Are You Afraid of the Dark?
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Are You Afraid of the Dark?

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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 January 1st 2004)
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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...more
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...more
Joesyl Mitchell
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...more
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...more
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...more
Magic Mary Austin
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...more
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...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...more
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?
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
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...more
Agnes Shin
The author Sidney Sheldon is famous for being the only writer to have won an Oscar, a Tony, and an Edgar prize. He is also known for writing great suspense novels. I just could not wait to start reading this book after my mother told me about him after she read one of his books.
To describe the book, it was simply breathtaking and hard to put down. The story kept on going back and forth in time, revealing secrets continuously. I tried to guess how the story would go just like I always do wheneve...more
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Carol  MacInnis
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
Shoa Khan
It's really hard to believe this book was written by Sidney Sheldon. Though he's known for writing popular, commercial fiction, this book was downright pretentious and lame! It's riddled with too many unnecesary flashbacks and near misses. The plot, characters, situations, everything is just soo lame! Too bad this was the last novel he ever wrote. I kind of feel sorry for him :/
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
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
Antonio Quintanilla
“Are you afraid of the Dark?” moves fast, has simple characters and an entertaining plot. The plot initially appeared to be a bit unreal. I then checked the internet to know more about weather control and became aware that there is work happening in this field. The story is well-written and while some of the high-tech advances discussed in the story seemed out-there it is an good read. There’s this huge think-tank, Kingsley International Group, led by Tanner Kingsley, and we’re not sure what its...more
Lisa James
Very cool. This book about the devastating effects of weather control experiments, murder, & a race to find out why leave Kelly & Diane running for their lives in an attempt to find out why their husbands were murdered. It's a fast & fascinating read!
girlie omilda
When four mysterious deaths happened in different parts of the world, two of the widowed, Dianne and Kelly, were left to investigate their husband's deaths; only to learn about the largest project of the KIG ,where their husbands works, that could build or destroy the world
Tanner Kingley, owner of the KIG, has planned to kill them both, but the two ladies has their greatest weapon against him, their wits...

Nada Mostafa
Loved it <3
except for some unrealistic events, but actually it didn't ruin the novel :)
12 of 18

After a two-year break from Sheldon, I decided to read Are You Afraid of the Dark? for my comeback. To be honest, I'm not sure whether this book just isn't one of his better works, or if I've outgrown his style. A few years back, I've decided to read all of Sheldon's books (all 18 of them). Though I'm still determined to finish them all, reading this one just wasn't the same. The story was just... tired. I remember getting goosebumps back in the day reading Bloodline or Master of the Gam...more
As I read more and more of his books, I feel I've finally got a sense of familiarity, I wasn't as surprised as the first time I read Tell Me Your Dreams. Sidney obviously was knowledgable enough about so many professions that he was able to successfully describe and portray the characters and the issue entailed.

This book is about a group of scientists working at the world's biggest think tank were found dead simultaneously in different parts of the world. Their deaths raise a suspicious motive...more
By Sidney Sheldon. Grade: A
Sidney Sheldon has authored eighteen novels through a period spanning over more than three decades. This gentleman has been called many names but the most befitting one would be that of one of his best works, “Master of the Game”�. Known for his highly commercial style of writing, Sidney Sheldon has a knack for delivering what people want packaged in a highly twisted setting. Are You Afraid of the Dark? is Sidney Sheldon’s last novel making it all the more special.
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This is a well paced book. Casts a wide plot and manages to call and retain interest of the reader throughout, almost. The width of the plot gives ample scope for many surprises which the author exploits very well. Although the towards the end it slightly loses the charm.

The author moves the story well through dialogues and events. I can barely recollect detailed descriptions of people or places. This is perhaps the key to writing an engaging popular fiction. My little reading of popular fictio...more
Sep 05, 2013 Hi rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hi by: Mom
Warning: This review may contain spoilers.

I first read this book when I was very young. I needed to use the bathroom and saw it in my mom's stack of books. I decided to give it a go, since I had nothing better to do, anyway. :P I was very intimidated by the sheer thickness of the book, but I didn't really think about it since I thought that I would just be flipping through the first few pages. However, I ended up staying in the bathroom for a long time! I honestly couldn't stop reading. There's...more
True escape reading. There is a plot, however implausible, and there are people in danger. It moves quickly to a satisfying resolution. No moral complexities, ambiguous situations.

The characters are all sketched lightly, and rely on stereotypes.

The two main characters who emerge from the wreckage are Kelly Harris and Diane Stevens. Kelly is an African-American model. Diane is a young married woman who recently testified against a mobster. Both are married to men who work for the same company. U...more
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