Evasions. Hallie Ephron’s new novel, Never Tell a Lie is a mystery thriller primarily about relationships. The protagonists, Ivy and David Rose, were high school sweethearts, and have been married three years. As they await the birth of their first child, due in about a month, they hold a yard sale to clear junk out of the Victorian house they’ve owned for three years. A high school acquaintance, Melinda White, appears at the sale, buys something, and asks if she can see the inside of the house. She and David go inside, and she never comes out. David’s evasions with the police and Ivy lead to serious complications. Using the tried and true “things are not as they appear” model, Ephron leads readers into an interest in these characters, their relationships, and in figuring out what happened. The pace is fast enough to avoid boredom, and steady enough so that you can put it down to finish on another day.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)