June 20, 2010

Book Review Sidney Sheldon's After The Darkness by Tilly Bagshawe

Sidney Sheldon's After The Darkness by Tilly Bagshawe
Published by HarperCollins
ISBN 978-0-06-172830-3
At the request of LibraryThing, an ARC was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest review.
  Synopsis (from back of book): Grace Brookstein is the very young, naive wife of financial superstar Lenny Brookstein. Lenny is a billionaire many times over, with estates around the world, a fleet of yachts, and a life that is the stuff of fantasy. He and Grace live in New York where Lenny is revered as King of the Wall Street social scene. A noted philanthropist, he is both liked and respected in the worlds of high finance and high society. When the stock market goes into a terrifying freefall, the Brookstein's glamorous lifestyle of Palm Beach polo tournaments and G5 jets is barely touched.
  That is, until the day Lenny goes sailing from their Nantucket beach estate and never comes home. When his abandoned yacht is found far out at sea, the police investigation reveals Brookstein's death was no accident. The famous investor was involved in some sort of spectacular fraud and was about to be exposed by someone close to him.
  But as Lenny's malfeasance comes to light, Grace learns there was more to his boating "accident" than she originally thought. And suddenly her life may be in danger too....
  My Thoughts and Opinion: I started reading Sidney Sheldon's books in the 70s and remember them to be great reads, always waiting anxiously for his next novel to be released.  I also remember hearing of his passing and thinking what a tremendous loss for fans and the literary world.  But thankfully the family did not let that happen, entrusting an author to continue his legacy.  And Tilly Bagshawe most definitely did.  I have to say that I honestly was a little skeptical when I started reading this book, wondering if it would live up to the older Sidney Sheldon books?  And the answer is a resounding YES!!
  Ms. Bagshawe created a cast of characters that you either loved or hated, had compassion for or envied, cheered them on or wer glad when they fell.  The plot is a non stop "who done it" of multiple possibilities to the very end.  And speaking of the end, it is one that I did not see coming until the very last pages !!! Throughout the entire book, the story line is a continuous, fast paced, speeding suspenseful ride with the elements of love, betrayal, hate, envy, trust, greed, strength, lies and revenge, and self preservation, just to name a few.  Do I recommend this book?  My answer, another resounding YES!!  This is a definite can't put down, page turning novel !!!
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bermudaonion said...

I just read about this book today and I wondered the same thing - would someone else be able to keep up Sheldon's standards? Glad to see the book is so good!

Darlyn said...

i grow up with up with SS books although it's not type of books a 15 year old girl would read. but i did. now after 10 years, i still read his books and feel so sad after his death.i collect all his whole books as precious collection!ms bagshawe writing is quite ok. i read her mistress of the game and feel quite satisfied with it.i hope this one too ;p

Julie P said...

Ooooh! Excited to get my hands on this one....