There Was An Old Woman

There Was An Old Woman

A Novel of Suspense

Book - 2013
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There Was An Old Woman by Hallie Ephron is a compelling novel of psychological suspense in which a young woman becomes entangled in a terrifying web of deception and madness involving an elderly neighbor.

When Evie Ferrante learns that her mother has been hospitalized, she finds her mother's house in chaos. Sorting through her mother's belongings, Evie discovers objects that don't quite belong there, and begins to raise questions.

Evie renews a friendship with Mina, an elderly neighbor who might know more about her mother's recent activities, but Mina is having her own set of problems: Her nephew Brian is trying to persuade her to move to a senior care community. As Evie investigates her mother's actions, a darker story of deception and madness involving Mina emerges.

In There Was an Old Woman, award-winning mystery author Hallie Ephron delivers another work of domestic noir with truly unforgettable characters that will keep you riveted.

Publisher: New York :, William Morrow,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780062117601
Branch Call Number: FIC EPHR
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 26, 2020

Nice flow, precise writing, good descriptions, easy read. New to this author and found she has great details about end of life events, needs, descriptions. So accurate describing the hoarding behavior, or just what happens when ageing leans toward it. Death comes to all, don't leave your mess for others to sort. I'd recommend this to children of the ageing and the ageing themselves as it's vivid imagery.

The devious, less than ethical practices of real estate dealings were covered nicely. Historical events of NYC interesting to one never been, never wanted to visit.

Sep 30, 2019

Though this book is promoted as a suspense filled psychological thriller, it is not. It is a mystery that gently unfolds. The writing is superb; interesting characters, with historical knowledge of the small neighbourhood in New York and modern day twists reveal a Hatfield and McCoy type plot. The historic events are interesting and the author has played them nicely into a modern day romance. But it is definitely not suspense filled.

Dec 31, 2017

Makes you not want to grow old! Hope I've got someone to watch my back as I age, because some of the things that happen with Mina were all too familiar... sad to say. Great read!

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "Do you need an easy read to escape the hot sun this summer? Nominated for a Mary Higgins Clark Award, a riveting tale of murder and deception will keep you entertained and since you won't be able to put it down, a sunburn too!"

ChristchurchLib Jun 10, 2013

"When her mother is hospitalised, Evie Ferrante, discovering some strange objects while sorting through her mother's belongings, renews a friendship with Mina, an elderly neighbour, and is pulled into a dark world of madness and deception." June 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter


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