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The Dark Side: The Powerful New Novel from the World’s Favourite Storyteller

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  950 ratings  ·  163 reviews

The Dark Side is a powerful and unsettling novel of motherhood, loss and the innocence of childhood from the worlds 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

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Published September 5th 2019 by Macmillan (first published August 27th 2019)
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Jill McGill
5 Riveting & Dark Stars

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
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Linda Strong
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Zoe seems to have it all ... a loving husband, a job she loves, and now a baby girl. But things aren't going as smooth as she thought it would.

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
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Carrie
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
Jen
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is darker than your average Danielle Steel but with the kind of writing style that she is known for. The plot was fantastic but the writing style was kind of an overview, a glazed over rendition and very surface. It’s been so long since I’ve read a Steel book that I had forgotten her style. The book kept me engaged but I’m not sure the darker plot works with the detached writing style. I wanted more emotion, more substance, and more feeling instead of the overview that I received. I quite e ...more
Kristina
The Dark Side is darker than Danielle Steel’s other novels, but it still contains her unique and engaging writing style. The Dark Side is a fascinating story that quickly pulled me in and had me staying up late to finish it. The book is well-written with a good flow and steady pacing. I like that the story is written in the third person. Zoe Morgan is a developed character, though, not likeable. Her childhood shapes her whole life. Zoe becomes an overachiever determined to excel at everything sh ...more
Laura Rash
I liked the idea of this book. I even liked the darker story than what normally DS would write about. But it didn’t get deep. It was like reading a textbook case of MBP. I was a bit disappointed as I’m normally a huge fan of DS.
Kelsie Maxwell
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
The Dark Side is a tale of psychological suspense by Danielle Steel. Steel is the author of many bestsellers but this novel is different from her standard fare.

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’
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Deanna Sletten
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I will preface this by saying that I’ve read Danielle Steel’s books since the beginning and my particular favorites are Granny Dan and Message from Nam. Steel writes heartwarming stories in a smooth, flowing style. But I’m afraid that this particular one wasn’t a favorite of mine.

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
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Sherri Thacker
The Dark Side came out 2 days ago and i was excited when my library got it right in. I’ve lost count but i think this is my 28th or 29th book by Danielle Steel. With this book I really wasn’t sure where this whole thing was going. Boy oh boy is the title right on! It’s a very dark story that’s for sure and Zoe really had me cringing throughout. I don’t want to spoil it.
Jill
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 star
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
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LS
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank goodness for this book. I read it on a long flight to San Francisco last week, and it made the trip so much more interesting. This story is now what I would have expected from Danielle Steel. There's not a love story to be found in this story--instead, we're treated to a psychological suspense book involving a shocking case of child abuse.

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
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Marianne
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been such a long time since I’ve read a Danielle Steele novel - not sure why; they’re great.

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
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Mary-reeta Mcgrade
Danielle Steel is one of my favorite authors,so when I got a chance to read an advanced copy I was thrilled! She did not disappoint. The Dark Side is a bit different from her other books which I enjoyed. This involves a happy loving family who will encounter some disturbing injuries and illnesses that will change their lives. At times I thought I knew what was going to happen, but Danielle Steel has a way of writing that has you wanting more and you have to keep reading to find out if you are co ...more
Kookie9200
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this novel.

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
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Barb Lie
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dark Side by Danielle Steel is a different type of story that I have become used to by this author. The Dark Side is exactly what the book is, a dark and somewhat depressing tale of an illness that threatens the life of a child. I will say that The Dark Side was excellently written by Steel, as she starts off with a heroine we sympathized with and was likable, and totally turns it around in the last third of the book, taking us by surprise. This was a suspense thriller all the way, but it wa ...more
Marcia Meakim
I haven’t read a book by Danielle Steel for several years now. I think she meant this to be a suspenseful thriller but it doesn’t read that way due to her detached style of writing. Zoe, the main character, had a very detached childhood given an overwhelming medical condition and ultimate death of her younger sister. Her parents dealt with their grief in their own way, with a divorce and abandonment of love or care for Zoe. We then see her as the parent of a newborn who seems to struggle with nu ...more
Kelly
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dark Side: A Novel by Danielle Steele

Random House Pub
August 27, 2019
Fiction, digital book
288 pages
Rating: 4/5


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
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Dawn Livingston
Sep 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I reached page 94 and wondered if I really wanted to read to the end. It looked like it wasn't going to end well and when it involves a child it's just distasteful to me. I decided to skip to the end and was proven right, so no more Dark Side.

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
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Teri Griffis
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was definitely a different book for Danielle; her stories don't usually get this "dark". Very well written story written about a subject that is grossly overlooked in our society. Characters and prose well thought out and very well written. I would highly recommend this book even if you're not a Danielle Steel fan. Enjoy! 📚
Donna Hines
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Zoe has had a troubled childhood past and now confronts head on an illness that may change everything she once knew and loved.
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
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Jamie Shell
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the story begins we meet Zoe and her parents and little sister Rose. Rose is very sick and we read about the toll it takes on the family. When she dies, the parents completely withdraw and Zoe is left to fend for herself. We next meet Zoe when she's an adult and is an advocate for abused children. She meets Austin and they get married it isn't long before they have a daughter. From the start Jaime is quite a challenge and that doesn't change as she gets older. As the story progresses we see ...more
Denise Riehle
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dark Side written by Danielle Steel is a really great psychological suspense book, and very different than what I normally read from her. This is an exciting departure from a book with romance and a happy ending. This book takes what Danielle Steel does best, incredible character development, and well planned story telling and shows us what is going on in the plot with just enough information to keep the reader guessing. Then she comes out with another big reveal that has you reading faster ...more
Brittany
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sanyukta Thakare
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
What happens when you grow up idolising your not so perfect mother and she abandons you. Zoe Morgan's childhood was marked by her younger sister's tragic illness and her dedicated parents until her final days. After the divorce, abandoned by both parents Zoe sets a high bar for herself and grows up to be a compassionate women. As star of the non profit world with a picture perfect life and marriage, Zoe steps into motherhood. Her obsession with being the perfect mother however slowly drives her ...more
Neelam Babul
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a well written psychological drama that becomes darker with each incident that occurs. Danielle Steel has been my favourite ever since I read The Gift.

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
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Jessica
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I typically associate Danielle Steel with a mindless romance that I enjoy at the beach. When I requested this ARC, I didn’t read the description of the book (whoops) and just assumed that was what I would get. I couldn’t have been more wrong, but in the best possible way.

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
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Jane
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: danielle-steel
I have read all of Danielle Steels books and loved them all. The Dark Side is different from her others but tells a riveting tale of motherhood. Zoe Morgan's childhood was magical until her sister, Rose, became very sick and then passed away. For four years her parents had focused on Rose and Zoe was left in the background. When Rose died Zoe thought that now things would go back to normal. They didn't. Her mother went into a deep depression and nothing and noone could help her. Eventually her f ...more
Erin
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A long time ago, I used to read a lot of Danielle Steele, and I remember enjoying it. I was excited to read The Dark Side since it sounded like it was going to be like the Danielle Steele books I read in the best, just darker. While I thought the general plot was fine, the writing reminded me of a textbook.

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
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Melanie
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Danielle Steel has done it again! Another great story that will draw you in and grab your attention from beginning to end. This was a subject that I did not know much about but was amazed at how someone could even do this to their own flesh and blood! This was a very different read from Danielle Steel but one that I really enjoyed!

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
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Becky Smith
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to start by thanking NetGalley for allowing me to read this amazing book for an unbiased opinion. Zoe's baby sister died of cancer when she's ten . And her life is never the same. She grows up gets married and had a baby of her own. The baby is always sick or getting hurt. Is the baby accident prone or is something else going on? Zoe works for a non-profit organization that helps abused kids. How's husband Austin was a lawyer that did a lot of pro bono work for the kids that Zoe helps. Th ...more
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Since 1981, Ms. Steel has been a permanent fixture on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. In 1989, she was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having at least one of her books on the Times bestseller list for 381 consecutive weeks. But Guinness was premature. The fact is that one or more of Ms. Steel's novels have been on the New York Times bestseller list for ...more
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