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After this, I was thoroughly disappointed. Ashley's father persuades a criminal lawyer turned corporate lawyer, David Singer to return a favor and represent Ashley. The second half of the novel deals with the trial, the fighting psychiatrists: Multiple Personality Disorder is a real disorder , Multiple Personality Disorder isn't a real disorder , and Ashley's treatment and introduction to her two alters in a state asylum. The most interesting part of this section was learning the horrific event that caused her fragile psyche to shatter as it did. This novel was written in the third person, with insight into the minds of Ashley, Toni and Alette.

The focus on MPD was interesting, but slow paced.

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It was frightening how someone can commit brutal murders, be released to an asylum for treatment and then released upon being deemed "cured". I could tell that I was reading a Sidney Sheldon novel, but I missed the adventure, the world travels, the intrigue and thrilling plot twists to which I've become accustomed. Nov 06, Ann Jenelle Rotol rated it really liked it Shelves: reviewed , psych , mystery-suspense. I have to confess that I'm really not a fan of Sidney Sheldon's works. The thing he writes isn't just my cup of tea. That's because there's a touch of psychology in here.

Psychology's holy grail plus murder equals a masterpiece! I can say that Sidney Sheldon is a good writer because of this book. I remember being amazed of how Sidney Sheldon narrated this novel. Where everything at first is confusing and gradually it all becomes clear I have to confess that I'm really not a fan of Sidney Sheldon's works.

Where everything at first is confusing and gradually it all becomes clear until the very end. Oh, it's also a book about healing Unlike what has happened in Doomsday Conspiracy , where everything in the end is just - bleh sorry for the lack of a better term. Anyway, as an end note, I just want to you to imagine me whistling the tune of Pop goes the weasel! Oct 25, Erin rated it really liked it.

This story is about the women, Ashley Patterson, who suffer the multiple personalities disorder. She have a two seperated different personalities, Toni Prescott who is a very aggrasive girl and Alette Peters who is a shy and kind girl. Both of them was created when Ashley was raped by her father, Dr. Steven Patterson, who is famous doctor in the world. This story is divided in three part.

First part is related to the story of murder by Toni and then, in the second part, author narrated that how This story is about the women, Ashley Patterson, who suffer the multiple personalities disorder. First part is related to the story of murder by Toni and then, in the second part, author narrated that how David win the court about murder by Toni. Last part is the story about how Ashley overcome her problem.

However, last page give me the hint that Ashley will look for her father to revenge and protect her new half sister. People normally have their problem which nobody know about. The concerns is that how to overcome their problem and create a new life and build a positive mind. Sometimes, people eager to find a doctor to explain their concerns and to have a solution. Unfortunately, In Korea, it is the shame action to have a mental theraphy in the hospital. I think that this circumstance should be changed for people to feel free to find a counseller.

Especially, current modern society make people frustrated in a various condition. For example, teenagers are received big pressure from high competitive relationship in shcool. Many people are hardly to listen to the positive message form media and journal. This is the important time for people to make a better life. Committing a suitcide, people lost their dream and hopeness from people. Always listen to the negative message from relationship and think of the awful image from the violent movie.

We need to take a consideration of our mental health and of our weak strain from the society. View 2 comments. Sep 03, Henry Ozogula rated it really liked it. A savage killer whose modus operandi sends a chill down men's spines: viciously stabbing the men to death, and then cruelly slashing off their private part!

Apparently a demon straight from hell; yet the truth might be unbelievable. The killer, a woman is charming, courteous, amiable, peace loving. The epitome of a most desirable young woman. And for good measure, her father is a world renowned doctor, who will pull out all the stops for her. And our heroine here is not even aware that she has k A savage killer whose modus operandi sends a chill down men's spines: viciously stabbing the men to death, and then cruelly slashing off their private part!

And our heroine here is not even aware that she has killed So should one be. That is Sidney Sheldon for you. This is a chilling story, confusing and unpalatable in many parts. Inevitably, Ashley's world falls apart, resulting in a celebrated trial - with the horrified world focused on the goings-on in the court. Is Ashley a cold blooded killer, or is she innocent?

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Forensic evidence shows that she is as guilty as hell. Apr 01, silvia rated it it was amazing Shelves: novel. I was quite familiar with Sidney Sheldon's novels since I was in the junior high school. By familiar, I mean I've been knowing his famous name with dozens of bestseller book yet didn't have any interest to even try to read some of his books. Not until my husband eagerly introduced it to me and showed me how he'd been impressed by the Sheldon's novels. This eventually marks the fi I was quite familiar with Sidney Sheldon's novels since I was in the junior high school.

This eventually marks the first novel of Sidney Sheldon I've read. And my impression was beyond what I'd thought before. I thought I was going to get bored reading it. When I went to the first several pages, I felt the plot was too predictable while I undoubtedly admitted that it's very well-written. Though quite predictable in the first chapters, I so much enjoyed the novel until I was addicted and couldn't stop reading it.

The story was cleverly maintained, the characters were strongly built, and the end part was quite realistic. In brief, the story is about a woman who suffers from the Multiple Personality Disorder MPD , a mental disorder results in two or more split identities which then controls the individual's behavior. Because of this syndrome, she has to face a trial for the murders she doesn't commit. The story mentions in detail the trial process, how the defender argues for her, how they struggle for win by assuring the judge, the prosecutor, and more importantly the jury that she is not guilty because of insanity.

The novel also narrates how people with MPD is being cured with several therapies and how she has to face her alters, the conflicts inside herself, and how she and her alter egos have to cope with her dark past. In sum, Sidney Sheldon had brought the novel into something brilliant. And I guess he had done some research before, thus from the novel I could get some valuable information about MPD syndrome and the criminal trial process in the State, though the later perhaps wasn't descripted deeply.

So I could say that I was as much impressed as my husband, and feel so much confident to read other novels by Sidney Sheldon. Apr 26, Voldemort rated it did not like it Recommended to Voldemort by: Jonnu. Shelves: if-bought-dump-in-toilet-quickly. And the way their attorneys defended the supposed victims was goose-bumpy? David sucked…no he super-sucked. But obviously the main subject of the book was the MPD Sidney so charmingly wrote about.

Yup, sarcasm there. The third part somehow made me give this book another star. And somebody should teach the translator how number is spelled. Numer — Numur. Thank you! View all 6 comments. Oct 18, Dulfino rated it did not like it Shelves: Then after the verdict came down, she gave him ten minutes to present a new evidence?? View all 5 comments.

Apr 27, Crime Addict Sifat rated it it was amazing. Doesn't matter which book of Sydney Sheldon you are reading, it will always make you thrilled. It is the story of a girl named Ashley Patterson, who is suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder yet she is unaware of it. She has two other alters named Toni Prescott and Alette Peters, who know her but she does not know them. Very nice thriller. Jul 17, Mwanamali rated it it was amazing. It was perfect the first time. It was perfect the second time. What more do I need to add?

Review to come if I find the right words. Shelves: bought-at-a-library-book-sale , hardcover , read-but-unowned , , , contemporary-mystery. Ashley Patterson is a brainy and gorgeous "computer whiz" with a cushy job at a fast-growing start-up computer graphics company in Silicon Valley. She is lonely, shy, and lives a life that is unfulfilling to her. She is also absolutely convinced that someone is stalking her. Toni Prescott and Alette Peters are both co-workers of Ashley's, however the similarities end there.

Toni is a saucy, British vixen with a penchant for Internet dating and dancing at discotheques. Reminiscent of high school, Toni and Alette do their best to keep Ashley out of their cool clique, but find it extremely difficult after a string of murders irrevocably binds their lives together. Toni, Alette and Ashley know virtually nothing about each other until all three women are inexplicably linked into a murder investigation that will lead to one of the most bizarre trials of the century. This book is a work of fiction, but is based on several actual cases.

I really enjoyed this book and found it to be an interesting read. I was definitely hooked by the plot and wanted to discover what happened next. The book was laden with such realistic details that I learned plenty of information about certain subjects that I never knew. Aug 04, Rachita Gupta rated it it was amazing Shelves: totally-un-put-down-able , mystery , crime , psychology. If you want a book you can't put down, his is the best shelf in the library. So, obviously, I was expecting nothing less than perfect from the book.

And, this novel matched, no, went beyond all the pre-set standards! The story is about a girl with a multiple personality disorder.. And she's completely unaware of it. The book goes through three stages: One, the girl, and her multiple conflicting personas, get involved in a horrible serial murder case. The second stage takes you to the journey of the following lawsuit and court proceedings. The third phase focuses on her efforts to overcome her disorder. The best thing about Sheldon's novels is their ability to completely immerse the reader in the ocean of the plot.

You smile when the protagonist begins a love story, cry when she has a heartbreak, and laugh the most evil laugh when she takes her revenge. And, it's not just the few main characters, but you feel attached to each sidekick that comes along too, the way you are related to all people in actual life. Do read the book! Crime and mystery lovers, this is one book you'll never regret reading.. View all 4 comments.

I'm out of words! As Larkin digs for answers, she uncovers secrets that lead back to three year-old girls and an unchaperoned graduation trip to Myrtle Beach. The story is dramatic and cleverly layered and there are tons of great characters. Each one of them is flawed in their own way. As a matter of fact, practically all of the characters in the book are flawed in one way or another. And that is precisely what makes this book so real. The story is built on secrets. Secrets that will make you mad, secrets that will astonish you, and secrets that will devastate you.

The champagne, the dancing, the boardwalk, the carousel, and walking on the beach with a handsome man under a star-filled sky Thanks to Penguin First to Read for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. View all 9 comments. Jun 20, Book of Secrets rated it really liked it. This is a multi-generational story told in both the past and present. In the early s, three friends, Ceecee, Margaret, and Bitty, hide their wishes in the trunk of a magical tree, but the outcome was nothing like they'd expected.

Be very careful what you wish for! Keeping secrets, even with the best intentions, can be so harmful even many years down the road. Her mother Ivy is badly injured, and Larkin believes she wants to tell her something - about the past, their ancestral home, and Larkin's grandmother. She's been kept in the dark for so long that learning the truth will finally be a reprieve It took me a few chapters to really get into the flow of things, especially trying to keep characters straight ages, relationships, etc.

The ending is sure to tug at your heartstrings. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. View 1 comment. Lanier Larkin is a copywriter for a major marketing firm in New York having fled her roots in Georgetown, South Carolina nine years before. But when she receives a desperate call from her grandmother, CeeCee, saying that her mother, Ivy, is missing, Larkin drops everything and returns home to the place that has so many wonderful—and hurtful—memories.

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There are three narratives telling this lushly designe Lanier Larkin is a copywriter for a major marketing firm in New York having fled her roots in Georgetown, South Carolina nine years before. There are three narratives telling this lushly designed story of family, friendships and secrets and how they shape the people in its web.

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Ivy, who was seriously injured in a devastating fall, tells her story while in a coma. And, of course, Larkin, the daughter and granddaughter who is searching for answers and holds the key to unlocking secrets spanning over fifty years, as well as revelations of her own. I loved how this story was presented with an homage to place, family and roots that are so important in Southern traditions.

The three narrators were just excellent, handling transitions from to present day seamlessly. I always knew who was handling the story and where we were. There were a LOT of secrets and my one criticism is how long it takes for any of them to be revealed. The audiobook is much longer than the printed version because of the dramatic license taken by the narrators it works.

This was my first book by the author and I loved her style of storytelling. I highly recommend the audio version because it takes the time to put emphasis on the relevant elements that underpin the meat of the story. It was a long journey 16 hours but I sped it up but one that I was saddened to see end. And, it was worth the wait to learn those secrets in a most powerful ending. I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review I waffled between finding this book as "ok" then trending towards "liking" One reason for this back and forth behavior was the soap opera-esque nature of this book.

It really started to become boringly predictable and absurd. I' I waffled between finding this book as "ok" then trending towards "liking" I'll explain more below. It's been nine years since she saw her close friends and family as she escaped and remade herself. When she gets the call her mother is missing. She returns home. Larkin discovers her mother on the floor of her family's old decrepit rice plantation home.

With her mother lapsing into a coma; Larkin stays nearby anxiously waiting on her recovery. While waiting, she renews ties with her honorary mothers- Ceecee and Bitty who raised her lovingly. She also mends fences with two of her childhood friends that she hurt deeply on her leaving. When an old crush who rebuffed her in high school admires this "new" Larkin; she has a decision to make on where this "new" Larkin wants to head in her life. Larkin finds herself discovering buried family secrets, love, family, and also where her home is. My Thoughts: Ugh. I hate to write them.

In all honesty, I felt these were some of Karen White's weakest characters. In my defense, I'm a big fan and own all her books. Her House on Tradd Street series is one of my favorites- though the last one missed the mark for me as well. The characters in this book seemed superficial, convenient, or just not believable. I think two though that were wonderful are Ceecee and Bitty. The friendship between Ceecee and Bitty and their story was a highlight for me. However, Margaret, Larkin, and Ivy's stories just fell flat and needed cues for dramatic swelling music at times. White does that quite well.

The main character- Larkin. I just couldn't get behind her. She was all over the place and her issues are never really fleshed out. Except for her weight. The reader is treated to numerous references to her weight. I noticed in the last Tradd Street novel, White made weight an issue for the main character too. The reader gets this spelled out for them frequently; and not to worry, one of the love interests thought she looked great when she was overweight.

It just became aggravating to me. Aggravating because we are experiencing a strong movement towards valuing women more for their appearance and this novel just gravitates more towards appearance than the substance of women. I just think the strong weight focus was tacky, unnecessary, and repeated too often in the novel. I would have rather learned how Larkin worked through her anger management issues.

She mentioned she had a problem with her anger, especially after throwing a cooler at her best friend's head. To Sum: I really don't want to hate on this book. I like Karen White's novels. I just found this one lacking compared to previous books. She eloquently writes about low country inlets with massive trees perfect for storing ribbon wishes in their trunks, boat rides to capture the sunrise, languid strolls on twilight it streets with ice cream in hand.

You just either wish you were there or can envision yourself there with the characters. I truly think her images of the South are lovely and magical. I encourage you to read it for the images alone and the story is still entertaining. Just not my favorite.

Thank you to Berkley and Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest review. View all 10 comments. May 06, Chris C - A Midlife Wife rated it it was amazing Shelves: berkley-trade , best-of , contemporary-fiction , womens-fiction , reviews. Awesome story. However, I could not have been more wrong. This book started out in a traditional manner. There are multiple characters in this book — best friends whose friendship had broken years ago; best friends who still watch out and take care of each other 50 years later.

Karen White is a master at telling and crafting an amazing story.

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Words truly escape me on how to describe the feelings I got with this book. I would read page after page with tears just coming down. Deep emotion, surprising twists, and even things that I knew were going happen and did, still got to me. Intense, touching, sweet — this is the story about love on many different levels and true friendship that lasts the test of time. Do yourself a favor and block out an entire day to read this book. I hope it touches you the way it touched me. View all 6 comments.

Jun 03, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley , ninja. There is family drama, secrets between friends, good old fashioned southern charm, romance and even a historical feel as some chapters flip back to the fifties. They snipe and snark at each other as only old, true friends can and as more of their story was revealed I found myself liking them that much more. I was never exactly sure what old secrets were trying to come to light, I had some ideas but never had things totally figured out.

There was so much pain between these women, loss heartbreak and betrayal, but I loved how they stood by each other and any mistakes they made were done with only the purest of intentions.

Dreams of Falling in three words: Captivating, Moving and Charming. View 2 comments. Feb 22, Mlpmom Book Reviewer rated it it was amazing Shelves: blog-tour , arc-book-read , kindle-books. Oh how I loved this! I think this might be my favorite book from Ms. White yet! Full review to come closer to the release date. From her beautifully worded stories to the rich lush settings and well thought out characters, everything about her stories draws me in and refuses to let me go even long after the story is over.

Her latest wasn't an exception. It was wholly entertaining, hard to put down and just enough of the supernatural to keep Oh how I loved this! It was wholly entertaining, hard to put down and just enough of the supernatural to keep all lovers of the genre, both historic and fantasy enthralled and eagerly turning the pages. I loved the family dynamic, the flashes from past to present and the intriguing mystery of it all as it slowly unfolded over the years.

The friendship between these three girls and their live after that friendship, was just so believable and amazing. I loved every heart pounding moment as it all came together, was revealed, and put to rest. Another wonderfully told, wonderfully narrated story by a master story teller. Jul 14, Jeanne Adamek rated it liked it. June 10 Glad I read this story but still have to say that in my opinion the story didnt work as well as all the other Karen White novels I read When Ivy is found unconscious in an old plantation home and taken to the hospital, her daughter, Larkin, returns to her hometown of Georgetown, South Carolina.

Larkin begins searching for answers as to why her mother was at the home which leads to discovering decades old secrets. This is a story of friendship, love, heartbreak, family, and figuring out where you truly belong. Karen White's books fit the definition of comfort reading to me. While there might be some elements of predictability, I k When Ivy is found unconscious in an old plantation home and taken to the hospital, her daughter, Larkin, returns to her hometown of Georgetown, South Carolina.

While there might be some elements of predictability, I know that when I start the book, I'm going to be in for an enjoyable read. And as always the Southern setting plays an important role in the story, almost like an actual character in the book. I loved the alternating timelines and the different characters' point of view. This book really showed what lengths people are willing to go to for love and how decisions made with the best intentions might have lasting consequences. Overall, this book hit all the right notes for me and I definitely recommend especially if you are a fan of Karen White's other books.

Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy! All views expressed are my honest opinion. View all 4 comments. Apr 03, Betty rated it it was amazing. After nine years away, Larkin returns to her childhood home in South Carolina when her mother Ivy takes a life-threatening fall, a fall that becomes the catalyst for exposing long held secrets. Larkin had fled her home insisting she would never return.

It is in this search that Larkin uncovers the secrets kept by three teenage friends who fifty years earlier had sworn to remain best friends forever, never imagining the heartache that would result from that vow. I admired the strength of the friendships in this story — the older generation Margaret, Ceecee, and Bitty and the younger generation Larkin, Mabry, and Bennett. Their love for and loyalty to each other is so strong that they keep secrets to protect those they love. Just as the older generation had their secrets, so too do the younger friends Larkin, Mabry, and Bennett - secrets kept in an effort to protect one of them.

But it seems that all secrets are at some point revealed, leading to unknown consequences. White reveals the flaws in each of her characters, making them more human. She artfully wove together the strands of the backstories, slowly revealing the puzzle pieces one at a time. When I reached the end of the story, I marveled at the beauty of the writing and how well, and naturally, it all came together.

This is a story that tugged at my heart as the friends were dealt so much tragedy that normally would have destroyed friendships. Yet these friends stayed true. I do highly recommend this book. I received an Advance Review Copy of this book. Mar 18, Cindy Burnett rated it really liked it Shelves: net-galley. Family bonds and secrets are at the heart of Dreams of Falling. Set in Georgetown, South Carolina, the story begins as Larkin returns home to help locate her missing mother, Ivy. As the search for Ivy progresses, Dreams of Falling moves back and forth in time slowly unveiling secrets that have been kept hidden for 50 years.

As always, Karen White writes a beautiful, cautionary tale full of love, loyalty, and loss. Thanks for the feedback. We'll have another look at the structure and try to get it to be a bit easier to read. This is stupid I wanted plot twist for my book I aint using some sort of plot twist from a movie all my fellow dweeb readers wont like that.

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