Tuesday, June 6, 2017

You'll Never Know, Dear by Hallie Ephron

Hallie Ephron has a new book out with kidnapped children and a spooky broken doll. Kerry Hammond reviews her latest, You'll Never Know, Dear. You might want to read this one with every light in the house on. 

Hallie Ephron’s latest novel of suspense, You’ll Never Know, Dear, releases on June 6 in hardcover by William Morrow. I discovered how much I liked Ephron’s work when I read and reviewed Night Night, Sleep Tight for Mystery Playground, which took its inspiration from an actual crime. You’ll Never Know, Dear is a completely invented and a very new and twisted crime. It’s also a very enjoyable read.

In the book, Lissie Woodham has never gotten over the guilt she carries around from the day her four-year-old sister Janey was kidnapped. She was asked to keep an eye on Janey, got distracted, and her sister was taken. Now an adult with her own child, she has returned to the home where she grew up, and where her sister was last seen.

Lissie’s mother, who everyone knows as Miss Sorrel, has also never gotten over the loss of Janey. She has continued to advertise and offer a reward for anyone who can return the porcelain doll that was last seen with the child, one that Miss Sorrel made herself and was modeled after Janey. When a young woman brings a doll to the house in search of the reward, the kidnapping from forty years earlier comes flooding back, and the family gets the closest they’ve ever come to finding out what happened to Janey.

Ephron comes up with unique and creepy concepts for her novels. I was immediately drawn into You’ll Never Know, Dear because of the strangeness of the doll makers and their creations. The characters she creates are authentic and, let’s face it, some of them are just as creepy as the concepts behind the mysteries. Putting the two together make for a book that’s hard to put down because you never know what is going to happen next. I always enjoy the ride down whatever path the author chooses to take me and I continue to try and guess the outcome. Sometimes successfully and sometimes not.

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