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Charley's Web

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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
Paperback, 608 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Pocket Star (first published 2008)
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Feb 07, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 09, 2010 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 29, 2015 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I've read by this author. My mother recommended her to me and I'm glad she did. Although about two thirds of the way through I had the identity of Jill's partner figured out I still enjoyed the book.

Charley Webb has a column in the local paper. She tells about her life, beauty secrets, whatever she wants to talk about for the week. It is very popular and she gets loads of email both good and bad.

Jill Rohmer, a convicted child murderer, is on death row and contacts Charley
Jan 21, 2014 Aisling rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
George Spirakis
Έχοντας διαβάσει και το προηγούμενό της (Σε Κώμα) πίστευα ότι θα είναι κάτι καλύτερο. Σε κάθε περίτπωση έχει μια βατή πλοκή, την οποία εξαντλεί στο όριο και κάπου μοιάζει να κουράζει τον αναγνώστη. Αποτέλεσμα; να κάνει μικρές παύσεις στη δράση χωρίς να προσδίδει κάτι περισσότερο στην αφήγηση.
Το βιβλίο ρέει, είναι εύκολο στην ανάγνωση και έχει μια καλή ιδέα για την πλοκή της ιστορίας. Αρκετοί διάλογοι, προβλεπόεμενο μοτίβο και μια πολύ μικρή ανατροπή στο τέλος που δεν σε αφήνει και άφωνο, αλλά δε
Apr 01, 2008 Sfdreams rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Lynda Kelly
Sep 24, 2016 Lynda Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This WAS a good story and I enjoyed it BUT one crashing mistake cost it 5* for me as it just wasn't acceptable. Yes, these days of e-books you need to get used to errors as the care isn't taken in presentation by the publishers but this book is titled Charley's Web and the main heroine is called Charley YET at one point her name was written as Charlie !!! Now, why the hell nobody spotted that when it managed to smack me in the face I'll never know but it made a huge difference to my reading.
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Apr 01, 2009 Charley-Shieedah rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Feb 08, 2011 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Πρόκειται για τη ζωή της Τσάρλι, μιας δημοσιογράφου, που διατηρεί μια ανάλαφρη στήλη, με θέματα που αντλεί από τη ζωή της και τις εμπειρίες της, με αποτέλεσμα να κοινοποιεί τα προσωπικά της. Εύκολο, λοιπόν, να καταλάβει κανείς πώς δίνει η ίδια στόχο τον εαυτό της και τα παιδιά της σε μια δυάδα δολοφόνων μικρών παιδιών. Το στόρι διατηρεί το σασπένς του αλλά δυστυχώς η ελαφροσύνη να πεις, η ευκολοπιστία, η αγαθοσύνη στα όρια της ηλιθιότητας του χαρακτήρα της Τσάρλι είναι εκνευριστική.
Dec 21, 2011 Arthur rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 24, 2008 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 08, 2007 Betsy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Thrillers and crime novels simply aren't my thing. I don't care about what happens at all and life is too short to read books that don't capture your attention.
Nov 05, 2015 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars!
Mary Beth
Feb 07, 2017 Mary Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've had this book on my desk for over a year, and only because I'm out sick from work, with no access to the library did I pick it up. Surprise!! It's well written and compelling! I wasn't fond of learning about the psych of a child murderer - and thankfully Joy Fielding did not go into extreme detail. It is a book about family, lack of family, forgiveness in the form of a mystery. A psychological thriller? I started it, debated continuing, and then read right on through! Four stars! And now I ...more
Jan 30, 2016 Elusive rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
In ‘Charley’s Web’, Palm Beach Post columnist Charley Webb is a single mother to two children and enjoys writing controversial articles. One day, she receives a letter from Jill Rohmer – a criminal on death row for participating in the rape and murder of three children. Jill has an irresistible proposition – she wants Charley to write her story and in return, Charley can reap the profits. Soon though, Charley begins getting e-mails from an anonymous sender threatening the safety of her own child ...more
May 25, 2010 Justin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery
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
Jun 21, 2012 Kaugummiqueen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: einzelbände
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
Sherri Hunter
May 28, 2010 Sherri Hunter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
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
Sep 20, 2016 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book.
Mar 20, 2009 Louise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Joni Thomas
Oct 29, 2012 Joni Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 20, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 04, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
"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
Mar 25, 2008 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: florida-mystery
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Suspense/2008/437 pgs
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
Teresa in Ohio
May 09, 2009 Teresa in Ohio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-read
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
Jul 02, 2012 Gen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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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