FICTION

Night Night, Sleep Tight

Morrow. Mar. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780062117632. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062117656. F
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Deirdre Unger has just driven from San Diego to Beverly Hills and is in no mood to be locked out of her screenwriter father's house. After all, he asked her to come and help put it on the market. When she discovers his body floating in the pool, her world turns upside down. Her father's death seems like an accident, but when a detective shows up to question her brother and Deirdre, she really gets upset. As she struggles to understand what happened, childhood memories of an earlier Hollywood murder involving her best friend, Joelen, and her movie star mother's boyfriend (think Lana Turner's daughter, Cheryl Crane, and Johnny Stompanato) are dug up and what seemed to be old history resumes new life.
VERDICT Set in Hollywood in the 1960s and the 1980s, the latest from Ephron (There Was an Old Woman) is an entertainingly suspenseful read with its mix of movie stars, scandal, gossip, and mystery.

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