There Was An Old Woman by Hallie Ephron
Publisher: William Morrow /HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover / Paperback - 304 pages / Kindle - 453 KB / Nook - 468 KB
Genre: Mystery / Psychological Suspense / Thriller
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.
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.
My Book Review:
In the Higgs Point waterfront section of the Bronx there is some strange things going on in the neighborhood. As former owners pass away, their waterfront homes are sold and quickly demolished. Something bad is happening to the neighbors and the marshland is being threatened.
Ninety-one year old Mina Yetner is a feisty independent elderly woman who spends her days watching what is becoming of her neighborhood. With her memory failing, Mina makes lists of family, friends and neighbors who have passed away. Mina's pushy nephew Brian is trying to persuade her to give up her house and move to a senior residential community.
An ambulance pulls up outside of neighbor Sandra Ferrante's house. Before being transported to the hospital, the alcoholic widow asks Mina to call her daughter Ginger and tell her "don't let him in until I'm gone." When Ginger is notified of her mother's hospitalization, she passes the responsibility on to her sister Evie. Evie is surprised to find her mother's house in complete disarray, a hoarder's delight ... except there is a big flat screen television on the wall and envelopes of money containing hundred dollar bills scattered among the debris. As Evie cleans up her mother's house and befriends her mother's neighbor Mina, she quickly discovers that something mysterious is going on, and she is determined to find out what is happening in the quaint Bronx neighborhood.
There Was An Old Woman is a chilling psychological thriller that keeps the reader sitting on the edge of their seat. Author Hallie Ephron weaves an intriguing tale of mystery and suspense written in the third person narrative alternating between the perspectives of Mina Yetner and Evie Ferrante. This multi-layered tale of deception engages the reader to follow along as the suspense slowly builds and the mystery unfolds with intriguing backstories, cryptic messages, deception, suspicion, and enough twists and turns that keeps them guessing and turning the pages.
Mina was my favorite character, I loved her feistiness, sassy sense of humor, and fierce independence. I admired Evie's strength and determination to get to bottom of what was happening in the neighborhood. The author does a really good job of building their character development, they are realistic and believable, you can't help but follow along with these two ladies as the story unfolds.
With an interesting cast of characters who you will either love or dislike; witty dialogue and interactions; a richly detailed and descriptive setting in the Bronx; and a fast-paced storyline that captivates the reader's attention; There Was An Old Woman is a creepy and sinister psychological tale that will delight diehard mystery suspense thriller fans.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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