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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 (first published January 1st 2005)
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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
The Listmaker
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.
Joy H.
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...more
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
Ira Therebel
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...more
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...more
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
Maddie Smith
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
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.
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
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.
Petula Darling
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.
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.
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...more

"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...more
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...more
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
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
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...more
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...more
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
Teresa in Ohio
Amanda Travis has spent her life running from commitment, family ties and facing her past. She moves to Florida to be far away from her mother and her first ex-husband. One day the phone rings and it is Ben her ex, telling her to come home to Tornoto because her mother just shot a man in cold blood. After making it very clear, she has no intentions of coming home, she is on a plane to Canada. Once there, her mother is cold and aloof, refusing to answering any questions about the man she killed....more
This was my first time ever reading anything by Joy Fielding and I found this book to be engaging and easy to read. Although I didn't read the entire book within one day, I read it every space chance I got. This book was not only a good suspense book, but also had a love story making it a perfect combination.
Pam Jessen
I'm usually a big Joy Fielding fan, but I just could not get into this book. The main character was so dislikeable, and even though you could understand why (sort of), it didn't make her any more appealing. I also didn't really care for the way the book was written, with so much of it just her own internal dialogue. I lost track of the number of times Amanda thought to herself, "Oh no, I am NOT going there" whenever she started thinking about something from her past. Also didn't like the way Fie...more
The quote on the front states the author is "…a master of anticipation and tension." If this means wasting a reader's time with pages and pages of stupid crap that has nothing to do with the main story, and exhausting one's patience by writing dialogue made up mostly of people repeating what someone else just said or saying the same things and asking the same questions over and over again…then yeah, she's a friggin' master.

The only thing that saves it from being a complete wreck is that the prem...more
I wonder if we were supposed to like the main character in this book? Were we supposed to ignore her bitchy aggressiveness, her willingness to trample on other people's feelings,and her tendency to sluttiness? Perhaps we were meant to read her as smart, plucky and liberated? It was like the author was aiming for a sympathetic protagonist and ended up with her character getting away on her and living it up in the big city. And speaking of the city- what was with the kooky Toronto travelogue? This...more
Genna Rose
I picked this book up at Goodwill. I didn't know what to expect at all, and I found it to be pretty good. It was kind of cool that it was set, at least partly, in West Palm Beach, and actually mentioned a bunch of places I have been. Nifty. The mystery Fielding set up was pretty good. I was pretty amazed that I actually cared about the heroine, because she really comes across, at first, as a horrible person. The ultimate twist, I had guessed at early on...but then thought...nah...she wouldn't go...more
2.5 stars--decent mystery but the twist made my stomach turn and made me almost give the book 1 star.
This is a fast-moving interesting read. There were a few moments when I was exasperated with the main character, Amanda, but overall…it’s a good intriguing mystery. The story centers on Amanda. She has married and divorced twice, sleeps with just about everyone and everything, and has horrible memories of her mother. Then she gets a call from her first ex-husband telling her that her mother has shot and killed a complete stranger. Amanda returns home to Toronto to help solve the mystery as to wh...more
This is a quick read, with a dysfunctional main character, the twice-divorced criminal lawyer, Amanda Travis. After her divorce, she has sex with any attractive man who is willing, and while in bed with a stranger, she gets a phone call from her first husband saying that her mother has killed a man in the lobby of the Four Seasons in Toronto for no reason at all. Unwillingly, Amanda travels to Toronto, where she digs until she finds her mother's motive (creepy...) and the cause of her unhappy ch...more
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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...more
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