You'll never know, dear A novel of suspense

Hallie Ephron

Book - 2017

"From the award-winning author of Night Night, Sleep Tight comes a novel about a little girl's disappearance and the porcelain doll that may hold the key to her fate."--Jacket.

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Subjects
Genres
Suspense fiction
Psychological fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Published
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2017]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
290 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780062473615
0062473611
Main Author
Hallie Ephron (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Forty years after four-year-old Janey Woodham disappeared from her yard, clutching the unique portrait doll made by her mother, Sorrel, resolution may be in sight. Each year Miss Sorrel, as she is known, offers a $5,000 reward for the return of Janey's doll, and this year a tattered doll with a damaged porcelain face is brought to Sorrel, provoking amateur detective work and DNA tests. Lis Woodham, three years older than Janey, is now divorced with a grown daughter, living with her mother, and still feeling responsible for her sister's disappearance, which occurred when she was distracted by a cute puppy passing by. But wait: years after Janey disappeared, another little girl went missing from her yard in the same South Carolina town. Guilt, betrayal, and vengeance, all simmering for years, come to a head as secrets are revealed. The creepy jacket illustration seems to promise more suspense than is delivered, and, in fact, this may appeal more to readers of women's fiction than to mainstream mystery fans. Still, with its strong characters and vivid sense of place, the novel should draw from both camps. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Lissie was only seven when little sister Janey and an extraspecial porcelain doll vanished from their front yard, and 40 years later she still blames herself. No one has ever responded to an ad their mother places yearly on the anniversary of Janey's disappearance, but now the doll has come to light. All of Ephron's novels have been short-listed for the Mary Higgins Clark Award; with a 35,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this character-driven page-turner from Ephron (Night Night, Sleep Tight), Lis Woodman was seven years old when her four-year-old sister, Janey Woodham, disappeared from their yard in sleepy Bonsecours, S.C. Decades later, what could be the first significant clue finally surfaces—in the form of Janey's look-alike handmade doll that vanished along with her, one of the first of the highly prized creations that would turn the home workshop of the girls' mother, known as Miss Sorrel, into a collectors' mecca. Just hours after the doll's arrival, the workshop explodes, and most of Miss Sorrel's doll collection is stolen. With local law enforcement none too interested in investigating, it falls to Lis and her grown daughter, Vanessa, a grad student researching sleep, to hunt for answers—if they dare. Ephron overcomes some plot issues—the story starts slowly and several big surprises in the home stretch prove less than plausible—with her engaging portrait of three generations of bickering, bull-headed, but loving women challenged to become their bravest and best selves. Agent: Gail Hochman, Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents. (June) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"From the award-winning author of Night Night, Sleep Tight comes a novel about a little girl's disappearance and the porcelain doll that may hold the key to her fate."--Jacket.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When a one-of-a-kind porcelain doll that went missing the day her sister was abducted decades earlier resurfaces, Lissie uncovers sinister clues about a mysterious individual who would threaten the lives of the women in her family. By the best-selling author of Night Night, Sleep Tight. 35,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

When a one-of-a-kind porcelain doll that went missing the day her sister was abducted decades earlier resurfaces, Lissie uncovers sinister clues about a mysterious individual who would threaten the lives of the women in her family.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Lissie Woodham and her sister Janey were playing with their porcelain dolls in the front yard when a puppy scampered by. Lissie chased after the pup and returned to find Janey-- and her precious doll gone. Forty years later Lis-- now a mother with a college-age daughter of her own-- still blames herself for what happened. Every year their mother places a classified ad in the local paper with a picture of the toy Janey had with her that day, offering a generous cash reward for its return. This year, the doll came home. But someone knows the truth about what happened all those years ago, and is desperate to keep it hidden.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

FINALIST FOR THE 2018 MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARDAn addictive novel of psychological suspense from the award-winning author of Night Night, Sleep Tight, about three generations of women haunted by a little girl's disappearance, and the porcelain doll that may hold the key to the truth . . .Seven-year-old Lissie Woodham and her four-year-old sister Janey were playing with their porcelain dolls in the front yard when an adorable puppy scampered by. Eager to pet the pretty dog, Lissie chased after the pup as it ran down the street. When she returned to the yard, Janey's precious doll was gone . . . and so was Janey.Forty years after Janey went missing, Lis'now a mother with a college-age daughter of her own'still blames herself for what happened. Every year on the anniversary of her sister's disappearance, their mother, Miss Sorrel, places a classified ad in the local paper with a picture of the toy Janey had with her that day'a one-of-a-kind porcelain doll'offering a generous cash reward for its return. For years, there's been no response. But this year, the doll came home.It is the first clue in a decades-old mystery that is about to turn into something far more sinister'endangering Lis and the lives of her mother and daughter as well. Someone knows the truth about what happened all those years ago, and is desperate to keep it hidden.

Review by Publisher Summary 6

FINALIST FOR THE 2018 MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARDAn addictive novel of psychological suspense from the award-winning author of Night Night, Sleep Tight, about three generations of women haunted by a little girl’s disappearance, and the porcelain doll that may hold the key to the truth . . .Seven-year-old Lissie Woodham and her four-year-old sister Janey were playing with their porcelain dolls in the front yard when an adorable puppy scampered by. Eager to pet the pretty dog, Lissie chased after the pup as it ran down the street. When she returned to the yard, Janey’s precious doll was gone . . . and so was Janey.Forty years after Janey went missing, Lis—now a mother with a college-age daughter of her own—still blames herself for what happened. Every year on the anniversary of her sister’s disappearance, their mother, Miss Sorrel, places a classified ad in the local paper with a picture of the toy Janey had with her that day—a one-of-a-kind porcelain doll—offering a generous cash reward for its return. For years, there’s been no response. But this year, the doll came home.It is the first clue in a decades-old mystery that is about to turn into something far more sinister—endangering Lis and the lives of her mother and daughter as well. Someone knows the truth about what happened all those years ago, and is desperate to keep it hidden.