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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 13 hours and 29 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Audible.com Release Date: April 29, 2008
  • Whispersync for Voice: Ready
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0018OQ2FO
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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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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Columnist "Charley" Webb writes a weekly "potpourri" type of article that lets her share her thoughts on any topic that interests her. Many of her columns are frivolous and light fun; others are more thought-provoking. But more often than not, they are controversial, which exposes Charley to a good bit of hate mail. When she starts receiving eMails that threaten her two children, Charley is forced to take the mail seriously. At the same time, she has received a letter from a young woman on death row; Jill, a convicted child killer, wants Charley to write her story.

After some hesitation, Charley accepts Jill's offer and looks ahead to fame when her book is published. Still, she is increasingly troubled with regard to her sessions with Jill, a sadistic killer who presents a sad tale of her own experiences.

The core plot of this mystery presents an intriguing premise, as Charley gathers information to tell Jill's story. In the world of Joy Fielding, there is always dark mayhem whenever sociopaths interface with the "normal" population.

I generally enjoyed this book, as I enjoy all the work of Ms. Fielding...but I don't think this was her best offering to date. For one thing, I was half-way through the book and found that not much had been done to further advance the main concept of Charley's book interviews. There was some game-playing on the part of Jill that delayed Charley's progress, and instead, the reader was given an in-depth and often repeated narrative addressing Charley's family situation - the mother who abandoned her, her interaction with sisters, her frequent rescues of brother Bram from the excesses of drugs and alcohol - etc. etc.
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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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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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As a fan of Joy Fielding's I really enjoyed her venture in the development of a non-traditional female character and her incorporation of humor into this novel. It is a great, fast read. I would like to have given five stars. The repetitive nature of the main character's constant dwelling on her relationship with her parents was frustrating and boring. Charley was old enough to realize her childhood is over; parents make mistakes; and she needs to put on big girl pants and get out of the past.
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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. As the novel progressed, however, I became more and more intrigued and was shocked and on the edge of my seat throughout the last few chapters of the book. This was a great storyline and I was shocked at the end. I'd planned to give it three stars as I read the first half, but with the rewarding ending and the twists to the story, rendering me unable to put the book down, I give it four stars.
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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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