She's Not There

She's Not There

A Novel

Large Print - 2016
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A vanished child, a family in turmoil, and a fateful phone call that brings the torments of the past into the harrowing present . . . the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Someone Is Watching" weaves these spellbinding elements into a gripping novel of psychological suspense a must-read for fans of Laura Lippman and Mary Higgins Clark.
" I think my real name is Samantha. I think I m your daughter. "
Carole Shipley s heart nearly stops when she hears those words from the voice on the other end of the phone. Instantly, she s thrust fifteen years into the past, to a posh resort in Baja, Mexico and the fateful night her world collapsed.
The trip is supposed to be a celebration. Carole s husband, Hunter, convinces her to leave their two young daughters, Michelle and Samantha, alone in their hotel suite while the couple enjoys an anniversary dinner in the restaurant downstairs. But returning afterward, Carole and Hunter make a horrifying discovery: Two-year-old Samantha has vanished without a trace.
What follows are days, weeks, and years of anguish for Carole. She s tormented by media attention that has branded her a cold, incompetent mother, while she struggles to save her marriage. Carole also has to deal with the demands of her needy elder daughter, Michelle, who is driven to cope in dangerous ways. Through it all, Carole desperately clings to the hope that Samantha will someday be found only to be stung again and again by cruel reality.
Plunged back into the still-raw heartbreak of her daughter s disappearance, and the suspicions and inconsistencies surrounding a case long gone cold, Carole doesn t know whom or what to believe. The only thing she can be sure of is that someone is fiercely determined to hide the truth of what happened to Samantha.
Praise for Joy Fielding s "Someone Is Watching"
"Someone Is Watching" gripped me from the first to the very last page. Bailey Carpenter is a heroine who s both victim and warrior woman, a fascinating sleuth who will linger with you long after you ve finished this thrilling read. Tess Gerritsen
Fielding pens a spiraling tale of paranoia and suspense, as sultry as a Miami night. Jenny Milchman
An edge-of-your-seat read . . . With Fielding s patented blend of complex characters and escalating suspense, she is in top form here. Karen Robards
Engrossing . . . The characters pulsate with life. "Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
A gripping, fast-paced psychological thriller . . . Fielding s story of one woman s search for justice, understanding, and internal peace is nothing short of arresting. "Booklist "(starred review)"
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410486257
Branch Call Number: LP FIEL
Characteristics: 551 pages ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: She is not there


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Jul 16, 2020

Recommended to me by a librarian friend. First time reading Joy Fielding and found once I started reading I couldn’t put it down. Any mother can relate to the devastation of having one of your children taken and in Carole Shipley’s case the guilt she carried for having left her children alone while having dinner. The author draws you in and all in all a very good read.

Oct 03, 2017

I began to read, and immediately - another scribe, from which will be made a television movie for the daytime. But as I continued to read it, it was not that bad and even started to like it.

Aug 25, 2016

This was an entertaining read similar to the events in Spain many years ago. I found the daughter, Michelle, really bratty and the mother, Caroline, with not much backbone but all in all it was a good story.

Jul 21, 2016

Even though the story is from the real life tragedy in Spain some years ago, I decided to give it a chance. I started to skip the alternate chapters of "how it happened", but even so lost interest very quickly.

Jun 17, 2016

Once you're aware that her 2-year old daughter was abducted from a hotel room while she and her husband were enjoying themselves in a nearby restaurant, there's really nowhere else to go. Perfectly predictable - I'd pegged either the husband (always a bad guy in her novels) or the brother to be the perpetrator of the crime.

May 16, 2016

Entertaining!!!!!! It held my interest...

ChristchurchLib Apr 10, 2016

Haunted by the kidnapping of her infant 15 years earlier, Carole Shipley receives a phone call from a sweet-voiced girl claiming to be her lost daughter, an event that plunges Carole back into a world of heartbreak, suspicion and questions. By the New York Times best-selling author of Someone Is Watching.

Mar 15, 2016

This was not unpredictable, especially if you're not new to Joy Fielding. But it was still fun to read (as fun as a kidnapping story can get).

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