Boston Globe: “Ephron’s novels are gripping because her characters are just real and nuanced enough to identify with. Ultimately, it’s compassion that makes us stay up late reading and, nose in book, miss our subway stop the next morning.”
- Joe Meyers Hearst CT Media: “Ephron is fast becoming one of contemporary fiction’s masters of suspense.”
- Winnipeg Free Press: “There is a depth to her characters that is reminiscent of Ruth Rendell‘s probing, often painful characterizations.”
- Washington Post: “Location, location, location: The most basic element of any New York story is its address. Hallie Ephron’s ‘There Was An Old Woman’ is a New York suspense story set in an extraordinary outer-borough neighborhood that will stay with readers …” “For those who love Gotham and abhor gore, [it's] the perfect thriller lite.
- “Lansing Journal: “Dark, captivating and deliciously creepy tale that’s liable to keep you reading all night long.”
- Bookreporter: “Character-driven,” “engrossing,” “well told,” “Ephron’s best!”
- Tess Gerritsen: “Superb suspense and unforgettable characters. An absolute must read.“
- Publisher’s Weekly: A “touching novel of suspense,” “as gripping as any traditional mystery.”
- Lots more…
How much of the story is based on fact?
Are you wondering:
Is Higgs Point a real neighborhood?
Did a bomber really crashed into the Empire State Building?
Did someone actually survive in an elevator that fell 80 floors in the aftermath of the crash?
Hallie talks about her writing
Hallie in “O” Magazine
In “There Was an Old Woman,” Evie Ferrante’s (like Hallie’s) idea of heaven is her own rack of Chinese soup dumplings with dipping sauce; for “him” it’s a 16-ounce slab of sirloin with a martini. Hallie muses on what to do when your foods are out of alignment.
2013 Seascape Writing Retreat
Hallie and Lucy Burdette and Hank Phillippi Ryan with an incredibly talented group of writers at our fifth sold out retreat in Chester, Connecticut.
Flight control! We have a sheerness issue!!
Hallie writes about Lululemon’s inadvertently transparent yoga pants in the Patriot Ledger.