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Careful What You Wish For

A Novel of Suspense
Narrated by: Amy McFadden
Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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From the New York Times best-selling 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 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. 

©2019 Hallie Ephron (P)2019 HarperAudio

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could have been so much more

I love the premise for this story organizers getting caught up in some crimes but it's story dragged on through the middle and the end seemed a little bit implausible

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interesting story

Some parts didn't seem believable but overall it kept me wondering what would happen and I kept listening.

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  • 10-24-19

It's whodunnit, but not because . . .

I'm no expert, but the answer to 'whodunnit' is exactly who you first think of. As soon as the characters are assembled, make a guess. You think it can't be that simple. There will be a twist. You missed something and will have the thrill of being close, but oh that's brilliant. No. It IS that simple. For THOSE reasons. It is PG rated pulp that really did disappoint.