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Charley's Web: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Joy Fielding
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Joy Fielding tells the story of an ambitious journalist whose foray into the mind of a killer puts her own family in jeopardy.

Charley Webb is a beautiful single mother who writes a successful and controversial column for the Palm Beach Post. She's spent years building an emotional wall against scathing critics, snooty neighbors, and her disapproving family. 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. Jill wants Charley to write her biography so that she can share the many hidden truths about the case that failed to surface during her trial. Seeing this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Charley begins her jour-ney into the mind of this deeply troubled woman.

Her path takes a twisted turn, however, when the anonymous letters she's recently received from an angry reader evolve into threats, targeting her son and daughter. As Charley races against time to save her family, she begins to understand the value of her seemingly intru-sive neighbors, friends, and relatives. As she discovers, this network of flawed but loving people might just be her only hope of getting out alive.

Filled with complex characters and a plot rich with intrigue, Charley's Web is Joy Fielding at her heart-skipping, mesmerizing best.

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From Publishers Weekly

Jill Rohmer, a convicted child killer with a borderline personality disorder, lures Charlotte Charley Webb, a popular columnist for the Palm Beach Post and single mom, into a web of danger and deceit in this spine-tingler from bestseller Fielding (Heartstopper). When Jill invites Charley to collaborate on the true story of what really happened to the three children she was convicted of murdering, Charley at first thinks it sounds like a great idea. Her sister Anne is, after all, a bestselling romance author, so why couldn't Charley have a nonfiction bestseller? Charley meets with Jill's attractive lawyer, Alex Prescott, who secures a book contract. After committing to the project, Charley begins dating Alex. Then Charley learns Jill had an accomplice, someone on the loose whom Jill calls Jack. Fielding pulls out all the stops as the identity of the ruthless murderer becomes obvious, and Charley must race against time to catch the horrible Jack and save his next target—her son. (Mar.)
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From Booklist

Fresh off the solid thriller Heartstopper (2007), prolific, perennially best-selling Fielding delivers another suspenseful tale. Feisty Charley Webb is forever stirring up controversy with her popular column for the Palm Beach Post. But while her career is going great guns, her personal life is something of a struggle. She’s raising two children on her own, her satirical columns about her neighbors’ hobbies and opinions have not made her very popular in her residential community, and she has only recently reestablished a relationship with her mother, who abandoned the family when Charley was eight. When she is asked to write a biography of notorious female serial killer Jill Rohmer, whose victims were children, she sees it as a chance to take her career to the next level. However, she is unprepared for the emotional toll that her interviews with the wily felon will exact, and she begins to receive a series of e-mails threatening harm to her own children. Despite the repetitive and, at times, inane dialogue, Fielding turns her latest page-turner into a chillingly tense read while creating another winning lead in the smart-mouthed Charley. --Joanne Wilkinson

Product Details

  • File Size: 520 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385663862
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (March 18, 2008)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00139VUKG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,614 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THERE'S NOT MUCH THAT FRIGHTENS CHARLEY, BUT..... March 23, 2008
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Charley Webb is a successful single mom with what many might consider a dream job - she writes a column for the Palm Beach Post. What those who may envy her position may not realize is that along with the column comes not only kudos but also a lot of criticism. To date Charley has handled this well.

After unhappy, almost traumatic experiences, with those who are supposed to be near and dear she has isolated herself emotionally. So, when she hears from Jill Rohmer, a woman on Death Row convicted of murdering three young children, Charley thinks she can handle talking to her plus the idea of penning Jill's biography is pretty appealing. It would be the first literary effort for Charley and maybe a bestseller.

In all probability she didn't realize just how tricky dealing with a sick criminal mind can be because she soon discovers that Jill had an accomplice in the killings, a man equally deluded and dangerous. He is referred to as Jack but where he is or who he actually is Charley does not know.

What she does know and what terrifies her are the anonymous letters she begins to receive and the threats to her son.

Another can't-stop-listening-to thriller from Joy Fielding, and one more award worthy voice performance by the always remarkable Susan Ericksen.

- Gail Cooke
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fielding has done it again March 20, 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
And now I have to wait another whole year for her "latest." I finished CHARLEY'S WEB earlier this afternoon, and my heart is still beating fast. The author is a master at creating credible psychological suspense. Fielding's characters are flawed -- I didn't particularly admire Charley, certainly did not like her long-lost/recently found mother, etc., but as usual I could not put the book down. Fielding's characters STAY with you, and even if the mystery wanes, one is drawn to the characters. Suspense is the name of her game, and no one can build it, and certainly end it, like Joy Fielding.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Joy Fielding Always Delivers May 4, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Joy Fielding has done it again. This book, as with her previous novels, has just the right combination of suspense, romance, pathos and humor to keep you hooked from page one through to the end. A warning to the faint hearted: The details of a child murder committed by the prisoner that the protagonist interviews are grisly. It's a tough subject to tackle in fiction and I admire Fielding's courage in trying.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pleasantly surprised January 12, 2009
By Eugenie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After a series of books that weren't very good (Lost, Puppet, Heartstopper) I wasn't expecting much from this one. I read this book in one day - it was very entertaining. I think it's her best book since Whispers & Lies. I liked the main character. I didn't think it would happen, but I'm glad she finally wrote about a character who had a great relationship with her kids. I wish the book was a little bit longer - I wanted to read more about Charley's father and sisters.

Joy Fielding has been one of my favorite authors for many years. I'm so happy she still continues to write good books. I'm looking forward to the next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tangled Webs or Fiber & Roughage November 17, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Oh what a tangled web we weave/When first we practice to deceive." -- Sir Walter Scott from "Marmion" "(1st ed. -1808) in re Flodden Field

Charlene (Charley) Webb is a reporter carved from stone and dipped in iron. Her job as a writer is her way of living up to her name. Her sisters are Ann and Emily and her brother, Bram (instead of Branwell) are named in honor of the Bronte family. It should come as no surprise that one of Charley's sisters has an illustrious literary career and the other a toehold in the acting world. Charley's mother has left the family for another woman and Charley and her siblings see neither hide nor hair of her for many years. The Webb children were aged 2-10 when their mother left their bitter father, a self-pitying, unloving man who is determined to wallow in misery for her partner in Australia.

Charley spoofs on her name as well, by linking the literary thread to "Charlotte's Web," a classic in children's literature. Her own two children, Franny, 8 and James, 5 have different fathers and Charley was not married to either man. She remains cordial with them. As another reviewer on the US boards pointed out, Charley is the object of every man's desire whenever she follows leads about Jill's case. That was very implausible to me. Readers are tacitly expected to table reality and buy into Charley's sexual magnetism that draws every man she meets like the magnet attracts metal.

Jill Rohmer, who is jailed for child molestation and murder contacts Charley as she wants a book written about her case. She directs Charley to a lawyer she feels can write a book about the case. Jailed and awaiting her 15 minutes of fame, Jill slithers throughout the book like a serpent. She drops hints that she had a partner whom she calls "Jack.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! April 18, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first novel I have read by this author. I read another review that claimed this was predictable. I feel TOTALLY to the contrary!!!I am a fan of this genre and this book "blew me away." She has found a new reader. I am still in shock. I just finished the book and I am shaking my head in awe .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining April 3, 2008
Format:Hardcover
Palm Beach Post columnist Charlotte (Charley) Webb frequently gets fan mail, and occasionally hate mail, usually just from an offended subscriber with an urge to vent. But most of the hate mail does not get up close and personal, at least not to the point of threatening Charley's children. Of course, any of her astute readers knows she has children because she writes about all sorts of life's experiences, including her kids' antics, in her column. And now one of those astute readers has threatened them.

Single mother of two, sister to three, disowned daughter of a self-proclaimed bitter old man and recently reclaimed child of a runaway mom, Charley has a host of family issues to deal with. Real whoppers. But her children -- Franny, her serious eight-year-old daughter, and James, her younger, more artistic son --- mean everything to her. Maybe because of her dysfunctional background or because she just loves them with her whole heart; whatever the reason, any hint of danger surrounding the two sends Charley into a panic.

While her life is pretty full lately, Charley has been going through a dry spell when it comes to men. That's okay, though, because she's not sure she's all that successful in the relationship arena. In fact, she's not sure she's successful at a lot of things: being a good friend (she has none), or neighbor (she annoys hers), or co-worker (she doesn't talk to them). She's convinced, though, that she excels in her parenting skills.

Everything seems to be going along fine (considering) until Charley gets a letter from convicted child killer Jill Rohmer. The letter proposes that Charley write a book revealing the true story behind the murders. What writer could resist such an offer? Certainly not Charley.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Couldn't put it down. Had me guessing until the very last.
Published 1 month ago by Brenda S. Visser
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Hard going . I was over it after 50 pages as it was all a bit to predictable for me
Published 2 months ago by Debra McCulloch
5.0 out of 5 stars Charley's Webb
Good read - suspenful, don't really know anything until the very last and "surprise" Would recommend this anyone who likes suspense
Published 8 months ago by Betty Phillips
1.0 out of 5 stars Much ado About nothing
Long way around to a very anti climatic ending
Stereotype much? And if you don't figure out the killer soon after being introduced I'd be surprised
Published 13 months ago by Neal H
2.0 out of 5 stars Very good. I enjoy this writer very much. I just discovered her.
I look forward to reading more. Not too light. Keeps you reading. I bit dark with the child abuse stuff. Would recommend for good, quick read.
Published 15 months ago by Laurie Ann Clancey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Excellent story. Hard to put down . A very surprising ending. Would recommend highly for an enjoyable and sometimes riveting read.
Published 19 months ago by S. Gillaspie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I liked this book very much! As usual, Joy keeps you in suspense all the way through! It was hard to put the book down!
Published 19 months ago by Susanne DeBruyckere
3.0 out of 5 stars a little boring
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Published on April 19, 2012 by rutica
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful tale
When I first started reading Charley's Web, I wasn't sure what I thought. The writing was rather simplistic, but the story was interesting. Read more
Published on December 12, 2011 by Avid Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars What a tangled web!
A real page turner. Was up at 3am reading this book. Thought I had figured out early on, who done it. Not so lucky this time. This was an easy read and a great read. Read more
Published on September 5, 2011 by Vy
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Joy Fielding is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Still Life, Charley's Web, Heartstopper, See Jane Run, and other acclaimed novels. She divides her time between Toronto and Palm Beach, Florida.

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