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From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Mad River Road comes a spine-tingling thriller about a picturesque Florida town -- and the killer determined to prey on its teenage girls.

Welcome to Torrance, Florida. Population: 4,160. As Sheriff John Weber would attest, the deadliest predators to date in his tiny hamlet were the alligators lurking in th
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Published April 3rd 2007 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Less than 100 pages in I figured out "who done it," so no point in finishing. I don't particularly like the writing, it's MUCH too rambling for me to maintain interest. My mind kept wandering every time the narrator would go off on yet another tangent about their sordid past. Most of the time, even if I know the big twist, I'll still read the book to find out how things unfold, but here I just don't care and I'm certain I already have a pretty good idea of how things will go anyway. (view spoile ...more
Not as chilling as I was led to believe…

I can’t even get into a description with this one before giving my honest opinion. I think this is the first time I’ve ever read a book where there doesn’t feel like there’s a main character. I mean, the synopsis has Sandy Crosbie as the main character. While you do see a lot of her and what’s going on in her life, the teens in the book, the sheriff and his family… it’s like equal exposure. Chilling journal entries? Um, I think not. And I could tell it was

Joy Fielding is one of my favourite authors and I always jump at the chance to pick up her latest. This one did not disappoint. It's about a small town sheriff who is on the hunt for a killer after 3 young woman were killed.

There is not much to say about this one because it's really not that deep. I especially liked that this was a very fast read, like all her books usually are. And even though I figured out who the killer was about half-way through that did not slow my pace at all because the w
Farnaz ta
اینطوری بود که شب داشتم به شخصیتهاش فکر میکردم و ریشِ نداشتمو میخاروندم تا یادم بیاد این روزا مشغول دیدن چه سریالی ام که اینا بازیگراشن؟ که یادم اومد سریال نبود و کتاب بود. شهناز مجیدی این کتاب رو با اسم "خاطرات قاتل" ترجمه کرده.
Mahareni Maldini
Lagi2 Joy Fielding mmasukkn urusan prselingkuhan k dlm bukunya.Kali ini si suami ninggalin istri+anak2nya demi wanita yg hmpir smua onderdil tbuhnya udh dijejali silikon/plastik/botox.Bener2 deh ni lelaki,cm bs mkir pake ap yg ad d balik celananya.Untung sj si suami ini bner2 tipe lelaki brengsek,jd yg bc gak smp emosi wkt dia pamer kmesraan sana sini sm wanita jalang pilihannya.

Gak nyangka klo pelakunya trnyata si 'itu'.Dan lagi2,penganiayaan masa kecillah yg mmbuatnya jd seorg psikopat gila.

I would have to agree with the writer who made the comment about Delilah's weight. I work in a Middle School and many of the girls are about Delilah's height and weight and are quite popular. It was annoying to be constantly told how heavy she was and then to find out she is probably around a size 10 or 12. Certainly not anorexic but not obese either. It was also unrealistic to attribute all of the rejection and bullying to the so-called "weight problem". Other than that it was a light enjoyable ...more
Nur Saidatunnisa Widiatti
Dimulai dengan cukup baik, berakhir dengan cukup mengecewakan untukku.

Novel ini menceritakan kasus kematian beberapa gadis muda di Torrance, Florida. Serta kehidupan beberapa karakter di dalamnya. Heartstopper adalah karya Joy Fielding ketiga yang kubaca, setelah Grand Avenue dan See Jane Run. Fielding mampu menciptakan narasi dan suasana berbeda dalam ketiga novelnya. Jika Grand Avenue terasa grand dan kaku, See Jane Run cukup mendebarkan karena amnesia si tokoh utama, maka ini adalah cerita s
Anne Marie
This was a great book! As usual, I peeked at some of the reviews before I started reading this book. One of the reviews said that they knew who the killer was early on in the book. I did guess who the killer was correctly too, but I kept having to second guess myself because the author made it possible for many of the suspects to be the killer. The main thing that threw me off was if the killer was eighteen, and this person killed her aunt almost three years ago, that would make her about 15...a ...more

"Welcome to Torrance, Florida. Population: 4,160. A small town in the middle of Alligator Alley, a safe place where residents feel comfortable leaving their doors unlocked and allowing their children to run freely. It's also the town that Sandy Crosbie, a high school English teacher and mother of two teenagers, now calls home, thanks to her philandering husband who moved the family from New York just so he could live closer to the Barbie clone he secretly met on an Internet chat line.
In Joy Fieldings Thriller „Heartstopper“ wird ein kleines Dorf in Florida von einem unbekannten Killer heimgesucht, der auf brutale Art und Weise willkürlich Frauen und Mädchen tötet und zwar mit einer Kugel in den Kopf.

Im Mittelpunkt des Romans steht Mrs. Sandy Crosby, die Englischlehrerin der Highschool, doch auch andere Charaktere werden näher beleuchtet. Es werden viele mögliche Täter dargestellt, sodass ich bis zum Schluss nicht wusste, wer der Täter war und den wirklichen Täter niemals ver
Tertarik saat pertama kali membaca sinopsis, dan akhirnya aku terjebak (yang menyenangkan) dalam membacanya. LoL

Menceritakan tentang beberapa penduduk di sebuah kota kecil di Florida. Sandy, salah satu pendatang baru di kota tersebut datang setelah dibujuk oleh Ian Crosbie; suaminya. Bersama dengan Megan dan Tim, Sandy tinggal dan mengajar di sebuah sekolah. Di sisi lain, Ian membujuk Sandy dengan tujuan lain. Ia berniat untuk tinggal lebih dekat dengan kekasihnya yang dikenal dari internet, Ker
I have always loved Joy Fielding. She's the type of author where I don't even have to look at the description on her books because I know they are going to be good. I bought this book because I haven't read anything of hers in while. That being said, I was pretty surprised at how how long it took me to get into this book. I normally read a book in a day. With this one, I found myself putting it down a lot more that I picked it up. There were too many stories going on at once and too many charact ...more
From back cover:

"Welcome to Torrance, Florida. Population: 4,160. As Sheriff John Weber would attest, the deadliest predators to date in his tiny hamlet were the alligators lurking in the nearby swamps. But that was before someone adbudcted and murdered a runaway teenage girl...and before the disappearance of popular and pretty Liana Martin. The pattern is chilling to Sandy Crosbie, the town's new high school English teacher. With a marriage on the rocks, thanks to her husband's online affairs,
Phyllis Sommers
Wow! I don't remember ever gasping aloud at the climax of a novel, but gasp aloud I did with "Heartstopper." I always enjoy Joy Fielding's novels and this one is no exception.

Sandy Crosbie, an English teacher at Torrance, Florida's local high school, is in the midst of a personal and family crisis. Unbeknownst to Sandy, her husband Ian, a prominent doctor, has moved the family to Florida in order to meet up with Kerri Franklin, a woman he has become involved with on the Internet. Torrance being
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"Welcome to Torrance, Florida. Population: 4,160. As Sheriff John Weber would attest, the deadliest predators to date in his tiny hamlet were the alligators lurking in the nearby swamps. But that was before someone abducted and murdered a runaway teenage girl...and before the disappearance of popular and pretty Liana Martin. The pattern is chilling to Sandy Crosbie, the town's new high school English teacher. With a marriage on the rocks, thanks to her husband's online affairs, an
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Well, I had to turn this off and look for another audio book. There is no way to say it nicely, the book began to bore me to tears. Usually, when I listen to a book, it has to be riveting enough to help me through 30 minutes of weights and 30 minutes of the ellipitical every morning. By about chapter 10 of this book I decided to fast forward through all the chapters and listen to the music on my ipod.
This is the conundrum with audiobooks, you can't easily skim the boring parts. I think I must d
Rashmi Tiwari
The other of the two middle-of-nowhere-on-vacation-New-Brunswick mystery books I found in my hotel room. This one sucks. Seriously. I admit freely that I am no connoisseur of crime/mystery novel but really, Joy Fielding needs a sticker tattooed on her forehead with "spoiler alert in ornate cursive script. This plot was as mysterious as a Nancy Drew from elementary school.

Fat girl is evil. Again. (HATE THAT SHIT.) Totally predictable. Yawn.
When I'm in the mood for a good mystery, Joy Fielding is one of my turn-to authors. I enjoyed this one and was entertained, but it isn't a story that will stay with me.

Some of the characters are walking, talking stereotypes, but I can live with that; this isn't supposed to be classic literature. The mystery was interesting, but I guessed who-dun-it too early, and I'm not especially good at guessing the murderer in mysteries.

I wasn't a fan of the pit bull analogy early in the book:

“If he were an
Shonna Froebel
In a small town in Florida a pretty teen girl goes missing. There is much speculation about what has happened to her. When her body is found the town is shocked and scared.
We see the story told from various points of view, including that of the killer. We see their actions at certain times and see what they think of what they are doing, but we don't get a lot of clues to their identity.
We also see things from the Sheriff's point of view. John Weber has been sheriff for a long time and while he c
Earvin Putra
4/5 Seru tapi nggak sekeren See Jane Run

Ada bab dimana si Pelaku jadi pov dan sisi saikonya kerasa banget disitu. Kemudian banyak twist yang mengecoh, dan jadi bertanya2 siapa sih pelakunya.

masih sama, 100halaman terakhir baru puncaknya. dan diakhiri dengan ending yang menurutku sih kurang saiko aja.seandainya bab terakhir lebih "kejam" saya tambahin 1 bintang. tapi secara keseluruhan saya suka sih bukunya
Catherine Myers
Part of my dislike stems from the audiobook narrator. I found her delivery melodramatic and her Southern accent pretty terrible. I must admit that eventually I skipped to the last disc, just to confirm that I knew who the killer was. I found the lengthy "killer's journal" epilogue to be tedious and unnecessarily insistent on wrapping everything up with a tidy bow. SPOILER (not really): everything turns out exactly as you expect it to. Kurt Vonnegut said that this is how books should end (the rea ...more
HUGE disappointment. I've never read anything by Fielding before, and not sure I will again. The cover copy seemed quite promising as I tend to enjoy suspense novels and serial killer thrillers. But I was able to figure out who the killer was within the first 100 pages, so the following 500 were a bit plodding for me. There also seemed to be a lot of soapbox passages, especially when it came to body image in girls and women, which I felt were completely unnecessary and too much repetition. I tho ...more
Jami Dutcher
For me this book was just OK. I was able to keep going through the book but I never related or became invested in any of the characters. The plot dragged along without much progress. But I really like Joy Fielding most of the time so this one may just be a fluke for me. Maybe I wasn't in the right frame of mind to enjoy it as much as I would have liked.
Diana Donnelly
It's been awhile since I've read a book by Joy Fielding, but she's been a favorite of mine. I enjoyed this one very much and was totally surprised with the ending. Her characters were real and I thought the entire presentation was good. Thanks for another delightful read. It was a page turner.
Dies war mein erstes Buch von Joy Fielding.
Ich bin bei der Beurteilung dieses Buches hin- und hergerissen.
Die Story ist interessant, aber nichts aussergewöhnliches. Teilweise passiert etliche Seiten mehr oder weniger Nichts, dennoch war es ganz gut geschrieben. Die Charaktere waren sehr gut geschildert und man konnte sich gut in die Personen hineinversetzen.
Während ich das Buch las, fand ich es total interessant, nur fehlte mir hin und wieder der Drang das Buch überhaupt in die Hand zu nehmen (
Couldn't decided whether to give this 2 stars or 3. It was an ok book. The killer seemed a little obvious to me, although attempts were made to cast others as suspects too.

About a third of the way through the book, there is a scene where Sandy goes to the house of Will, a guy she just met in a bar. I could swear I have read that exact same scene before. I couldn't decide if that meant I had read this book before and just forgot, or if that scene is just a cliche of dating.

A lot of characters to
Joy always writes a book that will keep you reading to the end to find out who-did-it! She is the author of my all-time favorite book See Jane Run. Would recommend this AFTER reading SJR first.
The average whodunnit with rare attention to detail regarding human interaction. A twist in the plot at the very end is guaranteed to have you clamoring for more of Joy Fielding's work.
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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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