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Dana Evans, anchorwoman televisiva molto amata dal grande pubblico, è appena tornata da un difficile reportage a Sarajevo. L'incarico che dovrà ora svolgere a Washington sembrerebbe facile: intervistare Gary Winthrop, giovane e affascinante collezionista d'arte. Ma nella notte dopo il loro incontro l'uomo viene assassinato nel suo appartamento. Scioccata dalla notizia, vie Dana Evans, anchorwoman televisiva molto amata dal grande pubblico, è appena tornata da un difficile reportage a Sarajevo. L'incarico che dovrà ora svolgere a Washington sembrerebbe facile: intervistare Gary Winthrop, giovane e affascinante collezionista d'arte. Ma nella notte dopo il loro incontro l'uomo viene assassinato nel suo appartamento. Scioccata dalla notizia, vienea sapere che durante la sua permanenza all'estero l'intera, celebre famiglia Winthrop si è completamente estinta nel giro di un anno per una serie di tragici incidenti. Il suo fiuto da giornalista la avverte che cinque coincidenze sono davvero troppe. Ma quali oscuri interessi possono nascondersi dietro lo sterminio di persone che tutti definiscono integerrime e filantrope?


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Dana Evans, anchorwoman televisiva molto amata dal grande pubblico, è appena tornata da un difficile reportage a Sarajevo. L'incarico che dovrà ora svolgere a Washington sembrerebbe facile: intervistare Gary Winthrop, giovane e affascinante collezionista d'arte. Ma nella notte dopo il loro incontro l'uomo viene assassinato nel suo appartamento. Scioccata dalla notizia, vie Dana Evans, anchorwoman televisiva molto amata dal grande pubblico, è appena tornata da un difficile reportage a Sarajevo. L'incarico che dovrà ora svolgere a Washington sembrerebbe facile: intervistare Gary Winthrop, giovane e affascinante collezionista d'arte. Ma nella notte dopo il loro incontro l'uomo viene assassinato nel suo appartamento. Scioccata dalla notizia, vienea sapere che durante la sua permanenza all'estero l'intera, celebre famiglia Winthrop si è completamente estinta nel giro di un anno per una serie di tragici incidenti. Il suo fiuto da giornalista la avverte che cinque coincidenze sono davvero troppe. Ma quali oscuri interessi possono nascondersi dietro lo sterminio di persone che tutti definiscono integerrime e filantrope?

30 review for L'amore non si arrende

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diane Wallace

    Great read! I wanted to give this book 5 stars but nothing is perfect in life -- had to find something imperfect with it --- don't think the storytelling was long enough. A very well written book (paperback!)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bren

    Did not care for it. This is one of the few times I have given a Sheldon book a 2 rating. I think there was maybe 2 others. In any event, this book is a continuation of "The Best Laid Plans" and many of those characters are in this one. My big issue with it is how little happens. Also the main character is Dana. Leslie is not in it and that is a let down because I really wanted more of Leslie's story. It was nice to see Dana again. Not THAT nice though and rather then Sheldon's signature twists, Did not care for it. This is one of the few times I have given a Sheldon book a 2 rating. I think there was maybe 2 others. In any event, this book is a continuation of "The Best Laid Plans" and many of those characters are in this one. My big issue with it is how little happens. Also the main character is Dana. Leslie is not in it and that is a let down because I really wanted more of Leslie's story. It was nice to see Dana again. Not THAT nice though and rather then Sheldon's signature twists, this book is built on romantic tension between Dana and Jeff, fueled by misunderstandings and deceit. It read very much like a ..sorry..chic k lit book..and while I read c hick lit occasionally, that is not what I was looking for here. Plus the first book, Best Laid Plans was so good I do not think a second was even needed. Most everything Sheldon writes is incredible. There are better Sheldon books then this one.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amit Mishra

    The novel provides the thrill of watching a suspense movie. From the beginning to end it tightens the grip of suspense on readers. The storyline is perfect and provides the reading pleasure.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Giridharan

    A fantastic read.In a normal book,the suspense is about who the killer is.But in this Sidney's masterpiece,the suspense builds right from the start on whether the consecutive deaths are murders are just a co-incidence.The character Dana Evans is portrayed with a surgeon's precision and I would love to meet such a character in real life.The cute love between Dana and Jeff, Jeff's concern for his ex-wife Rachel while she is in trouble are all simple things that make up this master-piece.The secret A fantastic read.In a normal book,the suspense is about who the killer is.But in this Sidney's masterpiece,the suspense builds right from the start on whether the consecutive deaths are murders are just a co-incidence.The character Dana Evans is portrayed with a surgeon's precision and I would love to meet such a character in real life.The cute love between Dana and Jeff, Jeff's concern for his ex-wife Rachel while she is in trouble are all simple things that make up this master-piece.The secret Plutonium manufacturing city which is claimed to be 'real' by the author gives the readers creeps.Dana is being followed by strangers without her knowledge and that adds to the tension.There is no way one could find the real criminal till Sasha is murdered. I feel the end was a bit rushed through and the climax is far-fetched.However the first parts of the book make up for the quick ending.The five murders and the way Dana goes about her investigation,her actions being monitored by some unknown agents are all typical Sheldon stuff. A must - read novel for everyone.Please don't miss it. For more such reviews, visit my blog. http://www.giridharanj.blogspot.com

  5. 5 out of 5

    John

    I picked this up at a library sale, having never read anything from Sheldon before, and the dust jacket spoke highly of him and his other work (books, TV shows, awards, etc.). Well, it's obvious they weren't talking about this book. This one contains a very thin plot, foreseeable twists, and very little imagery outside of the basic story. Good authors, who do their homework, can put the reader in the character's shoes - what they're thinking, feeling, and seeing. Here you have a main character w I picked this up at a library sale, having never read anything from Sheldon before, and the dust jacket spoke highly of him and his other work (books, TV shows, awards, etc.). Well, it's obvious they weren't talking about this book. This one contains a very thin plot, foreseeable twists, and very little imagery outside of the basic story. Good authors, who do their homework, can put the reader in the character's shoes - what they're thinking, feeling, and seeing. Here you have a main character who travels to half a dozen major cities around the world and she may as well have been traveling to Des Moines, IA. Sheldon doesn't even mention jet lag after the third or fourth flight in a week. He does, however, feel the need to introduce EVERYONE by full name - I don't care what the hotel desk clerk's first and last name is, and knowing it doesn't make me feel like I'm in Paris. Overall this book reads like someone took a night class on how to write a government conspiracy/corruption thriller and hammered it out over a lazy weekend.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    This was Sheldon’s second to last novel published before his death. The usual style is there: strong, determined heroine, a hidden agenda/conspiracy, worldwide travel to exotic cities. But for some reason, even though the pacing was written in Sheldon’s rapid-fire style, it seemed to take a while for things to wrap up. Not his best, but not his worst. Only so-so for me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    Quick read. Not necessarily my cup o' tea. I'd just finished a book. I wasn't sure what to start next. I was in the mood for something mystery/thriller. I didn't have anything that fit the bill on my shelves at present and no time to run to the bookstore. Two friends of mine had just finished reading this book, they liked it and recommended it. I said, why not give it a try. We have different tastes in book genres, the three of us but they both said that Sidney Sheldon is one of their favorite a Quick read. Not necessarily my cup o' tea. I'd just finished a book. I wasn't sure what to start next. I was in the mood for something mystery/thriller. I didn't have anything that fit the bill on my shelves at present and no time to run to the bookstore. Two friends of mine had just finished reading this book, they liked it and recommended it. I said, why not give it a try. We have different tastes in book genres, the three of us but they both said that Sidney Sheldon is one of their favorite authors. I'd never read a book by this author until now. Here's what I thought. This will be a semi quick review. The Sky Is Falling is supposed to be about a local news reporter, Dana Evans who's curiosity about a well known philanthropist's murder get's her into more trouble than she bargained for. Prior to this adventure, Dana was a news correspondent in war torn Sarajevo. Now she is back in Washington D.C. doing the local nightly news, she's engaged to the sports caster and she is trying to be mother to a orphan from Sarajovo named Kemal who lost his arm and his family to a bomb explosion. Dana does an interview with philanthropist Paul Winthrop and the next day, he's dead. Something feels not right about this and Dana starts, in the beginning out of curiosity to look into his death. She finds that he was the last of a rich American family who within months of each other have had sudden strange deaths. Everyone talks well of the family as if they were saints but Dana feels in her gut that there is something not right under the surface. She just couldn't accept that they all came face to face with accidents. These were murders and she would get to the bottom of it. Thoughts: To be honest. This was a quick read and I'm glad. To me this is very drug store/grocery store I need something to occupy my time at the airport or while waiting for an appointment type of book. It was too simple. Too inconclusive. Too many loose ends and totally not believable. Too many random one page characters that were very transparent or just too simple. All the supporting characters were feeble to me. Under developed. The descriptions were of what they supposedly looked like physically but nothing supportive in the script to tell me who these people really were. What was their purpose besides their name or title. Fiction is fake and mysteries and thrillers are fantasy or infringement but this was just too B movie for me. Trying not to give away spoilers here but Dana encountered people who spoke different languages and you mean to tell me every time she could speak those languages? She was a local news reporter yet she was known world wide? Really? The relationship between her and the adopted son was just.. so careless. It didn't feel like there was any feeling or genuine connection. If there was supposed to be it was not communicated so the reader comprehended this. At all. The fiance' had some side story that I still don't comprehend the point of. Why was it there? The story was fast moving and slow moving at the same time. Fast from this place to that place to this spot to the other but technically nothing really interesting happened till the end of the book. The end was interesting but still... Hollywood B movie. Recommend? It was quick. It passed the time. That's about it. I don't think I'll read any more of this author's books. Just not really my cup o' tea. Maybe it's the book snob in me and I mean no harm with it but.. I read Literature.. this was a book. One makes you think, ponder, feel and learn. The other causes you to exercise the mobility of your hands turning pages and exercise your retina's reading from one side to the other. But to each his/her own. I'm an advocate of reading in general. Sadly some don't even read at all. Not because they can't but because the TV and Internet have stolen their soul. So if it makes you read, whatever it is, much respect and enjoy in good health. Two stars for keeping my busy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I picked this book up because it was a "New York Times bestseller" and I had never read anything by Sidney Sheldon and wanted to see what I thought of him as an author. Answer: Not much. Situations are contrived, characters don't feel like real people. Just about every page has something on it that strains credibility, or seems fake or contrived. Conversations don't feel real. Situations don't feel real. There are lots of stupid little mistakes and inconsistencies. I won't pick up any more Sidne I picked this book up because it was a "New York Times bestseller" and I had never read anything by Sidney Sheldon and wanted to see what I thought of him as an author. Answer: Not much. Situations are contrived, characters don't feel like real people. Just about every page has something on it that strains credibility, or seems fake or contrived. Conversations don't feel real. Situations don't feel real. There are lots of stupid little mistakes and inconsistencies. I won't pick up any more Sidney Sheldon books. This just goes to show that just because a book is a NY Times bestseller, doesn't mean it's worth reading. This is probably the worst "mystery" I've ever read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Summer

    I am so sorry to write this, but this book wasn't my cup of tea. I didn't like the reason for the deaths in this story. Crime is my favorite genre and I don't like this type of crime stories. The style of writing is pretty light, it's an easy read, I did like the twist that happens, I just didn't enjoy reading this book as much, I had a totally different expectations.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pooja

    My first Sidney Sheldon book, some 4 years back. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Not finished - Probably won't finish since the e-library copy expired on my nook color a week ago. Here's the thing - this book above all else, is incredibly predictable. The plot is blah, the characters under-developed and shallow. He describes the characters(namely the men) the same. I suspect her fiance is the bad guy- lol. Either way, I was very disappointed. But don't take my word for it.... (haaa) Sidney is a talented writer, no doubt. I just didn't care for this particular novel. Read "Memo Not finished - Probably won't finish since the e-library copy expired on my nook color a week ago. Here's the thing - this book above all else, is incredibly predictable. The plot is blah, the characters under-developed and shallow. He describes the characters(namely the men) the same. I suspect her fiance is the bad guy- lol. Either way, I was very disappointed. But don't take my word for it.... (haaa) Sidney is a talented writer, no doubt. I just didn't care for this particular novel. Read "Memories of Midnight" for a great Sidney Sheldon novel. Peace, I'm outta here!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Note to Mr. Sheldon: 20-somethings don't speak like Dana Evans. They don't call everyone, including boyfriends, "darling."

  13. 4 out of 5

    mina

    DNF-ed halfway through. I wish the sky fell on me before I even reached for this book. The first book I read by Sheldon I didn’t like, however I decided to give him another chance because a few of my friends liked his work, maybe I just picked up a bad one… so this is my second Sidney Sheldon book and I still don’t like his writing or whatever this is called. I wanted to be stubborn and finish it but the book is so damn annoying and… gaaah! The synopsis made this book sound great, however the exe DNF-ed halfway through. I wish the sky fell on me before I even reached for this book. The first book I read by Sheldon I didn’t like, however I decided to give him another chance because a few of my friends liked his work, maybe I just picked up a bad one… so this is my second Sidney Sheldon book and I still don’t like his writing or whatever this is called. I wanted to be stubborn and finish it but the book is so damn annoying and… gaaah! The synopsis made this book sound great, however the execution of the idea is poor. Characters are lifeless and unmemorable; you can’t connect to them. The writing is too simple even less than simple there is no description of… anything, just the writer telling us what happened in as few words as possible. Things that drove me crazy, over and over through 140 pages that I read, were: • The fractured “story”. We jump from one scene to the other and then to the next one… does that scene have any point? Probably not. How was important for Dana’s mother to call her and tell her she thought Dana would cry at the Winthrop funeral, were Dana answers that she did cry. What importance did that scene have?! • So many POV’s! There is someone following her or whatever? Okay, cool, show me then don’t tell me; especially not in a paragraph containing only a few sentences. • The dialogue is so… so eh. • Her adopting a kid and then leaving him alone most of the time, not spending time with him or trying to understand how he feels.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lazar Jovanović

    Well... this book really disappointed me. After quite some time since couple of people recommended Sheldon to me, I decided it was time to try his books. They all said that "The Sky Is Falling" is one of his best books. Considering this statement was right, I am in no way eager to read any other. Although the idea of the story itself is good, its potential was, somehow, wasted. All the time during the reading, I was under the impression that this book was not written, but simply, put together in Well... this book really disappointed me. After quite some time since couple of people recommended Sheldon to me, I decided it was time to try his books. They all said that "The Sky Is Falling" is one of his best books. Considering this statement was right, I am in no way eager to read any other. Although the idea of the story itself is good, its potential was, somehow, wasted. All the time during the reading, I was under the impression that this book was not written, but simply, put together in a rush. The plot is very weak, only made to look complicated, but actually too simple and truly predictable. Dana is visiting some truly astonishing places, but their descriptions do not even exist. Just a couple of words to support the sentence. The number of side characters too big. The conversations are plain, too short, empty, emotionless. Even though it can be understandable for a thriller to be lacking on the "emotional-drama" side, it is still necessary for a story to work. It is also possible to accomplish both high-adrenaline action and emotional approach to the story and characters. (Take Harlan Coben`s novels for example), so it is not an excuse. In this book, you can not connect even with the main character. It will take a lot of good critics, and really big number of pleased readers for me to take another of Sheldons books to read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jack Heath

    3 Stars. It's good but not great. I liked the premise; a leading family in America gets wiped-out in a series of five fatal accidents and our hero, Dana Evans, one of Washington DC's rising stars in TV news, gets drawn in. Why not great you ask? The antagonists just seem to be too capable in their nefarious enterprises for their size and Ms. Evans just seems to be too naive and out there on her own. She needs to read a few thrillers in her spare time! I felt like shaking her, "Dana, a little mor 3 Stars. It's good but not great. I liked the premise; a leading family in America gets wiped-out in a series of five fatal accidents and our hero, Dana Evans, one of Washington DC's rising stars in TV news, gets drawn in. Why not great you ask? The antagonists just seem to be too capable in their nefarious enterprises for their size and Ms. Evans just seems to be too naive and out there on her own. She needs to read a few thrillers in her spare time! I felt like shaking her, "Dana, a little more wariness is needed!" Having interviewed Gary Winthrop the evening before he was murdered in an art theft, she feels compelled to investigate the extraordinary coincidence of this rich and civic-minded family all dying in similar situations over the period of a year. Were their deaths intentional? If so, for what reason? While she travels across the US and the globe, the danger for Dana and her newly adopted son Kemal, a war-orphan from her recent assignment in Sarajevo, rises as she gets closer to the truth. Along the way, she begins to understand the importance of trust and skepticism. The reason for the title eventually works its way to the forefront. (June 2019)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dalila.

    a friend recommended this book to me have to admit I did not expect a lot but I was pleasantly surprised.. THE SKY IS FALLING is a scintillating thriller set against a world-class background. The elegantly crafted plot builds from curiosity to terror culminating in a conspiracy of enormous proportion. While fiction has its roots in truth, from the Author's Note at the end, one wonders. Could this really happen, or has it?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Fatima

    Amazing Amazing book! Dana Evans was the star for the right reasons. Investigating into Winthrope murders, the biggest mistake she made was taking friends for friends. An obvious enemy is an open option and one expects such things from them but who is worst of all enemies? A friend turned foe. Trusting someone is a hard job, not everyone roots for you but the people who really do, carve a way to do so like Jeff and Kemal. If this was a story of selfish, cold blooded murders, it was also a story ab Amazing Amazing book! Dana Evans was the star for the right reasons. Investigating into Winthrope murders, the biggest mistake she made was taking friends for friends. An obvious enemy is an open option and one expects such things from them but who is worst of all enemies? A friend turned foe. Trusting someone is a hard job, not everyone roots for you but the people who really do, carve a way to do so like Jeff and Kemal. If this was a story of selfish, cold blooded murders, it was also a story about compassion and selfless-ness. Thrilling, exciting, fast paced and engaging. The most striking thing that I felt about this novel was its well laid clear story line. Protagonist, Dana Evans, a news reporter and anchor, is obssessed with a series of murders that look very much like accidents but it rings the bells somwhere. The hunt for witnesses is on and Dana goes around various countries to find something about Winthropes. Somewhere I felt that story is mostly focused on Dana and the rest of the people are fill ins; a bit of rounded characters. Everyone is almost stereotypical. Hudsons seemed like that. The best way to distract someone is to divert them to wrong clues. Truth is an illusion and if the frame of reference is false, one can hardly see through it. I'll not spoil the plot twist BUT it left me shocked... utterly stunned. Be it private affairs or global conspiracies... Everyone tries to impose a better picture of themseleves before the world. Winthropes were too good to be true and this story revealed all that glitters is not gold.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gbolahan

    Wilson. Wilson. Wilson. How many times have I called that name. I need to start binding you. And I don't even care how wrong that sounds, you're Nigerian so you know EXACTLY what I mean. Strongarming me upandan... Right, so, the book. Man, this was very easy to read. Like murder she wrote, it was "waayy too easy". It was simple. It was even simplistic (is this a word, it's not in my phone's keyboard's dictionary). So simplistic as to even be outright childish. Like, seriously, Chicken Little?? Wh Wilson. Wilson. Wilson. How many times have I called that name. I need to start binding you. And I don't even care how wrong that sounds, you're Nigerian so you know EXACTLY what I mean. Strongarming me upandan... Right, so, the book. Man, this was very easy to read. Like murder she wrote, it was "waayy too easy". It was simple. It was even simplistic (is this a word, it's not in my phone's keyboard's dictionary). So simplistic as to even be outright childish. Like, seriously, Chicken Little?? What's going on here?? I don't believe this author was the one we were going cuckoo for as teenagers many (many many) years ago. If Tomorrow Comes. Windmills of the gods. Kane and Abel. Oh, wait, at least one or two of those titles should be a Jeffery Archer book.. And maybe that is the issue. I read these 2 guys growing up about the same time, so they could all be mixed in my mind. Good stories. However, I'm worried now those Jeffery Archer books we used to love those days may actually also now turn out to be rather childish...sigh. Little to no descriptions of the ambience, the environment, the setting. Very stupid people (or maybe they were all bought) who absolutely refused to see a second side to the story. Some unnecessary backgrounds and characters even. The use of the word "wonderful" 😆😅😂 The whole book felt like one very long conversation. Somone was always saying something. Or thinking something. I didn't even know where those conversations and thoughts were taking place, never really got a sense of their surroundings. Sheldon was so in love with conversations that, there was a part where, there was a conversation, and immediately after, some dude played a recording of the same conveconversation and we had to read that same conversation all over again! Don't believe me? Fine. And I'm only putting it in spoilers to shorten my review, not because I care about spoiling the book. The book itself is like your spoilt younger sibling. And, let me warn you, this was done at least twice in this book. My head. (view spoiler)[The fear was back in Joan Sinisi’s eyes. “No—I mean yes. But it was a mistake, you see. I made a mistake.” “What kind of mistake?” Joan Sinisi swallowed. “I—I misunderstood something Mr. Winthrop said to someone. I behaved very foolishly. I’m ashamed of myself.” “You sued, but you didn’t take him to court?” “No. He—we settled the lawsuit. It was nothing.” Dana glanced around the penthouse. “I see. Can you tell me what the settlement was?” “No, I’m afraid I can’t,” Joan Sinisi said. “It’s all very confidential.” Dana wondered what it could have been that made this timid woman bring a lawsuit against a titan like Taylor Winthrop and why she was terrified to talk about it. What was she afraid of? There was a long silence. Joan Sinisi was watching Dana, and Dana had the feeling that she wanted to say something. “Miss Sinisi—” Joan Sinisi rose. “I’m sorry I can’t be more—if there’s nothing else, Miss Evans…” “I understand,” Dana said. I wish I did. He put the tape into the machine and pressed the start button. I—I misunderstood something Mr. Winthrop said to someone. I behaved very foolishly. I’m ashamed of myself. You sued, but you didn’t take him to court? No. He—we settled the lawsuit. It was nothing. I see. Can you tell me what the settlement was? No, I’m afraid I can’t. It’s all very confidential. Miss Sinisi— I’m sorry I can’t be more—if there’s nothing else, Miss Evans… I understand Tape ends. It had begun (hide spoiler)] The second one was: (view spoiler)[As Dana and Kemal were leaving, Roger Hudson took Dana aside. “In all candor, Miss Evans, I find your conspiracy theory about the Winthrops in the realm of fantasy. But for Matt Baker’s sake, I’m willing to check around and see if I can find anything that could possibly substantiate it.” “Thank you.” In all candor, Miss Evans, I find your conspiracy theory about the Winthrops in the realm of fantasy. But for Matt Baker’s sake, I’m willing to check around and see if I can find anything that could possibly substantiate it. Thank you. Tape ends (hide spoiler)] My eyes hurt. Police called a woman falling over a four foot barrier around a skyscraper terrace "an accident". And, or course, our Inteprid reporter spotted the wall and IMMEDIATELY knew this wasn't an accident. God. I need eye bleach. Don't even get me started on his interjections with foreign language. You could tell he just literally sat there with Google open to a language website, copying and posting foreign words as he thought fit. And did Kemal have to be soooooooooo American? Boy, that got old fast. Today is August 10, 2018. The...the...purzon 😡that forced me to read this just admitted she didn't even finish it. That's it. I'm done.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Trisha Nagpal

    "It is the dim haze of mystery that adds enchantment to pursuit." -Antoine Rivarol One day, you find yourself picking up a book you would never think about laying your hands upon and almost suddenly this novel has you fastened to the couch ominously preventing you from gazing away, even for a second from its iron-grip. The protagonist is a witty news reporter that has acquired fame from the perilous, lethal news reports she covers. The genesis of the plot is sparked by the curiosity she succumbs "It is the dim haze of mystery that adds enchantment to pursuit." -Antoine Rivarol One day, you find yourself picking up a book you would never think about laying your hands upon and almost suddenly this novel has you fastened to the couch ominously preventing you from gazing away, even for a second from its iron-grip. The protagonist is a witty news reporter that has acquired fame from the perilous, lethal news reports she covers. The genesis of the plot is sparked by the curiosity she succumbs to after the death of the last member of the affluent Winthrop family-all 5 of which have died 'accidental' deaths within the appalling span of a year. The book was thoroughly equipped with treachery, deception and treason but at the same time it also depicted loyalty, love and friendship in its most versatile framework. It differentiated between the qualities that people portrayed and the obverse ones they possessed. It was a breath of fresh air-for me,someone who isn't accustomed to reading crime debut thrillers. The form of speech was was simple, and could be easily comprehended. I loved the fact that this book got me thinking, it got me trying to outsmart the author- miserably failing in unearthing the end. All i can gather from an author such as Sidney Sheldon on a first read is that his book was anything but cliche. It was thoroughly drenched with enigma and suspense and drove me toward the edge of insanity in unfolding its mystery.Toward the end, the murderer turned out to be someone i never quite managed to put a finger upon. In all totality the book was remarkable, the plot- an endless tornado distinctly whirling its way through a myriad of possibilities. A grappling, quick read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathae

    18/18 --> I've read them all! If you've read The Best Laid Plans, you would have come across Dana Evans. In this story, she's more fearless than ever - or at least that's what she seems to be. She goes on a manhunt across three continents after having suspicions about the series of deaths that wipe out the remaining members of the Winthrop family in one year. I wasn't very fond of The Best Laid plans to begin with. Sure, I liked Dana then and I liked her on this book but the story itself didn't ex 18/18 --> I've read them all! If you've read The Best Laid Plans, you would have come across Dana Evans. In this story, she's more fearless than ever - or at least that's what she seems to be. She goes on a manhunt across three continents after having suspicions about the series of deaths that wipe out the remaining members of the Winthrop family in one year. I wasn't very fond of The Best Laid plans to begin with. Sure, I liked Dana then and I liked her on this book but the story itself didn't excite me as much as I had hoped. But before I could even start feeling the disappointment, I am saddened by the fact that I have no other Sheldon books to look forward to. His books have comforted me at some really rough times in the course of seven years and I am scared to never find another author whose books I could just binge on up to the last title. :/ But, yeah, I thought I would be more dramatic when this day comes but I do think I am taking it pretty well. (: So I've reached one of my personal goals, big deal.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Veronica Singleton

    What do I say w/o sounding like the critics or the back of the book cover? I loved how he picked this title; from dialogue. The main character runs into her bosses office and he says you come running in here like Chicken Little screaming "The sky is falling, the sky is falling." I love that. But, this is really signature Sidney Sheldon. Once you begin reading, just buckle in and keep turning the pages. Once I reached like chapter 9 I had a difficult time putting it down. So much so, that I finis What do I say w/o sounding like the critics or the back of the book cover? I loved how he picked this title; from dialogue. The main character runs into her bosses office and he says you come running in here like Chicken Little screaming "The sky is falling, the sky is falling." I love that. But, this is really signature Sidney Sheldon. Once you begin reading, just buckle in and keep turning the pages. Once I reached like chapter 9 I had a difficult time putting it down. So much so, that I finished the remaining chapters in two days. This is thriller ratched up to 10. It's funny once I began writing seriously, it was difficult to read, because all I could do was critique. I found myself doing this occasionally with this book at a couple spots, but I had no problem shaking that off and forging ahead. If you like a fast paced thriller, you cannot miss this read. I remember his book, Sands of Time, I read literally in two days, it was so wonderful. With all of the other books I've read of his, this ranks up there at the top of the list.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I never thought in a Gazillion, Billion years that I would find a Sidney Sheldon book that I couldn't finish. I feel as though I have stepped into the twilight zone. The plot was so fractured that I could barely follow - one moment we were talking to Dana's manager, then her adopted son then someone else... A whole scene in which her mother's new husband insults her adopted son and its over in a paragraph... Usually with Sidney Sheldon's novels we are given so much detail about our narrator that I never thought in a Gazillion, Billion years that I would find a Sidney Sheldon book that I couldn't finish. I feel as though I have stepped into the twilight zone. The plot was so fractured that I could barely follow - one moment we were talking to Dana's manager, then her adopted son then someone else... A whole scene in which her mother's new husband insults her adopted son and its over in a paragraph... Usually with Sidney Sheldon's novels we are given so much detail about our narrator that we feel every one of their feelings and small exchanges such as this become interesting and progress the plot, but I barely knew Dana. Every character was wonderful or perfect and their situations were wonderful and life was just bloody wonderful, unless you were a Winthrop apparently... This just wasn't the book for me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kellie

    Yawn. Another book from the box o' paperbacks (I am beginning to sense why my neighbor is getting rid of them..). Written in the early nineties - characters were pretty lame. Tons of story lines and none of them intriguing enough to develop - apparently even for the author.

  24. 4 out of 5

    JP Apellido

    Few hundred pages were great, and fast paced. I could feel the thrill. Though after a while, it started to become rather repetitive and boring

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lorrane Gloriya

    It's a good mysterious story about the murder of a family. Nicely written by Sidney Sheldon.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katy M

    2019 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge-A book whose author's first and last names start with the same letter. I'd give this something between a 2 and a 3. The story itself was pretty interesting and it was fast pace, but parts of it were just so non-sensical. 1. A character finds a lump. She has it biopsied. It's cancerous. Doctor says they now need to do a mammogram. That doesn't seem right to me. 2. The main character goes to Aspen. her boyfriend goes to Miami. He calls her on her cell phone. She's so 2019 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge-A book whose author's first and last names start with the same letter. I'd give this something between a 2 and a 3. The story itself was pretty interesting and it was fast pace, but parts of it were just so non-sensical. 1. A character finds a lump. She has it biopsied. It's cancerous. Doctor says they now need to do a mammogram. That doesn't seem right to me. 2. The main character goes to Aspen. her boyfriend goes to Miami. He calls her on her cell phone. She's so grateful she got the international plan. Um, Miami and Aspen are both in the US. International plan not necessary. 3. Main character globe trots. Boyfriend calls her from time to time. She never calls him. He doesn't call her on New Year's Eve and she thinks he hates her or whatever. Um, is there something wrong with your dialing finger? 4. Main character is investigating something big. Someone is trying to kill her. She trusts everyone that she has met in the course of this investigation over the last couple of weeks. Because, yeah, not one of them could be bad guys. 5. Main character adopts 12 year old from Serbia. His parents were killed in an explosion that resulted in the loss of his arm. He gets in fights at school. School wants to expel him. She says she will take care of it. How does she take care of it? Does she take him to a psychiatrist or a counselor? No. Does she talk to him to find out what's going on? No. She tells him to stop getting in fights. Along the same lines, we are told that they have been back from Serbia for 3 months. Not only is this traumatized child not in therapy of any kind, but she decides to begin the aforementioned globetrotting. Aargh. If you do not have the time to devote to this child, don't adopt him. Duh. I could go on and on. Also, she is being bugged and right after she has phone conversations, they play them back. By which I mean, the author actually re put in the conversation for us to read again and then add "tape ends." OK, dude, do that once. We're not morons. We can remember that she's being spied upon. And, also, she kept remembering conversations in her head. We don't need everything twice. And, one last really annoying thing. Every single male character the protagonist meets hits on her. Every. Single. One. Ok, I get it. She's beautiful. But does she never meet a happily married man, or a gay man, or someone that's just not into her. I've read quite a few Sydney Sheldon books and I thought I liked him. But Are You Afraid of the Dark and this book are really making me question if that's true.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nisha Pandit

    The Sky is Falling! This was my second book by Sidney Sheldon. The plot is about a murder mystery and it is described in a fascinating manner. Well, I should not ruin the Reader's interest by describing the story here itself, right? It's a suspense story which will not allow you to put the book down. Now, it's obvious that whenever you read anything , you get to learn something. From this book, I literally loved the character of Dana Evans(the leading character). Despite having many troubles, She The Sky is Falling! This was my second book by Sidney Sheldon. The plot is about a murder mystery and it is described in a fascinating manner. Well, I should not ruin the Reader's interest by describing the story here itself, right? It's a suspense story which will not allow you to put the book down. Now, it's obvious that whenever you read anything , you get to learn something. From this book, I literally loved the character of Dana Evans(the leading character). Despite having many troubles, She never gave up on what she truly believed and ultimately she got success in her task. Apart from this, She had the courage to take risks in order to prove herself. So, this is what I learnt from this book. If you are planning to read this book, then surely you can go for it, once you will finish it you will realize how amazing the book is! Happy Reading!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hafizul Islam Nirob

    Another nice piece from Master Storyteller. But, my expectation was little high. From starting, story's plot was spreading. When it finished, I was felt that where is the special thrill! Dana Evans was a strong role. Kemal was a mystery to me. Jeff was the lucky guy who has his love in life.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Pulled from the library book sale bag because I used to love Sheldon. This one was just lame. Either I outgrew him or he gave up.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Trang Nguyên

    Nothing special about this book

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