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Still Life by Joy Fielding
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Mar 18, 2012

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Read from March 18 to 21, 2012

** spoiler alert ** This book was good enough to keep me reading but frustrating enough that I wanted to throw it across the room several times. The husband turns out to be the murderer, which is a total cliche. I was really hoping that the sweet, gentle, giggly friend Gail would turn out to be the killer, since that at least would have been unexpected. Characters are constantly talking to themselves, which seems like a plot device to give Casey all the info she needs while trapped in her unmoving, unseeing body. Characters also say all sorts of things they shouldn't say in front of Casey, even though the doctors have stated that she might be able to hear while in the coma. And, at the very end, the killer talks out loud to his intended victims about his evil plan before embarking upon it, thereby guaranteeing that his evil plan will be thwarted. Clumsy plotting overall. But Fielding is a skillful enough writer that the book is still a pleasant, easy read.

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