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Still Life: A Novel Hardcover – March 24, 2009
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In still another tired "damsel in distress" tale, this one features Casey Marshall (typical stunning rich talented young woman of contemporary romance fiction with a wealthy, handsome lawyer husband) who has the misfortune of being the victim of a hit and run accident. Premise: was it really an accident or was it attempted murder?
The story really never gets much out of the starting gate. During most of the book, Casey lies in a bed in the hospital or at her home - completely motionless and without any ability to see or interact with the characters that gather and talk around her bed. (As a nurse I've often been told that persons in coma can hear and that they could possibly understand what is happening around them although there is a lot of speculation as to whether or not that is true since the only cases that provide evidence are the ones where the person eventually wakes up and then can related their personal experience and tell whether or not they were aware during their coma state.) Regardless of the medical accuracy, I just made myself suspend any disbelief at the description of Casey's injuries and just read the book discounting the science.Read more ›
It's a good story idea, but the book is a bit too lightweight for my taste. The characters are kind of one dimensional and spend too much time talking about money and clothes. A bit hard for me to identify with.
It gets somewhat better after the protagonist learns who tried to kill her, and slowly regains the ability to move. There is then a suspenseful race: can she save herself before the villain returns to finish the job?
However I was hoping for something a little more complex. The villain could have been less purely evil. Even better, there could have been more ambiguity and confusion in the protagonist's mind as to what she is really hearing as opposed to what she is dreaming or hearing on TV, with everything then getting more or less cleared up at the end in a series of subtle revelations. (I'm thinking in the direction of the movie Mulholland Drive here.) This could have led to a much more interesting book, although it would have been a lot harder to write and wouldn't sell so many copies.
Anyway, this book is good for a quick, amusing read, if one is either tired from reading more challenging material, or in a high distraction environment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting book...kept me reading just to find out what was going to happen at the end.Published 1 month ago by Beth Davis
Very good book. Was at the edge of my seat till the end of the book.Published 6 months ago by CincyB
In Still Life, Casey Marshall has everything going for her—looks, money, a great marriage, a successful business—that is until she is hit by a car and goes into a coma. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carl Alves
You better have a day or so to read, because it will be hard to put down! Its Joy Fielding at her best, love her style and her crisp characters the way she describes them I can see... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Evita
This is a very good book. It holds your attention throughout. Well worth reading.Published 8 months ago by Dale
A "couldn't put it down book". I actually read it almost straight through. The twists and turns through family and friends is riveting. I was thoroughly entertained.Published 8 months ago by C Amick
This is another one of Joy Felding's books you can't put down, I want to crawl into the book and help out. . I get so into the story line. Joy Felding is the best writer. Read morePublished 9 months ago by peggy marek