About Hallie Ephron

Writer, book reviewer, teacher…


Hallie Ephron writes suspense novels she hopes keep readers up nights. A three-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark award, she made a splash with “Never Tell a Lie.” In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it “stunning” and a “deliciously creepy tale of obsession.” USA Today: “You can imagine Hitchcock curling up with this one.” It was adapted for film as “And Baby Will Fall” for the Lifetime Movie Network.

She followed up with “Come and Find Me,” a story about a reclusive woman who thinks she’s found safety on the Internet. When her sister disappears she has to brave the real world.

Her next novel, “There Was an Old Woman,” garnered rave reviews. Washington Post book reviewer Maureen Corrigan says, “For those who love Gotham and abhor gore, ‘There Was an Old Woman’ is the perfect thriller lite.” New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen calls it “an absolute must read. I devoured this in one ravenous gulp.” Set in the Bronx, it’s a story of trust and betrayal, deception and madness. In it, a young woman and a very old woman connect across generations in spite of, or perhaps because, they are not related.

“There Was an Old Woman” is Hallie’s third suspense novel to be honored as a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Sarah Weinman named it one of her “Top 10″ for 2013.

Before writing suspense standalone novels, Hallie co-authored five Dr. Peter Zak mystery novels published by St. Martin’s Minotaur, writing with Donald Davidoff under the shared pen name G. H. Ephron.

Her forthcoming novel, “Night Night, Sleep Tight,” is set in Beverly Hills in the 1960s and 1980s, where Hallie grew up. Her parents were screenwriters Henry and Phoebe Ephron who wrote such classics as “Desk Set” and “Carousel.” Hallie is the third of four sisters (Nora, Delia, Hallie, and Amy.) Now she lives near Boston, happily married for longer than she can remember, and has two beautiful and talented daughters.

Hallie teaches writing at workshops and conferences across the country. Her “Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: How to Knock ‘Em Dead with Style” was the first how-to-write book nominated for the Edgar Award. Hallie is also is an award-winning book reviewer for the Boston Globe.

Books by Hallie Ephron

Suspense standalones:

  • Night Night, Sleep Tight (Wm. Morrow, forthcoming in March, 2015)
  • There Was an Old Woman (Wm. Morrow, April, 2013)
  • Come and Find Me (Wm. Morrow, March, 2011)
  • Never Tell a Lie (Wm. Morrow, 2009)

Hallie’s Edgar-nominated how-to-write book:

  • Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: How to Knock ‘Em Dead with Style (Writers Digest Books, 2005)

Co-author of the Dr. Peter Zak mystery series by G. H. Ephron:

  • Amnesia (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2000)
  • Addiction (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2001)
  • Delusion (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2002)
  • Obsessed (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2003)
  • Guilt (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2005)


Video of Hallie Ephron talking about her writing

Hallie Ephron in “O” the Oprah Magazine


Hallie writes about growing up in Hollywood in a family of writers in the March, 2013 issue of “O” The Oprah Magazine.

Photos from the road

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  • Jungle Reds celebrate Deborah Crombie’s book launch, October 2014
  • 6/28/2014 MWA University in Philadellphia
  • 3/17/2014 With Scott Turow and Debbie Macomber at the Phoenix Brandeis Books and Authors Luncheon
  • 2/9/2014 Bookmarks Book Clubs Moveable Feast in Winston-Salem, NC
  • 10/17/2013 MWA University in Dallas
  • 9/28/2013 Seascape Writers
  • 4/1/13 BOOK LAUNCH at Brookline Booksmith
  • 2/12 Hallie and Hank Phillippi Ryan at Mohegan Sun BIG BOOK CLUB GETAWAY with our favorite Michael Jordan quote

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