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The Other Side of Midnight

(Midnight #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  44,565 ratings  ·  1,131 reviews
Paris...Washington...a peaceful Midwestern campus...a fabulous villa in Greece...all part of a terrifying web of intrigue and treachery as a ruthless trio of human beings - an incredibly beautiful film star, a legendary Greek tycoon, a womanizing international adventurer- use an innocent American girl as a bewildered, horror-stricken pawn in a desperate game of vengeance a ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 462 pages
Published 1975 by Dell Publishing Co., Inc. (first published 1973)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Other Side of Midnight (Midnight #1), Sidney Sheldon

The Other Side of Midnight is a novel by American writer Sidney Sheldon, published in 1973. Followed by a sequel Memories of Midnight.

Set in between the two World Wars, Noelle Page is born to a poor family in Marseille, France, though she is led to believe she is better than everyone else. She is initially devoted to her father, who capitalizes on her beauty when she comes of age and forces her to be the mistress of Auguste Lanchon, a well
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Jeremy Bates
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I think I found this book via my mother. When I was in university, whenever I went home to visit, I'd return with a big bag of books my mom had bought and read.

One night I grabbed this from the bookshelf, not knowing what to expect. I think I had been putting it off for a while because it had a cover from the seventies and looked like pseudo romance.

Anyway, I read it in one or two sittings! I'd never read an author as breezy (and I say this is a very good way), as Sheldon. His writing is so clea
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Pang
This story is driven by Love, Lust, Hatred and Revenge between 4 characters: Noelle, an incredibly beautiful actress who chase to revenge the man she love and hate in every bit of her passion Larry Douglas. A tycoon Demiris who get into this revenge and Catherine, a normal girl who is the pawn in this game of revenge... till her life turns up side down.

This Sheldon's book made me HATE anti-heroine/hero that I've never been before, ugh. The book is told from Catherine and Noelle's POV and I hate
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Tana
Mar 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books and has been for a long time - I think I have read everything by Sidney Sheldon and loved all of them!!
Benjamin Thomas
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So I inherited a lot of books from my mom and among them were about 10 Sidney Sheldon novels. I had read a couple of his years ago and while I thought they were pretty good, I wasn't compelled to go out of my way to aquire more of them. So I went into this one with a certain hopefulness but not expecting to be blown out of the water.

But I was...blown out of the water, I mean. Written in the '70s, it takes place during and shortly after WWII. But it's not "about" WWII but rather about three main
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Luke Devenish
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being somewhere in the middle of the most recent Man Booker Prize winner at the moment and finding it decidedly uncompelling, I needed an antidote stat. And what better than this sordid potboiler, rediscovered on my shelves during a recent book purge? I always expect derision when I tell people of my Sidney Sheldon love, but oddly, it never comes. At least, not to my face. Perhaps this review will break the rule? Sheldon is a marvelous writer. The lessons to be learned from reading him are long ...more
Susan's Reviews
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a beach-side read for me in my teens. Sheldon was a master of melodrama and I devoured this book. I'm glad this book had a sequel. I felt so sorry for the poor messed up heroine, but this was a fantastic read. Not sure I would pick these books up today, because of all the blood and torture, but I'm tempted to reread this one and just skip over the hair-raising, gory parts. Highly recommended! ...more
Crime Addict Sifat
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unputdownable ! Noelle is a wonderful lady who is betrayed by Larry Douglas at an exceptionally youthful age. In this way, she needs to deliver retribution on Larry. Catherine gets hitched to Larry. Noelle joins Constantin Demiris in Greece and brings Larry as Demiris' own pilot. Noelle and Larry presently genuinely cherish each other and Noelle does not dither about killing any individual who gets in her direction. Along these lines, Noelle and Larry choose to kill Catherine. I'm sorry I can't ...more
VaultOfBooks
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
By Sidney Sheldon. Grade: A
Sidney Sheldon is one of the most prolific writers of all time. In the literary circles, he has been dubbed “the master of the unexpected”. From writing novels to screenplays to TV scripts, Sidney Sheldon has done it all. The Other Side of Midnight is the second novel of his career, the first being The Naked Face.
The story follows a beautiful French actress whose craving for passion and vengeance takes her from the gutters of Paris to the bedroom of a powerful billiona
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Henry Ozogula
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a smashing brilliant work, with layers upon layers of fine plots and intrigue. But there is one aspect I just cannot understand. Why couldn't Larry Douglas recognise Noelle Page when he later became her main pilot as it were? Yes, he had had countless women over the years, but surely he would remember a woman depicted as incredibly beautiful with especial features...a woman he had lived with in an hotel for quite some time before he disappeared...a woman who just some years later became ...more
Alma
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: na-2020, kr
“If you don't know why, I could never explain it to you.”

“A thousand times more crimes have been committed in the name of love than in the name of hate.”

“On trial... the most important factor is not innocence or guilt, but the impression of innocence or guilt. There's no absolute truth. Just the interpretation of truth.”

“The great majority of people hate what they’re doing, Mr Douglas. Instead of devising ways to get into something they like, they remain trapped all their lives, like brainless i
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Elizabeta
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
What a book! The story, the characters... And the ending! Totally unexpected :D

Danielle
Mar 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Read when I was really, really young. Thought it was great then. Not sure how I'd feel about it now... ...more
Upn Earnestaster
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Though Sidney Shedon's "Stranger in the Mirror" affects me more strongly than any of the other books in his magnificent canon I would introduce "The Other Side of Midnight" as a flagship example to explain why Sidney Sheldon was one of the great story-tellers of the twentieth century. There are four protagonists with diverse backgrounds, and Sheldon puts them in his crucible - what emerges is a spectacularly textured epic that lifts and plunges us through the highs and lows of life.

Sheldon said
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Connie N.
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this book when it first came out (in the 70's) and remember it as being amazing, but I had forgotten the details. This time when I picked it up it was with a sense of anticipation, and I was not disappointed. Sheldon writes so well, compelling the reader to hurry from page to page to find out what will happen. The characters are well-rounded and exciting, not necessarily likeable but always forceful and interesting. The story could be considered commonplace--romance and murder--but instea ...more
Gerald Wesley
Jul 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
What a book!
I can't hate or like Constantine Dimiris enough. Sidney Sheldon knows how to weave a story. Four SOLID ✳️ to you Sidney Sheldon.
Am starting Memories Of Midnight immediately!
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Sana Abdulla
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this on school. I loved the auther's clever women stories. Now I wouldn't touch these books but then they were highly engrossing reads. ...more
Lauren Tom
Aug 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
I just had to write this review to purge my system of this garbage. Much regrets! Started out promising, but deteriorated unfortunately all too cunningly, so I couldn’t extricate myself until I had skimmed to the end. One-sided, boring characters, especially Sheldon’s women who apparently only seem capable of holding one motivation throughout their entire lives: to possess one man, Larry Douglas, who is so textbook sociopathic that it seems as if Sheldon opened the DSM-V and systematically wrote ...more
Bookish
This is the first book I read of this author. It doesn't happen often when I'm in awe with an author's writing skill more than the story and characters he created in a book. Absolutely brilliant and clever writer. The summary of the story may seem simple but do not let it deceive you as it is as complex as it can get. Because the characters have more layers of depth under the surface that you will not be able to write them off simply as good and bad. The author kept me on edge the whole time and ...more
Sully (thysaltymar)
A really intriguing book from the start -as always by Sidney Sheldon. However, this time Sheldon has negated the story in the middle to the end, and it made a disappointing point of view.

Essentially, The Other Side of Midnight occurs before, during, and after World War II, but this is not a war novel. The novel deals with a love 'quadrangle'. It started with a beautiful French woman, Noelle Page. She was sold into the fashion business by her father, Mr. Jacques Page. Mr Page advises his daughter
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Luara Modesto
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is fantastic! It's the first one i read by Sidney Sheldon and I just loved the way he built the story of the main characters induvidually, until they crossed and became the same.
The story is super catchy and the characters are fascinating.
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Sarah Fuller
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unputdownable. I devoured this book. I found the characters fascinating, the time period fascinating and the end played perfectly into the whole idea of these people playing a big game of chess.
Amy Lou
This book was absolutely brilliant.

It's the first Sidney Sheldon book I read, handed down to me by my mum. Though this probably wouldn't be something I'd choose from a pile of books initially, but because it was recommended to me I gave it a go. And the blurb did sound intriguing but it didn't do the book justice. It certainly didn't prepare me for what I got.

Noelle and Catherine, the two main female characters were very different and yet very similiar too. They both love the same man, Larry Do
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Ashley Daviau
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting this to be a lot fluffier than it was, I guess it goes to show you shouldn’t always judge a book by its cover! That being said, I very much enjoyed the story nonetheless. I’m a fan of historical fiction and to have it mixed in with a thriller was quite interesting. There were a few unexpected twists that quite surprised me and made me enjoy the story even more. And the ending quite surprised me, I wasn’t expecting it to take that turn!
Darlyn
Mar 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart-gripping but totally wicked. I read this book when I was in high school and loved so very much. But that time it was borrowed and now I got my own personal copy. As this is my second read of the book, I was really glad I feel the same way I felt the first time I read it. Even much better.

It has got to be the most suspenseful book where you do not see the twist until at the very end. It is a brilliant twist! The storyline was utterly amazing and he had such a masterful mind. And the book is
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Dem
Sep 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Review to follow
Naddy
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
If i have to Describe this book in two words i would say "Deliciously wicked ".

To start with, The plot revolves around Larry Douglas, Noelle Page and Catherine Alexander.Catherine and Noelle are both born in 1919. Catherine, from Chicago, grows to young adulthood, somewhat naive.
Noelle, from Marseille, France, grows to young adulthood somewhat naive too, but early on she falls in love with Douglas, who inadvertently twists her. He beds her and dumps her, and she never recovers. She turns into a
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Cherie
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's a very addictive book with the combination of Dumas, Wilde and Archer. The book is basically about power and its consequences, which is just beautiful.

The writing is all very dark and haunting, with elements of surprises. One would never know certain events would occur until it happened. It leaves the reader asking questions incessantly and of course, the perfect ending.
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Tina
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh man, I have no idea why I decided to read this. I read it back in the 80s and remember vaguely liking it. For sone reason I decided to pick it up and page through.

....And several hours later I closed the book with a grin. I have to give it to Sidney Sheldon, the man can write an entertaining story. It has no aspirations for higher literature, but it is a ripping tale. I remember reading a bunch of his books in the 80s right along side Judith Krantz, Jackie Collins, and Judith Michael. I also
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Fahmida Ahmed
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is just mind blowing.While reading this book, every page I go through wondering what is going on.....
A must read book for thriller lovers....
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Sidney Sheldon (1917-2007) 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 twenty-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 no
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