Synopses & Reviews
What Amanda Travis knows: Her mother has murdered a man she claims she's never met.
What Amanda needs to know: Why?
New York Times bestselling author Joy Fielding returns with Puppet, a compelling drama that explores how a woman's search for the truth behind her present-day life leads her to discover the shocking reality that is her past.
Puppet features the beautiful Amanda Travis, a successful twenty-eight-year-old criminal attorney who wins just about every case for her less than admirable clientele. A Florida transplant, Amanda races through her glamorous life, her only concerns being herself, a good bottle of red, and her pristine Palm Beach condominium. Her estranged mother, dead father, two ex-husbands, a love that once consumed her, and countless one-night stands have since lagged far, far behind.
But when ex #1 won't stop calling, Amanda finally gives in. He tells her that her mother shot a man at point-blank range in the lobby of Toronto's Four Seasons hotel. Despite her best arguments, Amanda knows she must return to her hometown to face her demons and uncover the hidden facts behind her mother's violent outburst. All too soon, she is drawn into the dark, strange power her mother seems to hold over everyone. Her childhood nickname, Puppet, echoing in her ears, Amanda must finally confront the past in order to be free of the ties that bind and learn to stand on her own.
Sinister, haunting, and cunningly crafted, Puppet is destined to be Joy Fielding's next blockbuster.
Joy Fielding's intense style of storytelling has earned her comparisons to Alice Sebold and Patricia Highsmith. With "Puppet, she gives us a riveting, emotionally complex tale about a woman ensnared by her crushing past--and the methods she'll use to find escape. Amanda Travis is a high-powered, twenty-eight-year-old lawyer whose greatest likes are spinning classes at her Palm Beach fitness center and a compliant jury. As for the things she hates, they include nicknames, the color pink, clients who don't follow her advice....and memories. Unfortunately, running from her past becomes a lot harder when one of her ex-husbands calls from her hometown of Toronto with the alarming news that her mother has shot and killed a complete stranger in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel. Now she must return to face her demons and the life she left behind--a love that once consumed her and a mother who seems to hold a strange, dark power over everyone she encounters. But Amanda is no longer willing to acquiesce to her mother's fatal whims--no matter what the cost. Sinister, haunting, and cunningly crafted, "Puppet is destined to be a blockbuster.
Fielding's intense style of storytelling has earned her comparisons to Alice Sebold and Patricia Highsmith. In this novel, she pens a sinister, emotionally complex tale about a woman ensnared by her crushing past--and the methods she'll use to find escape.