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Publisher's Summary

In her new novel, Danielle Steel tells a riveting story of the dark side of motherhood. 

Zoe Morgan's childhood was marked by her younger sister's tragic illness, watching as her parents dedicated themselves completely to her final days, and then later divorced. As a young woman, driven by these painful memories, Zoe set the bar high for herself, studying hard and pursuing a career in the nonprofit world, where her deep compassion towards disadvantaged children finds a focus. 

When Zoe falls in love and has her own child, she is determined to be a perfect mother as well. But before long, old scars long dormant begin to pull Zoe to the edge of an abyss too terrifying to contemplate. As Zoe is haunted by the ghosts of the past, her story will become a race against time, and a tale of psychological suspense that no listener will soon forget.

©2019 Danielle Steel (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Not my favorite DS

I love DS, but this story definitely was not my favorite. Performance over the top drama. Story just ok on this one. I’ll never stop listening to DS though.

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Subject Matter Super important!!

Not DS’s best. I appreciate the information behind the themes of the book as my Mother was a foster care parent, but I just expected a bit more from this book.

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A Very Dark Novel, Not a Love Story

NO SPOILERS!! If you think you know Daniele Steel, your wrong. When I first saw this book in the mysteries and thrillers category, I thought it was categorized wrong since she is known for love stories. I’m glad I didn’t pre-judge the book based on what her typical genre is.

This book was very dark and absolutely not a love story. The story built suspense throughout and I highly recommend it for those like me, who love psychological thrillers.

I hope Daniel Steel continues her writing about the darker side of human nature. I highly recommend this one.

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absolutely horrifying

loved the storyline of this book.... Kept me on the edge of my seat and dying to know what the mom was going to do next. Hate that I finished it in a day n a half

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hardest Danielle Steel I have ever read

read them alll and love her books! .this one was just hard to get thru!

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Sad reality

Loved the sad surprises and details. Great characters but surprising. Hopeful future family story one day.

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Sad story but true events

As usual DS can write extraordinary books on tough subjects great job
I love all of her writing

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Great book

One of her best!! I enjoyed every last word. If you are looking for a nail biter, this is it.

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Different

This did not seem like the usual Danielle Steele novel. I did enjoy it.

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Pretty good

I enjoyed this book enough that it kept my interest until the end. I thought it was odd how the whole first half of the book is written in third person and is all back story. I had a hard time getting into it because of this. I also felt like the ending contradicts everything we learn about the main character. I won’t go into this, as I don’t want to spoil anything for other readers,… but overall I am irritated with this book as a whole. Interesting, but irritating.

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  • 09-06-19

Brace yourself DS fans.....

This is the darkest and most harrowing of Danielle Steele’s books, and I’ve listened to them all. The narrator is excellent and the story is fast paced and gripping but a hard listen and joyless. So grit your teeth and prepare yourself and if you can’t face sad stories about children, give this one a miss.

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  • Ruth Wilkinson
  • 08-10-20

The Dark Side review

I really enjoyed this book. I've been an avid reader of Danielle Steele for over 40yrs but this is my first audio book.
it is quite different to a lot of her other books but as it is based on a very serious subject, this is to be expected.
I would highly recommend it.

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  • 06-24-20

Michael Brown you were excellent..

Lovely story...very touching..the narrator was excellent. I was completely connected till the end. Simply great

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  • 05-10-20

one of Danielle's best books

great read/listen and definitely not a predictable book kept me going until very end . brilliant

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  • 03-31-20

excellent.

loved this story. i have worked in mental health for 25 years. this story was exceptionally good.

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  • 01-16-20

A gripping novel.

This is one of the best books by Danielle Steele in a long time. I have read/listened to all of her books, this is a change from her usual material, but definitely worth a read. I couldn't put it down, very realistic and a worrying theme. One of her best by far.

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  • Julie Love
  • 12-07-19

I was really impressed by this book!

The reality of child abuse is shocking. I find it hard to believe that mother's can intentionally harm their children. A very good book to read to know more about this tragic condition a mother can suffer from. The author Daniell Steel describes it so well.

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  • 10-02-19

Slow Starter

Great twist and gripping story. Frustrating protagonist initially but with DS there’s always
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  • sue hamblin
  • 09-18-19

Different

This book is so very different from other Danielle’s books
Story is gripping well told and makes you think about family
Well done Danielle

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  • 10-31-21

Its Dark

This is a book about trauma and disorders...if you are familiar with mental health issues - you may connect to this plot. Overall reading this story is like watching a car crash in slow motion. I think this book would be less depressing if read by a woman . The current reader sort of prophesies doom with his voice.

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  • Louise Hughes
  • 04-19-20

Terrible narration

The narrator did my head in. I couldn’t stand it. So boring to listen to.

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  • Cherine M. Howden
  • 12-13-19

Very disappointing

Was looking forward to a romantic story line... not the usual Danielle Steel book that I usually love to read

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  • 09-29-19

Different and surprising

It was heart wrenching and I needed to know what the ending was. Very surprising.

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  • sam_antha_lee
  • 09-03-19

Misleading summary

Easy listening however the story never really got off the ground. There were no twists, and the ending didn't seem convincing. Considering the subject matter it's surprising the story wasn't told from the main characters' POV's instead of just narrated from start to finish in a clinical way. The plot felt lacking and details repetitive. But I got through it in a couple of days so it can't have been terrible!

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  • Anne Barnes
  • 09-03-19

Heart stopping

Kept me on the edge till the end I could not stop listening Can't wait for her next book