There Was an Old Woman

There Was an Old Woman

by Hallie Ephron


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“Superb suspense and unforgettable characters make this an absolute must-read. I devoured this in one ravenous gulp!”—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author 

A young woman becomes entangled in a terrifying web of deception and madness involving an elderly neighbor in this riveting domestic noir by Edgar-nominated author Hallie Ephron 

When Evie Ferrante’s mother is hospitalized, she arrives at the older woman’s house to find it in utter chaos and filled to the brim. Has her mother become a hoarder? Sorting through her belongings, Evie discovers objects that don’t quite belong there—expensive liquor in the garage, pricier than her mother’s usual brand, and a new flat-screen TV on the wall—that raise questions. Where did her mother get the money for such lavish purchases? 

Evie renews a friendship with Mina, an elderly neighbor who might know more about her mother’s recent activities, but Mina has her own set of problems. As Evie investigates her mother’s actions and digs into the events of the past few months, a dark, sinister story of deception and madness begins to unfold.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062117618
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/10/2013
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 471,913
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Hallie Ephron is the New York Times bestselling author of Never Tell a Lie, Come and Find Me, There Was an Old Woman, and Night Night, Sleep Tight. For twelve years she was the crime fiction reviewer for the Boston Globe. The daughter of Hollywood screenwriters, she grew up in Beverly Hills, and lives near Boston, Massachusetts.

What People are Saying About This

Hank Phillippi Ryan

“Haunting. Compelling. And beautifully written. This insidiously creepy and eerily sinister tale twists and turns with suspense-and a surprise around every corner. Hallie Ephron is the queen of secrets-and the star of suburban noir.”

Julia Spencer-Fleming

“Hallie Ephron hits a grand slam with this suspenseful tale of long-held secrets, family foibles and human frailty . . . Her smooth prose paints colorful characters then slowly tightens its grip on your throat until you simply can’t put THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN down. A stellar novel.”

Deborah Crombie

“Hallie Epron has an extraordinary talent for imbuing the ordinary with menace, and for creating wonderful, memorable characters. Mina, the old woman of the title, shines. This is Ephron’s best book yet, and readers won’t be able to put it down.”

Jacquelyn Mitchard

“Hallie Ephron’s newest is that thing you almost never see—an utterly fresh story. Evie and her crew will keep you guessing and hoping and teetering between laughter and tears, all the way home.”

Tess Gerritsen

“Superb suspense and unforgettable characters make this an absolute must-read. THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN is so good, I devoured this in one ravenous gulp!”

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