Mad River Road by Joy Fielding

Mad River Road, Joy Fielding, 2006

My favorite quote: “I think it was Alfred Hitchcock who best summed up the difference between shock and suspense. Shock, he said, is quick, a jolt to the senses that lasts but a second, whereas suspense is more of a slow tease. Rather like the difference between prolonged foreplay and premature ejaculation, I would add, and I like to think old Alfred would chuckle and agree.”

Notable characters: Jamie Kellogg, the lonely young divorcee; Brad Fisher, the man of her dreams … or so she thinks (you can practically hear the dramatic music right now, can’t you?) 

Most memorable scene: Mad River Road features an anal rape scene that still haunts me … terribly 

Greatest strengths: Great pacing is one the things that makes all of Joy Fielding’s books so riveting and Mad River Road is an excellent example. It seriously zooms right by!

Standout achievements: I kinda felt like I was on a road trip with Joy Fielding — which was actually pretty cool

Fun Facts: Joy Fielding was born Joy Tepperman, and later changed her last name to Fielding, after English novelist and dramatist, Henry Fielding

Other media: N/A

What it taught me about writing: Mad River Road taught me that by adding new, compelling layers to your story, you can eliminate that whole “sagging middle” thing. Joy Fielding: I owe you one

How it inspired my own work: All of Joy Fielding’s characters are pretty solid but the psychopath in Mad River Road is spot-on psychologically. A writer looking to understand the motivations and thought processes of a bad guy could do worse than to take a look at Mad River Road’s main bad guy, Brad Fisher  

Additional thoughts: A lot of reviewers seem to have a problem with Mad River Road because Joy Fielding’s heroine, Jamie, goes home with a guy she just met at a bar. I’ve come across several reviews that claim this just isn’t believable behavior. I disagree on two counts. First, I thought that Joy Fielding set the scene well, giving Jamie the proper motivation for the choices she made — not, by the way, that she should have to justify wanting some occasional male company — and second of all, there are plenty of (perfectly intelligent) women who really do go home with guys they just met. Or so I hear … 

Haunt me:

Read Mad River Road

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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