In her determined pursuit of the truth, Dana never anticipated the cat and mouse chase that leads her through half a dozen countries in search of a remorseless killer. As she closes in on her suspect, the shocking secrets she uncovers place Dana and her young son in dire jeopardy. Can Dana outwit her pursuers and expose the truth that will astound the world?
A dynamite thriller filled with all the elements that have made his previous works phenomenal best sellers, The Sky is Falling is Sidney Sheldon at his sizzling best.
©2000 The Sidney Sheldon Family Limited Partnership; (P)2000, 2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Efficiently brisk and reliably suspenseful, Sheldon's 17th novel demonstrates that this veteran master of commercial fiction has not lost his touch." (Publishers Weekly)
I was looking forward to this latest Sydney Sheldon but I found the story line quite boring and the writing was unbelievable. It was almost as if he was trying to use a few words as possible as scenes jumped at light speed from one setting to the next.
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Thanks to my lousy memory and my desire to save a few bucks, I decided to go back into my Audible archives and re-read books that I forgot all about... but there is a flaw in my plan. I think perhaps I forgot about this book (read about 9 years ago) because it's not good!! I rated it 2 stars at the time and I think that was pretty generous.
A TV anchor gets suspicious after a 5 people from the same family are murdered and she decided to investigate. OK, good idea... but man oh man the execution is simplistic!
I remember reading Sydney Sheldon in the 80s, books like "Master of the Game" "Rage of Angels" "Windmills of the Gods" and being enthralled.... but was I glued to those stories because I was a teenager and did not know better or is his early stuff just superior??? This book does not feel like it was written by a 'giant' in the pop-literary world; the plot twists are banal, it feels amateurish and it's beyond believable. This story is SO EASY to pick apart! It's is full of questionable human judgement and by that I don't mean that the characters make bad decisions, I mean that on multiple occasions I thought to myself "real people don't act that way". The book is low on the plausibility scale.
For example: Dana goes to Aspen to investigate a fire, her cover story is: "I'm writing an article about ski resort fires". I laughed out loud. Suuuuuure, ok, great cover, totally believable (not!). She discovers that the fire was electrical, and that an electrician had just been to the house the day before, and then the day after the fire the electrician disappeared!!! Wait, the police didn't connect the dots? Thank goodness for our intrepid TV anchor! Another example is when she discovers that a witness to an accident was blind. Please - The world is not THIS full of bumbling police.
Also, the secondary story line where Dana's fiancé takes off to Florida to nurse his ex through her struggle with cancer is preposterous.
I think I know what attracted me to the book in 2006; I like reading books set in foreign cities I have visited and this one promised to cover Paris, Moscow and Brussels to name a few - but her globetrotting was absurd. Flying all the way around the world just to ask a guy a question? Please.
To enjoy the story, don't bother with logic or common sense ... just go for the ride.
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