My sister-on-law lent me Puppet by Joy Fielding in the summer. I put it aside because I had so many other things to read and review. I finally got around to it this weekend. It took me no time at all to read.
In Puppet, Amanda Travis is a successful criminal lawyer in Florida. However, other than her career she has nothing going for her. She picks up strange men to take home to her sterile apartment. She drinks too much. She's bitter and cynical. Plus, she defends the most despicable of human beings as clients. All of this she attributes to her childhood. Her mother was a distant, cold alcoholic and her father spent all his time taking care of his wife. As soon as she could, Amanda left her past behind in Toronto and started her life over in Florinda.
Amanda's tried hard to forget her past but when her ex-husband calls to tell her that her mother shot a total stranger in front of witnesses in the lobby of the Four Seasons, she finds she must put the puzzle pieces of her childhood together to save her mother from herself.
Although the story grabbed me right away, Amanda is a character who is hard to warm up to. She sleeps with married men because they are easy to discard. She looks at every man as a potential bedmate and thinks she can have whoever she wants. (And the men are complete dogs). I suppose this is to show how damaged she is but it's hard to sympathize with her. However, it doesn't take long to get over this and get involved in the story. It's quite a puzzle. Was the murdered man just a stranger to her mother? The clues are revealed slowly throughout the book and I was hooked on every page. I just couldn't put it down. I needed to know what was the big secret (and it's a doozy). The end was quite a twist and...er...twisted.
I did find some of the repetitive dialogue annoying and cliched ("Been there, done that." "Not going to go there.") but it doesn't detract from the plot. And the plot is what's worth reading in this book.
If you want a quick page turner, then Puppet is for you.