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3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,800 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
Amanda Travis is a high-powered, 28-year-old lawyer whose greatest likes are spinning classes at her Palm Beach gym and a compliant jury. As for the things she hates, they include nicknames, the color pink, clients who don't follow her advice... and memories. Unfortunately, running from her past becomes a lot harder when one of her ex-husbands calls from her hometown of To ...more
Published January 2005 by Chivers Sound Library
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Aug 24, 2009 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the plotline behind this book but I found the main character annoying. She is a man-stealing emotional cripple who constantly plays with the emotions of pretty much everyone around here and then has crying pity fests over how messed up she is. I found it hard to connect with that although I suppose it worked as far as the "big picture" of the book was concerned. I liked her ex-husband (the first, not the second) much better. Actually, I liked pretty much everyone else better, and I felt ...more
Ira Therebel
Apr 30, 2014 Ira Therebel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, novel, fiction
I wasn't really expecting much of this book. I mainly chose it to have an easy read to make a plane flight go by faster and because the setting is Toronto, and it is always fun to read something happening on the streets that one is very familiar with.

I am also not a book snob, and do find a few easy read literature that I find amusing and greatly entertaining. This was not the case here.

The crime part was alright. Nothing high class mysterious, but not too bad. The twist at the end was nothing
Paula Dembeck
Amanda Travis is a beautiful and successful twenty-eight year old defense attorney living in Southwest Florida. She has spent the last ten years creating a different life for herself, far away from the difficult memories of her childhood in Toronto. There she remembers an alcoholic mother who either ignored or verbally abused her and a father who neglected her. She has subsequently learned to be careful to keep people at a distance and never to let anyone get too close. Repeated and mindless sex ...more
The Listmaker
Apr 23, 2009 The Listmaker rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
I was given this book without one word of review. I can see why.

The mystery itself is actually sort of compelling, but what drags this book down is the introspective crapfest surrounding the main character. I found myself skimming those portions of the book just looking to get to the meat of the story.

It didn't help that Amanda was a most unlikable character.

Methinks this is an author I won't be reading again.
Apr 03, 2012 Priscilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well it speaks to the storyline and gripping writing style of this novel that has me finished in 8 days. Yes, it was a quick read. The fact that the story had me guessing and flipping pages trying to put the pieces together in this murder mystery, i'm delighted to have had a chance to read this book.

I didn't like the main character's whinny, over the top personality. It prevented me from really sympathizing with her much. Sure she had a rough childhood and the truth that rocks not only those in
Joy H.
Jan 03, 2010 Joy H. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, easy-read
RE: _Puppet_ by Joy Fielding
An easy read. Good plot, excellent ending, but gets a bit boring in the middle. Sometimes I found it annoying when the protagonist talked to herself too much. It's not stream of consciousness; somehow it just seemed sophomoric at times. (The following GR reviewer calls it an "introspective crapfest". LOL : ====>

Also, the author wastes time on boring details which aren't relevant to the story. They seem like mere fillers to ma
In this novel, Amanda Travis is an emotionally-closed-off woman in her late 20s working as a criminal defense attorney in Florida. When Amanda gets an unexpected, urgent phone call from her ex-husband, she is shocked and dismayed to learn that her estranged mother has shot and killed a man in her hometown of Toronto. Her ex urges her to come home and assist in dealing with her mother, who appears to want to plead guilty and go directly to prison. Amanda wants nothing more than to hide in Florida ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"Puppet features the beautiful Amanda Travis, a successful twenty-eight-year-old criminal attorney who wins just about every case for her less than admirable clientele. A Florida transplant, Amanda races through her glamorous life, her only concerns being herself, a good bottle of red, and her pristine Palm Beach condominium. Her estranged mother, dead father, two ex-husbands, a love that once consumed her, and countless one-night stands have since lagged far, far behind.

But when ex #1 w
Maddie Smith
Sep 14, 2013 Maddie Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a woman named Amanda. She lives in Miami as a lawyer. One day gets a call from her ex husband Ben telling her that her mother murdered a man. Amanda then hesitantly flies back to her home town Toronto, Canada to help Ben (her mothers lawyer) solve the mystery of why she murdered this man. Throughout the book, they unfold more and more revealing quite a bit of Amanda's past that she had never imagined. In the end, the two figure out that there was more to Amanda's childhood tha ...more
Jul 15, 2010 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the mystery, but I also enjoyed the static of the mother-daughter friction that was an interesting undercurrent of the story. Though Amanda may seem cold and in a sense, uncaring and rebellious toward the first half of the book, I was intrigued by the way Fielding gradually "warmed" up Amanda's personality by unveiling things from her past that explains where she's coming from and why she is the way she is, to a certain degree. As I got to know more about Amanda and her relationship wi ...more
Sussie Hansen
I loved it, and I did not see the ending coming.
It is a very different book, I looked the caracters and the settings.
Jan 27, 2016 Elusive rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
In ‘Puppet’, highly successful lawyer Amanda Travis gets a blast from the past when her first ex-husband, Ben calls her and delivers some bad news. Her mother has shot a stranger in the lobby of the Four Seasons hotel, resulting in his untimely death. As much as Amanda doesn’t want to see her mother who’s made her feel unloved since she was a child as well as Ben who she still has feelings for, she finds herself immediately flying from Florida to Toronto.

The crime and mystery aspects were pretty
Dec 14, 2010 Marney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this one while doing chores around the house; the first audio book I'd listened to in a long time. I chose it because I had enjoyed a few Fielding mysteries in the past, but this seemed excruciatingly slow, perhaps because the plot was so predictable, or maybe because the reader read it so slowly. I actually only listened to the end to confirm that I was correct about the "revelation". If I had actually sat down to read this one I would have considered it time wasted.
Aug 15, 2015 Marian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first started this book I really wasn't expecting much,but after a few pages I was hooked. Amanda Travis is a lawyer living the single life in Florida. Her relationships with men are shallow , one night stands, no strings attached. One evening she receives a call from Ben, ex-husband #1, that her mother has been charged with murdering a man. Amanda's mother readily confesses to the crime, but why she killed a stranger makes no sense. Going back home to Toronto brings back Amanda's painful ...more
Dec 02, 2013 Nair rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The need to find your origins is such a compelling one for the one who had an unusual childhood. The driving force behind the book is childhood really defines the person you are and the bad things that happen to a person might result in catastrophic events.Joe Fielding is a master at psychological thrillers and she does a good job in Puppet building suspense to the eventual climax which for me was not so thrilling :)nevertheless it had its moment
Jan 26, 2016 Tamara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Die Geschichte des Krimis in diesem Buch fand ich wirklich gut ausgedacht und spannend. Die Dinge passen zusammen, wenn sie auch das Verhalten und die Beweggründe ihrer Mutter nicht 100-%-ig nachvollziehbar sind. Mit dem tatsächlichen Ausgang der Geschichte hätte ich auf jeden Fall nie gerechnet, daher war es ehrlich spannend.
Amanda ist als Hauptperson so ziemlich die letzte Person, die ich mir gewünscht hätte. Auch wenn sie meint, dass das nunmal seine Gründe hat oder wie auch immer, bin ich,
I usually love Fielding's work however that was not the case with this book. The main character was completely self centered and I just couldn't stand her. Most of the story was about her charging about, doing and saying anything she felt like, at the expense of others. With that said, the twist at the end was just disturbing.
Luci Block

A more un-likeable character in fiction other than Amanda Travis I have yet to come across: a self-centered exhibitionist, consciousness-less, immature, man-stealing avowed victim and proud of it.

At times I found this novel Puppet by Joy Fielding difficult to read but I plodded through with the view of gaining insight into the thought processes of borderline schizophrenics/sociopaths as I have known a few (very few, thankfully!) in reality.

The conclusion to the mystery behind this novel wa
Petula Darling
May 20, 2010 Petula Darling rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The mystery wasn't bad, but the main character was so awful that the book was a challenge to get through. Add to that a plethora of annoying fantasy sequences, and I had to give one star to an author I have previously enjoyed.
Sep 11, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gift
A fast fluffy read, the writing trite and predictable enough to elicit eye rolling. The mystery part of the story line created enough tension to keep me reading.
May 26, 2014 Tiffanicl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fielding goes for shock value. And Succeeds. There is no way that I could have guessed at such an ending. Only downside is you do spend the book inside of a less than likeable character. I know in order to create a riveting novel you must have an admirably flawed character. That is where joy fielding did too little admirable and too much flaw.
The main plot of the story is centered around Amanda making her way back to the home she abandoned years ago because her mother has been arrested for sho
I really like this book, especially the main character Amanda. I felt that she was someone that I could really relate to, well not so much the sexual prowess bit, but her self-doubt and family problems really stood out for me. I loved how she was casual about sex, she knew she used it as a way to keep men from getting to close to her heart kind of using intimacy as protection against intimacy and had no problem letting it stay that way. She basically falls apart through the course apart, she's ...more
Apr 10, 2009 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
As usual, Fielding delivers a gripping mystery that is very, very well crafted. I thought I had the story figured out but, surprisingly, I was WRONG! lol

From dust jacket:

"Puppet features the beautiful Amanda Travis, a successful twenty-eight-year-old criminal attorney who wins just about every case for her less than admirable clientele. A Florida transplant, Amanda races through her glamorous life, her only concerns being herself, a good bottle of red, and her pristine Palm Beach condominium. He
Peggy Walker
I enjoy reading books by Joy Fielding. The protagonist is always female, and even if the character is dealing with extremely difficult circumstances, they always seem to find an inner strength or courage or resourcefulness to "solve" whatever mystery the book presents. I think the author takes a real chance in this book, because she makes the heroine very unsympathetic through much of the book. She's promiscuous, she drinks too much, she avoids any kind of real feeling of connection with anyone, ...more
Sep 20, 2010 Marca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main characters are not sympathetic or likeable. The main character Amanda talks to voices from the past in her head, which can be confusing. That said, the mystery at hand is a good one with several twists that I did not see coming. Amanda Travis, an attorney in Palm Beach, learns that her mother back home in Toronto shot a man in a hotel lobby at point blank and is prepared to plead guilty. Amanda reluctantly returns to Toronto where her ex-husband, also an attorney, is trying to defend he ...more
Lena Mingis
Jan 19, 2016 Lena Mingis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love the stories that Joy Fielding can weave. However, this one was not one of my favorite's of hers. As a comparison, my last Fielding book was Mad River Road which had me on the edge of my seat the entire time and literally shocked me with how it turned out. In this one, I was rolling my eyes before the storyline even started because it spent too long on how damaged the main character was. The big twist was a surprise, but not a shock, and the ending was suddenly there with everything neatly ...more
Jun 26, 2015 Leanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fairly intriguing mystery of incest and murder. This Fielding novel brings the protagonist back to Canada to learn her mother's secrets and revisit her past love. The story did propel forward however its progress was hindered by redundant writing passages explaining Canada life to the obvious anticipated American reader. Most of these passages could have been left out and much of the inner monologue of the protagonist was unnecessary.
At the center - a good story, very close to a true life story (without the murder) from a few years back. The central character, while trying to defend her mother on a murder charge, spends too much time thinking about sleeping with strange men, thinking about sleeping with strange men, thinking about sleeping with her ex. How she'll manage to save her mother while looking for a bed to lie in, turns out to be quite interesting.
Mar 28, 2013 Floriane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Die Anwältin Amanda Travis lebt in Florida - glücklich und fern von ihrer Vergangenheit. Eines Tages bekommt sie einen Anruf von einem ihrer Ex-Männer. Ihre Mutter hat einen Mann erschossen, in der Lobby eines Luxus-Hotels.
Sie reist nach Toronto, um dahinter zu kommen, warum ihre Mutter das getan hat.
An ihre Kindheit hat sie nur bruchstückhafte und oft widersprüchliche Erinnerungen. Ihr Verhältnis zu ihrer Mutter wird von ihr als kompliziert reflektiert. Mit dem Versuch, zu kären, was passiert
Oct 08, 2007 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
I like stories about powerful women. Our main character is a defense attorney who loves 'em and leaves 'em. After reading a few of her novels, I've come to the conclusion that you don't read Joy Fielding for the excellent writing. Puppet is plot-driven and kept me engaged while travelling for business - a good escapist bit of fluff. The love story with the ex-husband was predictable, yet I was still rooting for them at the end so I suppose that says something for the development. The
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Joy Fielding (née Tepperman; born March 18, 1945) is a Canadian novelist and actress. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, she graduated from the University of Toronto in 1966, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. As Joy Tepperman, she had a brief acting career, appearing in the film Winter Kept Us Warm (1965) and in an episode of Gunsmoke. She later changed her last n
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