The Dark Side

The Dark Side

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"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 divorced. As a young woman driven by these painful memories, Zoe sets the bar high for herself, studying hard and pursuing a career in the nonprofit world, where her deep compassion for 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 reader will soon forget"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780399179419
Branch Call Number: STEEL D
Characteristics: 274 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 11, 2019

I was enthralled by "The Promise" in the 80's. Although I have not read every novel Steel has written, I have always assumed that at anytime I can turn to one of her books and lose myself for awhile, perhaps even need my tissues. This book seems to be a new direction for Danielle Steel as she is tackling a medical issue along the vein of Jodi Picoult. The father in this novel begins to suspect that his wife may suffer from Baron Munchausen Syndrome. The background up to that realization was a bit boring at times as we follow the mother through her troubled childhood, meeting her husband and then having her first child. It feels like we are gliding along the surface their lives until BMS becomes a possibility. That raises the stakes and makes the rest of the novel quite a rollercoaster ride. For readers interested in this psychological phenomenon I recommend "Saving Meghan" by Daniel Palmer.


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