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A Stranger in the Mirror

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  11,781 ratings  ·  208 reviews
Sidney Sheldon Fiction Hollywood theme
Hardcover, 321 pages
Published April 1st 1976 by William Morrow & Co (first published 1976)
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Jolo Manansala
This was my first ever Sidney Sheldon book and I loved it. I literally could not put the book down. I slept at 11 pm for three nights and finished it then. The suspense really got me every night and the only thing that kept me from reading was that I knew that I needed to wake up early in the morning.

Never has a book made me feel so much emotions in one time. I felt the passion, the hate, the love, and to be honest, I felt turned on (Blame it on my fourteen year old hormones) at the well-explai...more
“You don't know what can happen tomorrow. Life is like a novel, isn't it? It's filled with suspense. You never know what's going to happen until you turn the page.”
― Sidney Sheldon

A Stranger in the Mirror

The story presented a trashy look at Hollywood with an awesome twist in the tail. Good for easy reading in the rain~
This book has a promising start and a successful ending. It haunted me just like any Sheldon books I have read. Another awesome novel, Sheldon.

P.S.: There's too much explicit cont...more
Mesha'el Alturki
** spoiler alert ** I could give Sidney Sheldon's books 5 stars without even reading them because I know they're all gonna be great!
"A Stranger in the Mirror" is another amazing story by this amazing author. I got really annoyed when I had to put it down. The story is absolutely breathtaking!
It's about a boy "Toby" and a girl "Jill" who wanted to leave their hometowns to find fame in Hollywood. Terrible things happen to them along the way. The girl seeks revenge when she finally becomes an impo...more
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]
I didn’t quiet remember what I liked with this book except that I cried to the uber tragedy romantic ending scene.

Yeah! Well I’m just 12 when I read it. And you probably are wondering why I read this kind of book at that early age.

So I’ll give you the short version of why this book landed in my hand at the age of 12:

Me: we have book report in English. Do you have novel books?

Uncle: none. I’ll just get you one from my friend

Me: Okay.

[After few hours.]

Uncle: here. [Gave me the book] it’s the only...more
Ah, Sidney Sheldon, what can you say about him? His novels are trashy, full of unrealistic, rather silly plots, sex and situations ... and they are so un-putdownable that they might as well be made of crazy glue.

In this one, two young aspiring performers have simultaneous stories. Toby Temple is a young comic with a boyish, innocent face but a mean streak a mile deep. Jill Castle has had to fight and claw to get any sort of career.

This one gets three stars rather than just one because the stor...more
I am in the process of re-reading my Sidney Sheldon book collection. I haven't read these books for many years and thought it would fun to go back try them again.

I'd actually give this book somewhere between 2-3 stars. This book has just about everything...starting with poor humble beginnings to pride,greed,revenge,sex - a lot of sex,consequences of choices made....and much more. I don't think this is one of Sheldon's better plots. It was interesting but didn't hold my interest for very long. I...more
I actually read the version that is translated into the Russian language. The book is a good read, but it doesn't really get too interesting until the last few chapters. It seemed to drag on a bit, however it leaves you wanting to know what is going to happen and WHEN it will finally happen! All in all, it was alright.
Sana Rose
This is so different from Sheldon's books. And while we know this story will end in a tragic way, I had to complete it!
It is compelling, intriguing, well-informed, and in the end, justified - for we sure don't want to have a negative feeling like "They got away..."

And Sheldon has taken care of that. I kept hoping things might get better, but I knew they wouldn't, for it's always a good thing that we remember where we came from, how great we grow...
And the characters are strongly drawn out. We kn...more
By Sidney Sheldon. Grade: C
Sidney Sheldon is time and time again pitted as one of the world’s all-time best fiction novelist. From being an author to a screen writer to a producer, Sidney Sheldon has done it all and then some more. A Stranger in the Mirror, a fiction suspense novel, is the third of his career.
Toby Temple is a superstar, the world’s funniest man. He gets any woman that he wants, but under the superstar image is a lonely man. Jill Castle is a sensuous starlet. She has a dark and m...more
A Stranger in the Mirror has been authored by Sidney Sheldon published by William Morrow. This book, unlike his other works, does not have a twist at the end. It is a plain story, although, told with the usual Sidney Sheldon flavor Although there is not much of a suspense or thrill, you are still desperate to know what happens to the characters, how they are affected, what their next step is going to be and how everything is going to get tied up together in the end.

Toby Temple hailed from a humb...more
Novel ini memakai setting tahun 1940-1960-an. Novel bercerita tentang Toby Temple, seorang anak laki-laki dari keluarga miskin yang lari ke New York untuk menghindari tanggung jawab karena menghamili teman sekelasnya sewaktu SMA. Toby yang mempunyai bakat menjadi pelawak kemudian berjuang keras untuk masuk ke dunia hiburan. Dengan rasa percaya diri, perjuangan keras, keberuntungan, bakat dan kepandaian berkomunikasi akhirnya dia mulai menapak menjadi artis yang mengorbit di level internasional....more
Nivruthi Vora
Well..its my 5th Sidney Sheldon book. I could not rate less than 5 stars in any of his books so far. Here, Toby Temple captures the title "the most funniest man in the world" though he passed through many loathsome folks in his path. On the other hand, Jill Castle who also had an ambition but partial talent, uses Toby to reach her heights. Selfish love, revenge, hatred, betraying were brought out in a marvelous way. The tale was really interesting that i was reading contiguously skipping my appe...more
Annelise L'Estrange
This book was very good and really captured me. I read it very quickly and felt very empty when I finished it, like it was missing a part of me.

The characters were so real that I caught myself a lot of times thinking about how I would google their movies later and see if they were just like I imagined them; this is Sidney Sheldon1s magic: he makes you fall (head first) into his world and you don't want to come back.

But I guess I was too earger with my first book from him; I expected more. (view...more
Meghant Parmar
The big bad story of Hollywood land, the reality, the struggle,rise to power and the great fall together create this book.

A not so typical crime thriller it's a commercialized story with past, present and future working together for two people. The story is fast,witty,glamorous and the reality binds well with fiction. The build up to the main content is catchy. The character sketch done well and gelled perfectly.

The predictability very high and the end failed to live up to the expectations. The...more
the most sensual and tragic book of sidney sheldon that i have ever read.
Andrea Ika
A Stranger in the Mirror (1976)
by Sidney Sheldon (Author)

Toby Temple is a super star and a super bastard, a man adored by his fans and plagued by suspicion and distrust.
Jil lClastle came to Hollywood to be a star--- and discovered that she had to but her way with her body.
Now this lonely man and this disillusioned woman find themselves bound to each other by a love so ruthless, so strong, it will destroy everyone who gets in its way.

This book really takes you into the personal lives o...more
Every coin has two sides. If you think Toby Temple is just a plain jerk when you start reading the book,you might be wrong because he's the kind of person who's willing to waive medical bills of a dying person.But he's still a jerk,who manipulate others to feed his own insecurities. After making a teen pregnant during high school,Toby fled away from his hometown and his sin to pursue his mother's dream to see him successful someday. Meanwhile on the other end, Josephine Czinski changed her name...more
Awww... buku ini bahkan pertama kali terbit jauuuh lebih tua dari aku :))
tahun 1976!! Buku ini luar biasa bagus, asal tahu saja ya, aku menemukan buku ini di sebuah pasar loak yang penjualnya memperlakukan buku2 dagangannya seperti setumpukan koran bekas :( warnanya telah menguning dimakan usia, bahkan bentuk bukunya sudah melengkung dan tidak simetris lagi. Sayang sekaliii :(

Ini kisah hidup sepasang manusia yang merangkak dari bawah demi mencapai impiannya masuk ke dalam ranah perfilman Hollywo...more
A Stranger in the Mirror is a hard book to describe. The basic story is split in 2 for most of the book. Toby Temple begins the tale, he is a very famous and very successful actor/comedian in Hollywood. However the story starts with his early life. He left home very young as he had impregnated a girl at his school whose parents were looking for a shotgun wedding, so with his own mother's blessing he fled. He worked for many years trying to make it big and finally did.

Meanwhile, we have Jill Cas...more
Soma Al-Dossary
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Read his book after like what 4 years?! I love the way how he introduces numerous characters and you find they're all related to/know each other somehow..

Found the last few chapters were a bit creepy- you'll know why when you read the book! But a brilliant book :) It'll leave you with untitled emotions- sadness is one
Gláucia Renata
Boa história mas personagens um pouco superficiais. Bem novela das oito mas ainda assim a leitura flui de forma rápida e agradável.
Retrata o mundinho de grandes astros e estrelas. O teste do sofá é uma realidade. E Tobby deu duro pra chegar lá.
subhashree  hari
Ah !! it is a signature sidney sheldon novel !! fast paced book full of glamour, glitz, sex and revenge and the allure of hollywood !!! I really admire the author's art of story tellin !! telling a story right from birth till death and at the same time captivating the readers !!!!
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its a good story. i like the struggles of toby temple at first and i like hw he vanquish over others.i like the charecter of clifton Lawrence. he really had treated toby as his son.i appreciate hm because technically if we see he was a professional but he left his future to make toby happy and eventually suffers at the end because of his loose decision.i hate jill castle i was feeling the urge to slap her across when she destroy clifton.i mean c'mon every bdy suffer to become a star and the same...more
I first heard about this book when it became a "made for TV movie" on ABC in the early 1990s. When I found this book in my aunt's basement a week later, I knew I had to read it. While it went into more depth than the TV movie did, it still read like a cheesy book. Albiet a page-turning cheesy book!
Toby Temple was the epitome of Hollywood Elite. Jill Castle would do just about anything to escape from her small, but humiliating life back in Odessa, Texas and become a Hollywood Starlit. When these...more
Karthik Thrikkadeeri
It was a very good one by Sheldon. It's very different from the other books I have read of his. It's certainly a fast paced book. I finished it in a day, technically. It really absorbed me and it was a good book to get me reading again.
As I began reading the book, I realized that it was one of Sidney Sheldon's books that I had read previously. Since I am a fan of his books, I reread the book and enjoyed it one more time. Toby Temple and Josephine Czinski are the main characters of the story. Toby comes up through the ranks in Hollywood to become one of the hottest acts in the world. Josephine comes to Hollywood to become a star, but ends up becoming the wife of Toby. Together the couple take over as Hollywood's most stunning c...more
Guilherme Monteiro
May 27, 2013 Guilherme Monteiro rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
This is the first Sidney Sheldon book I've read. It is interesting how all histories in the book tie themselves at the end. The book is so well written by Sheldon that it holds the reader's attention until the very end, because we want to know what the characters will do in the next chapter or in the next page.

The characters play with emotions like love, hatred, joy, sadness and the beauty of a pop star life, but with two different visions: Toby Temple's and Josephine Czinki's visions.

The plot...more
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Was an American writer who won awards in three careers—a Broadway playwright, a Hollywood TV and movie screenwriter, and a best-selling novelist. His TV works spanned a 20-year period during which he created I Dream of Jeannie (1965-70), Hart to Hart (1979-84), and The Patty Duke Show (1963-66), but it was not until after he turned 50 and began writing best-selling novels such as Master of the Gam...more
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