Monday, December 19, 2016

Now You See Her - Book Review


Available on Amazon

Domestic Fiction by Joy Fielding

Marcy Taggart's life is in shambles. She's 50 years old and her husband has left her for another woman.  Two years ago her twenty-one year old daughter, Devon, disappeared. They say Devon drowned in a canoeing accident in Canada's Georgian Bay, but her body was never found. Devastated, Marcy continues to see Devon's face in crowds and has even stopped strangers on the street, certain she has finally found her.

Marcy & her husband had originally planned to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with a trip to Ireland.  Now newly divorced, but with the planned trip already paid for, Marcy decides to take the trip anyway, hoping to heal her heartache.  Except, while visiting Cork, Marcy is certain she spots Devon walking down the street. When her daughter disappears into a crowd, she begins a desperate search to find her -- and to uncover the disturbing truth that might, in the end, be her only salvation.



Devon is dead, Marcy.”
“You’re wrong. She’s here.”

Marcy's Search for her Daughter


During her search, Marcy manages to meet two interesting men ~ one her age who is a widower on a trip to learn to cope with his grief; the other a handsome young Irishman working in a local pub.  She also has run-ins with the local police (called Garda in Ireland from the term Garda Síochána na hÉireann (Guardians of the Peace of Ireland), and seems to get herself involved in a number of strange happenings, including the possible kidnapping of a baby.  

Throughout the story we learn the background information about her ex-husband, her daughter, her bipolar mother, and her sister who has been married 5 times and thinks Marcy is crazy for going on a second honeymoon alone.  This information is presented as 'memories' and sometimes as thoughts in Marcy's head, often like dialogues of the time the events took place. 


Because of the way the book is written, you often feel as if you are Marcy, experiencing what is happening to her.  This makes Now You See Her quite a unique and interesting read.  It held my attention throughout the story.



Video Trailer for Joy Fielding's 'Now You See Her'

 



Author Joy Fielding


Joy Fielding (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Joy Fielding is a Canadian novelist and actress from Toronto, Ontario.  Born Joy Tepperman, she had a brief acting career (see her bio on Wikipedia), then gave it up to write full-time.  As a  writer, she changed her last name to Fielding (after Henry Fielding, an English novelist from the 1700s who was famous for writing Tom Jones).

Her website is JoyFielding.com which contains information about her novels and also has an interesting segment where she writes a fun-to-read monthly letter to her fans about her recent 'happenings'.  

Joy has published 22 novels since 1972, with Now Your See Her coming out in 2011.  Two of her novels have been made into movies.

Fielding's Latest Book



Her latest book published in the Spring of 2016 is "She's Not There".


“I think my real name is Samantha. I think I’m your daughter.” 

A vanished child, a family in turmoil, and a fateful phone call that brings the torments of the past into the harrowing present...  


Have You Read Any Joy Fielding Books?


I enjoyed reading Now You See Her so much that I will now be looking for Joy Fielding's other books. Have you ever read any of her stories?  If so, I'd love to hear what you thought of them. 







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12 comments:

  1. I have read a couple of Joy Fielding books and I love them - Charley's Web, Tell Me No Secrets and I think I've read another I just can't think what it's called! I actually was looking at this book the other day, but for some reason didn't end up getting it - I'll remedy that soon!

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    1. Glad to hear you enjoyed reading Joy Fielding's books, Louanne. It's always such fun for me when I discover an author I haven't read before. If I enjoy the first book I read by them, it's delightful to know the author has written others. Once I find a writing style/author I like, I enjoy continuing to read through all their books.

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  2. Isn't that funny Louanne can't remember and neither can I, but I'm sure I have read her books before. I will put this one on my to read list immediately. Sounds like a story I would enjoy. Thanks for a great review.

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    1. I think you will enjoy it, Olivia. Thanks for stopping by my book review today.

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  3. The contributors on Review This have certainly expanded my reading interests! I had never been fond of mystery books until you all started reviewing them. You have introduced me to some really great books and I am so glad that I have listened. This sounds like another great book that I will have to read.

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    1. Happy to expand your reading horizon, Mouse. :) I think you will enjoy this one. It's not really a 'mystery', more a suspenseful fiction.

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  4. I haven't read any of her books, but your review certainly makes me want to read this one. I enjoy one that keeps me guessing and holds my attention and this seems to fit the bill. Thanks! Great Review as always!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Sam. Glad I whet your interest in reading this book. I certainly enjoyed it.

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  5. Now You See Her sounds like my kind of novel. A story of intrigue and mystery - right down my alley. I've not read anything of Joy Fielding so you introduced me to a new author with plenty of books to enjoy.

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    1. I picked this book up on a whim, Susan, as my favorite style of mystery is more murder mystery with police or FBI as the main characters. I also prefer settings somewhere in the U.S. that I can relate to and seldom read books set in foreign countries. Now You See Her was more 'suspense' and the setting is Canada and Ireland, yet I was delighted to find how quickly I was drawn into the story and couldn't put the book down. Marcy is a very strong character who grabs your attention from the beginning.

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  6. Definitely a fascinating review. You really made it sound like a suspense novel that the reader will rapidly get wrapped up in. This sounds like a can't-put-it-down story for sure, great for a day dedicated to reading.

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  7. This title sounded familiar, so I checked my Kindle to see if I have it already. It sounds familiar because I have two books with the same title by different authors -- Linda Howard and James Patterson. I don't have this one, but I do want to read it. Thank you for a great review.

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