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Amanda Travis is a high-powered, 28-year-old lawyer whose greatest likes are spinning classes at her Palm Beach gym 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 To Amanda Travis is a high-powered, 28-year-old lawyer whose greatest likes are spinning classes at her Palm Beach gym 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. Now she must return to face her demons--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.


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Amanda Travis is a high-powered, 28-year-old lawyer whose greatest likes are spinning classes at her Palm Beach gym 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 To Amanda Travis is a high-powered, 28-year-old lawyer whose greatest likes are spinning classes at her Palm Beach gym 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. Now she must return to face her demons--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.

30 review for Puppet

  1. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    I liked the plotline behind this book but I found the main character annoying. She is a man-stealing emotional cripple who constantly plays with the emotions of pretty much everyone around here and then has crying pity fests over how messed up she is. I found it hard to connect with that although I suppose it worked as far as the "big picture" of the book was concerned. I liked her ex-husband (the first, not the second) much better. Actually, I liked pretty much everyone else better, and I felt I liked the plotline behind this book but I found the main character annoying. She is a man-stealing emotional cripple who constantly plays with the emotions of pretty much everyone around here and then has crying pity fests over how messed up she is. I found it hard to connect with that although I suppose it worked as far as the "big picture" of the book was concerned. I liked her ex-husband (the first, not the second) much better. Actually, I liked pretty much everyone else better, and I felt bad that Ben ends up with her again in the end...in my opinion he would have been a lot better off with Jennifer!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ira Therebel

    I wasn't really expecting much of this book. I mainly chose it to have an easy read to make a plane flight go by faster and because the setting is Toronto, and it is always fun to read something happening on the streets that one is very familiar with. I am also not a book snob, and do find a few easy read literature that I find amusing and greatly entertaining. This was not the case here. The crime part was alright. Nothing high class mysterious, but not too bad. The twist at the end was nothing I wasn't really expecting much of this book. I mainly chose it to have an easy read to make a plane flight go by faster and because the setting is Toronto, and it is always fun to read something happening on the streets that one is very familiar with. I am also not a book snob, and do find a few easy read literature that I find amusing and greatly entertaining. This was not the case here. The crime part was alright. Nothing high class mysterious, but not too bad. The twist at the end was nothing too unpredictable but yet well put into the story. Only even these slightly positive parts are absolutely killed by one thing: the protagonist, Amanda! I glanced through other reviews and see that many who didn't like the book also didn't like it because of this character. But I would like to specify that in my case it was for a different reason. I have nothing against the fact that she had lots of sex, didn't succeed in relationships and drank a lot. I like those kind of people and am happy to see such characters in a book. Even though more often than not those characteristics are presented as imperfections brought by some troubled past. A cliche I am kind of used to. But my god, was she annoying! Pretty much all through the book we have her whine to herself or have some hysterics in public for 3 reasons: a. somebody called her her old nickname b. it is so upsetting that her ex she left is with another woman and c. her mom apparently didn't love her enough in childhood. And this goes on and on and on. Very repetitive and takes up about 80% of the book. It is hard to enjoy a crime novel if most of the time one doesn't want to know what happens next but just wants to bitch-slap the main character so that she finally shuts up.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Another excellent suspense with lots of twists from one of my favorite authors.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paula Dembeck

    Amanda Travis is a beautiful and successful twenty-eight year old defense attorney living in Southwest Florida. She has spent the last ten years creating a different life for herself, far away from the difficult memories of her childhood in Toronto. There she remembers an alcoholic mother who either ignored or verbally abused her and a father who neglected her. She has subsequently learned to be careful to keep people at a distance and never to let anyone get too close. Repeated and mindless sex Amanda Travis is a beautiful and successful twenty-eight year old defense attorney living in Southwest Florida. She has spent the last ten years creating a different life for herself, far away from the difficult memories of her childhood in Toronto. There she remembers an alcoholic mother who either ignored or verbally abused her and a father who neglected her. She has subsequently learned to be careful to keep people at a distance and never to let anyone get too close. Repeated and mindless sexual encounters help her drown out her emotional pain and the two exhausted husbands she has left behind in her destructive wake. Her first ex-husband Ben calls her condo repeatedly until she finally answers the phone, only to learn that her mother Gwen is in jail charged with murder. He tells her Gwen has shot someone in full view of several witnesses in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel. Hearing this, Amanda tries to convince herself that she doesn’t really care about her, but she decides to fly to Toronto anyway to see what is going on and if there is anything she can do. When she arrives she meets Ben who is representing her mother and says he is having difficulty defending her because she isn’t talking. The only thing Gwen will say is that she killed the stranger because she felt like it. And she insists she is not insane. Amanda believes strongly that there is a reason behind all this and works to unravel the mystery, exposing a desperate secret her mother has kept for many years. This is what some people call a beach book and what I call an airport book. It’s an enjoyable read to pass the time and can endure lots of interruptions. It also has just enough suspense to keep you reading and a good mystery that is slowly unraveled if you are careful to pick up the clues. Amanda is not an endearing character. She whines and seems only concerned about herself. Despite her troubles and the author’s efforts to make her sympathetic, it is really difficult to really embrace her. My other concern is the dialogue, which tends to repeat the same mindless clichés over and over, which can be annoying for the reader. A quick read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    The Listmaker

    I was given this book without one word of review. I can see why. The mystery itself is actually sort of compelling, but what drags this book down is the introspective crapfest surrounding the main character. I found myself skimming those portions of the book just looking to get to the meat of the story. It didn't help that Amanda was a most unlikable character. Methinks this is an author I won't be reading again.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Petula Darling

    The mystery wasn't bad, but the main character was so awful that the book was a challenge to get through. Add to that a plethora of annoying fantasy sequences, and I had to give one star to an author I have previously enjoyed.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karalee

    In this novel, Amanda Travis is an emotionally-closed-off woman in her late 20s working as a criminal defense attorney in Florida. When Amanda gets an unexpected, urgent phone call from her ex-husband, she is shocked and dismayed to learn that her estranged mother has shot and killed a man in her hometown of Toronto. Her ex urges her to come home and assist in dealing with her mother, who appears to want to plead guilty and go directly to prison. Amanda wants nothing more than to hide in Florida In this novel, Amanda Travis is an emotionally-closed-off woman in her late 20s working as a criminal defense attorney in Florida. When Amanda gets an unexpected, urgent phone call from her ex-husband, she is shocked and dismayed to learn that her estranged mother has shot and killed a man in her hometown of Toronto. Her ex urges her to come home and assist in dealing with her mother, who appears to want to plead guilty and go directly to prison. Amanda wants nothing more than to hide in Florida and pretend she has no past. Her relationship with her mother is rocky, to say the least, and she left her ex under less-than-ideal circumstances too. But Amanda is drawn back to Toronto where she is forced to confront unresolved issues and demons from her past as well as investigate things she never knew about her mother. The necessity of investigating the charges against her mother force Amanda to open up emotionally and reevaluate her own life. Amanda is a complex, less than fully likeable character, but she is not entirely unsympathetic. In some ways, it is refreshing to have a less-than-perfect "heroine" who doesn't always handle things with perfect aplomb and total control. Putting aside the bizarre factual circumstances driving the plot, the novel is essentially about Amanda confronting her past and the journey to finding out who she really is and how she wants to live her life. It's about choices and mistakes and having the courage to attempt to correct things you regret. It is a relatively quick read, although the plot develops a little more slowly than would be ideal in a mystery/thriller. This is far from Joy Fielding's best offering in this genre but certainly worth reading.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joy H.

    RE: _Puppet_ by Joy Fielding An easy read. Good plot, excellent ending, but gets a bit boring in the middle. Sometimes I found it annoying when the protagonist talked to herself too much. It's not stream of consciousness; somehow it just seemed sophomoric at times. (The following GR reviewer calls it an "introspective crapfest". LOL : ====> http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... Also, the author wastes time on boring details which aren't relevant to the story. They seem like mere fillers to make RE: _Puppet_ by Joy Fielding An easy read. Good plot, excellent ending, but gets a bit boring in the middle. Sometimes I found it annoying when the protagonist talked to herself too much. It's not stream of consciousness; somehow it just seemed sophomoric at times. (The following GR reviewer calls it an "introspective crapfest". LOL : ====> http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... Also, the author wastes time on boring details which aren't relevant to the story. They seem like mere fillers to make the book longer. So I skimmed those parts. The mystery's clever ending saves the book. The romance, which was a subplot, was a bit weak. I skimmed much of those parts. The dialogue was dull at times, a bit repetitive. There wasn't enough chemistry between the lovers. But again, the ending of the romantic subplot was a good one. I might try another of Joy Fieldings books, just to see if her writing holds up for me. Quotation: "Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. They read it to get to the end. If it's a letdown, they won't buy anymore. The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book." -Mickey Spillane, quoted in Jon Winokur, W.O.W.: _Writers on Writing

  9. 5 out of 5

    Priscilla

    Well it speaks to the storyline and gripping writing style of this novel that has me finished in 8 days. Yes, it was a quick read. The fact that the story had me guessing and flipping pages trying to put the pieces together in this murder mystery, i'm delighted to have had a chance to read this book. I didn't like the main character's whinny, over the top personality. It prevented me from really sympathizing with her much. Sure she had a rough childhood and the truth that rocks not only those in Well it speaks to the storyline and gripping writing style of this novel that has me finished in 8 days. Yes, it was a quick read. The fact that the story had me guessing and flipping pages trying to put the pieces together in this murder mystery, i'm delighted to have had a chance to read this book. I didn't like the main character's whinny, over the top personality. It prevented me from really sympathizing with her much. Sure she had a rough childhood and the truth that rocks not only those in the story, but the readers themselves was a lot for anyone to go through. It still had me telling her to grow up a lot. I have never read any of Joy's books so this was a positive introduction to her books. I look forward to the ones I plan to read in the future. If you're looking for a book to captivate your mind and keep you guessing to the very last pages, then this is the quick mystery for you! I'm rating this as high as possible, 5/5, because the writing was so intriguing and the twists and turns in this book rival those of my favourite books and writing styles. You can't do much better than that.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Diane Lyons

    I have loved all the books by Joy Fielding that I've read so far, but this one didn't do much for me. So much of the book was spent on the horrible behavior of the main character. It was hard to feel any sympathy for her or to even get that absorbed by the book. I'm glad her other books have better characters and plots

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A fast fluffy read, the writing trite and predictable enough to elicit eye rolling. The mystery part of the story line created enough tension to keep me reading.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    3.5 stars. In Florida, criminal attorney Amanda Travis lives life just the way she wants it without giving too much thought to others. Her first ex-husband Ben calls to tell her that her mother shot and killed a man in a hotel lobby in Canada. Amanda has only bad memories of her mother and reluctantly travels to see her since Ben can't get her mother to talk about what happened. Once in Canada, Amanda is forced to deal with her past as she investigates why her mother is so determined to plead gu 3.5 stars. In Florida, criminal attorney Amanda Travis lives life just the way she wants it without giving too much thought to others. Her first ex-husband Ben calls to tell her that her mother shot and killed a man in a hotel lobby in Canada. Amanda has only bad memories of her mother and reluctantly travels to see her since Ben can't get her mother to talk about what happened. Once in Canada, Amanda is forced to deal with her past as she investigates why her mother is so determined to plead guilty to killing a stranger. Amanda is not a particularly likeable character although I understand she's angry with her mother about her childhood treatment. Her mother is a recovering alcoholic and Amanda was too young to understand the circumstances that caused this behavior. But she's about to find out. The story contains some mystery and romance.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Roxann Jones

    Seriously how fast can one person read these books? I loved this book, just like every single Joy Fielding book I've read thus far. Engaging, with just enough twists and turns to keep me wanting more....I know you are tired of hearing it but a must read for those who love all things Joy Fielding.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Initial thoughts: OH MY God stop talking to yourself! What? What? This is not worthwhile dialogue. Sweet Jesus... I absolutely hated this author's writing style. At least 30% of the book could be cut with absolutely no impact to plot or "character development" if you want to call it that. Some other reviewers mentioned how repetitious it is, but I thought they mean it more as in a re-cap way (in the middle of the book there's a re-cap of the first half) because some authors do that, but No. This Initial thoughts: OH MY God stop talking to yourself! What? What? This is not worthwhile dialogue. Sweet Jesus... I absolutely hated this author's writing style. At least 30% of the book could be cut with absolutely no impact to plot or "character development" if you want to call it that. Some other reviewers mentioned how repetitious it is, but I thought they mean it more as in a re-cap way (in the middle of the book there's a re-cap of the first half) because some authors do that, but No. This is repetitious as in she will say the exact same thing literally 5 times in a row but worded slightly differently. Not even with meaningful things either, there was a full two paragraphs at one point about how shocked she was that she napped until 8pm. (Its 8pm!? No that can't be right it can't be 8pm. The clock says 8pm. It's dark outside, I can't believe I slept until dark!.. ) and on and on and on. The reason I hated this book is that it's not a mystery novel. It's a romance novel (and not a very good one) with a slight mystery-esque subplot. To be honest, I made it about half way and then skipped to the end just see what the big reveal was because I couldn't take it anymore, and it was like i didn't skip anything at all. I didn't feel lost at all, almost like the second half didn't need to be there (and I have a sneaking sensation that it might be true). The big reveal was disappointing and kind of dumb. Do not recommend.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    3 STARS "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 w 3 STARS "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." (From Amazon) I was on the fence about this book...at time it was really good with suspense and then it would kind of die out.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maddie Smith

    This book is about a woman named Amanda. She lives in Miami as a lawyer. One day gets a call from her ex husband Ben telling her that her mother murdered a man. Amanda then hesitantly flies back to her home town Toronto, Canada to help Ben (her mothers lawyer) solve the mystery of why she murdered this man. Throughout the book, they unfold more and more revealing quite a bit of Amanda's past that she had never imagined. In the end, the two figure out that there was more to Amanda's childhood tha This book is about a woman named Amanda. She lives in Miami as a lawyer. One day gets a call from her ex husband Ben telling her that her mother murdered a man. Amanda then hesitantly flies back to her home town Toronto, Canada to help Ben (her mothers lawyer) solve the mystery of why she murdered this man. Throughout the book, they unfold more and more revealing quite a bit of Amanda's past that she had never imagined. In the end, the two figure out that there was more to Amanda's childhood than just diapers and dolls. Fortunately they solve the mystery and not only winning the court case, but bringing Amanda, her mother, and her long lost sister together. I would definitely recommend this book to people. It was different, funny, and kept me on the edge of my seat. The plot was unthinkable and smart. I would recommend this book for an older audience based on some of the language and characters, but overall I loved it! I hope they come out with a sequel.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    I enjoyed the mystery, but I also enjoyed the static of the mother-daughter friction that was an interesting undercurrent of the story. Though Amanda may seem cold and in a sense, uncaring and rebellious toward the first half of the book, I was intrigued by the way Fielding gradually "warmed" up Amanda's personality by unveiling things from her past that explains where she's coming from and why she is the way she is, to a certain degree. As I got to know more about Amanda and her relationship wi I enjoyed the mystery, but I also enjoyed the static of the mother-daughter friction that was an interesting undercurrent of the story. Though Amanda may seem cold and in a sense, uncaring and rebellious toward the first half of the book, I was intrigued by the way Fielding gradually "warmed" up Amanda's personality by unveiling things from her past that explains where she's coming from and why she is the way she is, to a certain degree. As I got to know more about Amanda and her relationship with her mother, Amanda's behavior becomes more understandable to me and curiosity is aroused as to why certain things happened the way they did and why certain people behaved the way they did. The mother-daughter tangle adds well to the story. The conclusion is satisfying and twists an initially cold character into a warm-blooded human being with a wide array of feelings.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Luci Block

    Ugh. A more un-likeable character in fiction other than Amanda Travis I have yet to come across: a self-centered exhibitionist, consciousness-less, immature, man-stealing avowed victim and proud of it. At times I found this novel Puppet by Joy Fielding difficult to read but I plodded through with the view of gaining insight into the thought processes of borderline schizophrenics/sociopaths as I have known a few (very few, thankfully!) in reality. The conclusion to the mystery behind this novel wa Ugh. A more un-likeable character in fiction other than Amanda Travis I have yet to come across: a self-centered exhibitionist, consciousness-less, immature, man-stealing avowed victim and proud of it. At times I found this novel Puppet by Joy Fielding difficult to read but I plodded through with the view of gaining insight into the thought processes of borderline schizophrenics/sociopaths as I have known a few (very few, thankfully!) in reality. The conclusion to the mystery behind this novel was... disgusting, for want of a better word. An extremely controversial subject that I won't even get into. Nonetheless, I'm glad I finished the novel (finally!) and to clear my brain, quickly started another book on a totally different topic! If one is interested in novels like this one, go for it but you've been warned...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    Amanda Travis is a lawyer living in Florida but originally from Toronto. She receives a call from her ex-husband that her mother has shot and killed a man who she has said she doesn't know. This makes absolutely no sense as far as Amanda is concerned and that becomes the focal point of the story. But Amanda's own personality steals everything away from the plot. She whines about everything and is the reason I'm not giving it more stars. Who can stand to be around her. The story drags because of Amanda Travis is a lawyer living in Florida but originally from Toronto. She receives a call from her ex-husband that her mother has shot and killed a man who she has said she doesn't know. This makes absolutely no sense as far as Amanda is concerned and that becomes the focal point of the story. But Amanda's own personality steals everything away from the plot. She whines about everything and is the reason I'm not giving it more stars. Who can stand to be around her. The story drags because of Amanda's 'crap' but certainly heats up towards the solution of the crime. Quite an unusual ending. (I only read this book once even though the site says twice.)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marney

    I listened to this one while doing chores around the house; the first audio book I'd listened to in a long time. I chose it because I had enjoyed a few Fielding mysteries in the past, but this seemed excruciatingly slow, perhaps because the plot was so predictable, or maybe because the reader read it so slowly. I actually only listened to the end to confirm that I was correct about the "revelation". If I had actually sat down to read this one I would have considered it time wasted.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nair

    The need to find your origins is such a compelling one for the one who had an unusual childhood. The driving force behind the book is childhood really defines the person you are and the bad things that happen to a person might result in catastrophic events.Joe Fielding is a master at psychological thrillers and she does a good job in Puppet building suspense to the eventual climax which for me was not so thrilling :)nevertheless it had its moment

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dorsi

    I usually love Fielding's work however that was not the case with this book. The main character was completely self centered and I just couldn't stand her. Most of the story was about her charging about, doing and saying anything she felt like, at the expense of others. With that said, the twist at the end was just disturbing.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sussie Hansen

    I loved it, and I did not see the ending coming. It is a very different book, I looked the caracters and the settings.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Felicia

    Solid enough plot, but the writing is very poor at times.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bridgette

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm reviewing before I'm done ... in case I don't finish (a distinct possibility) :) I LIKE the plot, the story, the fact that its in Canada ... but ... the main character is ... exhaustingly annoying. She is whiny and grating and apparently has forgotten every fact about being a Canadian. I was floored to read that the author is FROM Toronto. She did NOT seem local. The orator (this was an audio book for me) didn't do her homework. Pronunciations were gratingly incorrect. (Yonge street as LONG. I'm reviewing before I'm done ... in case I don't finish (a distinct possibility) :) I LIKE the plot, the story, the fact that its in Canada ... but ... the main character is ... exhaustingly annoying. She is whiny and grating and apparently has forgotten every fact about being a Canadian. I was floored to read that the author is FROM Toronto. She did NOT seem local. The orator (this was an audio book for me) didn't do her homework. Pronunciations were gratingly incorrect. (Yonge street as LONG. Haliburton as HALLIE BURTON so that I thought it was a name for a second, not the actual place). The endless unnecessary association with 'about' being pronounced differently as a big indicator light on the heads of all Canadians. The TD Bank (Oh ... sorry... 'Toronto Dominion', in full, every time its mentioned) being the only option for her mother as a resident of Toronto, and how ODD it is that she'd travel past all of these Toronto Dominion Banks to go to another bank. Of course, this is just a quick 3 minute drive on THE GARDINER EXPRESSWAY (also in full, each time). (3 minutes? On the Gardiner??) Winter coats being displayed in the window of a shop in FEBRUARY (I cry bs - good luck trying to find SWIM wear after June let alone a parka, in several colours, after December in any Canadian retailer)? I suspect that Ben and Amanda will get back together, which seems a terrible misfortune as he'd be better off with Jennifer, a (thus far) respectful human who doesn't act like a 13 year old throughout the duration of the book. READING would cure some of these matters - so, do that - instead of listening. Maybe. I've been turned off the author for all future books at this point.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kapria

    After reading a few reviews first, as I do before I start any book, I've come to find that ya'll are really out here hating on Amanda! Now don't get me wrong. She is a hot mess! She doesn't know whether she is coming or going. She not only has daddy issues, but she has mommy issues that make up the whole plot. She stays wildn' out in the sheets(No judgment on my end. It can be anyone's Hot Girl Summer. If you don't get the reference Google will be there to guide you). She sometimes acts pretentio After reading a few reviews first, as I do before I start any book, I've come to find that ya'll are really out here hating on Amanda! Now don't get me wrong. She is a hot mess! She doesn't know whether she is coming or going. She not only has daddy issues, but she has mommy issues that make up the whole plot. She stays wildn' out in the sheets(No judgment on my end. It can be anyone's Hot Girl Summer. If you don't get the reference Google will be there to guide you). She sometimes acts pretentious and can go on thinking she can live life with no consequences. She is a tragically flawed person, and that is why I liked her. I am always down to read about strong independent women that can take care of business all while staying calm, cool, and collected. However, it's reading about the broken people that make a story even more interesting. Onto the plot. Amanda has her moments where her monologues can produce eye-rolling and her tantrums can make you want to slap her. The plot leads to a twist that I certainly didn't expect. I enjoyed the other characters that are involved in Amanda's life. Ben is a great and supportive character and it's refreshing to see his personality type in books. My final judgment? It's a quick and entertaining read. It's a matter of taste though. If you don't care to read about a hot mess of a woman who has an interesting view on life, don't waste your time. She is just a puppet after all.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Amanda, a twice divorced attorney, moved to Florida and hasn’t spoken to her mother in years. One day, she gets a phone call from ex-husband #1, who tells her that he is defending her mother who shot and killed a man in the Four Seasons hotel lobby in Toronto. Reluctantly, Amanda flies home to discover that her mother wont talk about the crime, and wants to plead guilty. Why would her mother kill a complete stranger? Lots of plot twists in this, and it really keeps you guessing until the end!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Megan Luff

    Wow, this was a great book. This is the third book I read from Joy Fielding and I enjoyed all three books. Puppet is about a lawyer named Amanda Travis who lives in Florida and one day she receives a phone call from her ex husband Ben saying she has to come back home to Toronto because her mother shot and killed a man. i would recommend this book to anyone that likes mysteries, thrillers, crime and drama.I give this book 4 stars!!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Seema

    This was the first mystery that I have read by Joy Fielding. It was an interesting read with two of the most unsympathetic main characters I have come across. Even though the author created a compelling backstory of neglect and unhappiness, this lawyer and her mother were so self destructive in their relationships that I found the happy ending unbelievable. The story was set in Toronto and it was nice reading all the details about Toronto.

  30. 5 out of 5

    AnonymousReaderPerson

    It's a great setup with a less-than-thrilling payoff. Plus, Amanda talks to herself too much. And there's a reference to a "curse" which actually left me wondering if there was some kind of supernatural element to this story. You're left assuming that either there is, or one of the other characters is just victim to coincidental timing. I guess I have to pick the latter. Or maybe I'm just dumb and gullible and can't recognize a metaphor when I see it.

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