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The Dark Side

Narrated by: Michael Braun
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (172 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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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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Do what you do best!

I am a Danielle Steel fan, but this was a swing and a miss! I suffered through it, but it was not good. Stick to what you do so well, and quit trying to branch out. Stay with your strength!

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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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loved the book

loved it and the narration was very good. the story line was very life like

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Very repetitive and predictable

I haven’t read Danielle Steel in awhile. I remember loving her books but this one was so boring and predictable.

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just ok

I struggled with this book. but once I got into chapter 3 maybe , then I got into it... I had to finish the book and I'm glad I did..

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Disappointed

I have numerous books by this author, by far this is my least liked!
Slow, characters bizarre, medical issues not as precise as they should be....
Did not hold my interest and did not even finish the book. With regrets

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wonderful <br /><br />

loved it I could not put it down. it kept my interest from start to finish.

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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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  • 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