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The Sky Is Falling

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  12,373 ratings  ·  340 reviews
If America had a royal family, the Taylor Winthrops would wear the crown. The popular, charismatic Winthrops have captured the imagination of the world with their public service, their enormous charity, and their glamorous lives. But in the period of one year., all five members of the family are killed in a series of accidents. Beautiful young anchor woman Dana Evans begin ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2000)
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Tea Jovanović
Upravo se sprema crnogorsko izdanje... Pre devet godina je poslednji put objavljena...
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 ...more
John
Mar 08, 2008 John rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5th graders
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 ...more
Veronica L. 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 ...more
Debbie
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
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Scott
This book is bad, no doubt about it. Dippy dialogue, cornball characters, predictable plotting, and a drawn-out narrative to a convoluted conclusion of idiotic double-crosses. Despite of all this, or maybe because of all this, I was very entertained by the book. Go figure! It's about a television journalist that starts to investigate the mysterious deaths of 7 related people and stumbles upon a big conspiracy that threatens her life. She'll have to get through almost 200 filler pages of endless ...more
Neja
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.
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 ...more
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
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Andre
I could not put this book down! There wasn't a single boring moment, I swear. Good paced, fun, thrilling, and disturbing, there was a cliff-hanger at the end of every single chapter. It's very common on Sidney Sheldon novels to have a surprising end that no one could have seen coming, and this one is no different. Although I'm used to his style and learned to expect the unexpected, his stories keep me guessing and misleading me to wrong conclusions, so there is ALWAYS a surprise. Definitely my f ...more
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.
Maryam Jamal
رهيييبة
حاسة حالي عشت احداث فلم اكشن امريكي :|
من بداية الرواية لحد اكتر من نصها .. ماكنت فاهمة حاجة.. وكل اشي داخل ببعضه
وفجاة بدا كل اشي يوضح .. وفهمت كل اشي :|
مممم اول مرة اقرا هالنوع من الرواياات..
استمعت كتير :D
Yvann S
Summary: Dana Evans, newscaster extraordinaire with the perfect boyfriend and an adoptee from Kosovo, stumbles onto a conspiracy to kill off a family of impeccably behaved philanthropists. Can she figure it out before the bad guys get her?

Picked up as part of a huge box lot for £60. One of the more amusing revelations from the box!

This contains so many stereotypes that it’s highly entertaining. There is a “royal family” of do-gooders who are indubitably wonderful, but actually one of them had a
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Mary
Aug 26, 2013 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary mystery
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
If America were to have a royal family, the Winthrops would wear the crown. The popular, charismatic Winthrops have captured the imagination of the entire nation, as well as the world with their public service, their myriad acts of altruistic charity, and their glamorous lives. But in a single year, all five members of the family were killed in a series of unexplained accidents.

Dana Evans, a beautiful young anchorwoman with a Washington television network, believes there is a more sinister motiv
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Elizabeth
I read this book to prepare for a First Reads book that (perfect timing) arrived yesterday. I have to admit, I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was definitely worth the read, and I wouldn't mind picking it up again for a deeper read. Although, I'm not sure a deeper read is possible. This is a book where the suspense is palpable, but the characters are a little flat. If you're looking for a book where the mystery is intense, this is for you. On the other hand, if you're looking for characters t ...more
PurplyCookie
Efficiently brisk and reliably suspenseful, Sheldon's novel demonstrates that this veteran master of commercial fiction has not lost his touch. Freshly returned to Washington, D.C., from a stint reporting in Sarajevo, TV newscaster Dana Evans (introduced in Sheldon's "The Best Laid Plans") struggles to cope with her new adopted son, troubled 12-year-old Kemal, whose parents and sister were killed in the fighting.

Back on the job, Dana interviews youngish millionaire Gary Winthrop, the scion of a
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Darren Ashley
arren Ashley
January 7 near Owings Mills
I finished reading The Sky Is Falling, a second book by Sidney Sheldon, my friend Mary Lou recommended to me, whose style I took an instant liking to. Dana Evans, a news anchor, travels all over the world inquiring about leads to the death of Gary Winthrop, a senatorial hopeful. She has recently adopted Kemal, a little boy with one arm and takes a liking to Jeff, a sports reporter. Kemal has trouble in school as he constantly retaliates after getting bullie
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Anam Ashraf
*3 stars*

A friend of mine insisted that i must read this after she discovered that i haven't read this writer before. She was like, ' You haven't read Sidney Sheldon before?! How shocking. You must give it a try.' Before that I've had this vague impression that i had given it a try some time back and i didn't like this writer. I didn't quite finish the book and haven't felt the need to read this writer again. So i was like, "O.k i'll give it a try'.

This was how i came across this book. And i mus
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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
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Лазар Јовановић
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
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Lucia
ESPAÑOL / SPANISH

Hacia muchisimo tiempo que no leia un libro tan bueno! Amo Sidney Sheldon! empecé a leer cosas de él por recomendación de mi Tio (el mejor del mundo tengo que decir) No es el primer libro de Sidney Sheldon empecé con "Si fuera un mañana" y me enamore!
Me encanta a idea de que las mujeres sean las triunfadoras debido a que en la gran mayoria de libros, los hombres siempre salvan el mundo.
Volviendo al tema en "Presentimientos" Dana Evans es una periodista muy inteligente! Me gusta
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Isabelle Hunt
The first time I heard about Sidney Sheldon was through my mom; she had read a lot of his books when she was younger and wanted me to try reading them too. That's when I decided to try Sidney Sheldon's After the Darkness written by Tilly Bagshawe; although it wasn't actually written by Sheldon himself, I absolutely loved the story telling of it that I decided to try this book as well.
As others have pointed out already, it was a light read. The chapters were short, and each chapter was divided in
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Yousra
This is Sidney Sheldon second novel I read. The first was If Tomorrow Comes, a better choice compared to this almost perfect thriller. I have to admit it did have me on my nerves for a couple of hours, but I kept getting distracted by the blanks and holes in it. Lot of questions are left unanswered:
1. Whatever happened to the underground city in Russia?
2. How did Boris know that the Hudsons and and others were going to be on the same plane? and how was the General aware of it?
3. Most importantl
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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
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Salma El-Shafie
Sheldon strikes again. This man's a genius.
I couldn't get it off my hands until it was over, I actually read it while standing up, for 5 hours in the train, with lots of noise in the background but I was so into it that I didn't mind at all.
Wonderful story, wonderful narration. Highly recommended.
Cathie
Sidney Sheldon is one of my favorite authors and this is another one of his thrillers that is difficult to put down. I love the strength of his main characters, which are usually women, and how he takes the reader to different places around the world and makes you feel like you are there.
Jim C
This novel is about a female reporter, Dana Evans, who uncovers a murder conspiracy and this follows her investigation.

This was a frustrating book for me. I liked the characters even if there wasn't much character growth throughout the novel. And the pace never let up. From page 1 it is a fast pace and you are wondering what will happen next. The problem with this novel was some actions and reactions of the characters. At times, I actually asked out loud why would a character make that decision
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DW
Not a bad read but I invariably compare all Sheldon's books to Master of the Game and none of them come close. My fault I guess for having read that one first. I probably would have liked this one more if it had no cover and went in blind.
Amanda
I mean, it's Sidney Sheldon. You know what you're getting into. Reading one of his books--in one afternoon's sitting, generally--is the equivalent of watching a bad suspense/thriller movie. Guilty "pleasure" all the way.
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