Friday, August 23, 2019

Julie's Review: Careful What You Wish For

Author: Hallie Ephron
Series: None
Publication Date: August 6, 2019
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 304
Obtained: publisher
Genre:  Suspense
Rating: 3.75/5
Bottom Line: A bit slow to start and bit easy to figure out
Grab, Just get it at the library, or Remove from your TBR list? Grab

Summary: 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 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.

Review: I've never ready anything by Ms. Ephron before but I definitely enjoyed this one. Emily is a go getter she quit teaching to start her own organization business after a video of her went viral. She loves helping people declutter their lives. Unfortunately, there's a bit of a hiccup her husband is a bit of a collector (aka horder) so she controls her things and leaves his to collect dust in various areas of the house.

Emily and her partner, get 2 new clients on the same weekend. One is a widow who needs help sorting through her husbands storage unit that she didn't even know about. The other client is a younger wife who needs help going through all her belongings that she didn't move into the house when she got married.

As you know, things aren't always what they seem so as Emily starts to get involved in both new clients decluttering she begins to question what is really going on. She gets enbroiled into their lives in not the best manner. As she tries to put the pieces of the puzzle together things start to go out of control. How will she remain in control? How can she prove that she was used as a scapegoat?

Careful What You Wifh For  is a study in character and in understanding that sometimes you don't always understand people even the one closest to you.


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