Night Night, Sleep Tight by Hallie Ephron

Night Night, Sleep Tight by Hallie Ephron Night Night, Sleep Tight by Hallie Ephron
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on December 8, 2015
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
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From the award-winning author of There Was an Old Woman comes a riveting tale of domestic noir, infused with old Hollywood folklore and glamour, set in a town rife with egotism and backstabbing and where fame and infamy are often interchangeable.

Los Angeles 1986: When Deirdre Unger arrived in Beverly Hills to help her bitter, disappointed father sell his dilapidated house, she discovers his lifeless body floating face down in the swimming pool. At first, Deirdre assumes her father’s death was a tragic accident. But the longer she stays in town, the more she suspects that it is merely the third act in a story that has long been in the making.

The sudden re-surfacing of Deirdre’s childhood best friend Joelen Nichol—daughter of the legendary star Elenor “Bunny” Nichol—seems like more than a coincidence. Back in 1958, Joelen confessed to killing her movie star mother’s boyfriend. Deirdre happened to be at the Nichols house the night of the murder—which was also the night she suffered a personal tragedy of her own. Could all of these events be connected?

Her search to find answers forces Deirdre to confront a truth she has long refused to believe: beneath the slick veneer of Beverly Hills lie secrets that someone will kill to keep buried.

The blurb gives the set-up –  and of course all the events are connected. I think Hollywood in the ’80s with secrets going back to the late ’50s was a great setting. Stars and writers with their careers and public image to think of give an interesting outlook on the mystery.

My main problem with Night Night, Sleep Tight was that I just didn’t care about Deidre. I didn’t like her, didn’t hate her, didn’t feel sorry for her, or any of the main characters really. I didn’t get to know her mother and brother enough to fully understand their motives and the family friends were all pretty self-absorbed. The mystery itself was fine but not compelling enough to carry the book.Deidre happens to find her father’s memoir quickly after his death, which was more than a bit convenient. It gave her a direction to take her questions and other people a motive for murder.

I was surprised, and a bit disappointed, by who the killer was. It made sense though, given the aspirations of all the characters involved. I did like the ending – instead of taking what would be the expected route, Ephron let the characters do what was in their nature.

This was not one that kept me involved. I finished it because it wasn’t bad enough to put down, but it also didn’t call my name at every free moment.

About Hallie Ephron

Hallie Ephron is the New York Times best selling author of suspense novels that she hopes keep readers up nights. She is a four-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and her books have also been nominated for Edgar and Anthony awards. She is a much sought-after speaker and writing teacher.

Mailbox Monday – 2/15


Mailbox Monday
Today is President’s Day, so David and Amber both have the day off. I, unfortunately, am at work. And we’re supposed to get some nasty weather this afternoon, freezing rain or something.  Might be a good evening to cuddle up on the couch and read.

I picked up a few new books this week. To check out everyone’s additions and add you own link, head to the Mailbox Monday Blog.


Cupid’s Curse was a Kindle Freebie.

Mailbox Monday – 2/15Cupid's Curse by Kathi Daley
Series: Zoe Donovan Mysteries #4
Published by Createspace on January 1, 2014
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 161
Format: eBook
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When Cupid comes to town it seems everyone’s relationship is in for a challenge. Not only does Zoe suspect that her dad’s new girlfriend is really a killer, but Zoe is the only one who believes that her soon-to- be evil stepmom is guilty of such a dastardly deed. Add that to the fact that Zak clearly has a secret, Jeremy’s baby mama is making his life as miserable as her pregnancy is making hers, Levi’s girlfriend Barbie is on a rampage, and Ellie is caught in a brotherly love triangle, and you have a Valentine’s Day disaster in the making. When Zoe finds not one but two dead bodies all bets are off as she works with her friends to uncover the truth before someone she loves falls victim to Cupid's Curse.

Magic Words came from Vanita Books via NetGalley.

Mailbox Monday – 2/15Magic Words: From the Ancient Oral Tradition of the Inuit by Edward Field
Illustrator: Mike Blanc
Published by Vanita Books on September 1, 2013
Genres: Picture Book, Folktale
Pages: 24
Format: eBook
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Magic Words: From the Ancient Oral Tradition of the Inuit is a modern translation (1965) of a very old Inuit creation story by nationally known poet Edward Field. As a poem it captures beautifully the intimate relationship this Arctic people have with their natural world.
Magic Words describes a world where humans and animals share bodies and languages, where the world of the imagination mixes easily with the physical. It began as a story that told how the Inuit people came to be and became a legend passed from generation to generation. In translation it grew from myth to poem. The text comes from expedition notes recorded by Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen in 1921. Edward Field got a copy from the Harvard Library and translated it into English.


Buried Threads came thanks to Word Slinger Publicity.

Mailbox Monday – 2/15Buried Threads by Kaylin McFarren
Series: Threads #2
Published by Creative Edge Publishing on October 1, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 374
Format: Paperback
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Rachel Lyons and her partner Chase Cohen accept a contract to recover a lost priceless treasure in the Sea of Japan. However, upon arriving in Tokyo, they soon discover their mission is more complicated and dangerous than they originally believed. In order to prevent a natural disaster from striking Japan and killing millions, they must form an alliance with yakuza members, dive into shark-infested waters and recover three ancient cursed swords...before time runs out.

The Pocket Wife also showed up in my mail.

Mailbox Monday – 2/15The Pocket Wife by Susan H. Crawford
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on December 22, 2015
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
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Dana Catrell is horrified to learn she was the last person to see her neighbor Celia alive. Suffering from a devastating mania, a result of her bipolar disorder, Dana finds that there are troubling holes in her memory, including what happened on the afternoon of Celia's death. As evidence starts to point in her direction, Dana struggles to clear her name before her own demons win out.
Is murder on her mind - or is it all in her head?
The closer she comes to piecing together shards of her broken memory, the more Dana falls apart. Is there a murderer lurking inside her . . . or is there one out there in the shadows of reality, waiting to strike again? A story of marriage, murder and madness, The Pocket Wife explores the world through the foggy lens of a woman on the edge.

Did any good books find their way to your house this week?

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