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The Sky is Falling

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  17,985 ratings  ·  526 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…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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Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Ok read! typical S.Sheldon's kinda writing and storyline that involves entangled crime,mystery and a little suspenseful with a few flawed characters (paperback!)
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
Tea Jovanović
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Upravo se sprema crnogorsko izdanje... Pre devet godina je poslednji put objavljena...
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, 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
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
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.
Diane Wallace
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
i wanted to give this book 5 stars but :) nothing is perfect in life had to find something imperfect with it so there was i thought that it was not long enough (funny)..on the other hand this was a very well written book
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
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
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
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?
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."
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 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
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.
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Muy buen libro, la verdad que me encantó, aunque con un final bastante confuso... Como siempre los libros de Sidney Sheldon, te atrapan, y te dejan como mas. Mucho misterio y Suspenso! me encantoo (= Recomendadisimo
Maryam Jamal
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
حاسة حالي عشت احداث فلم اكشن امريكي :|
من بداية الرواية لحد اكتر من نصها .. ماكنت فاهمة حاجة.. وكل اشي داخل ببعضه
وفجاة بدا كل اشي يوضح .. وفهمت كل اشي :|
مممم اول مرة اقرا هالنوع من الرواياات..
استمعت كتير :D
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
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.
Huy Trần Ngọc
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cuốn tiểu thuyết thứ 2 mình đọc của Sidney Sheldon và lần này lại là một cảm giác hào hứng trước cuộc phiêu lưu đầy kịch tính nữa của nhà văn này.
Một đặc điểm trong cách tạo hình nhân vật của Sidney rất đặc biệt, đó là ông luôn chọn bắt đầu câu chuyện với những nhân vật nổi tiếng và có chức vụ cao (tất nhiên là hư cấu) đặt trong bối cảnh xã hội thì lại có thực. Điều này tạo cho những nhân vật chính có những đặc quyền mà hầu như ít thấy trong những tác phẩm khác.
Hơi khác với "Cát bụi thời gian",
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
Tam_ the_ med_bookie
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I totally loved Dana 👍
My most unforgettable character ever 👍
You are in for a big surprise.
This book really shook me hard.
The impact was just too much.
I was so afraid of everything and everyone after reading this book (so read it at your own risk).
Trust issues, but is it really the ones who Dana is afraid of that is really after her?
Well... I never learnt. Book after book, I was still mesmerized with this one as well😉
Nirob Mahmud
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.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Ensimmäinen lukemani Sheldoni. Ihan täydellistä kesälukemista! Tarina koukutti ja viihdytti.
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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
“It moves at its own measured pace, for it has no reason to hurry. Tomorrow will come in its own good time.” 57 likes
“No man is an island. What happens to one, happens to us all, for we are all made of clay and stardust. We share the same moments of time. The universal second hand starts its unforgiving sweep toward the next minute:” 0 likes
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