She's Not There by Joy FieldingShe's Not There by Joy Fielding

She's Not There

byJoy Fielding

Paperback | December 26, 2017

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Someone Is Watching comes this novel of psychological suspense about a woman whose life takes a shocking turn when a young girl contacts her, claiming to be her daughter who was kidnapped in Mexico years earlier.

     A lifetime ago, every year Carole Shipley looked forward to her wedding anniversary. But then a celebratory trip to Mexico for the occasion with her husband and friends ended in the unsolved kidnapping of her infant daughter, Samantha. Now, fifteen years after that horrific time, divorced and isolated, Carole is forced to relive the kidnapping by reporters who call every year on the anniversary of Samantha's disappearance. However, this year when the phone rings, Carole hears the sweet voice of a girl claiming to be her long-lost daughter.
     Plunged back into the world of heartbreak, suspicion and questions that led the case to run cold so many years ago, Carole doesn't know what or who to believe. But when she starts to figure it out, she finds the answers dangerously close to home.

JOY FIELDING is the New York Times bestselling author of Someone Is Watching, Charley's Web, Heartstopper, Mad River Road, See Jane Run and other acclaimed novels. She divides her time between Toronto and Palm Beach, Florida.
Title:She's Not ThereFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:448 pages, 6.9 × 4.3 × 1.2 inShipping dimensions:6.9 × 4.3 × 1.2 inPublished:December 26, 2017Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1400026466

ISBN - 13:9781400026463


Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this read I found the story as it went was predictable sort of could of went two ways and I saw the way that it was going to end almost right from the start. Found some of it kind of blah...but a great read
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This got me interested in Joy Fielding's books a few years ago.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just okay This was an easy read with interesting characters. The story was simple and the ending was not a surprise.
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I super enjoyed this book! Joy Fielding always writes great and this book is no exception.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing An enjoyable read with diabolical nuances.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner Very engaging book. You just want to know what happened! Hard to put down.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting I always enjoy a good Joy Fielding book and this one was a "good" one!
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this book! I have never read one of Joy Fielding's books and this makes me want to read more. Although it was a little bit predictable It is still one of those books (like Girl on a Train) that although you can see the ending coming you still can't wait to get there. The writing flows easily and I really enjoyed the book!
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Barrie This book was amazingly written. I stayed up all night to read it wanting to know what the ending would bring. This makes my top 5 favourite list!
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Stayed up very late to finish this book, I just had to know the ending. Quite a surprise!
Date published: 2016-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Even though this story is very close to an actual event, it was very well written. I read it in 2 days, had a very hard time putting it down. I had to find out if this girl was actually their daughter. It shows how a family is torn apart, but is there for one another. I never saw the ending coming, it kept me interested from the first chapter. I have never been disappointed in any of Joy Fielding's books, this one is my new favorite.
Date published: 2016-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a good vacation read First of all, I found it hard to relate to fictional characters dealing with such a horrible tragedy knowing full well that this actually had recently happened to a family in real life and their child has not been found. Really was bothered by this. Then there was the continuous bickering between the mother and daughter which was beyond annoying. This was a decent book but rather predictable and slow. Never really believed any of the characters in this book.
Date published: 2016-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lacks suspense! I was really looking forward to Joy Fielding's She's Not There. I love suspense novels, but this novel had no suspense nor a real mystery. Caroline Shipley and her husband, Hunter went on a vacation to Rosarito, Mexico fifteen years previously for their anniversary. Caroline would not leave the kids with her mother or brother, so they brought five-year-old, Michelle, and two-year-old, Samantha with them. On the last night the babysitter failed to show up. The hotel said that someone had canceled the sitter. Since they were going to be eating just outside (they could see the window from the table), they went to dinner (Hunter insisted because he had a surprise for Caroline). They took turns checking on the sleeping girls. When they go back after dinner, Samantha is gone. Who took her and why? Fifteen years later Caroline gets a call from a young girl stating she might be Samantha. Could this be her long lost daughter? We get to see how this kidnapping affected the family and if this young woman is really Samantha. Will Caroline finally get the truth? I found She's Not There to be a slow novel with no suspense. It was so easy to figure out who took Samantha and why. We are subjected to a lot of Caroline thinking (and over thinking) and disagreements between Michelle and Caroline. Michelle was a difficult child before the kidnapping and she has not improved over the last fifteen years (I got very tired of their arguments). I did not like any of the characters in the book. Caroline plays the blame game and has issues controlling her temper. The writing is okay (satisfactory). I kept hoping that there would be a twist at the end. I give She's Not There 3 out of 5 stars (which mean it was okay). I received a complimentary copy of She's Not There from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of the novel.
Date published: 2016-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read. Finished it in two days. This book touches on a subject that is every parents worst nightmare. A missing child. This is a mystery with many layers, it's fast paced and leaves you wanting more. I usually don't like books that jump from the present to the past but it didn't bother me in this book at all. Fans of Joy Fielding will certainly enjoy this read. I know i did.
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spellbinding thriller I received this book free from net galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I fell in love with Joy Fielding's books more than 30 years ago and was very excited to have been approved to read her newest novel "She's not there". Her books are riveting, can't put down mystery/thrillers. Caroline seems to have a charmed life. (Other than her horrendous mother) She has a handsome attorney husband, they have two beautiful daughters, they live comfortably and are on their way, with their girls, to a resort in Mexico to celebrate their 10th anniversary and as a surprise, her husband, Hunter, arranges to have some friends and family join them. The four couples have a week of fun in the sun, often with their daughters Michelle and Samantha in children's programs or with a sitter. On the last night, a special dinner is planned but the sitter doesn't show. Hunter persuades Caroline, against her better judgement, to leave the kids alone in the room while they have dinner. After all, they aren't far away. They can see the room from where they are eating, they are checking on the girls every half hour. What could possibly happen in a locked hotel room while the girls are sleeping?This decision will haunt them for the rest of their lives, for during that dinner, someone gains access to their room and kidnaps their baby, Samantha. This book hops back and forth from the present to the past, 15 years ago, when it all began. It gives a very real portrayal of a family hit by the tragedy of a kidnapped child and all that goes with it; the fear, the shame and despair and the guilt they live with daily. That split second delicious they made has altered their life drastically. But then suddenly, fifteen years later, a young girl contacts them, saying she's Samantha and like many other times before, their life is a roller coaster of emotions and what ifs. I found this to be a very real interpretation of what life for the family of a kidnapped child is like. They were crucified by the press for being such irresponsible and neglectful parents, it was even suggested that they murdered Samantha. And really, admit it, which of us as parents haven't done something that could have resulted the same way? You pop over to the neighbours while the baby naps, or leave the baby in the car seat while you take groceries into the house or many other similar scenarios; we were just luckier. I found Caroline to be genuine and likeable and I emphasized with how one decision affected the rest of her life. My heart broke for her and as a mother myself, I can't even imagine how that missing piece will always affect a mother, not knowing and missing your child. I must say though, there are a lot of unlikable characters in this book. From Hunter, who is such a jackass, to Michelle who felt second best her whole life and never let her mother forget it, she was downright obnoxious; to Caroline's spoiled brother Steve to their mother, who never misses a chance to insult or belittle Caroline. There was an interesting dynamic of two generations of being the "second choice" child. While intentional or not, this impacted who they became As chapters flew by, going past to present, we got closer and closer to the mystery of what happened to Samantha that night in Mexico. Each chapter ended with a need to know more and I didn't want to put this book down. I had an idea of who may be involved but there were definitely some surprises in store. This book is a fast paced thriller with lots of drama too that will appeal to many readers. It's the kind of book you want to curl up on the couch with and devour in one sitting as it grips you and doesn't let go, you become lost in the story. I highly recommend it. Thanks to net galley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book.
Date published: 2016-01-16

Editorial Reviews

National Bestseller"Exciting reading. . . . She's Not There is an entertaining read as well as an informative one. . . . Joy Fielding writes about a horrible situation but she leaves you with a feeling of completeness." —The Huffington Post"This taut, psychological story is Fielding at her finest. Readers will not be able to put it down." ―Booklist   "Fielding deftly weaves a thrilling tale that infuses the past and the present as she delves into the moments before, during, and after the kidnapping of a little girl in Mexico. With her expert storytelling, she unravels the layers of her characters, along with the layers of her intricate plot, which will keep readers engaged." ―The Romantic TimesFrom the Trade Paperback edition.