Book Review: All The Wrong Places by Joy Fielding

I have read Joy Fielding’s novels in the past and looked forward to reading this one. In addition, the synopsis sounded relevant as so many people try online dating.

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense


A husband’s death, a difficult divorce, a brutal break-up, dissatisfaction with a boring relationship: for various reasons, four women turn to online dating, hoping to right-swipe the way to love and happiness.

Paige and Heather are cousins, locked in a lifelong rivalry that recently culminated in Heather taking Paige’s boyfriend for herself, although now Heather isn’t quite sure she wants him. Paige’s mother, Joan, is trying to get back on her feet after the death of the love of her life two years ago. And Paige’s longtime friend, Chloe, is considering giving her unfaithful husband a taste of his own medicine.

Together, the women are navigating the choppy waters of online dating, until one of them unwittingly makes a date with a killer, starting the clock on a race to save her life.

New York Times bestselling author Joy Fielding has written a complex, electrifying thriller about friendship, jealousy, and passion–a deadly combination. 

My thoughts:

Online dating is now a normal part of modern dating and is often suggested to be a safe way to meet people – especially if certain rules are followed: text before meeting, let family and friends know where you will be, meet in a public place. And yet a serial killer is still able to kill the women he ‘dates’. He is still able to convince these women that he is someone to be trusted.

Even though the killer does feature in the novel, All The Wrong Places is much more than a murder story. What we read about is the rapport between four women: their support structure, their jealousies, their insecurities. I enjoyed the exploration of their relationships – relationships that I see mirrored in so many of what I have observed and experienced in my own life.

Fielding skillfully moves the reader between the experience of the four women, while inserting in the story the intentions of a killer. She scatters hints in the dialogue, suggesting who may be the next victim. I became engrossed in the tale, was surprised at some twists, and turned the pages quickly to see who would survive. I loved this novel for the fast-paced story within its pages and would recommend it to any reader who enjoys thrillers.

I give this novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This novel was the 27th in my book pledge for 2019)

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