Careful What You Wish For by Hallie Ephron

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 that the client is only allowed to declutter his or her own stuff. Tha...

Details Careful What You Wish For

TitleCareful What You Wish For
Release DateAug 6th, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Careful What You Wish For

  • 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...
  • 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 a...
  • 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 ...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Jacqueline (We Be Book'N)
    I decided to read this book because I am a minimalist, and a thriller talking about decluttering sounded right up my alley. I was pleasantly surprised by how well written this book was! The first sentence made me crack up laughing - and the rest of the book was a great ride! This book did feel more of a mystery to me, but it was pretty face paced and had really good characters. This book is about a wife who became famous for her decluttering vide...
  • Aoife
    3.5 stars
  • Ludwig
    3.75 starsA predictable, yet overall enjoyable mystery about a professional organizer becoming the prime suspect in her client's husband's murder.This book might not contain any major twists, but the author knows how to craft her characters in a compelling manner 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    This book was an enjoyable thriller/suspense story that would be an organized woman's nightmare. Emily Harlow has quit her teaching job to open her own organizing business with her best friend. They are hired to help an older widow clean out her home and a storage unit that she found out about when a bill arrived in the mail. What the ladies find in the unit is surprising. It appears that her late husband has been stealing books and documents fro...
  • Frank Phillips
    This book was pretty good, but just not great. I'd definitely categorize it as more of a cozy mystery and not a suspense/thriller. I was fully engaged and there weren't any boring parts, but I did find the ending fairly predictable. I'm still intrigued with this author and what her other books might be like, and will keep reading her.
  • Kathy
    Because Hallie Ephron writes stand-alone books, her stories always present fascinating new settings and casts of engaging new characters with intriguing livelihoods. And, each story revolves around a subject or theme that is fresh, nary a rerun or redo in the lot. Put all that together with Hallie Ephron's writing genius and knack for the creepy, and readers have tales that thrill from the beginning to the end. Hallie should really write a book a...
  • 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 ...
  • Sarah
    3.5 stars. This was a fairly predictable light thriller, but I was in the mood for a light, easy read and this fit the bill perfectly. Professional organizer Emily becomes embroiled in a murder case that links two seemingly unconnected new clients, and tensions heighten as the evidence seems to point to her. I really enjoyed reading this and in some ways it felt like a cozy mystery (professional organizers investigating theft from libraries seems...
  • Edwin Hill
    What do you do when you are a professional organizer and your husband is a "collector" of anything and everything? You get yourself involved in a complex conspiracy leading to murder. This is a great mystery filled with well-developed characters and a unique and timely story. The protagonist, Emily, is well drawn with a strong voice, but she's also surrounded by women from different generations, all with their own stories. A great read!
  • Julie
    3.75/5 - A little slow to start but once I got into the story I quickly wanted to find out where it was going.
  • Shelby
    Emily Harlow recently left her job as a schoolteacher to start a professional organizing business with her close friend, Becca. Ironically enough, Emily’s husband, Frank, is addicted to yard sales and has filled their attic, basement and garage with useless knick knacks. The two couldn’t be any more different and Emily finds herself questioning if she truly knew who she was marrying. When Emily takes on two new clients, she’s excited that f...
  • Mystery & Thriller
    CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR will almost certainly strike a familiar chord with anyone who reads it. Hallie Ephron has written several stand-alone works, each with a different but nonetheless memorable theme. She continues that streak here with a novel that neatly and comfortably straddles the domestic thriller and cozy mystery genres and is guaranteed to appeal to fans of both.When we meet Emily Harlow, she has made a successful vocational transiti...
  • Debbie Oxier
    This was really good. Emily was an orginizer. She and her partner, Becca, helped people "de-clutter" their homes, whether it be closets, garages, basements, whatever. Unfortunately, Emily's husband, Frank, is a hoarder and is always bringing home boxes of junk no one wants - like old, used, doorknobs! It drives Emily crazy. They have been trying to have a baby for several years but Emily can't get pregnant. She knows how much Frank wants a baby b...
  • 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 hu...
  • Cyndi
    Emily is a professional organizer whose husband happens to be a hoarder. When Emily is called to help a woman with her stash, she finds that her husband suffers from the same affliction and she suggests that they “help each other out” (wink, wink). When the woman’s husband is found dead, all signs point to Emily. As she works to solve the mystery and clear her name, Emily discovers that she is in for way more than she bargained for.This was...
  • Donna
    3.5 stars. Emily Harlow becomes a clutter-cleaning-out star when she organized her sock drawer and the video went viral. Now she owns her own business and helps other people get rid of their clutter. It's ironic that her lawyer husband hits every garage sale and fills their house with junk. Did I say that, how about collectibles.Emily takes on a new client, a wealthy woman whose husband died a year ago and needs help clearing out his storage lock...
  • Onceinabluemoon
    I could tell instantly not my kind of book, gave it 30' and time to move on.
  • Toni
    4.5 StarsEmily Harlow is a professional organizer with a husband who is a closet hoarder. She can declutter other people’s lives but not her own. Her rule is that you have to only declutter your own stuff. So she is stuck with a half messy/half perfect house and it doesn’t always spark joy.She and her best friend, Becca own a decluttering business together. Two new clients come on Emily’ radar. One is an older woman who found a storage unit...
  • Gail Cooke
    Does your spouse or significant other have a habit that annoys you or to put it more bluntly drives you crazy? Emily Harlow certainly does. She's a much in demand professional organizer and her home is a mess - the attic, basement and garage filled to overflowing with her husband's "collectibles." Seems the poor fellow is totally incapable of driving past a garage sale - he'll brake his car and with pounding heart buy everything in sight. He tell...
  • Jamie
    Thank you Edelweiss and William Morrow for the digital galley of Careful What You Wish For. Emily is a professional organizer and her husband, believe it or not, is a hoarder. Emily finds herself in a bit of a pickle, when two of her clients have her smack in the middle of some very serious trouble.From start to finish, I was completely engrossed in this book. There aren't any laggy parts. There is no lull. The story is swift and satisfying.The c...
  • Randi (randi_reads)
    Emily Harlow and her best friend, Becca, quit their jobs to start their own business as professional organizers. What's ironic is that Emily's husband, Frank, is a man who loves yard sales/auctions and is a hoarder of all things in their basement.Emily is called by an elderly woman, who needs help cleaning out her late husband's belongings in a storage locker and then she has to meet another client, Quinn, who needs help decluttering her own belo...
  • Donna Hines
    What do you get when you have a professional organizer whose husband is a hoarder ?Of course you get conspiracy that leads to murder between two new clients who ponder the idea how much better life would be without their spouses constant collecting behaviors.Now Emily may lose her freedom, her marriage, and possibly her life!With a new set of clues around every corner don't be too anxious to jump on the trail thinking you have it all figured out ...
  • Ramona Mead
    This was a fun thriller that kept me guessing. It's a unique premise, a professional organizer who is married to a pack rat, who makes interesting, potentially criminal discoveries when she takes on some new clients. It was a quick, easy read, written in a simple straightforward style. The characters aren't exactly likable, but that added to the reading experience - it made me think a lot about the clutter I keep and what I would do in any of the...