There’s something deadly lurking in the shadows at Shadow Creek...
Due to a last-minute change in plans, a group of unlikely traveling companions finds themselves on a camping trip in the Adirondacks. They include the soon-to-be-divorced Valerie; her oddball friends, Melissa and James; her moody teenage daughter, Brianne; and Val’s estranged husband’s fiancée, Jennifer. Val is dealing with unresolved feelings toward her ex and grappling with jealousy and resentment toward his younger, prettier new flame, a woman with some serious issues of her own. Brianne is sixteen and openly rebellious, caught up in a web of secrets and lies.
What Val and her companions don’t know is that a pair of crazed killers is wreaking havoc in the very same woods. When an elderly couple is found slaughtered and Brianne goes missing, Val finds herself in a nightmare much worse than anything she could have anticipated. She was half-expecting it to be the trip from hell, but what she never could have predicted was that this impromptu little excursion would become an all-out struggle for survival
Random House / 2012
New York Times and Globe and Mail
bestselling author Joy Fielding comes an
edge-of-your-seat thriller that asks: how much do
you really know about your own family?
"Devon is dead, Marcy."
"You're wrong. She's here."
When Marcy Taggart goes to Ireland after divorcing her husband of twenty-five years, a chance encounter catapults her entire life into turmoil. Years earlier, her daughter, Devon, disappeared in the icy waters of Georgian Bay after a canoeing accident, her body never recovered. But on a day trip to Cork, Marcy is certain she spots Devon walking down the street. When her daughter disappears into a crowd, Marcy begins a desperate search to find her — and to uncover the disturbing truth that might, in the end, be her only salvation. Exhilarating and engaging, this is Joy Fielding at her best — delivering a pulse-racing, tension-filled read.
Random House / 2011
New York Times and Globe and Mail
bestselling author Joy Fielding comes a pulse-racing
story of a harmless bet gone deadly wrong.
This is how it starts. With a joke.
Two brothers - Will and Jeff - and their friend Tom are out one night at their favorite South Beach bar when they decide to make a bet on who can be the first to seduce a mysterious-looking young woman drinking by herself. Pretty, dark-haired, blue-eyed Suzy has an innocent - almost ordinary - girl-next-door way about her. "Just waiting for Prince Charming to hit on her," Jeff says.
But Suzy isn't as naive as she seems. And she has an agenda of her own. Soon another challenge is born, only this one proves to be lethal.
Dark secrets, hidden passions and a story filled with intrigue, The Wild Zone will keep you in suspense until the very last page is turned.
Random House / 2010
Globe and Mail bestselling author Joy
Fielding delivers a riveting new tale of suspense, told from
the vantage point of a comatose woman.
Beautiful, happily married, and the owner of a successful interior design business, Casey Marshall couldn't be more content with her life until a car slams into her at almost fifty miles an hour, breaking nearly every bone in her body, and plunging her into a coma. Lying in her hospital bed, Casey realizes that although she is unable to see or communicate, she can hear everything. She quickly discovers that her friends aren't necessarily the people she thought them to be–and that her accident might not have been an accident at all. As she struggles to break free from her living death, she begins to wonder if what lies ahead could be even worse.
Smart, suspenseful, and overwhelmingly addictive, Still Life is a novel Fielding's fans won't soon forget. "Fielding delivers chillingly satisfying twists" - People magazine
Atria Books / 2009
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 neighbors, and her
disapproving family. But when she receives a letter from
Jill Rohmer, a young woman serving time on death row for the
murders of three small children, her boundaries slowly begin
to fade. Jill wants Charley to write her biography so that
she can share the many hidden truths about the case that
failed to surface during her trial. Seeing this as a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Charley begins her journey
into the mind of this deeply troubled woman.
Her path takes a twisted turn, however, when the anonymous letters she's recently received from an angry reader evolve into threats, targeting her son and daughter. As Charley races against time to save her family, she begins to understand the value of her seemingly intrusive neighbors, friends, and relatives. As she discovers, this network of flawed but loving people might just be her only hope of getting out alive.
Filled with complex characters and a plot rich with intrigue, Charley's Web is Joy Fielding at her heart-skipping, mesmerizing best.
"a first-rate mystery thriller" - St. Petersburg Times
"Suspenseful...Fielding turns her latest pageturner into a chillingly tense read while creating another winning lead in the smart-mouthed Charley" - Booklist
Atria Books / 2008
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 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, and a beautiful teenage daughter to protect, Sandy wishes she'd never come to the seemingly quiet town with shocking depths of scandal, sex, and brutality roiling beneath its surface. And as Sheriff Weber digs up more questions than answers in a dead-end investigation, one truth emerges: the prettiest ones are being targeted, the heartstoppers. And this killer intends to give them their due....
Alternating between the chilling journal entries of a cold-blooded murderer and the sizzling scandals of small-town life, Heartstopper is Joy Fielding's most exciting novel of suspense yet.
"Thrills and chills - with substance... As much a smart domestic drama as it is a taut thriller" - People magazine
"Compulsively readable... you'll be up all night"
- Kirkus Reviews
Atria Books / 2007
After spending a year in prison, Ralph Fisher has
explicit plans for his first night of freedom: tonight,
someone will be held accountable. He goes to murderous
lengths to obtain the address of his former wife -- the
woman he blames for his fate and against whom he has sworn
vengeance. Determined to bring her to his idea of justice,
Ralph's next step is to travel from Florida's sandy beaches
to Dayton, Ohio, where his ex-wife is struggling to make
ends meet on Mad River Road.
As riveting and beguiling as Joy Fielding's previous bestselling novels, , Mad River Road is a novel about courage, truth, and the strength that comes only when you believe in yourself.
"Nail-biting suspense... breathless twists and turns... (these) women in jeopardy excite and delight"
- Publishers Weekly
Atria Books / 2006
Living a no-strings-attached life in glamorous Palm
Beach, beautiful, steely-nerved criminal attorney Amanda
Travis knows exactly what she likes: spinning classes, the
color black, and one-night stands. Here's what she dislikes:
the color pink, nicknames...and memories. Which is why she
has shut the door on two ex-husbands, her estranged mother,
and her hometown of Toronto. Then comes the news that will
shatter Amanda's untouchable world: her mother, who has
always held a strange power over everyone she encounters,
has shot and killed a complete stranger. Forced to return to
Toronto, Amanda must confront her demons and unravel the
truth behind her mother's violent act -- while the taunting,
teasing name from her past dances in her head...Puppet...telling
her that someone else is orchestrating her fate.
"Nail-biting suspense.... An exciting crime thriller"
- Harriet Klausner
Atria Books / 2005
Losing Julia has become a constant in Cindy Carver's
life. The first time Julia disappeared, she was five years
old and vanished at the playground. That inspired motherly
paranoia. The second was when, at age fourteen, Julia
decided to move in with her father. That broke Cindy's
heart. But when twenty-one-year-old Julia disappears without
a trace after a promising audition with one of Hollywood's
most powerful and influential directors, Cindy begins a
frantic search. Secrets are revealed, lives are forever
altered, and Cindy is forced to acknowledge the disturbing
truth about the young woman she realizes she never really
Every stranger was a possible friend; every friend a possible foe. How well do we know anybody? How well do we know ourselves?
"Disturbingly credible... You will not be able to put it down" - Tampa Tribune
Atria Books / 2004
Terry Painter enjoys her quiet life in tranquil Delray,
Florida, where the single, forty-year-old nurse lives alone
in the house she inherited from her mother. When young,
vibrant Alison Simms rents the cottage on her property, the
two women strike up a fast friendship -- and Terry is swept
into a fantastic new life: dinners out, shopping, makeovers,
even flirting with the handsome son of one of her elderly
patients. But nothing about her newfound companion is as it
appears, as Terry discovers when Alison's closely guarded
past comes to light. Now Terry is locked into a race to
reclaim her own life -- before she opens the door any
further to the stranger she thought she knew...
Doubleday / 2002
Looking back, it seemed like paradise: lives filled with
the blessings of friendship, marriage, children, and
career. For twenty years, four friends - Chris, Barbara,
Susan, and Vicki shared everything and faced challenges of
life and love head-on. Now, one sits alone to ponder the
strange twists of fate and circumstance. Now, she must sift
through the past to discover exactly what went wrong, how
dreams turned to nightmares as friendships faded and lives
were destroyed.... Joy Fielding unlocks the secrets hidden
within even the closest relationships in a powerful and
mesmerizing novel that explores the meaning of unconditional
Doubleday / 2001
Behind the shiny facade of her seemingly idyllic life in
Chicago, Mattie Hart feels as if she is falling apart.
After sixteen years of marriage and one beautiful teenage
daughter, Mattie has discovered that her husband, Jake, a
high-profile defense attorney, is ensconced in yet another
love affair. It is only after Jake finally confesses his
infidelity and leaves to live with his girlfriend that a far
greater crisis descends upon the embattled Hart family and
Mattie receives some devastating news that will alter all
Doubleday / 2000
It had to end in blood. Family therapist
Kate Sinclair, healer of lost souls, perfect wife and
mother, has suddenly become trapped in a nightmare of her
own. Her teenage daughter has just discovered sex, lies and
rebellion. Her ex-boyfriend has returned to threaten her
marriage. Her once peaceful hometown is being awakened by
chilling headlines: Another woman is missing.
Kate can sense the darkness gathering around her, can see the mistakes, the missteps, the missing pieces.
Doubleday / 1997
Bonnie Wheeler had a picture-perfect life: a rewarding
job as a school teacher, a happy marriage to a successful TV
director, a sprawling suburban home, and Amanda, her
adorable three year-old daughter. She'd heard the sordid
details about her husband's ex-wife, Joan -- the drinking,
the instability, the craziness. Then Joan called her with a
cryptic warning -- you're in danger, you and Amanda! But
when Joan is found murdered and Bonnie is the prime suspect,
she knows this is no game. Suddenly her secure world is
crashing in around her. Desperate to know who intends to
harm her daughter, Bonnie is caught in a frantic race to
keep Amanda safe -- even as she feels her own grasp on
"A page-turner ... maintains the suspense until the last surprising moment." Maclean's
"A chilling read." The Toronto Star
Morrow / 1995
People are inexplicably disappearing from Chicago
prosecutor Jess Koster's life. First her mother vanished
without a trace eight years ago. And now a client, the
victim of a brutal, sadistic rapist, is also missing.
Someone is disrupting Jess's neat, ordered existence with
chaos and terror. And from the shadow of her past, a maniac
is watching her when she goes to work and waiting for her
when she goes home, stalking her until there is no one Jess
can trust. And she feels with blood-chilling certainty that
her mysterious tormentor is perilously close and that the
next person to vanish from the face of the Earth will be
"Marvelous suspense ... The fear builds page by page." New York Daily News
"A drama that hits home." Cincinnati Enquirer
Morrow / 1993
One afternoon in late spring, Jane Whittaker went to the
store for some milk and some eggs...and forgot who she was.
Jane Whittaker has awakened to a nightmare. She doesn't know
her name, her age...or even what she looks like. Frightened
and confused, she wanders the streets of Boston wearing a
blood-stained blue dress and carrying $10,000 in her pocket.
Her life has become a vacuum, her past vanished...or stolen.
And all that remains is a handsome, unsettling stranger who
claims to be her husband, whispered rumors about a dead
child whom she cannot recall...and a terrifying premonition
that something truly horrible is about to occur.
"Intelligent ... extraordinary ... an entertaining page turner" Newport News Daily Press
"The stuff of nightmares... readers are frightened out of their wits" San Diego Union
Morrow / 1991
Lynn Schuster didn't expect the phone call from Marc
Cameron, the other woman's spouse. And she never expected to
feel a strong attraction to him when they met and he offered
her the perfect way to get even with her cheating husband.
Savvy divorce lawyer Renee Bower warned Lynn to be careful.
But Renee had a troubled marriage of her own; chilling
suspicions about her stepdaughter's hidden agenda and her
handsome psychiatrist husband's after-hours consultations
were chipping away at her cool exterior. And now, as their
lives unravel in counterpoint during this hot Florida
summer, Lynn and Renee are learning more than they ever
wanted to know about love and betrayal.
"Buoys the spirits of anyone going through divorce." Chicago Tribune
"Perceptive." Publishers Weekly
Doubleday / 1988
Joanne Hunter's secure suburban world is falling apart.
Her husband's desertion after twenty years of marriage
leaves her stunned. Eve, her best friend, is strangely
distant. Her grandfather, who's been a pillar of strength
and support, lies ill and helpless in a nursing home. Lana
and Robin, her teenage daughters, claim every ounce of her
energy and devotion and all the love she feels she has lost.
Only one person seems to care -- a stranger with a rasping
voice, a tormentor with a vicious mind. Danger and despair
close in with each ring of the telephone. Each deadly
message lures her inexorably towards the deep end...
"Once you've got into it, there's no escaping." The New York Times
"Runs rings around Mary Higgins Clark" Kirkus
Doubleday / 1986
It was every mother's worst nightmare and Gail Watson was
living it ever since that sunny spring afternoon when her
six-year-old daughter Cindy was found, brutally raped and
strangled, in a park only blocks from their home. Her family
and friends urge her to forget, to go on with her life. But
Gail is living for just one thing: to see her daughter's
killer caught and punished. She has given the police sixty
days. Now that deadline is up, and Gail is going after
Cindy's murderer herself daring him to strike again in a
spine-chilling search through a dark and dangerous
underworld...where only one of them can come out alive...
"Dramatic and heart-rending ... The emotions are almost tangible." Richmond Times Dispatch
"Tense and unforgettable." Anniston Star
Doubleday / 1984
"Hello, I'm Nicole Clark. I'm going to marry your
husband." The young woman was stunning and her message
stunningly clear when she told Jill Plumley. What wasn't
clear was how Jill could save her perfect marriage and her
attractive husband from the younger, sexier, very clever
Nicole. The frightening thing was, Jill knew that David
could be stolen. She had done it herself. She had taken
David from his wife when she, Jill, had been the other
woman. And David was still a prize catch: handsome, rich,
successful and irresistible. Yes, Jill knew what it was like
to be David's mistress; she knew everything that would
happen. But she didn't know what to do about it.
"Masterful ... a conflict played out with deftness and deadliness of fencers." Richmond Times Dispatch
"A chilling story." Los Angeles Herald Examiner
Doubleday / 1982
Those goodbye kisses Donna received from her children
when ex-husband Victor picked them up for their day's outing
with him were for all time...forever. Only Donna did not
know that, and the memory of her children's kisses on the
day they disappeared came back to haunt her. For Victor did
not return. Instead, this handsome, twisted man, who had
destroyed their marriage and almost destroyed Donna's
sanity, vanished with her little boy and girl. And Donna was
left with a lover whose love was no longer enough...a new
life that had suddenly turned agonizingly empty...and a
terror-filled quest to find her children that would take her
across the country and beyond the law...
"Immensely engrossing and fulfilling!" Indianapolis News
"A knockout!" The New York Times
Doubleday / 1980
NOTE: The Best of Friends, The Transformation, and Trance are out of print, and the only places you might be able to locate them are in libraries, used bookstores, or on e-bay. But I don't recommend searching for them- they're early efforts and nothing like what I do now, so I think you'd be disappointed. Please stick with everything from Kiss Mommy Goodbye on.