The Dark Side

The Dark Side

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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In her new novel, Danielle Steel tells a riveting story of the dark side of motherhood. Zoe Morgan's childhood was marked by her younger sister's tragic illness, watching as her parents dedicated themselves completely to her final days and then divorced. As a young woman driven by these painful memories, Zoe sets the bar high for herself, studying hard and pursuing a career in the nonprofit world, where her deep compassion for disadvantaged children finds a focus. When Zoe falls in love and has her own child, she is determined to be a perfect mother as well. But before long, old scars long dormant begin to pull Zoe to the edge of an abyss too terrifying to contemplate. As Zoe is haunted by the ghosts of the past, her story will become a race against time and a tale of psychological suspense that no reader will soon forget.
Publisher: New York : Random House Publishing Group, 2019
ISBN: 9780399179426
Characteristics: 1 online resource (288 pages)


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Feb 13, 2020

A quick read of a dark and twisted tale. I did not anticipate the turn of events, so it kept me reading. A lot of repetition - which I encounter in quite a few books written by authors who have enjoyed long term success - I guess they get paid for a 330 plus page book.

Dec 30, 2019

This is my first DS book and it wasn't bad. She has excellent character development and a pretty simple story line. The writing itself isn't grandeur but it kept me interested nonetheless.

Dec 15, 2019

I usually like Danielle Steele if I want a light read but this book is not it. It moves soooo slow! And there is nothing uplifting about it. I read the first fourth of it and couldn't take it any more. So I skipped to the last quarter of the book and within two chapters figured out what I had missed. The last part did give a twist to Zoe's character I didn't expect but that was the it. There is nothing else redeeming about this book.

Nov 17, 2019

Like all DS books, this was a quick read. It was so heavy though, and depressing. It sends a good message, but you have to wait a long time for it all to come together. it honestly was tough to get through this one. Looking forward to the next one....always a fan of DS!

Nov 09, 2019

This book was so depressing. Thought I could keep reading but decided I had better books to enjoy. Finally set it aside so someone else on the Wait List could give it a try.

Nov 07, 2019

I love ds for a light read. This book was awful from the repetition of words to the depressing plot and characters I didn't care about. Cannot recommend.

Oct 09, 2019

If there is one thing that one can say about Danielle steel it is that her books are very well-researched. In 'the Dark Side," 10 year old Zoe loses her 7 year old sister Rose to leukemia. This begins a downward spiral in her life where her parents get divorced and she has no parents to speak of. Despite these challenges, Zoe excels academically and becomes very successful in her career at an NGO for abused children. She marries Austin Robert and when she gives birth to Jaime her happiness is complete. This is where the story gets 'black' and without being a spoiler all I can say is that I found the book gripping and a page-turner. A very well-written book.

Sep 23, 2019

Didn't like this book at all!

Sep 23, 2019

Another amazing book to add to her list. Talks about the love of a husband and wife and there love to have a child. The child finally arrives and the mother is trying to be a 100% best mother in the world. She is praised for her work with abused children and the love she shows for all. After having a unhappy childhood herself she is determined to do better as a Mother to her baby. You will not be able to put this book down. Will keep you on your toes. I will not tell more of the story as you have to read it yourself to see what you think!!! Do not read another comments as they give away the story. I will not do that to you ever in my comments.

Aug 11, 2019

I was enthralled by "The Promise" in the 80's. Although I have not read every novel Steel has written, I have always assumed that at anytime I can turn to one of her books and lose myself for awhile, perhaps even need my tissues. This book seems to be a new direction for Danielle Steel as she is tackling a medical issue along the vein of Jodi Picoult. The father in this novel begins to suspect that his wife may suffer from Baron Munchausen Syndrome. The background up to that realization was a bit boring at times as we follow the mother through her troubled childhood, meeting her husband and then having her first child. It feels like we are gliding along the surface their lives until BMS becomes a possibility. That raises the stakes and makes the rest of the novel quite a rollercoaster ride. For readers interested in this psychological phenomenon I recommend "Saving Meghan" by Daniel Palmer.

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