Press Kit – Hallie Ephron

On-line press kit for Hallie Ephron, New York Times best selling author of suspense novels.


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Early reviews for Careful What You Wish For


“This outstanding standalone from bestseller Ephron (You’llNever Know, Dear) may be the first domestic thriller to weave in Marie Kondo’s decluttering theory about discarding things that don’t spark joy. … Appealing characters and some suspenseful detective work help elevate this in-depth look at people’s emotional attachment to things. After being a finalist five times, Ephron may finally win the Mary Higgins Clark Award for this one.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Kirkus Reviews: “Ephron’s tidy approach to stowing clues, arousing suspicions, keeping the chaos of the climax under control, then tying up loose ends makes her a professional organizer of this type of entertainment. In a word—neat.” — Kirkus Reviews

Reviews for You’ll Never Know, Dear

You’ll Never Know, Dear
BEST of 2017 
Audiofile Magazine
Mary Higgins Clark Award Finalist
New York Public Library 2018 Summer Pick!

Audiofile Earphones Award Winner“Hallie Ephron has achieved a riveting suspense novel, and Amy McFadden’s narration is compelling.”

“Ephron — the sister of fellow writers Nora, Delia and Amy — excels at domestic suspense, and ‘You’ll Never Know, Dear’ again puts her impressive storytelling skills on riveting display.” Richmond Times-Dispatch

“An accessible, easy read that deftly integrates the mystery genre with women’s fiction, it’s made compelling by the depth and resonance of the relationships.” — Boston Globe

“With its strong characters and vivid sense of place, the novel should draw from both camps… women’s fiction and mainstream mystery.”— Booklist

“Hallie Ephron weaves a captivating tale of suspense in ‘You’ll Never Know, Dear'” Pittsburgh Post Gazette

“A uniquely intriguing mystery” “The suspenseful portions are fast paced, and the reader will race to find out how things will play out. The parts dealing with doll making and restoration are fascinating and add a dimension that make this novel different from the rest.” — RT Romantic Times Book Review

“A grabber, a mystery ballasted by women on a mission and the ties that bind them. Ephron is sharp; she swerves around potential plot snags and tosses red herrings like a master.” — Shelf Awareness

A “surprisingly gentle” story that tends “the layers of guilt and sorrow that burden a family”; a portrait of women “who rely on their doggedness and emotional bonds on a mission to restore family peace.”  — <NY Times Book Review

Engaging portrait of three generations of bickering, bull-headed, but loving women challenged to become their bravest and best selves.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“An engrossing and fast-paced novel that will hold readers’ attention while they try to figure out who is behind all of the mayhem.” San Francisco Review of Books

Diverting. …Would have been a great vehicle for Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, including all the slightly creepy dolls.” — Kirkus

“Ephron excels at depicting the dynamics between ordinary women thrust into extraordinary situations. ‘You’ll Never Know, Dear’ is a worthy and irresistibly readable addition to the author’s impressive arsenal. While discerning readers may harbor strong suspicions as to who the guilty party is, it’s the why that drives the narrative—a consideration that proves compelling until the bitter/sweet end. Though Ephron’s work is often classified as women’s fiction, it should appeal to anybody who enjoys intelligent, stylistic suspense. After all, questions of family, fidelity, and forgiveness are universal.The Criminal Element

Great reviews for Night Night, Sleep Tight

  • pwStarSTARRED PW Review: Old Hollywood glamour, scandals, and lies infuse this captivating thriller set in 1985 from Mary Higgins Clark Award–finalist Ephron
  • InStyle Magazine: #1 “page-turning pick to read this April.
    “Just like her big sis Nora, this talented Ephron is fully capable of captivating an audience for extended periods of time (304 pages, to be exact).”
  • Good Housekeeping Magazine:
    One of the “Killer Thrillers” — a page turner “as addictive as Gone Girl.
  • Bookreporter:
    “NIGHT NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT is an extremely impressive work. The plotting and character development read as if they could have been transplanted from an unpublished Raymond Chandler novel. The work, however, is all Ephron’s, who takes a giant step from her already exemplary prior work and achieves an entirely new level of craftsmanship.”
  • Richmond Times-Dispatch:
    Hooray for Hollywood, hooray for homicide, and hooray for Hallie Ephron, who begins with a seed of truth and grows it into a bumper crop of crime and cynicism.
  • The Iron Mountain Daily News:
    With a sense of the glamour and scandal of old tinsel town, Hallie Ephron takes one of the most notorious chapters in Hollywood history and crafts a mystery that will keep the reader’s interest from its beginning to its most unconventional ending.”
  • Booklist:
    “A fast-moving tale, with building suspense and the price of fame at its center.”
  • Kirkus Reviews:
    “Autobiographical basis gives this novel emotional authenticity and scenic clarity. A page-turner with juicy Hollywood insider details.
  • Suspense Magazine:
    “The Hollywood lifestyle—from the glitz and glam to the grit and deceit—are all wrapped up in a perfect package by this award-winning author. And taking a drive through Old Hollywood, fearing and admiring that coveted 90210 area code will be something readers will not forget.”

Stellar reviews for “There Was an Old Woman”

  • One of 2013′s TOP TEN! Sarah Weinman (editor for Publisher’s Marketplace)
  • Washington Post:  “For those who love Gotham and abhor gore, ‘There Was An Old Woman’ is the perfect thriller lite.”
  • Reviewer Joe Meyers (Hearst Connecticut Media Group):  “Ephron is fast becoming one of contemporary fiction’s masters of suspense.”
  • 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.”
  • Times Record News: “There Was an Old Woman is “a brilliant offering fans of suspense and intrigue will thoroughly enjoy.”
  • Winnipeg Free Press: “A tightly wrought, expertly written and frighteningly real suspense thriller that will keep you turning pages. … There is a depth to her characters that is reminiscent of Ruth Rendell‘s probing, often painful characterizations.”

Interviews and profiles


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Bio of Hallie Ephron


Books by Hallie Ephron


  • Careful What You Wish For (Wm. Morrow, August 2019
  • You’ll Never Know, Dear (Wm. Morrow, June, 2017)
  • Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: REVISED & EXPANDED (Writers Digest Books, 2017)
  • Night Night, Sleep Tight (Wm. Morrow, 2015)
  • There Was an Old Woman (Wm. Morrow,  2013)
  • Come and Find Me (Wm. Morrow, 2011)
  • Never Tell a Lie (Wm. Morrow, 2009)
  • The Bibliophile’s Devotional (Adams Media, 2010)
  • 1001 Books for Every Mood (Adams Media, 2008)
  • The Everything Guide to Writing Your First Novel (Adams Media, 2010)

And the Dr. Peter Zak mysteries by G. H. Ephron written with co-author Donald Davidoff

  • 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)

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