The Dark Side: The Powerful New Novel from the World’s Favourite Storyteller
The Dark Side is a powerful and unsettling novel of motherhood, loss and the innocence of childhood from the world’s favourite storyteller, and global bestselling author Danielle Steel.
Zoe Morgan was just ten years old when her life changed forever. Her sister, Rose, died of a rare illness, her parents turned into people she didn’t know, and Zoe’s lonely childhood drove he...more
In her new novel, Danielle Steel tells a riveting story of the dark side of motherhood.
Let me tell you, Danielle Steel has not disappointed me yet. She is one of my favorite authors, so when I had a chance to read this advanced copy I was totally excited! The Dark Side is completely different from her previous books, it takes a look at the darker side of motherhood. This is well-written, dark, and completely "unputdownable" - she takes on a subject that is seriously ov ...more
She's finding motherhood a challenge, although some of it may be her own fault. She absolutely refuses anyone's help, she has definite ideas on how to raise a child, even though it seems a bit disjointed at times.
As her daughter gets older, her husband begins worrying. At 18 months old, she's already had a broken arm, dislocated elbows, she's fallen off a ...more
Zoe Morgan has a difficult childhood because her younger sister, Rose, is diagnosed with leukemia and dies when Zoe is ten years old. Zoe’s mother spends all her time with the seriously ill Rose and then retreats into deep despondency after Rose’s death, leaving Zoe very isolated. Zoe’s father remarries and has two more children but isn’ ...more
I understand that this is a different style of novel for Steel, and I think it’s wonderful that she’s branched out to write women’s fiction/suspense. Unfortunately, her style of writing doesn’t seem to work for suspens ...more
The Dark Side by Danielle Steel is a fascinating book. It has been a very long time since I have read a Danielle Steel book, but I quickly remembered her unique writing style and how much I like her stories. This book has a significantly sinister theme to it compared to the majority of Steel’s books. Her writing style doesn’t allow her to hit on the deep emotions needed for this type of story; however, the book was very good. This could have been a 5-star book had Steel wrote in a differen ...more
When Zoe's sister Rose dies of leukemia, her parents' marriage falls apart, and she finds herself feeling neglected and alone. Her sister's death leaves ...more
Her writing style flows so well and she really knows how to spin a tale. This one is just so tragic, a hard one to read.
This horrific tale of child abuse gives insight to MBP and how that can come to occur. It doesn’t excuse it or allow you to accept it but it does allow you to see why it may happen.
It also shows how someone can get away with this and how they still love their life, child, and spou ...more
By far, the BEST DS novel in a long time.
Zoe is highly traumatized by her family falling apart after her younger sister's death at 7 to leukemia. As Zoe grows, she makes great grades, going to great schools and trying med school before realizing she wants to take a different path. She becomes the operator of a major home for abused children, and meets the love of her life Austin.
Austin and Zoe's life is forever changed ...more
Random House Pub
August 27, 2019
Fiction, digital book
I received a digital copy of this ARC from NetGalley and Random House Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review.
It has been awhile since I have had the pleasure of reading a novel by this talented author.
Interesting story which is narrated in the third person. An immediate theme seemed apparent initially but then had me wondering only to discover my instincts were correct. Coinci ...more
I don't recommend it for Danielle Steel readers since it seems different than her usual. It's more psychological, distasteful. I can't think of anyone who might like this kind of book, no, I take it back. Maybe those that like psychological thrillers thoug ...more
When Zoe's sister passed many including her parents treated her differently as if she was the lesser valued child.
Now as an adult having lost her sister Rose when she was only 10 yo she vows to change the tide until the tide turns on her.
At 34 yo she now is a mother to Jaime and wife to Austin yet something is terribly wrong.
It turns out Jaime has a host of unexplained il ...more
Zoe seems to have it all, a loving husband, a job she loves, and now a baby girl, Jaime. But things aren't going as smooth as she thought it would. She soon finds out that motherhood is a challenge, although some of it may be her own doing. She absolutely refuses anyone's help or assistance in raising her daughter, she has definite ideas ...more
The Dark Side is more of a psychological suspense (if thats even a genre) than a romance.
The novel starts early on in Zoe’s life, as her family faces and loses her sister Rose’s cancer battle. After the devastating loss, Zoe’s f ...more
For example, when reading about Zoe's pregnancy with Jaime, instead of any kind of emotion in the writing, I thought I had accidentally picked up a copy of What to Expect When You're Expecting ...more
Zoe has been dealt a bad hand and had a rough upbringing. With her younger sister Rose's battle with cancer taking pretty much all of her mom's time and most of her da ...more