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Sidney Sheldon's Angel of the Dark

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It was his first big murder case—and one of the bloodiest and most violent crimes LAPD detective Danny McGuire would ever encounter. Andrew Jakes, an elderly multimillionaire art dealer, had been brutally murdered in his Hollywood home, his lifeless body tied to his naked young wife. Raped and beaten, the lovely Angela Jakes had barely survived the attack herself. Gazing i ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2012)
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Michael Dias
Apr 27, 2013 Michael Dias rated it it was ok
Disappointed! This is how i sum up this book. In my opinion, i have more questions than answers after i read this book. The storyline is very predictable and i could figure out the whole story including the MPD stuff halfway through the book.

A lots of stuff goes unanswered:

1) What happened to the Victorian Era Paintings that were stolen from the Jakes place? The detective follows it up to a certain extent and then lets go and we never know what happened.

2) Why were they funneling the money into
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Tabish Arif
Jul 13, 2013 Tabish Arif rated it did not like it
Ludicrous.
The last two chapters were ludicrous!
I've read many good, bad, and great books in my life, but I had never before been infuriated after reading a novel, never before until now.
Before I had come across the last two chapters, I thought the book was actually good. I honestly did, but all of that changed when I read the epilogue. It's one of those stories that should have ended before the last two chapters. If you want to read it, I suggest you tear off the last couple of pages before you
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Tanya
Nov 23, 2012 Tanya rated it did not like it
Dear 'authors' (aka Tilly Bagshawe):

1. Sidney Sheldon is dead. It's a loss but stop trying to claim to be his re-incarnation.

2. If you're claiming to set part of the story in a fucking fabulous city, GET IT RIGHT!! Hong Kong does not have a DLR, it's the MTR. It runs more on time than most other public transport in most major cities. DO NOT CUT DOWN HK PUBLIC TRANSPORT! Your story is not set in Brisbane.

3. STOP WRITING 'Sidney Sheldon' BOOKS YOU FUCKING HACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jerome Parisse
Jan 20, 2013 Jerome Parisse rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A few weeks ago I picked up a book in one of those shops that sell unsold items at very low prices. The book was only worth a few dollars, but the title attracted my attention and it had been published by Harper Collins, so I thought it couldn’t be that bad. The title of the book was created and written in a way to deceive people and make them believe they were buying a book from Sidney Sheldon, the well-known writer. If you went below the title however (Sidney Sheldon’s Angel of the Dark) you c ...more
Pooja Jeevagan
May 16, 2013 Pooja Jeevagan rated it really liked it
Ok...I'll say it's a 3.5...but then, considering Till is filling the shoes of one of the most read authors, to come up with what she did, makes her deserve a 4...

I can't say it's a page turner...there are few places, where you just want to leave it...n then moments when you can't stop yourself from stealing 2 more minutes n go through yet another page...

I guess I read it somewhere that this novel had the research n notes left behind by Sidney himself...not really sure...and unlike his novels, th
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Monie
May 28, 2012 Monie rated it really liked it
In 1996 LAPD Homicide Detective Danny McGuire gets a case that will change his life forever. The wealthy Andrew Jakes is murdered and his much younger wife Angela was brutally raped. Haunted by the look in Angela's eyes Danny works at solving the brutal murder. When Danny finds out Angela lied about a something small he goes back to confront her and finds out Angela disappeared. All of Andrew's money was donated to children's charities and she's no where to be found.

Now 10 years later Danny is
...more
Janani Gopal
Apr 16, 2013 Janani Gopal rated it it was ok
A big disappointment in the name of Sheldon.
Parva 'chhanu' Chhantyal
Please don't let me hate her, Please don't let me hate her! I was saying this throughout the book and you know what, I do hate her now.

Four men in different countries are murdered within 10 years time. The only common things about those murders are, they are all billionaires, are murdered in the same way and they all have a beautiful wife who is lot younger than them. Determined to find out about the mystery death of his biological father, a son (Matt Daley) of one of the victims gets obsessed
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Paige  Bookdragon
I love Sheldon, don't get me wrong. I love his works so much that when I found out he died way back 2007 (I think) my literary heart shriveled.

But this book. A work that's combination of Sidney Sheldon and Tilly Bagshawe's work,I love it. I hate it. It reminds me of Sheldon's work (well, duh). And it irritates me that he's not around anymore.

I'm a fan of Miss Bagshawe, but I gotta ask this.

Sidney Sheldon, other than known as the Master of the Unexpected is also well-known as the type of author w
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Bobbie Grob
Nov 03, 2012 Bobbie Grob rated it it was ok
I have a problem with an author trying to write like a deceased author, and then marketing the book under both their names. That seems cheap to me. I didn't realize that was what had happened here til after I read the book. I figured that perhaps old manuscripts had been found posthumously and were then polished and printed, but that is not the case. So, I am irritated by this book.

The story, however, was a good one that I enjoyed very much. If Tilly Bagshawe had just published it herself, I'd g
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Iqra V
Jun 26, 2014 Iqra V rated it did not like it
Very disappointing indeed! Unlike the original Sheldon books where every page is filled with excitement with an extra serving of thrill. And the readers aren't left scratching their heads but blissfully satisfied with his books

So many loose ends and loop holes that it feels like you are banging your head just trying to make sense of the ending.

1) If both Frankie and Sofia pinned blame on each other who was really guilty of manipulation?? Was it really Sofia who was the mastermind behind the kill
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Renn Shearin
May 19, 2012 Renn Shearin rated it it was ok
It was his first big murder case—and one of the bloodiest and most violent crimes LAPD detective Danny McGuire would ever encounter. Andrew Jakes, an elderly multimillionaire art dealer, had been brutally murdered in his Hollywood home, his lifeless body tied to his naked young wife. Raped and beaten, the lovely Angela Jakes had barely survived the attack herself. Gazing into her deep, soulful eyes, Danny swore that he'd find the psychopath behind this barbarous act. But the investigation didn't ...more
Nicole
Dec 18, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it
1. Sidney Sheldon's Angel of the Dark

2. Tilly Bagshawe

3. Danny McGuire, a Los Angeles detective, was called to a scene with a millionaire harshly killed and his wife raped. The person who committed the crime couldn't be found. Several years later, multiple cases very similar to this one was occurring all over the world. One of the victim's sons, Matt Daley, and Danny McGuire make it a mission to solve this case and find whoever committed these crimes along with what happened to all the wives who
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Amel Armeliana
2.5 bintang untuk buku ini. Tapi ngga tega kalau harus memajang cuma 2 bintang, jadilah naik 3 bintang, itupun karena embel2 nama Sidney Sheldon. Sidney Sheldon is one of my fave author ever! Dan rasanya ngga bisa dan ngga tega ngasih bintang cuma 2 utk buku yg memajang nama Sidney Sheldon (lebih gede dari tulisan nama Tilly Bagshawe sendiri) di covernya.

Cuma pengen bilang, please Ms.Tilly, jangan selalu bawa2 nama Sidney di buku2 anda, he's dead already. Biarkan kami para pembaca setia Mr.Shel
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Mary
Jan 26, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary mystery
Recommended to Mary by: Bookmooch
It was his first major murder case - and one of the bloodiest and most violent crimes LAPD detective Danny McGuire would ever encounter. Andrew Jakes, an elderly multimillonaire art dealer, had been brutally murdered in his Hollywood home, his lifeless body tied to his naked young wife. Raped and beaten, the lovely Angela Jakes had barely survived the attack herself. Gazing into her fathomless, soulful eyes, Danny swore that he would find the psychopath responsible for such a barbarous act. Howe ...more
Elena
Dec 09, 2015 Elena rated it it was ok
2.5*

Judging this book independently, I'd have to say that I liked this one.. It was a quick and captivating read (but with a crappy ending!). HOWEVER, this is NO Sheldon! I don't understand how a random chick gets to write under the legendary name of Sydney Sheldon?! She is nowhere good enough to be doing that and I find that it misleads the readers hugely!

While a good idea, the mystery was somewhat obvious from the start (view spoiler)
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Zreina
Oct 04, 2014 Zreina rated it liked it
Sidney Sheldon's Angel of the Dark. When I first saw this book, I was like, What?? But I thought Sidney was gone..? And as I looked closely, there was another name, Tilly Bagshawe. I realized that this was NOT by Sheldon, but by another person that I didn't knew of. Sorry Sidney Sheldon Fans, but this isn't his writing here.

First of all, the cover. Yes, the name Sidney Sheldon got me, and the way the title goes Angel of the Dark. I immediately grabbed the book and read the text at the back, not
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Felicia
Rating : 3.25 out of 5


I visited a book fair recently. It was awesome and I found many good reads there (Ha!).This was one of them.

I have read about four Sidney Sheldon's books and I found them interesting. This one, despite its title, is not fully written by Sidney Sheldon. Its author is Tilly Bagshawe. She built this story on some unpublished work of Sidney Sheldon. But this story is not disappointing at all.

The story begins when a very-old-very-rich man, Andrew Jakes is murdered in cold blood
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Ridzi
Truely an Angel of the Dark

The last Sydney Sheldon I read was almost 6 years ago. Seemed that I had exhausted all he had to offer, and with no new titles coming up, I moved on to other authors.

Tilly has done justice to Sheldon's story, to a certain extent. As written below, by many other readers, that there is not much of a suspense left after a few chapters, and you can kind of guess who the culprits are, but it still intrigues you, as to why they are doing so, and how will they be caught, or i
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TheGeekyBlogger
May 31, 2012 TheGeekyBlogger rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-read
Received for Review
Overall Rating: 2.75

A little different break down than I normally do. I am a total "ender" aka the end of the book can make me look at the whole book differently. I think that should be noted and I want to be fair.

First 3/4 of the Story:
Overall Rating: 4.00
Thriller Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 3.50

Last 1/4 of the Story:
Overall Rating: 1.75
Thriller Rating: 2.00
Character Rating: 1.50

First Thought when finished: Can we rewind a few chapters and just end there, please?

What I Love
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Greva Tobing
Jun 26, 2015 Greva Tobing rated it it was ok
Recommended to: NO ONE

This book is frustrating. I cannot imagine how beautiful and sexy this "Angel of the Dark" is that every guy deeply falls in love with her. I do not like Sofia Basta. Hence, I like Frankie more than her. Can you seeeeeeee that this girl is sick? And WHAT IS IT WITH YOUUUUUU MATT?!?!?!?! At first he said that his old life is buried. He found a new life. Then Sofia came again and he said that his old life is burried again?!

I can't understand him. I hate him. I hate them all f
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Cess
Jul 17, 2015 Cess rated it really liked it
Reading unfinished works of Sidney Sheldon made me miss his real and actual masterpieces. I practically grew up reading his novels and set my standards to suspense/crime thriller to his level. But I must commend Tilly Bagshawe for tying her very best to relive Sheldon. I'm still captivated by this novel. I can feel Sheldon was right behind Bagshawe when she was writing this. And really that must have made Angel of the Dark menacingly creepy! 4 stars!
Hira Nadeem
Nov 22, 2015 Hira Nadeem rated it really liked it
Read a novel after a long time and it truly was worth it. A page turner, too predictable sometimes but the rest of the time I didn't wanna keep it down. Good effort to fit in Sidney's Shoes.
Sangeeth
Dec 31, 2012 Sangeeth rated it liked it
Even though, this novel has references to Sidney's "Are you afraid of the dark", the plot goes global and happens in varied time span.

In my opinion, the characters are not convincing at many points. Angela Jakes stays high out of the rest. The Court trial at the end seems to be dragging to some extent.

One would enjoy the exotic read ... few bullets

the Angel of Death’s “identity confusion”
This is bullshit, it’s a fucking performance ...
Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink
He was as I
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Divya Kilikar
May 28, 2015 Divya Kilikar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one gave me goosebumps. Every character in this book has demons, and Sheldon has exposed each one chillingly. I loved the psychological complexities shown cleverly. This book is a work of art.
Rahat  Asif
Nov 23, 2012 Rahat Asif rated it really liked it
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Sowmya's book world
Mar 06, 2016 Sowmya's book world rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
It was a very disappointing book in the name of sidney sheldon.

Book was basically written on some imagination ground, there were no logic nor realistic . Too many loopholes and unsolved dead ends .
Samira
May 05, 2016 Samira rated it it was ok
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Alka
Apr 12, 2016 Alka rated it it was ok
A Sidney Sheldon book after long, or not? Written by Tilly Bagshawe on the basis of notes left by him, the book is an intriguing tale of suspense and murders committed by a serial killer. Even though some gave this book rave reviews, there are various gaps which a Sidney Sheldon-book usually does not have. No doubt the storyline is typical Sheldon style. However, I personally found the book lacking in several aspects – story, cast, and layout, but how much that’s for you to decide. And if you fi ...more
Manish Kunder
Feb 25, 2016 Manish Kunder rated it liked it
In 1996 LAPD Homicide Detective Danny McGuire gets a case that will change his life forever. The wealthy Andrew Jakes is murdered and his much younger wife Angela was brutally raped. Haunted by the look in Angela's eyes Danny works at solving the brutal murder. When Danny finds out Angela lied about a something small he goes back to confront her and finds out Angela disappeared. All of Andrew's money was donated to children's charities and she's no where to be found.

Now 10 years later Danny is w
...more
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Matilda Emily N. Bagshawe was born on 12 June 1973 in England, UK. She attended local all-girls Catholic schools near her family home in Surrey. She was a single mother at 17, but she won a place at Cambridge University and took Persephone, her ten-month-old baby daughter with her. As a journalist, she went on to enjoy a successful career in London, and contributed regularly to The Sunday Times, D ...more
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