Jan 12, 2020

Careful What You Wish For by Hallie Ephron: Sunday Salon


It's January 12 and there's snow on the ground! I don't know if I like this or not, as we have been having spring like weather with lots of rain and wind. Wonder what the rest of winter will be like.....

I finished two books out of the three pledged for the European Reading Challenge 2020. I'll add more books in all probability. Here are the review links:


The Girl Who Lived Twice (Millennium, #6)

The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz , Sweden


Death in Kew Gardens

 Death in Kew Gardens by Jennifer Ashley, England


I also finished Hallie Ephron's latest suspense novel, Careful What You Wish For, which I liked very much.  

Careful What You Wish For

Careful What You Wish For by Hallie Ephron, August 2019, William Morrow, library book


The main character is a personal organizer who helps people declutter and organize items in their homes.

However, Emily Harlow gets herself into deep water when she takes on two new clients, one a widow wanting her husband's storage unit cleared out, and the other a younger wife asking to get rid of personal belongings stored in her garage. 

The two jobs seem clear cut, until Emily opens the widow's storage unit and until the other client's husband goes missing.

Emily and her work partner Becca and her mother Lila have to decide what to do in these two cases, and in the end Emily finds herself involved in what are clearly crimes. 
In addition, she has to deal with her hoarding husband Frank, who fills the attic, basement, and his personal spaces with unusual odds and ends that he collects.

Good writing and character development, and an intriguing plot, made the book entertaining for me and well worth reading. For mystery and suspense lovers and those curious about personal organizers and how they work. 

Five stars.

The next book on my list for Firsts in 2020 is

 The House of Brides by Jane Cockram, psychological suspense set in England. 


What have you been reading in January 2020?

Memes: The Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer. Also,  It's Monday: What Are You Readingand Sunday Salon

11 comments:

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

Go You! A challenge almost done barely two weeks into the year!
I liked Careful What You Wish For too
Wishing you a great reading week

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Careful What You Wish For sounds like a book with an intriguing plot. Those storage units provide a great spot for a mystery.

Aren't you doing well with your challenges! Great job.

Have a wonderful week!

JoAnn said...

Careful What You Wish For sounds like a great read... love the personal organizer angle. Will add it to my list.

Nicci said...

I'd love to see some snow but there is none in sight for the UK! :( Just storms and rain...

Hope you have a good week!

Greg said...

That Hallie Ephron books looks like a nice suspense read...

Literary Feline said...

I really like the Kat Holloway series and am glad you enjoyed Death in Kew Gardens also! I haven't yet read Hallie Ephron's books, but I hope to. I hope you are enjoying your current read! Have a great week!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Careful What You Wish For is on my audio request list; glad you enjoyed it.

Suko said...

Harvee,
It sounds like you are finding ample time to read in the New Year--enjoy!

Becki said...

I think I saw Careful What You Wish For somewhere else. It looks interesting to me. I would love to have someone clean out all my old dusty closets of stuff.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I enjoy Hallie Ephron, and Careful What You Wish For had some interesting layers.

Enjoy your week.

Kathy Martin said...

I liked Death in Kew Gardens. I'm really reading a lot of historical mysteries these days and that was a good one. Come see my week here. Happy reading!