My first time reading this author wont be the last. Really enjoyed this suspenseful novel.
It kept me wanting to read to find out what was going to happen next.Never would have guessed the outcome. I really liked the way she wrote the book it had you guessing all the time.I really felt myself cheering for the characters and other times yelling at them thats how engrossing the story is it pulls you in and you feel like your part of the story.
Not my favorite Joy Fielding story, but was definitely time well spent. Initially, I had a difficult time liking Charley. She comes across as very unapproachable and harsh. But after spending time with her, I was able to see beneath the hard exterior that surrounds her. At first glance, you see a woman who is career driven, raising two children by two different men on her own, is estranged from her family, disliked by her neighbors and disrespected by her boss and coworkers. What ultimately emerges is a woman who is struggling to raise her children with little assistance from their respective fathers, trying to make a success of her career even though she receives substantial hate mail daily and has begun receiving personal threats to her life and the lives of her children, reconnecting with the mother who left the family when Charley was eight, trying to build better relationships with her sisters and brother, and reaching out to her father who views her contact with her mother as a betrayal and wants nothing to do with her.
In the midst of all this chaos, Charley receives a letter from death row inmate, Jill Rohmer, begging to meet her and offering her the opportunity to write a tell all novel that will reveal never before known facts about the brutal murders she was convicted of. Jill swears her boyfriend Jack participated and if Charley agrees to write her biography, she will reveal Jacks true identity.
It doesnt take long for Jills true nature to reveal itself and I found her to be quite a despicable character and thought it disturbing to watch Charley being reeled in like a fish on a hook. There are plenty of characters that top the list of who Jack is. Jills brother, Ethan, who molested Jill when she was a child and seems to fit the bill perfectly. Then theres Charleys own brother, Bram, who struggles with an alcohol and drug addiction and who, it turns out, knows Jill and has dated her sister, Pammy. Then theres Alex Prescott, Jills lawyer, a man who Charley is attracted to and who, as Jills lawyer, knows Jill better than anyone.
Everything comes to an explosive head when Charley discovers the truth about Jacks identity and is in a race against the clock to stop the cold blooded killer from butchering two more childrenCharleys children.
I discovered Joy Fieldings books when someone recommended THE FIRST TIME. I absolutely loved that book and realized what a treasure this author is. Her books speak to me on a personal level packed with characters you can care about and really relate to. Most of her books are much darker than THE FIRST TIME, but I was hooked and have acquired and read most of her backlist. With CHARLEYS WEB, Ms. Fielding delivers the intriguing and interesting characters I have come to expect with her stories and a plot that keeps me guessing.
Charley Webb is the product of a dysfunctional family who has somewhat made it on her own by authoring a newspaper column column, though she is still in the shadow of her more accomplished siblings. She has not had as much success in love, though her relationships did give her two children she adores from two different men with whom she is still friendly. Her writing attracts the attention of Jill Rohmer, a woman on death row for killing 3 children she was a caretaker for. Jill offers Charley the opportunity to interview her exclusively in hope of a book deal - Jill wants her side of the story to be told. Charley sees this as her opportunity to make it big, but when emails start arriving which contain threats to her children, Charley realizes that there is more to Jill's story than she has been told and she is in over her head.
This was the first book I have read by Joy Fielding. Though not exactly War and Peace, it is very good for what it is: a psychological thriller geared towards women. There are elements of romance, suspense, and family drama. The story is entertaining, the characters (especially Charley's troubled brother Bram) are interesting, and the subplots concerning Charley's efforts to repair the broken relationships between her siblings and parents keep the story moving during the sections that do not focus on Jill. I read this book in one day - Charley's Webb perfect as escapist fiction.
The title of this book is the title of a newspaper column where Charley writes her opinions about life and happenings. She becomes caught up in a web with a female child killer and her lawyer that wants her to write a story about what really happened. Her family woes are part of the story also. I would put this at the bottom of the list of Fielding's books. The main character has some very good points, but I did not like her or feel sorry for her. The younger generation may identify more with her.
Suspenseful Novel, to say the least. So many twists and turns. I did not expect the ending. The novel was so well written. Very exciting as Charley Webb's Life unfolded right in front of me.
Like watching a suspense thriller!
Recommend this book to anyone.
MY FAVORITE AUTHOR BY FAR!!
I had never read a book by Joy Fielding before and I picked this up at my work of a whim because the beautiful cover. IT WAS AMAZING. Alot of characters but they are all different and you fall in love with them all, even the bad ones. Keeps you guessing till the end, you think one person did it but then she twists it to another. A good read and now I'm reading another one by the same author, Heartstopper, just as good.
well written story of a reporter, Charley Webb, that writes a controversial column that offends a lot of people and she receives a lot of threatening emails, but when she receives a letter from Jill Rohmer, who is sitting on death row, and wants Charley to write a book telling the true story of the murder of 3 innocent children Charley goes down a different road in her career along with keeping her personal life together.
Rather slow-paced for a thriller. On page 13, colulmnist Charley Webb gets an e-mail threatening her children. Over 400 pages of set-up later, her daughter is taken, and 30 pages after that, it's all over with just a few literary loose ends to tie up.
Meanwhile, a convoluted plot unfolds, replete with a chilling murderer, a couple of dysfunctional families, and a heroine who, for all her brittle cynicism, turns out to be rather naÃ¯ve.
Charley Webb is a single mother and a writer for a large newspaper and she gets many emails about what she has to say. But when she receives a letter from Jill Rohmer, a young woman serving time on death row for the murders of three small children, her boundaries slowly begin to fade. When threats start targeting her son and daughter, Charley races against time to save her family. I found this book very entertaining but also a real rollercoaster ride when Charley begins her journey into the mind of this deeply troubled woman. This story kept me guessing all the way through to the very surprise ending. Joy Fielding knows how to build suspense until the final pages. I look forward to reading more of her books and I would highly recommend this book to those who love psychological suspense.