Careful What You Wish For

Careful What You Wish For

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 basement, 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 tha...

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Title:Careful What You Wish For
Author:Hallie Ephron
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Careful What You Wish For Reviews

  • Kathy Vines

    I'm a professional organizer, so this one was a FUN read! I couldn't help but wonder how I'd feel and act in Emily's crocs... Thanks, Hallie, for such a fun whodunnit!

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Emily thought that opening a professional organizing business was supposed to be carefree and helpful to others.

    Emily's new adventure had been exciting and trouble free until she met Quinn.

    Quinn was married to a man who wouldn't let her bring her things into his fabulous house and wanted Emily to help. She and Emily had helped themselves to more than looking at things to remove, though. They had too much wine and said things that shouldn't have been said.

    When Quinn's husband turns up missing, Q

    Emily thought that opening a professional organizing business was supposed to be carefree and helpful to others.

    Emily's new adventure had been exciting and trouble free until she met Quinn.

    Quinn was married to a man who wouldn't let her bring her things into his fabulous house and wanted Emily to help. She and Emily had helped themselves to more than looking at things to remove, though. They had too much wine and said things that shouldn't have been said.

    When Quinn's husband turns up missing, Quinn feels she can call on her new friend, Emily, to help her when the police arrive. This client was more than Emily bargained for.

    And if this wasn't bad enough, another client whose husband had passed had a storage unit she didn't know about filled with stolen books, maps, and a dead body.

    Emily couldn’t believe it. Could these two clients have some connection?

    It gets worse for Emily, and it seems as if a few of the characters are connected and involved in the disappearance and death of the body they found.

    CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR was actually a little on the comical side despite all the tension going on.

    If you are in the mood for a light, entertaining mystery you will enjoy CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. 5/5

    This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  • Fictionophile

    Once an elementary school teacher, thirty-something Emily Harlow is now a professional ‘declutterer’. She and her friend Becca have started a business which they call Freeze-Frame Clutter Kickers.

    It is ironic that Emily makes a living purging people of their possessions because Emily’s lawyer husband Frank is a ‘collector’ and a pack-rat whose hobby is verging on hoarding. Although she loves Frank, she is getting more and more impatient with his constantly bringing home other people’s junk. Also

    Once an elementary school teacher, thirty-something Emily Harlow is now a professional ‘declutterer’. She and her friend Becca have started a business which they call Freeze-Frame Clutter Kickers.

    It is ironic that Emily makes a living purging people of their possessions because Emily’s lawyer husband Frank is a ‘collector’ and a pack-rat whose hobby is verging on hoarding. Although she loves Frank, she is getting more and more impatient with his constantly bringing home other people’s junk. Also, the fact that they have been trying for a baby and have not been successful has put added strain on their relationship.

    When Clutter Kickers gets two new clients, their business and their lives take a turn for the worse. Their first new client, an elderly woman named Mrs. Murphy, wants them to clear out a storage unit which her late husband had rented out. When Emily enters the unit she finds that it is full of old books, maps and other memorabilia. All of which was once quite valuable – but due to the failure of the storage unit’s climate control system is now moldy and quite possibly damaged beyond repair.

    Their second new client is a woman named Quinn Newell. Quinn wants Emily to clear out her garage. While scouting out the location, Quinn tells Emily she would love to get out from under her husband’s domineering ways. Over several glasses of Prosecco, the women ‘over-share’ and vent about their unsatisfactory marriages. The next day, Quinn’s husband is reported missing.

    To further Emily’s involvement, Quinn’s husband’s body is found in the storage unit rented out by Mrs. Murphy’s husband…. How could Emily’s two new clients have become enmeshed in such a way? And, more importantly, how will this affect Emily and her business?

    MY THOUGHTS

    The New England setting and the personable character of Emily added to this book’s allure. The elaborate con-game which had Emily in its cross-hairs was well executed and devious.

    I quite enjoyed this book. It read almost like a ‘cozy’ mystery but was laced with elements of a domestic thriller. A light, entertaining novel, “Careful what you wish for” will be enjoyed by many readers. I think the cover lends itself to a more serious thriller, but if the cover had of been more like a cozy I probably wouldn’t have read it – and that would have been a shame.

  • Jessica

    NetGalley provided me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    After the first few pages, I wasn't sure Careful What You Wish For was going to be my kind of book. I didn't want to read a "husband hating" story. But something about the first meeting of Emily and Quinn stuck with me,. I'm so glad I kept reading.

    I thought I knew where the plot was going. I thought I had predicted the twist. I was wrong! I love a mystery with a surprise and this book didn't let me know.

    NetGalley provided me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    After the first few pages, I wasn't sure Careful What You Wish For was going to be my kind of book. I didn't want to read a "husband hating" story. But something about the first meeting of Emily and Quinn stuck with me,. I'm so glad I kept reading.

    I thought I knew where the plot was going. I thought I had predicted the twist. I was wrong! I love a mystery with a surprise and this book didn't let me know.

    The character development is subtle but effective. The writing is smooth, the dialogue is tight, and the plot nicely twists and turns. This is the first book I've read by this author, and I will add others to my list. Loved it!

  • Lisa Leone-campbell

    I will never drive by a flea market again without thinking of Hallie Ephron and her latest mystery Careful What You Wish For.

    Emily Harlow is a professional organizer married to Frank Harlow a professional hoarder (of flea market finds) as well as a lawyer. They say opposites attract right?

    So when Emily is called by an elderly woman to organize a storage unit she had no idea her late husband had even rented, and a young woman whose husband is an antique hoarder like Frank hires her to declutter b

    I will never drive by a flea market again without thinking of Hallie Ephron and her latest mystery Careful What You Wish For.

    Emily Harlow is a professional organizer married to Frank Harlow a professional hoarder (of flea market finds) as well as a lawyer. They say opposites attract right?

    So when Emily is called by an elderly woman to organize a storage unit she had no idea her late husband had even rented, and a young woman whose husband is an antique hoarder like Frank hires her to declutter belongings her husband will not allow her to bring into the house she thinks she’s hit the jackpot!

    But suddenly Emily finds herself embroiled in possibly aiding a thief, as well as unknowingly being involved in a murder which could possibly implicate her. Who on earth would want to frame Emily and why?

    Careful What You Wish for is the best type of mystery novel. You think you have it all figured out and then another clue appears sending the reader in another direction. Ephron certainly knows how to keep the reader guessing!

    The book would be an enjoyable beach read or even just a read in your cozy chair.

    And just for the record, my husband will not be visiting flea markets anymore!

    Thank you @HallieEphron @WmMorrowBooks #CarefulWhatYouWishFor for the advanced copy. The book will be out August 6.

  • Ludwig

    A

    mystery about

    This book might not contain any major twists, but the author knows how to

    while sparking curiosity into the reader concerning whether the protagonist will find out the truth and make it in the end.

    The mystery picks up the pace at around 2/3 in, before which, the pieces of the puzzle are carefully structured

    A

    mystery about

    This book might not contain any major twists, but the author knows how to

    while sparking curiosity into the reader concerning whether the protagonist will find out the truth and make it in the end.

    The mystery picks up the pace at around 2/3 in, before which, the pieces of the puzzle are carefully structured in a way they come together reasonably in the end. That is what mainly drew me in and why I'm

  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-

    Emily Harlow is a professional organizer whose husband is a hoarder, he doesn’t see a garage sale or flea market he won’t stop at. Emily has left her career as a teacher behind and her friend Becca has left her career as a nurse as well and now they have created their business of professional organizers. They help their clients declutter. So When Emily is called by an elderly woman who needs her help organizing a storage unit that her late husband had rented without her knowledge, And at the sam

    Emily Harlow is a professional organizer whose husband is a hoarder, he doesn’t see a garage sale or flea market he won’t stop at. Emily has left her career as a teacher behind and her friend Becca has left her career as a nurse as well and now they have created their business of professional organizers. They help their clients declutter. So When Emily is called by an elderly woman who needs her help organizing a storage unit that her late husband had rented without her knowledge, And at the same time a young wealthy wife calls Emily asking her help with her husbands antique hoarding, Emily thinks her business is finally taking off. Soon Emily finds herself involved in a murder investigation when a body is found and possibly aiding a thief soon she’s asking herself who is setting her up? This was a fun easy read for me. There were some twists that I didn’t see coming and some decisions made by the main character I found myself asking what are you thinking??

  • Kathryn in FL

    Emily and Becca leave their careers, elementary school teacher and nursing respectively, to become professional organizers. Emily is focused on the marketing aspect, while Becca does other stuff (she is involved but we aren't quite clear on her role). During this story she is distracted by family activities, leaving Emily to make quick decisions, that they would have decided jointly. These hasty decisions made under pressure will lead to a morass of trouble and a surprising resolution.

    A strange

    Emily and Becca leave their careers, elementary school teacher and nursing respectively, to become professional organizers. Emily is focused on the marketing aspect, while Becca does other stuff (she is involved but we aren't quite clear on her role). During this story she is distracted by family activities, leaving Emily to make quick decisions, that they would have decided jointly. These hasty decisions made under pressure will lead to a morass of trouble and a surprising resolution.

    A strange client acquisition leads to a suspicious murder, which lead the police to believing that Emily is complicit. Emily is blindsided by various other situations both in business and personal life. She must figure out if and why the various events seem to conspire against her. As her suspicions bring revelations, the murderer's end game takes a surprising turn and she is a threat to them without even realizing she is now a target.

    I have been a fan of Ms. Ephron's sister for years and her influence is seen on the pages of this delightful mystery. Unfortunately, I wished for more depth to the characters. I didn't buy her marriage to her hoarding husband cum criminal/corporate attorney. Becca was a flat character, who is nearly non-existent and unnecessary. Emily's mom, Lila was integral but also flat and could have been more central. Emily seemed unhappy in life particularly in her marriage. Infertility was mentioned fleetingly but never pursued in the story, a convenience to move the story forward.

    I enjoyed the dialogue somewhat and it reminded me of Laura Levine or Jessie Crockett style stories. I felt like I was reading a script. This may be more fitting to the television screen. It was a quick, easy read. Well suited for a summer beach read or a relaxing weekend escape. I look forward to reading more by Ms. Ephron.

    I want to thank William Morrow, Goodreads and Ms. Ephron for proving me with a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jamie

    Careful What You Wish For centers around a professional organizer who manages to stumble into not just one but two crimes at once. The craziest part of this whole book? Her own husband is a hoarder!

    I think I honestly need a bit of a break from domestic thrillers as this one was pretty predictable and lackluster for me. I liked the idea of the professional organizer aspect but never really found myself hooked into the story line quite as much as I would like and like I previously mentioned, cert

    Careful What You Wish For centers around a professional organizer who manages to stumble into not just one but two crimes at once. The craziest part of this whole book? Her own husband is a hoarder!

    I think I honestly need a bit of a break from domestic thrillers as this one was pretty predictable and lackluster for me. I liked the idea of the professional organizer aspect but never really found myself hooked into the story line quite as much as I would like and like I previously mentioned, certain aspects were predictable and I felt the overlapping plot points were just too coincidental - to the point that it was silly (how many times can X happen before it's like alright already!). I will probably pick up Ephron again in the future, this was my first by her, but maybe during a time when I've read a few less thrillers.

    Thank you to William Morrow for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

  • amanda

    Do husbands spark joy? I think we need to tack up a poll and put this to the test.

    Emily has taken charge of the minimalist movement and has a booming decluttering business alongside her best friend Becca. All is going well until the two are hit with an odd job that entails on some of the hoarding stuff being well, STOLEN.

    BUT WAIT - it gets weirder...Emily is called to another new client where the stunning Quinn Newell wants to get rid of all of her husband’s junk and joke joke also her husband.

    Do husbands spark joy? I think we need to tack up a poll and put this to the test.

    Emily has taken charge of the minimalist movement and has a booming decluttering business alongside her best friend Becca. All is going well until the two are hit with an odd job that entails on some of the hoarding stuff being well, STOLEN.

    BUT WAIT - it gets weirder...Emily is called to another new client where the stunning Quinn Newell wants to get rid of all of her husband’s junk and joke joke also her husband. It’s all Prosecco and light jokes until Quinn’s husband actually does end up dead and Emily is the prime suspect.

    Oh no, we are SUBMERGED IN JOY. Drowning actually amidst Prosecco and annoying rich housewives.

    This was a fun book! It had me hooked from the very start and I read it in uh two sittings? I’m tired today, okay, so I took a nap but picked it back up and kept right on reading.

    The writing at times felt disjointed and it is very easy to figure out whodunnit but it’s an enjoyable read with a host of fun, electric characters. Emily, known as Emmy to her friends and family, was awesome and her mom Lila, even more so. I feel as though this will become a cozy mystery sort of series and if so I really can’t wait to read more from Hallie Ephron.

    Thanks very much to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC. All opinions are my own, I hope my existence sparks joy in you all.

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