Are You Afraid of the Dark? by Sidney Sheldon

Are You Afraid of the Dark?Sidney Sheldon,  known as a legendary storyteller, novelist and screenwriter until his death in 2007, was the world’s top bestselling author who has won an Oscar, a Tony and an Edgar award.  He was the creator of TV’s classic hit programs like: The Patty Duke Show, I Dream of Jeannie. The Guinness World Records 2004 heralds him as the most translated author in the world. All his novels have such gripping plots; you just do not want to put the book down till it is finished.

All around the world people are reported missing or dead. In Berlin a woman vanishes from the city streets. In Manhattan a body washes ashore, in Denver a small plane crashes into the mountains without any reason, In Paris a man falls from the Eiffel tower. At first the police think they are random incidents. But soon they discover that all four victims are connected to the largest think tank in the world: Kingsley International Group (KIG).

Two main characters of the story are Kelly Harris and Diane Stevens. They are recent widows of two of the victims. Diane is the elegant artist, who just testified against a Mob boss, and Kelly is the gorgeous model from Paris.  They meet in New York when they come to meet Tanner Kingsley the head of KIG. Tanner assures them that he is going to do his best to find out who is behind the murder of their husbands. Tanner’s brother Andrew is a genius who wins the Nobel Prize for science while trying to guide KIG into saving Third World countries from their various disasters. Tanner prefers to use the think-tank to become a world power and to become the richest man on earth. But in the meantime someone is intent on killing both women. Diane thinks it must be the Mob boss who is trying to kill her because she testified in court against him.

Initially both women do not like each other. They just tolerate each other since they are forced together for protection to stay alive. As the story progresses we see that both women have unusual talent to avoid being captured. They have to use their wits at every corner to keep alive.  It looks like the whole world is out there to kill them. They cannot trust anyone, not even their old friends. The story is full of suspense and plot.

If you like an entertaining, quick read, then read this book. And if you do like this Sidney Sheldon’s book, you will continue to read all his bestseller books because you will be hooked. Another author, Tilly Bagshawe, continues the Sheldon drama now, writing sequels to some of the original novels, but they don’t quite have the master’s touch or style like the Sheldon originals.

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