Saturday, September 19, 2009

Puppet by Joy Fielding

Since I've been in somewhat of a reading slump lately, I decided to pull one of Ms. Fielding's books off of my shelves to help me get out of it. It didn't seem to help much, as it took me quite awhile to read it, even though I haven't been very busy. It was a good read, and I give it B.

Inside cover:
Puppet features the beautiful Amanda Travis, a successful twenty-eight-year-old criminal attorney who win just about every case for her less than admirable clientele. A Florida transplant, Amanda races through her glamourous life, her only concerns being herself, a good bottle of red, and her pristine Palm Beach condominium. Her estranged mother, dead father, two ex-husband, a love that once consumed her, and countless one-night stnad have since lagged far, far behind.
But when ex #1 won't stop calling, Amanda finally gives in. He tells her that her mother shot a man at point-blank range in the lobby of Toronto' s Four Seasons hotel. Despite her best arguments, Amanda knows she must return to her hometown to face her demons and uncover the hidden facts behind her mother's violent outburst. All too soon, she is drawn into the dark, strange power her mother seems to hold over everyone. Her childhood nickname, Puppet, echoing in her ears, Amanda must finally confront the past in order to be free of the ties that bind and learn to stand on her own.

Ms. Fielding always write an engrossing and suspensful tale. She is able to create characters that come to life through the pages and while you may not love or sympathize with all of them, they are very realisitic. While we knew who the killer was in this book, the suspense comes from trying to figure out why Amanda's mother shoots an apparent stranger at point-blank range after waiting in a hotel for him. Amanda was someone who was hard to like as she seems to be very self-absorbed and selfish, but through the book she grows on you and the reader gets a good understanding of why she is the way she is and how she became the person she is today. I enjoyed the book, and while it wasn't my favorite Joy Fielding book, it was still a good read.

Up next is the latest Chelsea Cain book, Evil at Heart! YAY! I can't begin to tell you how excited I am about finally having this book in my hot little hands. I am going to sign off right now and dive right into this book. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and Happy Reading!


Staci said...

I haven't read a Fielding book can you believe that? I'm jealous of you...I haven't read book #2 yet....enjoy it!!

Kristie said...

Staci... start reading! My favorite of Joy Fielding was Whispers and Lies. I'm not ashamed to say that it freaked me out a bit... lol. I'm trying to pace myself with Evil at Heart... I love the books and hate having to wait for a year for each one.

Literary Feline said...

I have a couple of Joy Fielding's books in my TBR collection I hope to read. I've heard such great things about her. And even though you might not have liked this one as much as her others, at least you still enjoyed it. :-)

I'm slowly making my way through my Google Reader and am looking forward to reading your review of Evil at Heart!

Evadne said...

I really like how Joy Fielding builds suspense in her books and am looking forward to her new book, Wild Zone, which is scheduled to come out in February. She gave a great talk at a writers' workshop I went to this past weekend and I will be incorporating her tips into the novel I am working on, The 29th Day. With Ms. Fielding's permission, I posted my notes of her talk on my blog at
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