Joy Fielding Books In Order

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. The Transformation (1967)
  2. The Best of Friends (1972)
  3. Trance (1978)
  4. Kiss Mommy Goodbye (1980)
  5. Deep End (1981)
  6. The Other Woman (1983)
  7. Life Penalty (1984)
  8. Good Intentions (1989)
  9. See Jane Run (1991)
  10. Tell Me No Secrets (1993)
  11. Don’t Cry Now (1995)
  12. Missing Pieces (1997)
  13. The First Time (1999)
  14. Grand Avenue (2001)
  15. Whispers and Lies (2002)
  16. Lost (2003)
  17. Puppet (2005)
  18. Mad River Road (2006)
  19. Heartstopper (2007)
  20. Charley’s Web (2008)
  21. Still Life (2009)
  22. The Wild Zone (2010)
  23. Now You See Her (2011)
  24. Shadow Creek (2012)
  25. Someone Is Watching (2015)
  26. She’s Not There (2016)
  27. The Bad Daughter (2018)
  28. All the Wrong Places (2019)
  29. Cul-de-sac (2021)

Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. Home Invasion (2011)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Mothers and Daughters (1998)

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Joy Fielding Books Overview

Kiss Mommy Goodbye

Now in trade paperback for the first time from Anchor Canada, Joy Fielding’s first thriller!Those goodbye kisses Donna received from her children when ex husband Victor picked them up for their day’s outing with him were for all time…
forever. Only Donna did not know that, and the memory of her children’s kisses on the day they disappeared come back to haunt her, for Victor did not return. Instead, this handsome, twisted man, who had destroyed their marriage and almost destroyed Donna’s sanity, vanished with her little boy and girl. And Donna was left with a lover whose love was no longer enough, a new life that had suddenly turned agonizingly empty, and a terror filled quest to find her children that would take her across the country and beyond the law…

Deep End

From the New York Times bestselling author of See Jane Run comes the ultimate tale of domestic terror. Joanne’s husband leaves her, and her best friend becomes a stranger. Just when Joanne thinks it can’t get any worse, the phone calls begin. ‘You’ve been a bad girl…
I’m going to kill you.’ Reissue.

The Other Woman

When a beautiful young woman tells Jill Plumley that she intends to marry Jill’s husband, Jill must figure out a way to save her perfect marriage. By the author of See Jane Run. Reissue.

Life Penalty

She’s searching for the man who killed her daughter. But will he find her first?In a novel that grips like a waking nightmare, master storyteller Joy Fielding creates a searing examination of a horrifying crime, the limits of the law, and a woman’s terrifying journey into a killer’s twisted mind. In one tragic afternoon everything changed. Until then, Gail Walton had considered herself lucky. With a successful husband, two daughters, and a house in the New Jersey suburbs, Gail lived a safe and predictable life. Then the unthinkable happened: her six year old daughter Cindy was abducted, sexually assaulted, and murdered. Consumed by grief and rage, Gail has retreated into herself. Her family and friends fear she’s losing her grip on reality. The police warn her to let them handle the investigation. But not one of them knows the truth: that Gail has a description of the killer, a plan to set herself up as a decoy, and a room in a run down boardinghouse. And Gail Walton has just bought herself a gun…

Good Intentions

New York Times bestselling author returns with a powerful novel about marriage, friendship, betrayal and Good Intentions. Lynn Schuster didn t expect the phone call from Marc Cameron, the other woman’s spouse. And she never expected to feel a strong attraction to him when they met and he offered her the perfect way to get even with her cheating husband. Savvy divorce lawyer Renee Bower warned Lynn to be careful. But Renee had a troubled marriage of her own; chilling suspicions about her stepdaughter s hidden agenda and her handsome psychiatrist husband s after hours consultations were chipping away at her cool exterior. And now, as their lives unravel in counterpoint during this hot, explosive summer, Lynn and Renee are learning more than they ever wanted to know about love and betrayal.

See Jane Run

Jane Whittaker has awakened to a nightmare. She doesn’t know her name, her age…
or even what she looks like. Frightened and confused, she wanders the streets of Boston wearing a blood soaked dress and carrying $10,000 in her pocket. Her life has become a vacuum her past vanished…
or stolen. And all that remains is a handsome, unsettling stranger who claims to be her husband, whispered rumors about a dead child whom she cannot recall…
and a terrifying premonition that something truly horrible is about to occur. Jane Whittaker has awakened to a nightmare. She doesn’t know her name, her age…
or even what she looks like. Frightened and confused, she wanders the streets of Boston wearing a blood soaked dress and carrying $10,000 in her pocket. Her life has become a vacuum her past vanished…
or stolen. And all that remains is a handsome, unsettling stranger who claims to be her husband, whispered rumors about a dead child whom she cannot recall…
and a terrifying premonition that something truly horrible is about to occur.

Tell Me No Secrets

Jess Koster, a smart, young, no nonsense district attorney, is a survivor. She’s survived a wrenching divorce, tough trials, and the bizarre, unexplainable disappearance of her mother. Keeping her life in control is complicated by a married colleague who makes too aggressive pas*ses at her; her creepy brother in law’s strange hold over her sister; and her overpowering ex husband’s habit of appearing unexpectedly. Plus, she has impulsively fallen in love with a stranger clearly hiding his own secrets. But her life careens out of control when, in the middle of prosecuting a brutal rapist, her terrified witness/victim disappears. And at the same time, Jess suddenly feels the malevolent eyes of a stalker focused on her. When death threats arrive in her mail, it all becomes too much. This masterfully suspenseful and psychologically complex thriller will keep listeners enthralled. ‘Tell Me No Secrets‘ is a worthy follow up to ‘See Jane Run’.

Don’t Cry Now

‘You’re in danger. You and Amanda.’ The warning draws Bonnie Wheeler to a place she has never been: To the brutally slain body of her husband’s ex wife…
To the shattering of her perfect world by a murdered woman’s secrets…
To a place where every truth becomes a lie and every loved one is a stranger…
To a gathering darkness that threatens her innocent child and herself…
To a home where nothing is safe, and there’s no one she can trust. No one.

Missing Pieces

Keenly observed psychological detail and breathtaking suspense combine to make this Joy Fielding’s best novel yet, sure to appeal to fans and win new readers for the bestselling author of See Jane Run and Don’t Cry Now. Family therapist Kate Sinclair repairs other people’s troubled lives, all the while reveling in her stable marriage and handsome home. But there are demons in her past that will not stay buried forever, and the carefully constructed edifice of her life comes tumbling down when her half sister JoLynn announces her plans to marry Colin Friendly, a man on trial for the brutal murders of thirteen Palm Beach women. Kate soon finds herself embroiled in a desperate struggle to protect her family from Colin’s increasingly sinister advances. To make matters worse, her aging mother is losing her tenuous grip on reality and her rebellious daughter Sara is falling under JoLynn’s wayward influence a development that would worry Kate in the best of times, but which in this case might well prove deadly. As the strain begins to tear Kate’s marriage apart, into the fray comes the smooth talking Robert, her high school crush, who soon displays an unhealthy interest in the results of Colin Friendly’s trial. As Kate Sinclair slowly slips across the razor thin line separating ordinary life from unspeakable terror she realizes that there is no one she can trust, nowhere she can run…
and no way she can deny that she and her loved ones may be the next targets of a demented serial killer.

The First Time

Expanding the scope of her storytelling as never before, New York Times bestselling author Joy Fielding delivers the novel that will captivate her devoted fans and win her countless new readers: an exquisitely tender and richly textured love story of astonishing emotional force. Behind the shiny facade of her seemingly idyllic life in Chicago, Mattie Hart feels as if she is falling apart. After sixteen years of marriage, and one beautiful teenage daughter, Mattie has discovered that her husband, Jake, a high profile defense attorney, is ensconced in yet another love affair. It is only after Jake finally confesses his infidelity and leaves to live with his girlfriend that a far greater crisis descends upon the embattled Hart family Mattie receives some devastating news that will alter all their lives. Wracked by guilt at these unforeseen developments, Jake returns home to be with Mattie. Here, in this most daunting and unexpected of circumstances, Joy Fielding deftly ushers her characters through a poignant and heartbreaking drama about love’s astonishing power to defy the greatest odds and to heal the deepest wounds. Bearing all the distinctive qualities of a contemporary classic, The First Time is a dazzling illumination of a marriage at the crossroads, where the ties that bind become frayed but refuse to sever, and where a long estranged husband and wife discover, for The First Time, exactly what love really means. At once profoundly cathartic and inspiring, The First Time finds Joy Fielding at the height of her powers as she explores the amazing resilience of the human spirit.

Grand Avenue

For four women, the bonds of friendship had sustained them for twenty years through marriage, motherhood, and murder…
. Looking back, it seemed like paradise: lives filled with the blessings of friendship, marriage, children, and career. For twenty years, four friends Chris, Barbara, Susan, and Vicki shared everything through good times and bad, and faced the challenges of life and love head on. Now, one sits alone to ponder the strange twists and turns of fate and circumstance. Now, she must sift through each of their pasts to discover exactly what went wrong, how dreams turned to nightmares as friendships faded and lives were destroyed. Chris lived a contented life in her modest house with her growing family. It was her husband who never seemed satisfied and who expected her to sacrifice her happiness to cater to his whims. Barbara prided herself on staying beautiful for her handsome professor husband. But it wasn’t enough to keep him from dallying with his nubile young students. Susan finished college after motherhood and became a successful magazine editor. But a casual flirtation threatened to shatter the harmonious life she had worked so hard to build. Vicki’s achievements as a stellar and sought after trial lawyer came at a huge personal price: a marriage and family that always took second place. Going deep inside the minds and hearts of her utterly believable characters, Joy Fielding unlocks the secrets hidden within even the closest relationships. This powerful and mesmerizing novel explores the bonds women forge, the nature of friendship, and the meaning of unconditional love.

Whispers and Lies

”She said her name was Alison Simms.” Terry Painter lives a quiet life in picturesque Delray, Florida. Forty, single, and a nurse at a home for the elderly and disabled, she enjoys a solitary existence in the cozy house she inherited from her mother five years ago. Terry’s tranquil life takes a turn, however, when young, vibrant Alison Simms rents the cottage behind her home. Upon their First meeting, Alison blows into Terry’s life like a tropical storm, bringing with her friendship and excitement. Together they dine out, shop in the village square, and indulge in luxurious at home makeovers. Alison even helps Terry charm the handsome son of one of her dear, ailing patients. For Terry, life couldn’t be more perfect. But after the initial euphoric wave has settled, Terry slowly begins to learn more about her wondrous companion. She becomes acquainted with the small but peculiar circle of friends Alison has accumulated since her arrival in Delray and meets her brother, who unwittingly reveals bits and pieces of Alison’s closely guarded past. Terry soon finds that the friendship that once brightened her life has now crashed down upon her, leaving her trapped in Alison’s mysterious world and the Whispers and Lies that fuel it. Diving deeply into the psyches of her most captivating characters to date, Joy Fielding has emerged with a riveting tale that challenges our most basic assumptions regarding love, friendship, and obsession. Filled with the suspense and intimacy readers have grown to love in her previous bestselling novels, ‘Whispers and Lies‘ is an unforgettable drama of one woman’s fight to reclaim her life.


New York Times bestselling author Joy Fielding delivers her most glamorous and intriguing novel to date about the disappearance of a gorgeous young actress, and a mother whose life is thrown into turmoil as a result. It’s almost five o’clock. Where the hell are you? Losing Julia has become a constant in Cindy Carver’s life. The first time Julia disappeared, she was five years old and vanished at the playground. That inspired motherly paranoia. The second was when, at age fourteen, Julia decided to move in with her father. That broke Cindy’s heart. But when twenty one year old Julia disappears without a trace after a promising audition with one of Hollywood’s most powerful and influential directors, Cindy begins a frantic search. Secrets are revealed, lives are forever altered, and Cindy is forced to acknowledge the disturbing truth about the young woman she realizes she never really knew. Sexy, suspenseful, and utterly un put downable, Lost takes readers into the heart of a woman overwhelmed by her determination to find the daughter she’s lost, and, if at all possible, to reclaim the respect she once had for herself. Every stranger was a possible fiend; every friend a possible foe. How well do we know anybody? How well do we know ourselves?


New York Times bestselling author

Joy Fielding

is the mistress of the ‘taut suburban thriller’Kirkus Reviews. Now Fielding unnerves readers with a richly layered

page turner that swings from haunting intrigue to electrifying suspense in the space of a heartbeat.


Living a no strings attached life in glamorous Palm Beach, beautiful, steely nerved criminal attorney Amanda Travis knows exactly what she likes: spinning clas*ses, the color black, and one night stands. Here’s what she dislikes: the color pink, nicknames…
and memories. Which is why she has shut the door on two ex husbands, her estranged mother, and her hometown of Toronto. Then comes the news that will shatter Amanda’s untouchable world: her mother, who has always held a strange power over everyone she encounters, has shot and killed a complete stranger. Forced to return to Toronto, Amanda must confront her demons and unravel the truth behind her mother’s violent act while the taunting, teasing name from her past dances in her head…
telling her that someone else is orchestrating her fate.

Includes an excerpt from Mad River Road, Joy Fielding’s riveting new novel coming soon in hardcover from Atria Books

Mad River Road

After spending a year in prison, Ralph Fisher has explicit plans for his first night of freedom: tonight, someone will be held accountable. He goes to murderous lengths to obtain the address of his former wife the woman he blames for his fate and against whom he has sworn vengeance. Determined to bring her to his idea of justice, Ralph’s next step is to travel from Florida’s sandy beaches to Dayton, Ohio, where his ex wife is struggling to make ends meet on Mad River Road. Also in Florida, Jamie Kellogg wakes from an agonizing nightmare of her mother’s funeral, and as*sesses her life: a pretty but unaccomplished twenty nine year old woman in a dead end job, with an ex husband in Atlanta, a married lover in the hospital, and a virtual stranger in her bed. But this stranger is everything the previous men in her life weren’t: tender, attentive, and adventurous. After convincing Jamie to quit her miserable job and ditch her judgmental, perfectionist sister, he proposes a romantic getaway. While Jamie wonders if this thrilling man might finally be her Prince Charming, they plan a road trip to visit his son, who lives with his mother on a street called Mad River Road
. As riveting and beguiling as Joy Fielding’s previous New York Times bestselling novels, Mad River Road is a novel about courage, truth, and the strength that comes only when you believe in yourself.


A spine tingling thriller about a picturesque Florida town and the killer determined to prey on its teenaged girls from the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Mad River Road. I ve never been a fan of blood and guts, writes the killer, I ve always preferred the buildup to an event over the actual event itself. In Heartstopper, bestselling author Joy Fielding creates a gripping buildup and payoff sure to get pulses pounding. Welcome to Torrance, Florida. Population: 4,160. A small town in the middle of Alligator Alley, a safe place where residents feel comfortable leaving their doors unlocked and allowing their children to run freely. It’s also the town that Sandy Crosbie, a high school English teacher and mother of two teenagers, now calls home, thanks to her philandering husband who moved the family from New York just so he could live closer to the Barbie clone he secretly met on an Internet chat line. When the body of the most popular girl at Torrance High is found buried in a shallow, swampy grave, everyone in this cozy community becomes a suspect. Suddenly a down on his luck sheriff must wade through the murkier depths of his otherwise sunny jurisdiction to determine who the killer is. Meanwhile, Sandy must do everything in her power to help target the attacker before it s too late. Alternating between the chilling journal entries of a cold blooded murderer and the sizzling scandals of small town life, Heartstopper is Fielding s most suspenseful novel yet.

Charley’s Web

New York Times bestselling and award winning author Joy Fielding tells the story of an ambitious journalist whose foray into the mind of a killer puts her own family in jeopardy.

Charley Webb is a beautiful single mother who writes a successful and controversial column for the Palm Beach Post. She’s spent years building an emotional wall against scathing critics, snooty neighbors, and her disapproving family. But when she receives a letter from Jill Rohmer, a young woman serving time on death row for the murders of three small children, her boundaries slowly begin to fade. Jill wants Charley to write her biography so that she can share the many hidden truths about the case that failed to surface during her trial. Seeing this as a once in a lifetime opportunity, Charley begins her jour ney into the mind of this deeply troubled woman.

Her path takes a twisted turn, however, when the anonymous letters she’s recently received from an angry reader evolve into threats, targeting her son and daughter. As Charley races against time to save her family, she begins to understand the value of her seemingly intru sive neighbors, friends, and relatives. As she discovers, this network of flawed but loving people might just be her only hope of getting out alive.

Filled with complex characters and a plot rich with intrigue, Charley’s Web is Joy Fielding at her heart skipping, mesmerizing best.

Still Life

Casey Marshall looks like she has it all: a successful interior design business, a devoted husband, friends who love her, and a family fortune that means a comfortable lifestyle. But looks can be deceiving. Casey has more than her fair share of worries. A successful business partnership with her long time friend, Janine, ended when Casey left to pursue her dream of interior design. The effects of this old wound are felt in their mutual friendship with another friend, Gail, leaving the previously happy threesome feeling uneasy. Casey not only worries about her damaged friendship with Janine, but also her complicated relationship with her younger sister, Drew. After the deaths of their parents, Casey became responsible for her sibling, both financially and emotionally, creating a rift that has only deepened with time. The only salvation from these worries is her marriage to Warren. Successful, handsome, and completely enraptured by his wife, her husband is the perfect reward for a life that, contrary to what some believe, hasn t always been smooth sailing. Before they married, Warren had even insisted on a prenuptial agreement that meant he would receive none of Casey’s considerable family fortune should they divorce. She trusts him completely and now thoughts of starting a family are beginning to take hold. Distracted by thoughts of a baby, Casey didn t hear the car until it was too late. It slammed into her at almost fifty miles an hour, breaking nearly every bone in her body and plunging her into a coma. Lying in her hospital bed, Casey slowly begins to realize that although she is unable to see or communicate, she can hear everything that goes on around her. She soon discovers that her friends aren t necessarily the people she thought them to be and that her accident might not have been an accident at all. As she struggles to break free from her living death, she begins to wonder if what lies ahead could be even worse.

The Wild Zone

From New York Times bestselling author Joy Fielding comes the suspenseful story of a seemingly casual bet among friends gone terrifyingly awry. This is how it starts. With a joke. Two brothers Will and Jeff and their friend Tom are out one night at their favorite South Beach bar, The Wild Zone, and decide to make a bet on who can be the fi rst to seduce a mysterious looking young woman drinking by herself. Pretty, dark haired, blue eyed Suzy has an innocent, almost ordinary girl next door way about her. ‘Just waiting for Prince Charming to hit on her,’ Jeff says. Little do they know the secrets she hides from the outside world, particularly those having to do with the daily horror she experiences under the watchful eye of her abusive husband. Little do they know she has an agenda of her own. Little do they know their harmless bet is about to take on a life of its own, a life full of deadly consequences for all concerned. Fielding is continually praised for her ‘heart pounding’ Booklist brand of storytelling, full of ‘chillingly satisfying twists’ People. There’s certainly no going back once you’ve entered The Wild Zone.

Now You See Her

New York Times bestselling author Joy Fielding tells an unforgettable story of a newly divorced woman attempting to heal her heartache, only to find herself on a desperate search for her daughter. Fifty year old Marcy Taggart’s life is in shambles. Two years ago, her twenty one year old daughter, Devon, perished in a canoeing accident. Her body was never found in the icy waters of Georgian Bay, and as a result Marcy has never fully accepted her death. She continues to see the young woman s face in crowds and has even stopped strangers on the street, certain she has finally discovered her long lost daughter. Now in Ireland, on what was originally intended to be a celebration of her twenty fifth wedding anniversary if, that is, her husband had not left her for another woman Marcy yet again thinks she sees her daughter, casually strolling past her on the sidewalk. So begins Marcy s desperate search to find Devon, to find herself, and to find the disturbing truth that might, in the end, be her only salvation. Now You See Her vividly displays Fielding s rare talent for creating the kind of tension, suspense, and compelling hero*ines readers crave. Riveting from start to finish, it s one fans won t want to miss.

Mothers and Daughters

Mothers and Daughters share a kinship so close that looking at each other is often like gazing into a mirror. Now famous mothers and their daughters merge their imaginations and talents and share the richness of the heart in this extraordinary short story collection that celebrates the joys of motherhood and family. Collaborating for the first time with their daughters on works of fiction, twelve of today’s most acclaimed female authors have crafted original short stories, punctuated by wit and wisdom, poignancy and humor, exclusively for this volume. Each story is accompanied by a personal introduction and a delightful family snapshot. The result is a heartwarming and intimate look at the powerful bond between Mothers and Daughters. Inspired by real life experiences, these twelve tales reveal the dynamics of family, the bonds of love, and the woman to woman heritage passed down from mother to daughter. A diagnosis of illness…
the unexpected impact of a lottery win…
a family shattered by divorce…
the hilarious pitchperfect exchange between teenager and her mom at the mall. Each story rings true, and vividly depicts the complex and enduring relationship between Mothers and Daughters. Wise and witty, poignant and profound, this unique anthology captures the love between these unforgettable women, whose voices touch our hearts and draw us closer. Mothers & Daughters: Celebrating the Gift of Love in 12 New Stories is a book to be cherished by Mothers and Daughters alike.

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