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She's Not There

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  7,649 ratings  ·  934 reviews
“I think my real name is Samantha. I think I’m your daughter.”

Caroline Shipley’s heart nearly stops when she hears those words from the voice on the other end of the phone. Instantly, she’s thrust fifteen years into the past, to a posh resort in Baja, Mexico—and the fateful night her world collapsed.

The trip is supposed to be a celebration. Caroline’s husband, Hunter, co
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Ballantine Books
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Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

I have been a fan of Joy Fielding's books for many years. I have read all of her books and although I've enjoyed some more than others I'm never disappointed.

Needless to say I was very happy when I was I was approved by NetGalley to read her newest book, She's Not There. Once again I was not let down. I thought it was a great psychological suspense novel. I read it in two days but could easily have read it in one sitting if I had had the time.

Instantly after reading the blurb for She's
Miriam Smith
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"She's Not There" was a very enjoyable read that was easy to follow and had a decent storyline which kept my attention from start to finish.
Being a parent myself, you never stop worrying about your children and the thought of them going missing is just devastating. So I truly felt for Caroline when she discovered Samantha wasn't in her crib upon checking on her. I imagine she must have felt her heart had been torn out, I would - having lost my youngest son for only a couple minutes many years a
She’s Not There by Joy Fielding is a 2016 Ballantine publication.

Emotionally intense psychological thriller!

Fifteen years ago, Caroline and her husband, Hunter and their two children, join friends and family in Mexico to celebrate their anniversary.

When special plans are in jeopardy due to a babysitting problem, Hunter convinces Caroline to leave the children unattended so they can enjoy dinner together, she reluctantly agrees on the condition that they check on them often.

However, Caroline’
Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*Many thanks to Netgalley for my copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review*

I'm just going to preface this by stating there must be something wrong with me. I have read 2 child abduction books in a row while having a 3 year old and a 7 month old at home. I think its officially time for a change of plot! ;)

I've only read one other book by Joy Fielding called The Wild Zone, and while I enjoyed it, there's no comparison as she has only grown more talented as a storyteller. Carole S
Mar 02, 2016 rated it liked it
OK. I'm playin' among the stars here. I was fullout ready to give this one a 4 star review. However, this would be a 3.5 if the category existed. (Reasons to follow)

"His answer was as direct, as forceful, as an arrow to the heart. You shouldn't have left your kids alone."

Caroline Shipley and her husband, Hunter, are celebrating their anniversary at a beautiful Mexican resort. But they are certainly not alone in their getaway. The Shipley's are accompanied by their two young daughters, Michelle a
Diane S ☔
Nov 23, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 It was rather refreshing to read a suspense story without explicit violence or descriptive paragraphs of murder. Although somewhat light and not as tightly written as some this is a compulsively readable story. Kidnapped child, lightly based on the McCann kidnapping, a family in crisis, the journalists trying the mother in the press all made this a quick flowing story. Interesting characters, really wanted to see who done it and why. A few things didn't ring true for me but you can't have it ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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A few years ago I did a binge read of most of Joy Fielding's books. They're what I would describe as "psychological-thriller light". They are not my usual thing, but they suited my mood at the time. And then I hit a couple of particularly weak ones, and I lost interest. She's very prolific, so I think her efforts tend to be uneven. Last year, I read and enjoyed Someone Is Watching -- I thought Joy Fielding was back to form. And I liked She's Not There just as much. Be forewarned, if you have dif ...more
A most enjoyable audio read. It was very edge of your seat stuff and I was happy to speed up my BorrowBox loan. This one had tinges of real life - happy (on the surface) couple, holidaying in a resort, child goes missing while said happy couple are dining with their 'happy' friends. This book did make you think of the real life news story, many times.

I loved to hate a lot of the characters, and this really did spur on the excitement of the read. The poor wife would have been happy on a holiday t
SHE’S NOT THERE by Joy Fielding is a light psychological thriller without any gore or violence, a nice change from what I normally read, but still packs a real emotional rollercoaster. This is the first book I have read by this author but it won’t be the last. A Canadian novelist and actress. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, just like me so that explains why I like her and her writing.

This is a fast-paced light psychological thriller, a child abduction story, told from the mother’s point of view,
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Upon reading the blurb, I instantly thought of the tragic true life kidnapping of Madeleine McCann, a three year old girl who vanished from the family's holiday apartment in Portugal whilst her parents were out to dinner at a nearby restaurant. This year marks the ten year anniversary of her disappearance. According to Google ( thanks Google :)), police have recorded thousands of potential sightings of Maddie since she went missing. I can only imagine what a roller coaster of an emotional ride h ...more
Rachel Hall
Basing a novel on a real life tragedy that has accounted for a wealth of headlines and proved so divisive as the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from Portugal in 2007 is undoubtedly a sticky wicket and mired with potential pitfalls. Firstly, from a UK perspective, the story has rarely been off the front pages and without meaning to be callous, the majority of the general public think that the handling of the investigation has proved an enormous waste of money. Indeed it is hard to justify how ...more
Linda Strong
Children are precious. A parent’s love for their children is unparalleled, so when a child goes missing it destroys the lives of those parents who loved and cherished their offspring so dearly, and often captures the undivided attention of a whole country, or even the world.

Today is the 15th anniversary of Caroline Shipley's descent into hell. Her then 2-year-old daughter was abducted while her parents were in the dining hall of a resort. That night, she lost more than her daughter .... she lost
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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She's Not There by Joy Fielding was a thriller that kept me engaged from the first page. A young child is kidnapped from the hotel room while on a family holiday. Fifteen years later a teenage girl contacts the family to say that she thinks she is the missing child. I found this book very moving and full on suspense. I could not put it down. I would like to thank NetGalley and Bonnier Zaffre for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was quite good! I have read and enjoyed Joy Fielding in the past so I knew that I had a pretty good chance of enjoying this book as well. I have had a review copy for a while but for one reason or another never ended up actually picking it up. This is a story of a missing child so I knew that it might be a bit more emotional but when I saw that my library had a copy of the audiobook, I thought it was time to give this book a try
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the first book I have read by this author and it certainly won’t be the last!

This is one of those slow burners that gently draws you in and then before you know it, it has got you hook, line and sinker, not allowing you to go anywhere until you get to the very end.

You can’t help but think of the Madeleine McCann case when it comes to this book. A couple having a meal with friends close by whilst the children are left in the hotel room unsupervised. The majority of people certainly hold t
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have been reading Joy Fielding's novels since I picked up Kiss Mommy Goodbye. I think I was in my mid-teens when I read this book for the first time. I remember the cover was very 1980s and I think I first picked it up because it was so terrible looking. I read the synopsis and it drew me - a divorced mother lets her children go away for the weekend with their father but soon realizes she may not see them again. I remember starting it on a Saturday morning and being sucked in for the rest of t ...more
Way back in 2006 I read a novel called "The Deep End". A suspense tour de force, it caused me to become a fan of Joy Fielding.

"She's not there" is another solid suspense story which has disturbing similarities to the true case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. I'm not sure if the author used this case as a jumping off point for her novel, but it seems likely.

The story is told from two perspectives fifteen years apart. Caroline Shipley, her husband Hunter, and their two young daughters tr
As the blurb said, a lost child, a phone call fifteen years later claiming to be the lost child, and then flashbacks along with the present and future repercussions. All this sounded great which made me request for the book.
This is my first Joy Fielding book, I have heard of her but haven't read any of her previous works. Hoping to lose myself in the book, I started the story with great enthusiasm.
The story starts well, there is the feeling of anticipation of how, when, why. The author has a g
Mary Thomas
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
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Thanks to Netgalley for my copy. 3.5 stars

Caroline is still being targeted by the press 15 years after her toddler daughter vanished from their hotel room in a Mexican luxury resort. Obviously there are similarities to the kidnapping of Madeleine McCann.

The family has been torn apart by the disappearance, divorced and with a rebellious older daughter, Caroline is tortured by guilt and shame. When the phone rings and a girl claiming to be the missing Samantha it is all dredged up again.

As the st
Joy Fielding writes light mysteries and most of them are very entertaining. Her latest had a good premise but it was also a let down for me because it lacked plausibility. I was not the perfect mother when my children were growing up but I always looked after their safety and would never have left them alone in a hotel or anywhere else.

I have to say no one but an irresponsible mother, and she was not, would leave her two small children in a hotel while going to dinner even if her husband did in
Susan Johnson
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I would actually give this book a 3.5 but I could barely put it down so I bumped it to 4. I received this from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I saw another reviewer refer to it as a psychological light thriller and I think that's a perfect description. It is obviously based on the Madeline McCann case where the parents left their children unattended while they went to a dinner with friends at a restaurant while vacationing in Spain.

In this one, the parents leave their daughters alon
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Random House and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 Stars

Flashing back and forth from the present to fifteen years earlier, Joy Fielding takes you on a terrifying journey SHE’S NOT THERE, the nightmare of Caroline Shipley, an unsolved kidnapping of her infant daughter, Samantha—this year, could it possibly be her daughter calling.

Fifteen years earlier the family is on vacation to Mexico—The Grand Laguna Resort Hotel. Caroline and Hunter (an attorn
Lolly K Dandeneau
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This came out yesterday and I reviewed it back in November. For fellow Fielding fans...

This novel made me think about Madeleine McCann's disappearance. Carole Shipley is a wreck after her daughter disappears at a Mexican resort. Unlike her affable charming husband, she seems to be the one living under the cloud of suspicion and naturally blames herself. Years have died away and her relationship with her remaining daughter has been damaged from the horrific loss. Carole wants to show her daughte
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Caroline and her husband Hunter along with their two daughters are out celebrating their anniversary with family and friends in Mexico. When they come back to their suite after their anniversary dinner the unthinkable happens as their two year old Samantha is abducted from her crib.Years fly by with no trace of Samantha and take its toll on Caroline . Her relationship with her other daughter suffers and her marriage cannot withstand the pressure and falls apart.But years later on the anniversary ...more
4.5 stars

First and foremost I would like to thank NetGalley with providing me with an ARC for an honest review.

This was my first ever Joy Fielding book and it is definitely not my last! I can't believe I have not read any of her books before. I've certainly been missing out.

This book made me think of the Madeleine McCann case and I'm thinking the author may have got the idea for this book from it.

Hunter and Caroline Shipley's daughter was taken from her crib while they vacationed in Mexico for
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I have read all of Joy Fielding's book and this one rates up with one of the best. This book hooked me right away and I could not stop reading until I finished. This story was definitely a suspensful book with some crime and mystery thrown in.

Fifteen years ago, Carole Shipley was happily married with two young daughters. On her 10th anniversary, her husband wanted to take her to Mexico to celebrate. She did not want to leave her daughters with her mother, so the whole family set off. If she had
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have read an awful lot of books about missing children lately. She's Not There was one of the most emotional and also most gripping ones out of those.
You can't help but think of the case of Madeline McCann when you read this. A little girl disappears from her parents' hotel room while the parents are having dinner with friends in a restaurant close by. 15 years later, the mother receives a call from a girl who thinks she may be the missing daughter. Told from the mother's point of view, the s
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars. Of course, when I read the description of this book, I immediately thought of the little girl Madeline McCann. That was such a horrible news story. Anyways, to the book.

This showed what the disappearance of a little girl can do to a family. And believe me, this was not a family anymore. There was no love, just humans doing what they had to do to get through the day to day life. The first part of the book was actually pretty sad, which, of course, you would expect it to be.

Then the one
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first book that I have read by Joy Fielding and after enjoying this book so much, I think its time to read some of her older books. This is a story very similar to the Madeline McCann abduction in England several years ago. Caroline and her husband go to a Mexican resort for their anniversary with their two children - a five year old daughter and a two year old daughter. Some of their friends and family are also there to celebrate with them. When the babysitter doesn't show up for th ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"For my taste something extravagant and linguistically simple, yet exciting - especially to the end."
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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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