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Charley's Web

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  2,277 ratings  ·  260 reviews
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 n
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Paperback, 608 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Pocket Star (first published January 1st 2008)
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Sfdreams
Apr 01, 2008 Sfdreams rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a suspenseful mystery with engaging characters and great writing
Shelves: reviewed
I REALLY enjoyed this book!

I read a lot of mysteries, and this kept me engrossed and guessing up until the last moment.

The main character is a reporter with the Palm Beach Post, and the emails she receives from the readers of her column are interspersed throughout the book, and were interesting to read.

I highly recommend this to anyone who likes a suspenseful mystery with engaging characters and great writing.
Aisling
I was singularly unimpressed with this book, and I was puzzled by this as I have read other books by Fielding which I thoroughly enjoyed. I found the writing style and the lack of flow (the story was told in increments with a rather disconnected jumping from idea to idea) somewhat disconcerting, but the real reason I didn't care for--and didn't choose to finish--the book is that I could summon up no empathy for, nor any interest in, any of the characters, beginning with Charley Webb herself. I d ...more
Charley-Shieedah
Apr 01, 2009 Charley-Shieedah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a good read and and a good mystery
Shelves: adult-fiction
I absolutely loved this book. Had me completely engrossed from the very first line: “Hey, Charley: Just a brief note to let you know that aside from being THE WORST COLUMNIST WHO EVER LIVED!!! you are quite THE MOST SELF-ABSORBED WOMAN ON THE PLANET!!!”

What’s not to love about a mystery that starts like that? Everything. I really enjoyed reading this.

Charley {Charlotte} Webb, mother of two—Franny and James—is a controversial journalist for the Palm Beach Post that’s always stirring up an assortm
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Michelle
Being a new reader to Joy Fielding's work, I was not sure what to expect of 'Charley's Web', and was less than thrilled when I read the synopsis. At the library I would have steered clear from this book giving it a cursory glance and resuming my search. You see, as a reader I have this growing apprehension about reading novels where the main character is a reporter. You might be asking yourself why? and to be perfectly honest I don't know the answer--in my reading world it just is--what can I sa ...more
Marie
I read this book a long time ago, but for some reason never reviewed it here on Goodreads before now. Perhaps I did not belong to this club when I read this book. I am a huge fan of Joy Fielding. She has written some really great books, this being one of them. Although, I found the subject matter very distasteful (child abuse), I read the book anyway. I have been known to put books down that contain either child abuse or animal abuse, but this book does us the favor of not dwelling on that subje ...more
Kellyflower
It's hard to like a book when the main character is not like-able. She even admits it. That she puts up walls and is not friendly with anyone. She doesn't even speak to her co-workers. She has embarrassed neighbors with her columns and thinks nothing of it.
"For God's sake, Lynn. What did you expect?" Charley interrupted, annoyed at having to defend herself. "I'm a reporter. You know that. This sort of story is right up my alley. Of course I'm going to write about it....."

So she's not friendly
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Arthur
I enjoy Joy Fielding and again in search of something by the same author I found Charley’s Web. Whether it’s solid character development, again convincing points-of-view or just suspense that appeals to you, a thrilling quick round of a suspenseful whodunit – Charley’s plausible life, her self fashioned personal column articles from her personal experiences make this seamlessly intriguing reading, well worth picking up for a fast read.
Rhonda
I just happen to love Joy Fielding. She has the best suspense fiction and I was hooked immediately to the story when I started listening. I was so engrossed by the story that I had forgot that it was a whodunit so it was nearly the end of the book before I realized I needed to try and figure out who did it. It was a quick read for me, and if you enjoy suspense then you will enjoy this book
Lara Ellis
I started off really wanting to like the protagonist in this story. She is 'tough' and 'gutsy' and 'not afraid to speak the truth' in her role as a journalist. The further I got into the book however, the less appealing she became. She was just very unrealistic in my view.
However, the plot and suspense kept me breezing through and I got very caught up in the intensity building towards the end.

HOWEVER *spoiler alert* one of my personal pet peeves is when a character you trust and put your faith
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Betsy
Yeah, it's complete mindless popcorn, but it's skillful mindless popcorn. And a very fast read. And even though I thought I'd figured out the villain's identity, I hadn't.
Dorsi
The thing I like most about Joy Fielding is her ability to keep the reader engaged in the story. Her writing style is smooth and easy. Her character development is quite good as well.

Although I figured out who dunnit pretty quickly, I still enjoyed this story. I was reading along, knowing who dunnit, when a little twist occurred making me question whether or not I really knew after all. I did, in fact, know. But that twist made my jaw drop a couple inches.

I am quite torn whether to give this 3
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Denise
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars for Fielding's latest, August 27, 2008

This review is from: Charley's Web: A Novel (Hardcover)

This was a novel that, despite its predictability, provided enough depth and entertainment to keep me reading even after I had figured out the denouement. The story -- a convicted child killer wants a book written about the crimes and holds out some tantalizing information that she may not have acted alone though she was the only one tried, convicted and put on death row. I ha
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Sharal Hunter
Not my favorite Joy Fielding story, but was definitely time well spent. Initially, I had a difficult time liking Charley. She comes across as very unapproachable and harsh. But after spending time with her, I was able to see beneath the hard exterior that surrounds her. At first glance, you see a woman who is career driven, raising two children by two different men on her own, is estranged from her family, disliked by her neighbors and disrespected by her boss and coworkers. What ultimately emer ...more
Joni Thomas
I had never even heard of Joy Fielding until I was browsing my local library last week. I saw a whole row of novels by her and picked up one of the books and was immediately intrigued. I had a hard time figuring out which book to borrow but I chose Charley's Web because of the interesting and unique title.
I was quickly absorbed in this novel. I never wanted to put it down. Charley is such a likable character and and the words just flowed right off the page.
As Charley becomes more involved with
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Linda
Charlie’s Web is a psychological thriller novel with suspense, romance and mystery. It was not one of my favorite Joy Fielding novels. The main character, Charley is not a strong character and did not invoke feelings of interest in me as a reader. It was light and entertaining but not believable.
Charlie is a writer who is assigned to fluff newspaper columns when she becomes connected with Jill, a woman on death row. The idea of a book deal and the possible fame and money that would accompany th
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Tracy
I was surprised at how much I liked this. I don't think I've ever read anything from Joy Fielding before (at least, for which I can remember her as the author), and I wasn't expecting anything more than your average thriller. But it was that and more. It was better written than I'd anticipated, and where some of these have somewhat unrealistic dialog, that wasn't the case here. The plot grabbed me right away (and I want it on the record that I knew whodunit about 3/4 of the way through but was n ...more
Justin
This is my first stab at the thriller subcategory of the mystery genre. This book is okay. Not great, by any stretch of the imagination, but it kept me turning pages despite my qualms with it.

The story follows Charlotte “Charley” Webb, an op-ed/lifestyle columnist in Florida, as she suddenly finds herself at a career-defining crossroads. She receives a letter from Jill Rohmer, a young woman on death row for the brutal rape and murder of three children she once babysat. The letter reveals her to
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Teresa in Ohio
THis book is closer to 3.5 than a 4. Charley writes a bi weekly column for a Florida paper. She is contacted by a death row inmate convicted of torturing and killing 3 small children. She agrees to write the book and is drawn into a socialpath's demented world. Jill plays her, lies to her and only dribbles out the truth to keep her hooked. The problems I had with this book is Charley can be irresponible and does some stupid things. On the other hand the story is written at a pace that keeps you ...more
Gen
This is the second book by Joy Fielding that I read, and I loved this one even better than the first. I immediately felt a certain level of kinship with this story's heroine - Charley Webb. Spunky, independent and a non-conformist... But nonetheless an awesome mom, a nice person. Granted, she's a bit messed up... But hey, it certainly adds a few plus points in the entertainment angle. I love Fielding's portrait of the villain too - now that character is beyond just messed up. She's seriously ins ...more
Louise
Very good novel. I went back and forth as to who I thought Jill's partner-in-crime was and ended up, ultimately, guessing correctly, but I was fooled for a minute near the end!

From dust jacket:

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 y
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Kaugummiqueen
Da Charley Webb selber keine harmonische Kindheit hatte, setzt sie alles daran, ihren Kindern eben genau das zu ermöglichen. Dank einer erfolgreichen Kolumne, die sie in einer Zeitung schreibt, kann sie sich auch einen gewissen Lebensstandard wünschen und lebt (bewusst) alleinerziehend. Eines Tages bekommt sie Post von einer Frau namens Jill Rohmer. Diese geriet vor einigen Jahren in die Schlagzeilen, da sie auf bestialische Weise drei junge Kinder ermordet hatte. Seitdem sitzt die junge Frau im ...more
Judy
Guess I need to give this book four stars because I stayed with it. I started listening to the audio & I liked the reader. But the tracks were messed up on my computer; I got the print edition from the library to finish it. I read Fielding's "See Jane Run" years ago, loved it & kept thinking that this book wasnt as good. Maybe I wasn't as discriminating when I was younger--Ha. Charley, the main character in this book is a strong-willed woman who writes a newspaper column & agrees to ...more
Sarah
"Eine Psychopathin in der Todeszelle. Eine Frau auf der Suche nach der Wahrheit. Und ein perfides Spiel, bei dem nur einer gewinnen kann."

Charley Webb, Kolumnistin und alleinerziehende Mutter zweier Kinder bekommt einen Brief von Jill, einer Frau, die drei Kinder auf bestialische Weise gequält und ermordet haben soll. Jill möchte die ganze Wahrheit erzählen und Charley soll ein Buch darüber schreiben. Nach einigen Bedenken willigt sie schließlich ein, bekommt während ihrer Recherche aber Drohbri
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Jaime
I thought this was a good read. Charley is very independent, and uses her independence to build up a wall that protects her from getting emotionally involved with other people, whether they be her neighbors, the mother who was gone for most of her life, her sisters, or even the fathers of her children. When she begins to dig into Jill Rohmer’s damaged world, cracks appear in her own wall. Despite the tweeness of the title of her newspaper column ("Webb Site", which the author tries painfully har ...more
Pam
03/29/08
TITLE/AUTHOR: CHARLEY'S WEB by Joy Fielding
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Suspense/2008/437 pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: Stand-Alone
TIME/PLACE: Present/Palm Beach County, FL
CHARACTERS: Charlotte Webb/newspaper columnist
FIRST LINES: Hey, Charley: Just a brief not to let you know that aside from bieng the worst columnist who ever lived!! you are quite possibly the most self-absorbed woman on the planet!!!

COMMENTS: library book. Charley is a flawed charancter, has an acerbic tone, aliena
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Suzanne
This book had me hooked from page 1. Charley is a newspaper columnist who writes about fluffy/frilly subject,i.e., Brazillian waxing, clothing,shoes, whatever's on her mind at the time. She, of course, gets fan mail daily. Some people like her;some don't. One particular email really grabs her attention when the writer tells her to "DIE, BITCH, DIE" and to watch very closely over your kids. She is also a single mother of 2 children.
Several days later, another email comes her way that gets her att
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Phyllis Sommers
I so enjoy this author, who has a uniqueness about her and the stories she tells. In this novel, Charley Webb is a journalist who writes a weekly column of "straight talk," dealing with everything from the menial to the thought-provoking. When Charley is asked to write the biography of Jill Rohmer, a young woman who is on Death Row for the tortuous murder of three young children, Charley becomes convinced it will be a worthwhile project. The author uses their interviews as a means of juxtaposing ...more
Gail Kennett
Really enjoyed this book. Have not read anything by this author previously, and now am wondering why. The story was interesting with some twists and turns. The family relationships, or lack thereof, were realistic and reminded me of people and families I know. This kept me guessing right up until the end. I thought I had figured it out a couple of times, but was completely surprised. Will definitely be looking for more books by Joy Fielding.
Annie
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. 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 ha ...more
Shonna Froebel
This was definitely a page-turner, particularly toward the end. Charley (Charlotte) Webb writes a newspaper column that gets her a lot of mail, not always complimentary. It also hasn't been good at promoting friendships. Charley has two children, but didn't marry either of the fathers. Her mother left the family when Charley was eight and her three younger siblings still haven't got over that. Charley is trying to get to know her mother, but sometimes struggles with it.
She gets a letter from a y
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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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