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Charley's Web

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,830 Ratings  ·  306 Reviews
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Joy Fielding tells the story of an ambitious journalist whose foray into the mind of a killer puts her own family in jeopardy.

Charley Webb is a beautiful single mother who writes a successful and controversial column for the Palm Beach Post. She's spent years building an emotional wall against scathing critics, snooty n
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ebook, 432 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by Atria Books (first published 2008)
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Diane
Mar 29, 2015 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I've read by this author. My mother recommended her to me and I'm glad she did. Although about two thirds of the way through I had the identity of Jill's partner figured out I still enjoyed the book.

Charley Webb has a column in the local paper. She tells about her life, beauty secrets, whatever she wants to talk about for the week. It is very popular and she gets loads of email both good and bad.

Jill Rohmer, a convicted child murderer, is on death row and contacts Charley
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Denise
Jun 09, 2010 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars for Fielding's latest, August 27, 2008

This review is from: Charley's Web: A Novel (Hardcover)

This was a novel that, despite its predictability, provided enough depth and entertainment to keep me reading even after I had figured out the denouement. The story -- a convicted child killer wants a book written about the crimes and holds out some tantalizing information that she may not have acted alone though she was the only one tried, convicted and put on death row. I ha
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Vichy
Πρόκειται για τη ζωή της Τσάρλι, μιας δημοσιογράφου, που διατηρεί μια ανάλαφρη στήλη, με θέματα που αντλεί από τη ζωή της και τις εμπειρίες της, με αποτέλεσμα να κοινοποιεί τα προσωπικά της. Εύκολο, λοιπόν, να καταλάβει κανείς πώς δίνει η ίδια στόχο τον εαυτό της και τα παιδιά της σε μια δυάδα δολοφόνων μικρών παιδιών. Το στόρι διατηρεί το σασπένς του αλλά δυστυχώς η ελαφροσύνη να πεις, η ευκολοπιστία, η αγαθοσύνη στα όρια της ηλιθιότητας του χαρακτήρα της Τσάρλι είναι εκνευριστική.
George Spirakis
Έχοντας διαβάσει και το προηγούμενό της (Σε Κώμα) πίστευα ότι θα είναι κάτι καλύτερο. Σε κάθε περίτπωση έχει μια βατή πλοκή, την οποία εξαντλεί στο όριο και κάπου μοιάζει να κουράζει τον αναγνώστη. Αποτέλεσμα; να κάνει μικρές παύσεις στη δράση χωρίς να προσδίδει κάτι περισσότερο στην αφήγηση.
Το βιβλίο ρέει, είναι εύκολο στην ανάγνωση και έχει μια καλή ιδέα για την πλοκή της ιστορίας. Αρκετοί διάλογοι, προβλεπόεμενο μοτίβο και μια πολύ μικρή ανατροπή στο τέλος που δεν σε αφήνει και άφωνο, αλλά δε
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Sfdreams
Apr 01, 2008 Sfdreams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a suspenseful mystery with engaging characters and great writing
Shelves: reviewed
I REALLY enjoyed this book!

I read a lot of mysteries, and this kept me engrossed and guessing up until the last moment.

The main character is a reporter with the Palm Beach Post, and the emails she receives from the readers of her column are interspersed throughout the book, and were interesting to read.

I highly recommend this to anyone who likes a suspenseful mystery with engaging characters and great writing.
Aisling
Jan 21, 2014 Aisling rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was singularly unimpressed with this book, and I was puzzled by this as I have read other books by Fielding which I thoroughly enjoyed. I found the writing style and the lack of flow (the story was told in increments with a rather disconnected jumping from idea to idea) somewhat disconcerting, but the real reason I didn't care for--and didn't choose to finish--the book is that I could summon up no empathy for, nor any interest in, any of the characters, beginning with Charley Webb herself. I d ...more
Kellyflower
It's hard to like a book when the main character is not like-able. She even admits it. That she puts up walls and is not friendly with anyone. She doesn't even speak to her co-workers. She has embarrassed neighbors with her columns and thinks nothing of it.
"For God's sake, Lynn. What did you expect?" Charley interrupted, annoyed at having to defend herself. "I'm a reporter. You know that. This sort of story is right up my alley. Of course I'm going to write about it....."

So she's not friendly
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Charley-Shieedah
Apr 01, 2009 Charley-Shieedah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a good read and and a good mystery
Shelves: adult-fiction
I absolutely loved this book. Had me completely engrossed from the very first line: “Hey, Charley: Just a brief note to let you know that aside from being THE WORST COLUMNIST WHO EVER LIVED!!! you are quite THE MOST SELF-ABSORBED WOMAN ON THE PLANET!!!”

What’s not to love about a mystery that starts like that? Everything. I really enjoyed reading this.

Charley {Charlotte} Webb, mother of two—Franny and James—is a controversial journalist for the Palm Beach Post that’s always stirring up an assortm
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Michelle
Feb 09, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being a new reader to Joy Fielding's work, I was not sure what to expect of 'Charley's Web', and was less than thrilled when I read the synopsis. At the library I would have steered clear from this book giving it a cursory glance and resuming my search. You see, as a reader I have this growing apprehension about reading novels where the main character is a reporter. You might be asking yourself why? and to be perfectly honest I don't know the answer--in my reading world it just is--what can I sa ...more
Marie
Feb 08, 2011 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a long time ago, but for some reason never reviewed it here on Goodreads before now. Perhaps I did not belong to this club when I read this book. I am a huge fan of Joy Fielding. She has written some really great books, this being one of them. Although, I found the subject matter very distasteful (child abuse), I read the book anyway. I have been known to put books down that contain either child abuse or animal abuse, but this book does us the favor of not dwelling on that subje ...more
Elusive
Jan 30, 2016 Elusive rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
In ‘Charley’s Web’, Palm Beach Post columnist Charley Webb is a single mother to two children and enjoys writing controversial articles. One day, she receives a letter from Jill Rohmer – a criminal on death row for participating in the rape and murder of three children. Jill has an irresistible proposition – she wants Charley to write her story and in return, Charley can reap the profits. Soon though, Charley begins getting e-mails from an anonymous sender threatening the safety of her own child ...more
Kim
Nov 11, 2015 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars!
Arthur
Dec 21, 2011 Arthur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Joy Fielding and again in search of something by the same author I found Charley’s Web. Whether it’s solid character development, again convincing points-of-view or just suspense that appeals to you, a thrilling quick round of a suspenseful whodunit – Charley’s plausible life, her self fashioned personal column articles from her personal experiences make this seamlessly intriguing reading, well worth picking up for a fast read.
Rhonda
Apr 07, 2008 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just happen to love Joy Fielding. She has the best suspense fiction and I was hooked immediately to the story when I started listening. I was so engrossed by the story that I had forgot that it was a whodunit so it was nearly the end of the book before I realized I needed to try and figure out who did it. It was a quick read for me, and if you enjoy suspense then you will enjoy this book
Lara Ellis
I started off really wanting to like the protagonist in this story. She is 'tough' and 'gutsy' and 'not afraid to speak the truth' in her role as a journalist. The further I got into the book however, the less appealing she became. She was just very unrealistic in my view.
However, the plot and suspense kept me breezing through and I got very caught up in the intensity building towards the end.

HOWEVER *spoiler alert* one of my personal pet peeves is when a character you trust and put your faith
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Erinkhor
Aug 31, 2015 Erinkhor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I have read by this author, the short teaser at the back and a couple of goodread reviews made me bought the book off a sale. I was impressed and hooked by the book, although there were times when i really kind of hated Charlie, but funnily enough, most of the times, i felt like i could be good friends with her aha! The setting is not the usual pretty places that i prefer to imagine in my head, but nontheless, they were interesting and challenged my creativity. Being new ...more
Betsy
Mar 22, 2008 Betsy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, it's complete mindless popcorn, but it's skillful mindless popcorn. And a very fast read. And even though I thought I'd figured out the villain's identity, I hadn't.
Annika
Thrillers and crime novels simply aren't my thing. I don't care about what happens at all and life is too short to read books that don't capture your attention.
Kally
Jul 06, 2015 Kally rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Интересен "трилър". Сложих го в кавички, тъй като не е съвсем трилър в класическия смисъл на думата.
Историята е мрачна, страшна и психясала - основната причина, поради която взех да чета книгата.
Но стилът... а-леле-майкоу - елементарен, клише до клише, раздути диалози, все едно писани от пубер, с претенции за оригиналност. Но дори да се абстрахирам от стила и да изразя мнение само за историята, пак нямаше да дам повече звездички, тъй като за мен книгата беше предвидима; развъзката не ме изненада
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Dorsi
Jul 22, 2014 Dorsi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thing I like most about Joy Fielding is her ability to keep the reader engaged in the story. Her writing style is smooth and easy. Her character development is quite good as well.

Although I figured out who dunnit pretty quickly, I still enjoyed this story. I was reading along, knowing who dunnit, when a little twist occurred making me question whether or not I really knew after all. I did, in fact, know. But that twist made my jaw drop a couple inches.

I am quite torn whether to give this 3
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Sherri Hunter
Nov 27, 2010 Sherri Hunter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Not my favorite Joy Fielding story, but was definitely time well spent. Initially, I had a difficult time liking Charley. She comes across as very unapproachable and harsh. But after spending time with her, I was able to see beneath the hard exterior that surrounds her. At first glance, you see a woman who is career driven, raising two children by two different men on her own, is estranged from her family, disliked by her neighbors and disrespected by her boss and coworkers. What ultimately emer ...more
Joni Thomas
Oct 29, 2012 Joni Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had never even heard of Joy Fielding until I was browsing my local library last week. I saw a whole row of novels by her and picked up one of the books and was immediately intrigued. I had a hard time figuring out which book to borrow but I chose Charley's Web because of the interesting and unique title.
I was quickly absorbed in this novel. I never wanted to put it down. Charley is such a likable character and and the words just flowed right off the page.
As Charley becomes more involved with
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Linda
Feb 04, 2011 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medical-thriller
Charlie’s Web is a psychological thriller novel with suspense, romance and mystery. It was not one of my favorite Joy Fielding novels. The main character, Charley is not a strong character and did not invoke feelings of interest in me as a reader. It was light and entertaining but not believable.
Charlie is a writer who is assigned to fluff newspaper columns when she becomes connected with Jill, a woman on death row. The idea of a book deal and the possible fame and money that would accompany th
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Tracy
Oct 02, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised at how much I liked this. I don't think I've ever read anything from Joy Fielding before (at least, for which I can remember her as the author), and I wasn't expecting anything more than your average thriller. But it was that and more. It was better written than I'd anticipated, and where some of these have somewhat unrealistic dialog, that wasn't the case here. The plot grabbed me right away (and I want it on the record that I knew whodunit about 3/4 of the way through but was n ...more
Justin
Jun 01, 2010 Justin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery
This is my first stab at the thriller subcategory of the mystery genre. This book is okay. Not great, by any stretch of the imagination, but it kept me turning pages despite my qualms with it.

The story follows Charlotte “Charley” Webb, an op-ed/lifestyle columnist in Florida, as she suddenly finds herself at a career-defining crossroads. She receives a letter from Jill Rohmer, a young woman on death row for the brutal rape and murder of three children she once babysat. The letter reveals her to
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Teresa in Ohio
May 30, 2009 Teresa in Ohio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fielding-joy
THis book is closer to 3.5 than a 4. Charley writes a bi weekly column for a Florida paper. She is contacted by a death row inmate convicted of torturing and killing 3 small children. She agrees to write the book and is drawn into a socialpath's demented world. Jill plays her, lies to her and only dribbles out the truth to keep her hooked. The problems I had with this book is Charley can be irresponible and does some stupid things. On the other hand the story is written at a pace that keeps you ...more
Gen
Jul 02, 2012 Gen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book by Joy Fielding that I read, and I loved this one even better than the first. I immediately felt a certain level of kinship with this story's heroine - Charley Webb. Spunky, independent and a non-conformist... But nonetheless an awesome mom, a nice person. Granted, she's a bit messed up... But hey, it certainly adds a few plus points in the entertainment angle. I love Fielding's portrait of the villain too - now that character is beyond just messed up. She's seriously ins ...more
Louise
Apr 10, 2009 Louise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Very good novel. I went back and forth as to who I thought Jill's partner-in-crime was and ended up, ultimately, guessing correctly, but I was fooled for a minute near the end!

From dust jacket:

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Joy Fielding tells the story of an ambitious journalist whose foray into the mind of a killer puts her own family in jeopardy.

Charley Webb is a beautiful single mother who writes a successful and controversial column for the Palm Beach Post. She's spent y
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Kaugummiqueen
Jun 21, 2012 Kaugummiqueen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: einzelbände
Da Charley Webb selber keine harmonische Kindheit hatte, setzt sie alles daran, ihren Kindern eben genau das zu ermöglichen. Dank einer erfolgreichen Kolumne, die sie in einer Zeitung schreibt, kann sie sich auch einen gewissen Lebensstandard wünschen und lebt (bewusst) alleinerziehend. Eines Tages bekommt sie Post von einer Frau namens Jill Rohmer. Diese geriet vor einigen Jahren in die Schlagzeilen, da sie auf bestialische Weise drei junge Kinder ermordet hatte. Seitdem sitzt die junge Frau im ...more
Judy
Aug 04, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guess I need to give this book four stars because I stayed with it. I started listening to the audio & I liked the reader. But the tracks were messed up on my computer; I got the print edition from the library to finish it. I read Fielding's "See Jane Run" years ago, loved it & kept thinking that this book wasnt as good. Maybe I wasn't as discriminating when I was younger--Ha. Charley, the main character in this book is a strong-willed woman who writes a newspaper column & agrees to ...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
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