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.
In this touching novel of suspense from Ephron (Come and Find Me), Evie Ferrante returns home to Brooklyn to care for her estranged alcoholic mother, Sandra. As Evie tries to make the house habitable it resembles a disaster site more than her childhood home she finds several suspicious uncashed checks. The only person who appears to know anything is Sandra's elderly neighbor, Mina Yetner, who's not entirely on the ball herself. Mina's house also has marks of another sort of decay: she's nearly set her house on fire, misplaced her purse in the fridge, and lost important documents. Evie becomes convinced that Mina's forgetfulness is not simply due to her age, and Mina's nephew, who insists that Mina move into a nursing home, may be hiding something. The narrative never strays far from home, but Ephron's double portrait of the intimate details of the inescapable consequences of age and alcoholism is as gripping as any traditional mystery.
This book was fantastic, could not put it down.
If I got this Ebook for free,
I would have been okay. I don't have high expectations for free books, though I am frequently surprised. This book was a big disappointment, especially given the Ephron family talent pool.
Very weak plot and predictable ending -so contrived. I got the feeling that the author had five minutes to bring this book to an end, so she tied it all up with a very worn ribbon.
Don't waste the money.