Careful What You Wish For A Novel Author:Hallie Ephron From the New York Times bestselling author of There Was an Old Woman comes a novel about a professional organizer with a deadly problem she may not be able to clean up. — Emily Harlow is a professional organizer who helps people declutter their lives; she?s married to man who can?t drive past a yard sale without stopping. He?s filled their baseme... more »nt, attic, and garage with his finds. Like other professionals who make a living decluttering peoples? lives, Emily has devised a set of ironclad rules. When working with couples, she makes clear that the client is only allowed to declutter his or her own stuff. That stipulation has kept Emily?s own marriage together these past few years. She?d love nothing better than to toss out all her husband?s crap. He says he?s a collector. Emily knows better?he?s a hoarder. The larger his ?collection? becomes, the deeper the distance grows between Emily and the man she married.Luckily, Emily?s got two new clients to distract herself: an elderly widow whose husband left behind a storage unit she didn?t know existed, and a young wife whose husband won?t allow her stuff into their house. Emily?s initial meeting with the young wife takes a detour when, after too much wine, the women end up fantasizing about how much more pleasant life would be without their collecting spouses. But the next day Emily finds herself in a mess that might be too big for her to clean up. Careful what you wish for, the old adage says . . . now Emily might lose her freedom, her marriage . . . and possibly her life.« less
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I really liked the decluttering idea. Think of how many ways your protagonist could get in trouble with that. Also liked the idea that Emily is married to a hoarder, but keeps her hands off his stuff. Aside from that, I found it slow going. The plot is laid out in the book description (there's a slight deviation in the classic plot, but it's obvious), so there is no mystery for the reader. Then it's a question of suspense. Ephron does the suspense by making Emily so incredibly naive I couldn't believe in her. I kept saying to myself, "People in murder mysteries don't KNOW they're in murder mysteries" but it didn't help. There was no need for Becca, unless Ephron is going to make a series out of this. Lila was great though. I also thought the Murphy plot was too much complication. But all in all, if it were a series, Emily and Lila have potential, and I'd try another one.