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Schlaf nicht, wenn es dunkel wird

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  3,162 ratings  ·  319 reviews
Die Krankenschwester Terry Painter führt ein zurückgezogenes Leben in einer kleinen Stadt in Florida. Nicht selten fühlt sie sich einsam, und so fasst sie eines Tages den Entschluss, ihr Gartenhäuschen zu vermieten. Alison, die junge Frau, die bei ihr einzieht, wächst Terry sofort ans Herz, und es entsteht eine liebevolle Freundschaft zwischen den beiden. Doch langsam besc ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 2006 by Goldmann (first published August 2002)
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Holy crap, that ending was insane! I love it when I'm so thoroughly surprised by a book - I probably would not have even picked this one up except I wanted a small, light paperback to bring along on my hiking trip, and this was one of maybe four in my collection that fit the bill. I've never read anything by this author before, but I'll absolutely read more - this was creepy and kept me guessing, and I always love that! ...more
Nov 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sorry but..I really would not.
"The name tumbled slowly, almost languorously, from her lips, the way honey slides from the blade of a knife".

Whispers and Lies
by Joy Fielding


I love this writer's work. But this book was a major miss for me.

I hardly ever give ones and I do not like giving one now. I suppose I feel a bit cheated.

This book is not a psychological thriller. It is gory horror. Period. Anyone going in expecting a clever mystery with little gore should be warned.

I like my horror to be a little more subtle. T
Aug 13, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book until I got to the end. I didn't like who the villian turned out to be and it just ruined the book for me. ...more
Yun Yi
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
(My second review of this book:

How am I going to put this? A little strange yet extreme alluring story about a "boring" life a middle aged woman? No. The first thing I would tell you is: You are not going to believe what you get at the end! Never ever a book shocked me like that!

Whispers and Lies (by Joy Fielding) tells a story about a single middle aged nurse Terry Painter, who rents her cottage to an attractive young woman Alison Simms. After the young
Jul 02, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Not my favorite of her books - this was too creepy for me.
Nicole Sackin
very enjoyable read. The mystery is engaging and the ending is a total shocker!
Oct 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brandie by: Allison & Angela
OMG! This book was so good! I finished it in one day because I couldn't put it down! Very suspenseful with a great twist. I recommend this book to everyone! ...more
A slightly odd book, I wasn't exactly sure where it was going at first. There appeared to be a mystery running in the background, and the focus of the book was generally thoughts from the main character, some humorous. Suspicions abound about a few of the characters, but just when you begin to get a feel for what is going on, the book takes a full 180 degree turn. Definitely a surprise at this point! The remainder of the book does not hit quite as high as the middle, but it kept my full attentio ...more
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me by my Mom, which surprised me because a lot of the books she reads are totally different from the books I read, but we like some of the same type of books, she just happened to come across Whispers And Lies at Goodwill and she was just looking for someone to read so she bought it. She really liked it so that's why she recommended it to me, so I decided to give it a shot, and I'm glad I did.

I really like Fielding's writing style and the setting of the book, I'd ne

Who can you trust?

Nurse Terry is a middel aged woman who lives by herself after her mom died. After her mom has been sick a while, her life eventually takes an end and Terry is on her own. Since then she has had a tenant living in the cottage by the house, in that way Terry is less lonely. After Eric, the tenant one night escaped without paying the rent the past few months, Terry has been very sceptical about seeking after another tenant. She doesn't want to do the same mistake. She wants a tena
Nov 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Folks who like their mystery with a twist

When it comes to women mystery writers, I am truly devoted to Joy Fielding. She has the ability to probe into the psyches of her characters with the precision worthy of a gifted surgeon. She forces her readers to question their own feelings about love, trust, truth, friendship, and whether or not we should listen to the "little man in our heads" and follow our instincts.

Without sacrificing the plot line or giving away pertinent details, let me just say that this story of two women of divergent
Jennifer Jowsey
Sep 16, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
wow, this was pretty bad. maybe i had high expectations? my mother's coworker was reading it and said she was scared to read it at night and that it was really good, so i borrowed it (in the meantime, i had read another joy fielding book that was an okay story with good writing and decent characters). i don't know what she was afraid of - this was a snoozefest. she immediately thought one character was creepy, i immediately thought the other one. the characters are neither likable nor interestin ...more
Oct 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Can't call this a romance so I guess it is a mystery, so I guess I will call it a mystery, but the mystery is why I finished reading this book.

I have read other Joy Fielding novels and enjoyed them. This one was not for me.

A single woman lives in Delray Florida in a home she inherited from her mother. She works as nurse. There is cottage on the property and a young woman, Alison Sims, rents the cottage. They become fast friends but several times it appears that Alison is not what she has repres
Jun 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this book down! It was very suspensful and the author did a great job with a surprise ending. I wasn't thrilled with the "mother" psychosis, but it worked. This book was an extremely fast read and I would recommend it. It's a good 'weekend' book. ...more
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This book is intense. It zips along like a roller coaster ride. Never saw that ending coming though!
Brandi Eddy
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't bad, however the way things were suspenseful until pretty much the last two chapters where we learn everything! WOW is all I can say!!! ...more
Myra Blake
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
I enjoyed this book until close to the end then it took a rather unexpected turn and got really dark. I REALLY did not like it after that thus the rating of only 2 stars.
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, reviewed
A dark, unusual novel with a twist. Fans of Gone Girl may like it.
Donna George
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love her books. Amazing, unexpected ending!
Nicki Hinkle
This was a strange book. The pace seemed "off" the whole book. It was like the most boring storyline punctuated with extreme bursts of violence or psychosis of some sorts. It was hard to really get into the story.
I did like the ending twist. I did not see that coming at all. So, the book was entertaining, but it wasn't one of my favorites.
Jean St.Amand
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, wow, that one was a doozy LOL Certainly didn't expect that ending. That was a good one. ...more
Roxann Jones
I'm never disappointed with Joy Fielding's work. This book was good, not my favorite but held true to her style. ...more
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review, favorites
In ‘Whispers and Lies’, single forty-year-old nurse Terry Painter decides to place an advertisement in which she rents out the little cottage on her property. When young, beautiful Alison shows up, they instantly hit it off. Although Terry tries to revert back to her preferred landlord-tenant relationship, she finds it futile as their bond is unmistakable. But in the back of her mind, she realizes that something’s not quite right about Alison..

The story was told using the first-person narrative
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered Joy Fielding about a year, year and a half ago. I’ve only read 4 books by her. I’ve enjoyed each one.

“Whispers and Lies” was amazing! Her other books were great but this is a novel that was just nonstop entertaining.

It starts out with somewhat of a basic premise. A woman whose mom recently died rents out a cottage to a stranger. Okay, honestly, not really anything new and exciting there. Oh, sure, the questionable, shady neighbor. As if that hasn’t been done 37,587 times. Yet, Fie
Sep 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of this book was good and held my interest, but it quickly became very boring, where nothing happened for a good eighty percent of the book, and then it shoots itself down the drain. And that's the nicest way I can put what a terrible book this ended up being. Ten percent of this book was enjoyable; the rest was horrendous.

I loved Joy Fielding's "See Jane Run", and read a few of her books because of it. But they keep going from bad to worse. This one takes the cake. I hated it so m
Aug 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook, and had a really hard time getting through the book. It was boring and narration wasn't great. But because of the reviews, I really wanted to finish. I was going to give the book 2-3 stars, but the ending literally made my jaw drop. Extra stars for that. ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The ending was unbelievable. I couldn't have figured it out if I tried! ...more
May 04, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting a better ending and was tired of reading about the girl's hair over and over and over again :-) ...more
Laura Campbell
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As usual, Joy had one of those endings that blows you away - EXCELLENT
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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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