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Are You Afraid of the Dark?

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  19,648 Ratings  ·  590 Reviews
In four cities across the world, four people die violently and mysteriously. The dead share a single crucial link: each was connected to an all-powerful environmental think tank. Two of the victims' widows-accomplished artist Diane Stevens and international supermodel Kelly Harris-may hold the key to their husbands' demise. Terrified for their lives, suspicious of each oth ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2004)
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Sarah
Mar 17, 2011 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
could also be called "the bitches did it again!" because really, how many times can someone say that in one novel? it was like a scooby doo episode. "and i would have gotten away with it too....." and that would have made more sense than the title, which is just dumb and has nothing to do with the plot at all.

but seriously, i was rooting for the bad guys sometimes, because the heroes are just.... pathetic airhead twats. at some point, i kept reading hoping they would all die.

in the end, i deci
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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
خیلی جالب بود و هیجان انگیز، موضوعِ کتاب آنقدر عالی بود که دیوانه وار و بی معطلی به خواندنش پرداختم... دوستانِ گرامی، اگر در پیِ رمان هایِ معمایی و هیجانی و البته علمی هستید، من این کتاب رو سفارش میکنم
این کتاب 408 صفحه داره و از 46 فصل تشکیل شده... عزیزان، « سیدنی شلدون» بسیار زیرکانه خواننده رو همراهِ خودش تا انتهایِ کتاب میکشونه، یعنی نمیذاره خواننده با خودش بگه ولش کن، بذار 20 صفحه یا 5 صفحه برم جلو تا زود تموم شه... هر پاراگرافِ این کتابِ جذاب رو از دست بدید یعنی داستان رو از دست دادید... عز
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Lynai
Jan 24, 2011 Lynai rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
It seems that I’m in a Sidney Sheldon marathon this January. This is my second Sheldon novel for the month; I had Morning, Noon & Night last week. What I appreciate about Sidney Sheldon is that his books are always page-turners, the kind that makes you not want to drop the book until you get to the last page. This is the reason why I was able to finish the each of the books above for only one day.

But like what I said in my review of Morning, Noon & Night, I find Are You Afraid of the Dar
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Sidney Sheldon
عنوان: ترس از تاریکی؛ نویسنده: سیدنی شلدون؛ مترجم: میترا میرشکار؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، کوشش، 1383، در 408 ص، موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی قرن 21 م
زنی در خیابانهای شهر برلین ناپدید میشود، مردی از برج ایفل به پایین پرت میشود، در دنور هواپیمایی کوچک دچار گردباد شده و سقوط میکند. در منهتن، زیر پل جسدی روی شنهای رودخانه افتاده است. در ابتدا به نظر میرسد تمامی این حوادث تصادفی هستند، اما پلیس متوجه میشود که این چهار تن، از قربانیان گروهی بین المللی هستند
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Narges Aliyari
یک داستان کاملا ساده ، بیشتر شبیه فیلمنامه های هالیوودی با ریت 2.5-3 بود که 3-4 روزی وقتم رو گرفت فکر کنم به جاش میتونستم یه فیلم 2 ساعتی ببینم و خلاص یا حداقل یه کتاب دیگه میخوندم، به هر حال اولین کتابی بود که از شلدون خوندم و اصلا جذاب نبود ، فکر نکنم دیگه سراغ کتابهای ایشون برم ،به نظرم یک کتاب 400 صفحه ای باید حداقل 4 تا دیالوگ یا حرف خوب و دلچسب داشته باشه که خواننده رو مجبور کنه که برگرده و 2-3 بار دیالوگ رو مرور کنه
Shounak Reza

I really enjoyed reading Sidney Sheldon's last novel, ''Are You Afraid of the Dark?'' Not just that, I liked it so much that I would have loved to give it a 4 out of 5, but I cannot possibly ignore it's faults and flaws. Really. But however, despite it's flaws, it seemed a wonderful novel to me- both an emotional and suspenseful novel. Amazing book!

The story has a blend of suspense thriller, adventure, drama, sci-fi and romance. Really. Four scientists, working for the KIG (Kingsley Internationa
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Sammy
Jun 13, 2007 Sammy rated it it was ok
Shelves: d-the-bad
Okay, so if this book was Sidney Sheldon at the top of his game, I'm definitely not reading any of his other books because I really didn't like this book.

First of all, it was way to predictable. Even for me, who doesn't read a lot of mystery novels. So if you're one who loves mysteries and reads them day in and day out, save yourself the trouble and don't read this one, because a few chapters into the book, it's no longer a mystery.

Another thing that annoyed me about this book was our two protag
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Farnaz Ps
سرگرم کننده ست فقط همین
Joesyl Mitchell
Sep 19, 2012 Joesyl Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-novels
Are you afraid of the Dark is my third novel by Sidney Sheldon, respectfully. The title of the book first caught my attention and I realized I should give it a try. As expected, I was literally blown away by the plot development as I resumed the reading. The plot development was awesome, in it's fair sense. The flashback, which Mr. Sheldon uses became and effective tool in the plot development.

The characters, were creatively portrayed with their unique characteristics that will hook the reader a
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Meenakshi
Dec 06, 2010 Meenakshi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of all the authors I have read so far...Sidney Sheldon is the one who has never disappointed me.He always comes up with breathtaking unputdownable suspense. The moment one thinks that this is it, there won't be any more surprises BOOM!! and the biggest secret is revealed to you.The ending of his novels are always unpredictable and I simply love them for this very reason...this novel just carries his legacy forward.There is one thing that caught my attention this time; the title of the novel. I l ...more
Curtis Lowton
I'm no Sheldon neophyte. In high school, I ate these books like candy, and sometimes (when I'm stressed, or can't focus on the depth of language in "real" literature) I like to return to the fluff of Sidney Sheldon.

Somebody already wrote the perfect review; they stated "this book should have been called 'The Bitches Did It Again,' because that line is used so frequently throughout the novel. Two widows are on the run, trying to escape the perilous fate of their dead husbands. Episode after epis
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Anant Mittal
although the run is pretty interesting but at one point it gets too surreal and it does seem like fiction. Is it just me or has Sidney Sheldon lost his touch?
Magic Mary Austin
Dec 26, 2012 Magic Mary Austin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps it is unfair to judge a writer by his last novel, so I will just say it is boring, predictable, and anachronous. The characters actually called each other, "darling." Dialog appears not to be Sidney Sheldon's strong point.

I wasn't suprised to discover that the author has been writing for a very long time and is considered to have a "commercial style" of writing.

The two female characters appear shallow and witless, but they still escape from professional assasins time after time. Go figu
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Joy
Oct 24, 2009 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once in a while, I get an urge to borrow a 'toilet-read'. That's not to say that the book is badly written. Not at all. It's just a term I use to describe something easily digestible, compelling and great fun to read.

Sidney Sheldon is one such writer I turn to in moments like these and Are You Afraid Of The Dark lived up to my expectations. I could hardly put the book down and found myself reading it in the car, while I took a shower (yes! It's one of my talents), while I ate my meals and while
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Alicia
May 31, 2009 Alicia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I read this book because it is by my mother's favorite author. She told me that is was not one of his best, and I hope she is right because this was super cheesy. The characters were not believable and their emotions did not match their situations. I'm pretty sure if I was being stalked by some crazy, rich, and powerful man who wanted to kill me, I would not go on a shopping spree at an expensive boutique, even if I was looking for a disguise. I'm going to have to read his other books to redeem ...more
Beth
Jul 19, 2015 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was a fan of Sidney Sheldon years ago, but hadn't read this one published in 2004. Either his writing went downhill or my tastes have changed because I was not impressed. Five scientists who work for a world-renowned think tank have died, three just recently and all appear to have committed suicide. Not so, claims two widows who are determined to learn not only the causes of the deaths but what connection the deaths have to their work. How two woman can avoid so many attempts on their own live ...more
Parva 'chhanu' Chhantyal
Four men across the world: Berlin, Paris, New York and Denver have been murdered. The only connection between those four people were, they worked in the same company: Kingsley International Group. Immediately after they were murdered, their partners' lives are also in danger. However, Diane Stevens and Kelly Harris, widows of two of four victims manage to outwit the murderers. Now, they have to save their lives and find out the motive behind their husbands' death at the same time. They run for t ...more
Eugenia
Nov 28, 2015 Eugenia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Эта книга стала третьей прочитанной мной у Сидни Шелдона и самой провальной из трех. Первой я прочитала "Расколотые сны", и это был полный восторг. Я не смогла оторваться от книги до тех пор, пока не дочитала, и потом долго ходила с тяжелой от впечатлений головой. Вторая, "Если наступит завтра", также понравилась, но уже намного меньше, и не смогла вызвать подобные эмоции, а по истечении времени я ее и вовсе практически забыла.

"Ты боишься темноты?", боюсь, останется у меня в памяти и вовсе на ко
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Toni
This is my second Sidney Sheldon novel; the first was If Tomorrow Comes. I loved his first novel and, as soon as I get my hands on my own copy, I will be rereading it. This book, however, I had more difficulty with. Not that the writing is confusing or the plot too complex, more that it felt severely disjointed at the beginning. From page one, various bits and pieces of several different stories were being thrown at the reader. Just as soon as the reader becomes acquainted with this style, it is ...more
alhafizol
Dec 19, 2010 alhafizol rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrow
The Story: Kelly's and Diane's husbands are both dead. Several others all around the globe are being reported missing or dead and all are connected with the world largest think tank, KIG. Kelly and Diane join forces to find the truth behind their beloved husbands' murders. But, the one who is helping them is the one that wants to cut their life short the way he ended their husbands'.

My Thought: This thriller by master of storyteller, Sidney Sheldon, pushes me to edge of my sit. Starts with a lit
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Rolyn
Jan 22, 2013 Rolyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Carol  MacInnis
Feb 10, 2013 Carol MacInnis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Several mysterious deaths have occurred and are now believed to be connected by a common thread which is KIG i.e. Kingsley International Group. The most recent deaths have made Kelly Harris and Diane Stevens widows and both their husbands were scientists who worked for KIG. The founder of KIG is Andrew Kingsley and his younger brother Tanner who is his right hand man. Several years before, as Andrew was undergoing an experiment for the Army, which Tanner had approved before checking with Andrew, ...more
Lauren (Likes Literature)
(Yes, I am still on vacation! I am still alive, fear not.)

Very brief review:

Frustratingly meh. Really bad dialogue, weak and tropey characters, one dimensional villian in the vein of Marvel without the cool superpowers.

Weird plot. Nothing much happens at first, it's just a bland chain of events that don't seem to have a connection. About halfway through, things heat up.

Then, the book is asically a big chase with the villians stomping their fee and shouting about "the damn bitches that dun got aw
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Nivedha
I liked this book but not to a great extent. This book is absolutely a page-turner. I loved the writing. I think, I guessed the plot in a right way and that might be the reason for the less stars. And also, I couldn't connect the entire story with the title. Still, it was good. The book didn't upset me. I really enjoyed it.
Jessa
Mar 22, 2013 Jessa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This is my first Sidney Sheldon book. Yep, I am ages too late and I am one of those people who thought that Sheldon is a girl.

This book was recommended by a close friend of mine. I have also read a lot of positive reviews for this.

The book was good but not memorable enough so I'm giving this book 3 stars. The story line was something new but as the story progresses, I really cant decide if this was a thriller or comedy? The way the 2 lead characters always escape the hands of death is a bit to
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Ruthliz
Aug 01, 2014 Ruthliz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sidney-sheldon
It was wonderful seeing these fragile ladies fight against the bad guys who never disappoint Tanner, and always deliver the arms, legs, and deaths caused by accidents according to newspapers. They made me feel like I could be a genius as well.
The story shows that no matter how much pain we have to go through, we can always overcome it. Its amazing how Kelly and Diane handle the pain of their husbands'deaths and battle to save their lives as well as the whole world from prima. And who would have
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Siddharth Chakravarthy
My Dad is a voracious reader of Thriller and Mystery Books. When I was young, He had a huge, overwhelming collection of Sidney Sheldon,Jeffrey Archer books etc.

Lately,He often used to persuade me to read some of his books.Though I initially was skeptical on reading those books, I eventually gave in.

When I looked at the Cover of the book, I whispered to myself ," Oh God, Im sure this is one hell of a Mystery Book" .
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After I finished the book, I darted towards my Dad's Room, Stood near him, and
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Pankil
Apr 02, 2015 Pankil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“ DISAPPOINTED, DISSATISFIED & DESPONDENT”

The book is an eclectic mixture of crime , drama , suspense and somewhat science fiction elements in it. As we all know that in His book the main ingredient is the feminine empowerment. According to my view , I felt as if i read a “Scooby Doo Novel” or was watching it. The Major part of the book is only filled with running here and there. It was my first Sidney Sheldon book and I did not feel it up to the mark as I felt that of Agatha Christie. Also
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Karthikeyan
Jul 26, 2014 Karthikeyan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My debut read, if there is a term as that. It's been 3 years since I read it. People say first impression is important. I've read 55 novels about now & have more than 10 in my wish list currently. That is one good first impression a book can give a reader. After that I wanted only more. Even though i've read 18 of Sidney's, this one is my favourite.

I like the way Sheldon wrings the story into one mess of a web with only questions for the reader but as the story grows, so does the answers u
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Meghant Parmar
A few murders in different parts of the world under mysterious circumstances and the clueless police searching for evidence. A few glaring loopholes and two women and their lives which is going to get miserable because of their husband's profession. It's going to get dirty and a race against time for them. Who will win the race? That's the story is about.

The passion and the grit in the story underlines the fact that it's a thriller. The book is paced beautifully and keeps a good hold over the r
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