You'll Never Know, Dear

  • by Hallie Ephron
  • Narrated by Amy McFadden
  • 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An 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.


What the Critics Say

"Hallie Ephron has achieved a riveting suspense novel, and Amy McFadden's narration is compelling.... McFadden handles plot twists and coincidences with understated intensity, making this a must listen." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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Drags on & on and never goes anywhere. This is a book where you could leave the room for five minutes, return, and not miss a thing. After five hours, I give up - I'm returning back for a credit.
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- Gail

Plot, Characters, Setting and Narration!

You'll Never Know Dear grabbed me right away. Unlike in many mysteries where there is predictably a dead body on the first page, Ephron seduces you with suspense, luring you with ordinary events that you know won’t last because something terrible has happened and something even worse is on it’s way. A cast of strong female characters, a steamy seductive Southern setting, a couple of missing children and a few creepy antique dolls are more than enough to keep you turning the pages. McFadden’s narration conveys a sense of foreboding without overdramatizing. Ephron and McFadden are a powerful duo, complimenting one another, unlike some books where it sounds like the narrator is competing with the author. A very satisfying read.
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- Michele

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2017
  • Publisher: Harper Audio