Title: Night Night, Sleep Tight
Author: Hallie Ephron
Age Group: Adult
Series: N/A, standalone
Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
I was given a copy of this book through Edelweiss by the publisher, William Morrow, in exchange for an honest review--thank you so much!
Hallie Ephron is a household name when it comes to thrillers, but this is the first book I've ever read by her. And frankly, I was captivated. Ephron combines the glamour and glitz of old Hollywood with a chilling, page-turning mystery that will send chills up and down your spine. I loved every creepy, subtle moment of this novel. I've never outright read a noir novel before, but I'm so glad I did--it opened the door to another facet of mystery stories for me.
Night Night, Sleep Tight is told from the point of view of Deidre Unger, and opens when she finds her father's body, floating in the family pool. Deidre is disabled from a car accident that happened when she was a teenager, and she's never really got along with her family that well--she doesn't fit in anymore, and after her parents' divorce, she mostly stays away. But when she finds her father's body, she is soon drawn into a web of lies and secrets that have been in place for decades. And if she doesn't watch her step, the consequences could be lethal...
This book was such a treat, especially for a thriller. For me, they can be really hit and miss--sometimes, they'll have me reeling, and other times, I'll be able to guess who did it in the very beginning. But that's the real selling point for this book--you never see anything coming, it has a subtle, creeping tone that lets you know that trouble is brewing on the horizon. I also loved the old Hollywood royalty angle--it provided a really compelling backdrop to it all. The Unger family is the focus of the novel, dangerous and cunning and full of frightening old secrets. This book was so much fun, and I can't wait for more from Hallie Ephron--what a talent! Next on deck: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien!