The Dark Side

Narrated by: Michael Braun
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (565 ratings)

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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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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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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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captivating

love it. this book was one in a long time that was very interesting. I'm into medical stuff though. I did still guess what was gonna happen near the beginning of the book.

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Intense! Loved it!

I love this book!! I couldn't put it down and I stay up late reading and listening along. It wasn't a normal story from DS, but it was very well written.

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Amazingly well written

Loved this! Such depth and unexpected plot! DS reigns supreme! Her books Justin get better and better!

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One of my very favorite DS novels!

I absolutely loved this book! one of the best Danielle Steel books I have ever read. This book discussed an important topic that needed to be addressed and it was riveting from beginning to end.

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A great story

I did not know what to expect. I had not listened to Danielle Steel for years because her stories got too ordinary. But I was willing to try again. I was very pleasantly surprised and truly enjoyed the story. I especially enjoyed following Alex and Richard over years The reader brought you into the story.

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Fascinating book

This was my first time listening in this genre. I found that I always listened through a whole chapter and into the next. The narrator was exceptional. I was completely absorbed in the story and characters.

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  • Joan
  • 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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  • Georgina 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • Gabriela
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-19

Slow Starter

Great twist and gripping story. Frustrating protagonist initially but with DS there’s always method to the madness.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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