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Beautiful, happily married, and the owner of a successful interior design business, Casey Marshall couldn't be more content with her life, until a car slams into her at almost fifty miles an hour, breaking nearly every bone in her body and plunging her into a coma. Lying in her hospital bed, Casey realizes that although she is unable to see or communicate, she can hear eve...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 1st 2009 (first published 2009)
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A typical and therefore pretty average Joy Fielding book.

Typical for Joy Fielding is, that mysteries are always revealed too quickly, the solution to the puzzle is usually served to the reader on a silver platter and most of the book just focuses on the victim/perpetrator showdown instead of riddles, sidetracks and unexpected revelations.

There was no real effort to build up a real mystery in the first place, there was no effort to even set the reader on the wrong track - everything was delivere...more
S. Wilson
With over twenty books under her belt, Joy Fielding is bound to improve with every novel, yet occasionally produce work that feels like it is a step backward to her faithful readers. Still Life: A Novel, while well-written in spite of a tricky Plot device, still manages to fall short of what Fielding fans have come to expect.

The gimmick of having the books narrator spend the majority of the novel non-communicative yet fully aware of her surroundings in a coma, attempting to solve her attempted m...more
I have become a fan of Joy Fielding's work just recently. I started out by reading her book HeartStopper and was quite intrigued by the mystery she portrayed in her book.
The same thing happened again when I read her book Charley's Web, and this latest selection did not disappoint me either.
This story has an air of mystery surrounding it as the lead charcter is hit by a car and left in a coma. What no one can figure out is that she can hear everything going on around her and she finds out that h...more
A unique story told from the point of view of a victim after an attempt to murder her left her undead but in a comatose state. Fielding cleverly weaves in and out of Casey's comatose dreams and realities, sometimes blurring the line between the two, resulting in a very interesting view into the confused mind. After reading this novel, I'm left wondering whether people in comas are actually conscious. How often are people laying in hospital beds, alert but unable to communicate to us and frustrat...more
Lynn Pribus
Just OK. I probably wouldn't have finished if my book group wasn't reading it. While the plot was interesting, the characters were stock -- the drunken mother, the cynical friend, the good little girl -- the dialogue ordinary and the backstories long and distracting.

My impression: this successful author had a contract for a book of a certain length and padded a shorter story to make up the difference.

I lost count of how many times she thought, "This can't be happening! This can't be happening! T...more
This was told from the perspective of the patient Casey Marshall who is left in a deep coma with all her bones broken after a hit and run accident. While in this coma she figures out she can hear everyone around her but not see. She learns her accident may have not been an accident at all, and who her friends really are. It was really good up until the end. I felt it was rushed and the ending was just there when the story line couldn't go any further.
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and uninspired ..., April 13, 2009

This review is from: Still Life: A Novel (Hardcover)

Here is yet another Fielding novel, after Charley's Web: A Novel that has not lived up to my expectations. I've been quite disappointed in the past several books by an author whose novels I used to automatically purchase. One of the publisher reviews called Still Life "a heart-pounding mainstream thriller"" - I'm not sure what book with that title the person was referring to, but...more
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Imagine being locked inside your own body, able to hear everything that is going on around you but unable to respond in any way. That's the situation that interior designer Casey Marshall finds herself in after being hit by a car and almost dying. Before the accident, she had a full life with a loving husband, several deep friendships and a well-to-do lifestyle financed by an inheritance.

As Casey lies in a coma in the hospital, she is unable to see, speak or move. She only gradually begins to re...more
432 Seiten Spannung sehr amerikanischer Machart. Casey ist mir schon suspekt aufgrund ihres Vornamens - und sie erfüllt auch sonst sämtliche Klischees: sie ist bildhübsch, erfolgreich auf eigenen Beinen stehend, hat ziemlich 'fett' geerbt und hatte keine einfache Kindheit. Das einzig unerwartete für mich war, dass sie nicht nur gekonnt Golf spielen konnte, sondern deshalb auch gleich ein Golfstipendium angeboten bekam. Ich wusste gar nicht, dass es soetwas gibt.
Aber zurück zum eigentlichen: nach...more
Lisa Lilly
Casey Marshall owns her own decorating company and loves her wonderful husband and friends. Then she suffers severe injuries from being hit by a car and is plunged into a coma. Casey gradually becomes aware of what's happening around her. She can hear, at least some of the time, but can't move, see or communicate. What she learns is that the people she loves might not be quite who she thought they were, and the "accident" may have been an attempt on her life.

This is the best suspense novel I've...more
♥ Marlene♥
Well this is a book where you do not have to use your brains so if you are looking for an easy read this is it.

I am sure that when I was younger I would have loved it, but after reading so many books (and getting older) I did become more critical so only 3 stars tops for this book.

Indeed very predictable. You know how it will end from the start really. I also thought it was a tad weird that everybody was talking to this comatose person lying in hospital (at first). Mean husband told her all his...more
The perspective of a comatose 32 years old women victim of a hit-and-run who struggles to regain consciousness while she discovers who they friends and family really are, certainly sounds interesting. That was the perspective I had when I read the synopsis, and that's what the book is about, but Joy Fielding was unable to deliver the plot properly.

While this book had some cool scenes where shocking truths came to light and people were murdered and Casey fought to wake up and regain the use of he...more
The premise was interesting, but could've been done more effectively. The first half of the book was alright, but the conversations started becoming really redundant, and the long flashback scenes were distracting and redundant as well. I liked how the author really tried to show the past and develop the characters, but some of the flashbacks merely showed the characters in similar scenarios as other flashbacks, and therefore was really a waste of time because you didn't learn anything new. This...more
This book was very interesting for me. You see I had also experienced a long period of being in a coma. I lived her nightmare of not hearing, speaking or seeing for a long period of time. The descriptions of her frustrations about her brain functioning and lack of communication skills was so "spot on" Even the title of the book, "still life" was so fitting. I did feel that her period of recovery was brushed over too quickly, but I am sure the author just wanted the story to end happily. Relearni...more
Someone recommended this to me, I have no clue why. The premise could have been interesting: after being hit by a car, a woman awakens in the hospital, but can't see, can't move, in a coma by all appearances. Then (insert sinister music) it seems the accident is no "accident." The cast of suspects take turns going into her room and yakking it up about whatever happens to be passing through their shallow minds. The characters aren't characters, they are caricatures. The rich "ladies who lunch," t...more
Kelly Konrad
Bah. Still Life came across to me as rather contrived. One of those, "Hell, I could write better than this" kind of books. Typical perfect character with the single flaw - a daddy and mommy that apparently put Joan Crawford in the running for Parent of the Year. Oh - and more money than God, so of course she attracts a few ne'er-do-wells into her life. But you know, she's just so darn perfect, you can't help but over her. Well, someone didn't, and it's pretty obvious who, and the book just got m...more
I have loved Joy Fielding's suspenseful books and this one does not disappoint. Casey is a wealthy woman who had a horrible childhood, but has married the man of her dreams. She has at long last started a career as a decorator which she has long dreamed of becoming. She is on top of the world. After having lunch with her two best friends, however, her world comes crashing. As she walks to her car, Casey is hit by a hit and run driver and sinks into a coma. What would it be like to hear what is g...more
Mrs. Bowers
This one is definitely a page-turner, although I'm not sure if it was the suspense or the elementary writing that made it go so quickly. The concept was very cool: a woman gets hits by a frenzied car and gets stuck in a coma...but, unbeknownst to her family and friends, she can hear every word that's uttered in her presence. Eventually, she overhears that the hit-and-run wasn't exactly an accident. I loved this fly-on-the-wall idea, but the "twists" were poorly executed. It was easy to predict w...more
I really enjoyed reading this book. Suspense is always a fantastic read and this was my first Fielding novel. From the moment the accident happened, i was wondering who would want Casey dead? Then i realized that so many people had reasons to get her out of the picture. I did immediately suspent Warren. I didn't believe his whole broken hearted husband act. I was cheering Casey on everytime she would make some progress. I disliked Patsy's character so much but i didn't wish her outcome on her. I...more
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Dawn Olson-Thorner
I love all Joy Fielding books.....they catch me at the beginning and I usually can't put the books down until I'm finished. That being said, I found this one started out slow, and although it was more suspenseful and captivating as it went on, the ending was lacking. I enjoyed the book but I expected more.
I absolutely devoured this book! I'm a nurse and I've always treated comatose/unresponsive patients as though they can hear me, at the very least telling them who I am and what I would be doing. If I hadn't already done this, I most certainly would have started after reading this book.
What Casey went through in this story would be absolute hell. I felt many things while reading this, to include heart break at the unthinkable betrayal, anger at that nitwit nurse's aide Patsy, frustration at the...more
Linda I
Ehh...this book was okay but nothing spectacular. Casey Marshall is an heiress with a seemingly perfect life. She's married to the man she loves and runs her own successful interior design firm. Though her nefarious parents may have died leaving her and her troublesome sister a massive fortune, she's still a pretty simple person; trusting and loving as a saint. However, her perfect life is ruined in more ways than one when a hit-and-run driver slams into her at 50 mph, breaking every bone in her...more
This was the first book that I have read from this author and I was very much impressed. I really enjoyed reading this book; the book opens with Casey Marshall having lunch with her friends, but this lunch doesn't end like any other instead once she finishes lunch she walks back to her car where she is hit by a car ending up in a coma, but its a coma where she experiences what is known as locked in syndrome where she knows what is going on around her she can hear people but can not see them or i...more
Sharal Hunter
Joy Fielding is no stranger to the suspense genre as any fan of her books can attest. I know that when I want nail-biting suspense, a Joy Fielding book is a good choice and Still Life delivers. Our heroine, Casey Marshall has a good life. Married to the man of her dreams, a good career, good friends and financially well-off, she has what most of us can only wish for. Unfortunately, her perfect life changes in a split-second when she is run down by a hit and run driver.

This story takes a siniste...more
A sign of a good book is usually an incredibly good first chapter, drawing you into the story leaving you wanting more.

This wasn't the case with this particular book, the first chapter introduces 3 girls who could be perceived as "airhead", rich, beautiful, good standards of living and perfect lives (well in the case of Casey). It sounded initially as though it was the start of a chick lit book (I HATE chick lit) and took me a while to get past that.

However, I persevered and found myself enjoyi...more
Question#1: When is an accident not an accident? Answer: When a car going 50MPH is used as a murder weapon putting you into a state of dysphasia and paralysis that leaves you able to hear and understand what is going on around you but unable to move or communicate. Your condition literally makes you a sitting duck for another attempt on your life. But who would want you dead? Could it be your friend and ex-partner, how about your drug and alcohol addled sister or perhaps the nurse hired to care...more
I was halfway through the first chapter of this book when I realized that sometime in the past, I'd read it before. Not remembering how it ended, I quickly reread the book. Casey Marshall, a young woman who seems to have it all - wealth, beauty, a successful business, a loving husband - is accidentally hit by a car and left shattered and in a coma. Or is it an accident? Despite what others think, Casey can see and hear everything that is going on around her. She finds out things about her friend...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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