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Author: Joy Fielding
A spine-tingling thriller about a picturesque Florida town - and the killer determined to prey on its teenaged girls - from the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Mad River Road. — "I've never been a fan of blood and guts," writes the killer, "I've always preferred the buildup to an event over the actu...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780743295987
ISBN-10: 0743295986
Publication Date: 4/3/2007
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 49 ratings
Publisher: Atria
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Hot, sultry, small town in Florida. Too bad there's a serial killer on the loose. Teenage girls are disappearing from Torrance, FL, a small town near the entrance to Alligator Alley, and it's up to small town sheriff John Weber to find the killer before it's too late. There is lots of intrigue, set mainly at the local high school, where transplanted NY teacher Sandie Crosbie has to deal with her husband's affair with the local "loose woman" who lured him to Torrance off the internet, and her children Megan and Tim adjusting to life in suburbia. The twist: alternating excerpts from the killer's journal, which leave the reader guessing until the end to identify the killer.
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very good read-- enjoy all her books.
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Joy Fielding's latest thriller is a page-turner. Starting with the opening chapter that comes straight from the killer's journal, the reader will enjoy HEARTSTOPPER until the killer is finally revealed. In a nutshell, the story takes place in a small Florida town, where a pretty (and popular) young teenage girl has gone missing. When her body turns up, the town begins to talk, and soon people realize there is a murderer on the loose. Signs point to a serial killer, and now it's up to the authorities to find him. In between the murder mystery, the story delves into the lives of several key characters, with varying viewpoints to allow the reader to try to figure out who the killer is. A very enjoyable book!

I've read a few Joy Fielding books, and have enjoyed each one, but this book I think out of all of them had the most potential for some gruesome violent scenes. However, there is not much gore depicted at all, and a lot is left to the reader's imagination, which I found refreshing. Fans of Fielding will enjoy HEART STOPPER. I read it in two days flat, and did not figure out the killer until the end. It's probably going to be one of my favorite Joy Fielding books so far!