Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Joy Fielding

 Normally I am not the novel reader who picks up the books with the AUTHOR'S NAME in large print. Do you know what I'm talking about?? The James Patterson style of books are not my thing (but I have vowed to read a couple so I can have a better opinion rather than just judge a book by its cover... ha). I picked this book up when I was vacationing in Montana. My friend's mom had huge bins full of books. Most of them were the thriller murder mystery with the large print on the front, so I wasn't too thrilled. I did, however, find this book called Charley's Web by Joy Fielding.


I had read a Joy Fielding book before called Still Life which was AWESOME. It's about a woman who is struck by a car and goes into a coma. When she "comes to" she has locked in syndrome which is where she is basically in a comatose state, except her brain is not. She can hear and comprehend everything around her. She soon finds out that the people she thought loved her unconditionally may have had something to do with her accident. Ok, well I'm off on a tangent on another book, but it was really good. Here's the cover:

Anyway, back to Charley's Web. This book is about a successful journalist who writes a weekly column in the local newspaper. She has two children from two different men whom she never married, has estranged relationships with her family, and is more or less seen as a bitch by coworkers and neighbors. When a convicted murderer named Jill contacts her to write a "tell all" book about the brutal murders of 3 young children, Charley thinks that it could be her way to fame. There were always rumors that Jill had not acted alone in the crimes, and Charley thinks she will be able to identify her accomplice. As she begins to learn more about Jill's background, Charley starts to reevaluate her life. She begins to date rather than just make babies with men, makes an effort to mend the relationships in her family, and starts being friendly with her neighbors. One day, Charley begins to get threats from an unknown source who is targeting her children. The mystery to who is targeting her children may or may not be directly related to her new book deal. This story is very fast paced entertaining book. I read it in about 2 days. For anyone who enjoys fast paced thrillers, this would be a great summer read.

Enjoy. Has anyone else read any good Joy Fielding books?

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