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Still Life (2009)

by Joy Fielding

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In Still Life, Casey Marshall has everything going for her—looks, money, a great marriage, a successful business—that is until she is hit by a car and goes into a coma. The book is all through Casey’s perspective, which means that it all takes place in her hospital room or later the room in her house after she transfers. The book mostly consists of conversations of her family and friends, which made for a slow pace in the novel. It becomes clear fairly early on that someone tried to kill Casey, so there wasn’t a whole lot of suspense when the killer is revealed very early on in the novel.

This novel was pretty awful for the most part. Since the novel takes place in Casey’s perspective, the book drowns in inane conversations with poorly written characters. Casey’s internal dialogue is nothing but annoying. The novel uses a dreadful amount of flashback—way too much for my liking. It’s limited because of the way the story is told. In addition, the husband is revealed very early on as the one who plotted to kill Casey. He’s presented as a highly intelligent lawyer who has been able to convince people that he’s this great person. Then ridiculously enough he has conversations which give him away as the killer right in front of Casey, even though it is revealed that she can hear what they are saying. So this intelligent person is talking about how he plotted to kill his wife right in front of her? How ridiculous. Having said all of that, the final third of the novel is actually pretty good. There was sufficient tension and drama, which saves it from being a bad novel.

Carl Alves – author of Blood Street ( )
  Carl_Alves | Oct 27, 2015 |
Joy Fielding is a great writer. I enjoyed this book. It was a trip and made you think a little more about the people in supposed comas. ( )
  twokidsnablanket | Nov 3, 2013 |
Casey gets hit by a car and end in the haspital in a coma with most of all her bones are broken. She can hear and understand what she heared around her. She realized that the hit and run was no accident but an attempt on her life. I really injoyed this book. ( )
  jbemrose | Oct 15, 2012 |
Predictable. Characters not sympathetic or drawn out well. ( )
  latorreliliana | Dec 21, 2011 |
very quick read. interesting story out of the view of a lady in a coma. quiet unusual approach and very dramatic. expecially the ending when you hope that she will wake up but will she in time? ( )
  kakadoo202 | Dec 13, 2011 |
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This story had so many twist and turns, I didn't want to put it down.
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Less than an hour before the car slammed into her at the speed of almost fifty miles an hour, throwing her ten feet into the air, breaking nearly every bone in her body and cracking her head against the hard concrete, Casey Marshall was sitting in the elegant, narrow dining room of Southward, one of South Philadelphia's more popular white-tablecloth restaurants, finished lunch with her two closest friends and stealing glances at the beautiful, secluded courtyard behind their heads.
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After surviving an auto accident that broke nearly every bone in her body and plunged her into a coma, successful businesswomen and happily married Casey Marshall realizes that although she is unable to see or communicate, she can hear everything. She quickly 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.… (more)

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