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The Sky is Falling

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  19,584 ratings  ·  602 reviews
Washington TV anchorwoman Dana Evans (from Best Laid Plans) suspects the accidents befalling the rich Winthrop family, killing all five members, were murders. Like Chicken Little and the sky falling, she chases clues across the world to unravel an international conspiracy. The inheritance goes to charity, so money is not the motive.

Her Sarajevo ward Kemal gets expelled, a
Paperback, 399 pages
Published July 2001 by Time Warner (first published 2000)
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Maria Apparently a 60-year-old broadcaster stuck in the body of a 20-something. No 20-something says "darling" that much, nor speak the way Dana does for mu…moreApparently a 60-year-old broadcaster stuck in the body of a 20-something. No 20-something says "darling" that much, nor speak the way Dana does for much of the book ... even professional broadcasters.(less)

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Diane Wallace
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great read!
I wanted to give this book 5 stars but nothing is perfect in life -- had to find something imperfect with it --- don't think the storytelling was long enough. A very well written book (paperback!)
Did not care for it. This is one of the few times I have given a Sheldon book a 2 rating. I think there was maybe 2 others. In any event, this book is a continuation of "The Best Laid Plans" and many of those characters are in this one. My big issue with it is how little happens. Also the main character is Dana. Leslie is not in it and that is a let down because I really wanted more of Leslie's story.

It was nice to see Dana again. Not THAT nice though and rather then Sheldon's signature twists,
Amit Mishra
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The novel provides the thrill of watching a suspense movie. From the beginning to end it tightens the grip of suspense on readers. The storyline is perfect and provides the reading pleasure.
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
A fantastic read.In a normal book,the suspense is about who the killer is.But in this Sidney's masterpiece,the suspense builds right from the start on whether the consecutive deaths are murders are just a co-incidence.The character Dana Evans is portrayed with a surgeon's precision and I would love to meet such a character in real life.The cute love between Dana and Jeff, Jeff's concern for his ex-wife Rachel while she is in trouble are all simple things that make up this master-piece.The secret ...more
Mar 08, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5th graders
I picked this up at a library sale, having never read anything from Sheldon before, and the dust jacket spoke highly of him and his other work (books, TV shows, awards, etc.). Well, it's obvious they weren't talking about this book. This one contains a very thin plot, foreseeable twists, and very little imagery outside of the basic story. Good authors, who do their homework, can put the reader in the character's shoes - what they're thinking, feeling, and seeing. Here you have a main character w ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owns, mystery, 100-pages
Neck-breaking pace, fast page turners and a thrilling mind throughout the book, are some attributes Sidney Sheldon's books comprise with. However, this one would not be the perfect choice if you are new to the author. His other books are much enjoyable than this one. 
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This was Sheldon’s second to last novel published before his death. The usual style is there: strong, determined heroine, a hidden agenda/conspiracy, worldwide travel to exotic cities. But for some reason, even though the pacing was written in Sheldon’s rapid-fire style, it seemed to take a while for things to wrap up. Not his best, but not his worst. Only so-so for me.
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quick read. Not necessarily my cup o' tea.
I'd just finished a book. I wasn't sure what to start next. I was in the mood for something mystery/thriller. I didn't have anything that fit the bill on my shelves at present and no time to run to the bookstore. Two friends of mine had just finished reading this book, they liked it and recommended it. I said, why not give it a try. We have different tastes in book genres, the three of us but they both said that Sidney Sheldon is one of their favorite a
Nov 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
I picked this book up because it was a "New York Times bestseller" and I had never read anything by Sidney Sheldon and wanted to see what I thought of him as an author. Answer: Not much. Situations are contrived, characters don't feel like real people. Just about every page has something on it that strains credibility, or seems fake or contrived. Conversations don't feel real. Situations don't feel real. There are lots of stupid little mistakes and inconsistencies. I won't pick up any more Sidne ...more
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I am so sorry to write this, but this book wasn't my cup of tea. I didn't like the reason for the deaths in this story. Crime is my favorite genre and I don't like this type of crime stories. The style of writing is pretty light, it's an easy read, I did like the twist that happens, I just didn't enjoy reading this book as much, I had a totally different expectations.
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Not finished - Probably won't finish since the e-library copy expired on my nook color a week ago.

Here's the thing - this book above all else, is incredibly predictable. The plot is blah, the characters under-developed and shallow. He describes the characters(namely the men) the same. I suspect her fiance is the bad guy- lol. Either way, I was very disappointed. But don't take my word for it.... (haaa)

Sidney is a talented writer, no doubt. I just didn't care for this particular novel. Read "Memo
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Note to Mr. Sheldon: 20-somethings don't speak like Dana Evans. They don't call everyone, including boyfriends, "darling."
Jul 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF-ed halfway through.

I wish the sky fell on me before I even reached for this book.

The first book I read by Sheldon I didn’t like, however I decided to give him another chance because a few of my friends liked his work, maybe I just picked up a bad one… so this is my second Sidney Sheldon book and I still don’t like his writing or whatever this is called. I wanted to be stubborn and finish it but the book is so damn annoying and… gaaah!

The synopsis made this book sound great, however the exe
Lazar Jovanović
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Well... this book really disappointed me. After quite some time since couple of people recommended Sheldon to me, I decided it was time to try his books. They all said that "The Sky Is Falling" is one of his best books. Considering this statement was right, I am in no way eager to read any other.

Although the idea of the story itself is good, its potential was, somehow, wasted. All the time during the reading, I was under the impression that this book was not written, but simply, put together in
Jack Heath
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
3 Stars. It's good but not great. I liked the premise; a leading family in America gets wiped-out in a series of five fatal accidents and our hero, Dana Evans, one of Washington DC's rising stars in TV news, gets drawn in. Why not great you ask? The antagonists just seem to be too capable in their nefarious enterprises for their size and Ms. Evans just seems to be too naive and out there on her own. She needs to read a few thrillers in her spare time! I felt like shaking her, "Dana, a little mor ...more
Jul 08, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
I never thought in a Gazillion, Billion years that I would find a Sidney Sheldon book that I couldn't finish. I feel as though I have stepped into the twilight zone.

The plot was so fractured that I could barely follow - one moment we were talking to Dana's manager, then her adopted son then someone else... A whole scene in which her mother's new husband insults her adopted son and its over in a paragraph... Usually with Sidney Sheldon's novels we are given so much detail about our narrator that
a friend recommended this book to me have to admit I did not expect a lot but I was pleasantly surprised..
THE SKY IS FALLING is a scintillating thriller set against a world-class background. The elegantly crafted plot builds from curiosity to terror culminating in a conspiracy of enormous proportion. While fiction has its roots in truth, from the Author's Note at the end, one wonders. Could this really happen, or has it?
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Amazing Amazing book!
Dana Evans was the star for the right reasons. Investigating into Winthrope murders, the biggest mistake she made was taking friends for friends. An obvious enemy is an open option and one expects such things from them but who is worst of all enemies? A friend turned foe. Trusting someone is a hard job, not everyone roots for you but the people who really do, carve a way to do so like Jeff and Kemal.
If this was a story of selfish, cold blooded murders, it was also a story ab
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ugh-won-t-go-on
Wilson. Wilson. Wilson. How many times have I called that name. I need to start binding you. And I don't even care how wrong that sounds, you're Nigerian so you know EXACTLY what I mean. Strongarming me upandan...

Right, so, the book. Man, this was very easy to read. Like murder she wrote, it was "waayy too easy". It was simple. It was even simplistic (is this a word, it's not in my phone's keyboard's dictionary). So simplistic as to even be outright childish. Like, seriously, Chicken Little?? Wh
Trisha Nagpal
"It is the dim haze of mystery that adds enchantment to pursuit." -Antoine Rivarol

One day, you find yourself picking up a book you would never think about laying your hands upon and almost suddenly this novel has you fastened to the couch ominously preventing you from gazing away, even for a second from its iron-grip. The protagonist is a witty news reporter that has acquired fame from the perilous, lethal news reports she covers. The genesis of the plot is sparked by the curiosity she succumbs
Aug 07, 2016 rated it liked it
18/18 --> I've read them all!

If you've read The Best Laid Plans, you would have come across Dana Evans. In this story, she's more fearless than ever - or at least that's what she seems to be. She goes on a manhunt across three continents after having suspicions about the series of deaths that wipe out the remaining members of the Winthrop family in one year.

I wasn't very fond of The Best Laid plans to begin with. Sure, I liked Dana then and I liked her on this book but the story itself didn't ex
Veronica Singleton
What do I say w/o sounding like the critics or the back of the book cover? I loved how he picked this title; from dialogue. The main character runs into her bosses office and he says you come running in here like Chicken Little screaming "The sky is falling, the sky is falling." I love that. But, this is really signature Sidney Sheldon. Once you begin reading, just buckle in and keep turning the pages. Once I reached like chapter 9 I had a difficult time putting it down. So much so, that I finis ...more
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yawn. Another book from the box o' paperbacks (I am beginning to sense why my neighbor is getting rid of them..). Written in the early nineties - characters were pretty lame. Tons of story lines and none of them intriguing enough to develop - apparently even for the author.
Lorrane Gloriya
Oct 13, 2012 rated it liked it
It's a good mysterious story about the murder of a family. Nicely written by Sidney Sheldon.
JP Apellido
Aug 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Few hundred pages were great, and fast paced. I could feel the thrill. Though after a while, it started to become rather repetitive and boring
Nguyễn Minh Hiếu
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A dynamite thriller filled with all the elements that have made his previous works phenomenal bestsellers, The Sky Is Falling is Sidney Sheldon at his sizzling best.
Katy M
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
2019 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge-A book whose author's first and last names start with the same letter.

I'd give this something between a 2 and a 3. The story itself was pretty interesting and it was fast pace, but parts of it were just so non-sensical.

1. A character finds a lump. She has it biopsied. It's cancerous. Doctor says they now need to do a mammogram. That doesn't seem right to me.

2. The main character goes to Aspen. her boyfriend goes to Miami. He calls her on her cell phone. She's so
Nisha Pandit
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Sky is Falling!
This was my second book by Sidney Sheldon. The plot is about a murder mystery and it is described in a fascinating manner.
Well, I should not ruin the Reader's interest by describing the story here itself, right? It's a suspense story which will not allow you to put the book down.
Now, it's obvious that whenever you read anything , you get to learn something. From this book, I literally loved the character of Dana Evans(the leading character). Despite having many troubles, She
Hafizul Islam Nirob
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another nice piece from Master Storyteller. But, my expectation was little high. From starting, story's plot was spreading. When it finished, I was felt that where is the special thrill! Dana Evans was a strong role. Kemal was a mystery to me. Jeff was the lucky guy who has his love in life.
Amaka Azie
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A slow start, but gradually built up to a nice climax. I enjoyed this one. Dana was naive for a journalist. And her relationship with her foster son Kamal was quite superficial. She rarely spent time with him and didn’t try to understand his frustration. Aside from those annoying aspects of the story, it was ACE! Loved it
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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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