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Sidney Sheldon's After the Darkness

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,260 Ratings  ·  239 Reviews

Following the success of the "New York Times" bestseller "Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game," this sweeping tale of love and betrayal, vengeance and redemption, will leave you racing to its shocking, triumphant end

What happens when a woman who has everything loses everything?

And when a woman who has nothing realizes she has nothing to lose?

Blessed with the face

Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2010)
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Feb 11, 2011 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sidney Sheldon's After the Darkness is a wonderfully written story of suspense, intrigue, mystery and betrayal. The principle character in After the Darkness is Grace Brookstein. Her character goes through so many changes and growth from the start of the story. Grace is the wife of Lenny Brookstein, who died while out on his boat and the death is ruled a suicide. Lenny is the financial wizard behind an investment company called Quorum.

After the Darkness starts out with Grace on trial for theft
Sherry Lynne
This book is a dubious copycat, a farcical imitation of Sidney Sheldon's IF TOMORROW COMES. This posthumous writer can't even make her own ideas: her theft of Sheldon's ideas run the gamut from the religious-lunatic detective's obsession with the protagonist, her incarceration and her Houdini escape, to the inmates' help. Bagshawe is supposed to be continuing our beloved Sidney Sheldon's work, not copy every single word out of his book. This is a parody! Even the ending is so predictable, I figu ...more
Jul 10, 2010 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sidney Sheldon always delivered a great story. This book is no exception. Tilly Bagshawe has continued the tradition with great panache. From front to back, the story unfolds in such a way you will keep turning the pages to see what happens next. I love the way she keeps Sheldon's tradition of fine prose alive. Brava!

When a wealthy young woman finds her father-figure in a rich and powerful Wall Street magnet, she is drawn into a world she never dreamed of. Accused of a fraud of such magnitude it
Natalija Spasic
Mar 09, 2016 Natalija Spasic rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a disaster, why do people write things like this?

Sheldon is an amazing writer and I don't like when someone uses him (or any other author) to sell books with his (or hers) name on the covers. Just try to write something unique.
Siaw Hui
After reading Mistress of the Game by Bagshawe and being quite disappointed by it, I was hesitant on giving this a try but since it was lying around my house with no other books on the horizon, I picked it up anyway.

I think the reason why I gave this a 3 stars as opposed to a 2 stars (like I did for Mistress of the Game) was because I wasn't subconsciously comparing Sheldon's characters and plot with Bagshawe's; something I couldn't help doing with Mistress of the Game since Bagshawe was writing
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Jun 06, 2010 Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This novel rated 4 stars in plot, 2 stars in character and 5 stars for a shocking ending! However, I had to subtract another star for leaving crimes committed during the course of the book with no consequence.

The main character is straight out of a Danielle Steel book. You know the type- young woman born into wealth, beautiful, marries an even wealthier older man and the worst problem she ever faced was a hangnail! When her husband is found dead [ruled suicide:] she is left in a horrible positi
Nov 04, 2010 Manjula rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Parva 'chhanu' Chhantyal
In another life, a different dream, I could have loved him. But that chance had passed, blown away like a feather in the wind. She knew she would never go back.
Would she really go abroad? Probably, Or perhaps she would simply fade away here, as she had before, disappear into the comforting anonymity of the city.
Turning the corner, Grace Brookstein walked toward the subway. The crowds on the sidewalk opened up to let her in, then closed around her like a womb.
She was gone.

When I decided to r
Tanishque Sharma
Aug 08, 2016 Tanishque Sharma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Sidney Sheldon
Shelves: thriller
Grace Brookstein, a former gymnast, is the wife of billionaire and philanthropist, Lenny Brookstein, who rose from poverty and made a name for himself “The King of Wall Street”. They both live a life of fantasy. Their fairy-tale story comes to an end when stock market crashes and Lenny Brookstein is murdered suspiciously on his yacht. Grace is arrested for money laundering and everyone she knew turns their back against her.
Deciding on to prove her innocence grace puts herself in danger and goes
Apr 13, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, favorites
I haven't read a Sidney Sheldon book in years. This one did not disappoint. After the Darkness took me through so many different emotions and twists and turns that I really had no idea what was going to happen next.

Great book!! Will read again!!
I received this book for Christmas and was really excited to start it. Who doesn't love a good mystery? Although I've never read Sidney Sheldon or Tilly Bagshawe (Sheldon passed away and Bagshawe wrote this based on his notes) I've heard good things. Unfortunately, the 'mystery' was pretty clear after the second murder was described and it was really unbelievable that all of these wealthy men fell in love so fast. Not too mention the fact that these men, worth hundreds of millions of dollars eac ...more
Jun 20, 2010 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sidney Sheldon's After The Darkness by Tilly Bagshawe
Published by HarperCollins
ISBN 978-0-06-172830-3
At the request of LibraryThing, an ARC was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest review
Synopsis (from back of book): Grace Brookstein is the very young, naive wife of financial superstar Lenny Brookstein. Lenny is a billionaire many times over, with estates around the world, a fleet of yachts, and a life that is the stuff of fantasy. He and Grace live in New York where Lenny is revered as King o
May 31, 2010 Pam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I requested this book from the Library thing Early Reviewers program. I did so primarily because of seeing Sidney Sheldon's name on the cover. I've read and enjoyed many of his books over the years. Sheldon's books have always been somewhat soap opera-esque, taking the reader into the world of the filthy rich and powerful, and often showing us how lust and greed spin out of control. In that way, this book is no exception. Tilly Bagshawe takes up Sheldon's torch in the penning of this novel.
A Sidney Sheldon novel for me is a fairly simple plotline that is neither fantastical or flamboyant, but that is more intense and compelling than most other books that I have read. Sheldon's novels are brought alive by the cast of intricately developed characters that we as the reader grow with.
This novel was full of flat, undeveloped characters who annoyed and frustrated me, they were tedious and so unlike any of the older Sheldon novels.
Many of the strong female leads in Sheldon's novels are s
Mar 23, 2013 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anita by: Nobody, I saw it in the library, and it seemed interesting to me.
Da nisam pročitala knjigu "Ako dočekam sutra", koju je napisao Sidni Šeldon, oduševila bih se ovom knjigom. Ovako ne mogu objektivno da je ocenim, jer sam sve vreme imala osećaj kao da čitam ponovo istu knjigu. U redu je da se piše po uzoru na Šeldona, ali ne i da se potpuno prepiše cela knjiga, sa malim izmenama. Knjiga je odlična sama za sebe i veoma je interesantna, do detalja razrađena tematika, jedino mi je utisak kvarilo to što sam ponovo čitala o (ko nije čitao knjigu, neka ne čita sledeć ...more
J.B. Stockings
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Well, this is the second book of Mr. Sheldon's collaboration with writer Tilly Bagshawe. Well, for a Sheldon fan, this book is somehow a disgrace (I'm sorry Ms. Bagshawe...), I've read both books (Mistress of the Midnight) and I felt so disappointed, since I was looking for the original way of Mr. Sheldon's writing. I guess, I've expected too much from Ms. Bagshawe. Actually, I thought she was much older, but then today I looked up her website, and it turned out she was a lovely young woman, muc ...more
Linda Shrum
Sep 29, 2015 Linda Shrum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Sheldon was one of the best and Tilly Bagshawe does him justice and more. What a thrilling story. I couldn't put it down.
Ana Angelica Abaya van Doorn
Writing Style:
Tilly Bagshawe wrote it in the same pacing like Sidney Sheldon. Reading the pages when the heroine, Grace B., was in prison, I can’t help but relive memories of Tracy Whitney in Sidney Sheldon’s “If Tomorrow Comes.” The story is based on Bernie Madoff’s ponzi system.

My Thoughts:

I both love and hate some of the characters. I was caught up in the the fast pace of various twists of fraud and crime, turns of betrayal and revenge, some elements of love and awakening, hooks of suspense,
Anne Martin
I did not realize it was not a Sheldon's book at first. But it was a book fair, it was cheap, and I was not really upset when I found out. I thought it would be funny to see what someone else could do with Sheldon's style.
Well, I noticed now. It is unreadable. I'm hesitating between one an two stars. It is one of the worst books I have (painfully) managed to finish. All the cliches you can imagine are gathered in 400 pages, the intrigue is totally lousy, he characters don't make sense, except th
Apr 25, 2016 Samira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Justice had become a mere word, letters on a page, empty of meaning. There could be no justice, no closure, no satisfying ending. The whole thing was a farce, a game."
Sidney Sheldon has been the first ever writer who made me start reading books, and will forever be my hero. And TB, hero's follower, is also amazing. It's a tale with twists and turns, a real page turner, or burner, as you wont get enough, and the pages turning wont be quick enough, ever, if the words flow like this.
Mar 18, 2016 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun and easy book to read. I enjoyed the suspense and the variety of characters. Grace was a likable character. I enjoyed following her progress from clueless socialite to hardened prison escapee. Her journey and transformation was made all the more interesting by all the people she comes across from her awful sisters and jealous Wall Street wives to her prison cell mates and private investigator. The author does a great job of telling each characters story so you can relate to all of ...more
Jun 12, 2016 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off I have to be honest and say that it is amazing that I have even finished reading this book. It took me about three tries over several years. This time the third time is the charm. I was able to connect with the story and the characters. Although I must admit there were no surprises to be found in this story. It was apparent right away who all of the major players were and their connection to the big picture. Yet I am glad to see that Grace was not the wilting wallflower that I first to ...more
Jan 30, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe because I read a thriller novel after a long time, I couldn't keep it down. It is similar to my favorite "If Tomorrow Comes" by Shidney Sheldon. I liked the character and the plot. If there is one thing this book teaches, its being "cynical" :D
Sathish Subramaniam
Grace(gracie) poor grace. I find it too hard to take things what had happened to grace. The climax was great the twist is awesome i never believed my eyes reading it was lenny alive.. everything has turned opposite to grace she had gone through the most difficult things ever can happen to anyone. As in all sidney's book i felt the courage the love the beauty and felt attracted to grace proud about the character.

But there is something missing the tempo starts loosing some were in-between not tha
Hw Gray
Aug 31, 2015 Hw Gray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
This book is narrated by Tilly Bagshawe, a ghost writer of Sidney Sheldon. Tilly was a loyal reader of Sidney's books and greatly inspired by his writing. In this book, she did similar writing style as Sidney's, researched the same way as he did and finished the story with great twists, thrills and excitement.

The protagonist was an elegant and guileless lady named Grace brookstein who married the Wall Street giant, Lenny brookstein. While the world's businesses collapsed, Lenny's hedge fund, Quo
Apr 06, 2014 Tany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was such a page turner. Whenever I have a reading block all I have to do is pick up a Sidney Sheldon book. This book did not disappoint me in that sense. I pretty much suspected the ending as that was the only plausible explanation, it was still shocking nevertheless. The characters Grace Brookstein and Mitch Connor was so lovable. The perspective of both of the characters were captured well. The transition of Grace from being a naive gullible girl to a tough cookie was hard not to mis ...more
Oct 11, 2014 Purghy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good thriller which keeps you captivated till the last chapter. I really loved Grace, the main character, her change, but I didn't like the end, especially the death (I keep the secret). I think it is too dramatic. Also, it is funny that the author did everything she could to describe Lenny us ugly and old as she could so we won't feel sorry in the end, that's why you cannot help but wondering what did Grace saw in Lenny in the first place and all those years. :)
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Pooja Jeevagan
As I must have said earlier for her works, this girl has taken a tough job...she would be criticized for writing shallow books whereas Sidney was highly acclaimed for the same...and then she would be blamed for not matching his standards, when all of us Sidney readers in hiding do accept that his books were just a good mystery without detectives, fast paced but with no depth at all...

To me, she does a great of job going on Sidney's lineage...she gives a story, she delivers fast what i
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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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