The Dark Side
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - 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.

The Dark Side Details

TitleThe Dark Side
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ReleaseAug 27th, 2019
PublisherDelacorte Press
ISBN-139780399179419
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GenreFiction

The Dark Side Review

  • Jill McGill
    January 1, 1970
    5 Riveting & Dark StarsIn her new novel, Danielle Steel tells a riveting story of the dark side of motherhood.Let me tell you, Danielle Steel has not disappointed me yet. She is one of my favorite authors, so when I had a chance to read this advanced copy I was totally excited! The Dark Side is completely different from her previous books, it takes a look at the darker side of motherhood. This is well-written, dark, and completely "unputdownable" - she takes on a subject that is seriously ov 5 Riveting & Dark StarsIn her new novel, Danielle Steel tells a riveting story of the dark side of motherhood.Let me tell you, Danielle Steel has not disappointed me yet. She is one of my favorite authors, so when I had a chance to read this advanced copy I was totally excited! The Dark Side is completely different from her previous books, it takes a look at the darker side of motherhood. This is well-written, dark, and completely "unputdownable" - she takes on a subject that is seriously overlooked in our society. This story was so well thought out and she writes so flawlessly in a way that has you wanting more and you just have to keep reading. A must read... Highly Recommend!*Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for the ARC, all opinions are my own.
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    Zoe seems to have it all ... a loving husband, a job she loves, and now a baby girl. But things aren't going as smooth as she thought it would.She's finding motherhood a challenge, although some of it may be her own fault. She absolutely refuses anyone's help, she has definite ideas on how to raise a child, even though it seems a bit disjointed at times.As her daughter gets older, her husband begins worrying. At 18 months old, she's already had a broken arm, dislocated elbows, she's fallen off a Zoe seems to have it all ... a loving husband, a job she loves, and now a baby girl. But things aren't going as smooth as she thought it would.She's finding motherhood a challenge, although some of it may be her own fault. She absolutely refuses anyone's help, she has definite ideas on how to raise a child, even though it seems a bit disjointed at times.As her daughter gets older, her husband begins worrying. At 18 months old, she's already had a broken arm, dislocated elbows, she's fallen off a changing table. Granted, the daughter may be a little rough and tumble, but something feels off.Things get serious when Zoe schedules to have tubes put in her daughter's ears. She has only had one serious ear infection, but Zoe lies to the doctor and the baby undergoes a minor surgery. Zoe's husband goes through the roof, she didn't even inform him. Later on, she schedules an appointment with a doctor to see about having her screened for scoliosis. Even the family physician is puzzled about this, as the child has never had a problem.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.This is a well written psychological drama that becomes darker with each incident that occurs. The author has done excessive research and her finely drawn, credible characters are a result.Many thanks to the author / Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine / Delacorte Press / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy of this psychological women's fiction. This was read and reviewed voluntarily. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Review coming soon.
  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    This is darker than your average Danielle Steel but with the kind of writing style that she is known for. The plot was fantastic but the writing style was kind of an overview, a glazed over rendition and very surface. It’s been so long since I’ve read a Steel book that I had forgotten her style. The book kept me engaged but I’m not sure the darker plot works with the detached writing style. I wanted more emotion, more substance, and more feeling instead of the overview that I received. I quite e This is darker than your average Danielle Steel but with the kind of writing style that she is known for. The plot was fantastic but the writing style was kind of an overview, a glazed over rendition and very surface. It’s been so long since I’ve read a Steel book that I had forgotten her style. The book kept me engaged but I’m not sure the darker plot works with the detached writing style. I wanted more emotion, more substance, and more feeling instead of the overview that I received. I quite enjoyed the story but it was missing a little oomph to take it to the next level. Thank you @randomhouse for this advance reader in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    The Dark Side is darker than Danielle Steel’s other novels, but it still contains her unique and engaging writing style. The Dark Side is a fascinating story that quickly pulled me in and had me staying up late to finish it. The book is well-written with a good flow and steady pacing. I like that the story is written in the third person. Zoe Morgan is a developed character, though, not likeable. Her childhood shapes her whole life. Zoe becomes an overachiever determined to excel at everything sh The Dark Side is darker than Danielle Steel’s other novels, but it still contains her unique and engaging writing style. The Dark Side is a fascinating story that quickly pulled me in and had me staying up late to finish it. The book is well-written with a good flow and steady pacing. I like that the story is written in the third person. Zoe Morgan is a developed character, though, not likeable. Her childhood shapes her whole life. Zoe becomes an overachiever determined to excel at everything she does and that includes motherhood. I like how the story gradually evolves as you move through the book. The Dark Side deals with a topic that is rarely addressed and is very hard to prove (I do not want to say too much and spoil it for you). It is an emotional story that will touch the heart of parents. The Dark Side is a psychological suspense that will linger in your mind long after you finish it.
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  • Laura Rash
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the idea of this book. I even liked the darker story than what normally DS would write about. But it didn’t get deep. It was like reading a textbook case of MBP. I was a bit disappointed as I’m normally a huge fan of DS.
  • Kelsie Maxwell
    January 1, 1970
    The Dark Side is a tale of psychological suspense by Danielle Steel. Steel is the author of many bestsellers but this novel is different from her standard fare. Zoe Morgan has a difficult childhood because her younger sister, Rose, is diagnosed with leukemia and dies when Zoe is ten years old. Zoe’s mother spends all her time with the seriously ill Rose and then retreats into deep despondency after Rose’s death, leaving Zoe very isolated. Zoe’s father remarries and has two more children but isn’ The Dark Side is a tale of psychological suspense by Danielle Steel. Steel is the author of many bestsellers but this novel is different from her standard fare. Zoe Morgan has a difficult childhood because her younger sister, Rose, is diagnosed with leukemia and dies when Zoe is ten years old. Zoe’s mother spends all her time with the seriously ill Rose and then retreats into deep despondency after Rose’s death, leaving Zoe very isolated. Zoe’s father remarries and has two more children but isn’t involved in Zoe’s life. Zoe eventually attends medical school but withdraws to work at a nonprofit for abused children. Austin Roberts is a well-known child advocacy attorney who takes pro bono cases for children and is member of the board of the nonprofit. Austin comes from a completely different family background. He’s from a close family and enjoys spending time with them. He loves his brothers, and their wives and children. Zoe and Austin marry and conceive their daughter, Jaime, through in vitro fertilization. They’re both over the moon happy, but Zoe has some unusual parenting ideas. She’s totally against schedules for babies and insists she will nurse on demand for at least the first year. Also, she believes that children should be given the freedom to make choices about things that may be harmful to them. Austin is taken aback, but he’s a first-time parent as well so he goes along with Zoe’s plan. From the beginning parenthood proves difficult. Zoe has problems breastfeeding. They overcome that issue but it’s only the beginning of a litany of issues for little Jaime. Austin’s mother comes to him with her concerns, and he is no longer able to ignore his own suspicions. He’s now faced with possibly one of the most difficult things a parent ever has to do. He’s looking directly into the dark side. Though this novel has a different tone than the average Danielle Steel novel, it is still just as well-written. The actual subject matter is well camouflaged until the author is ready to reveal it. I was fully captivated. The characters are relatable and believable, but not all likable. I rate The Dark Side 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to all readers who enjoy fiction with a bit of suspense. My thanks to Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
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  • Deanna Sletten
    January 1, 1970
    I will preface this by saying that I’ve read Danielle Steel’s books since the beginning and my particular favorites are Granny Dan and Message from Nam. Steel writes heartwarming stories in a smooth, flowing style. But I’m afraid that this particular one wasn’t a favorite of mine. I understand that this is a different style of novel for Steel, and I think it’s wonderful that she’s branched out to write women’s fiction/suspense. Unfortunately, her style of writing doesn’t seem to work for suspens I will preface this by saying that I’ve read Danielle Steel’s books since the beginning and my particular favorites are Granny Dan and Message from Nam. Steel writes heartwarming stories in a smooth, flowing style. But I’m afraid that this particular one wasn’t a favorite of mine. I understand that this is a different style of novel for Steel, and I think it’s wonderful that she’s branched out to write women’s fiction/suspense. Unfortunately, her style of writing doesn’t seem to work for suspense. At no time in this story did I feel it was suspenseful. I never liked the main character Zoe. I wasn’t fooled by her over-protectiveness of her child. Once the husband grew suspicious, I already knew what was going to happen. And I question the laid-back attitude of the husband about the issue. As a mother, I suppose I feel I’d have done something much sooner – but that might just be me. I also feel we were being told instead of shown the story. It would have been so much better if the story was laid out in more scenes showing us what was happening instead of just a narration. Having said that, Danielle Steel is the queen of women’s fiction and I respect her for that. I’ve enjoyed so many of her books. I hope she continues to delve into other types of fiction. This particular book, however, just wasn’t for me.
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  • Sherri Thacker
    January 1, 1970
    The Dark Side came out 2 days ago and i was excited when my library got it right in. I’ve lost count but i think this is my 28th or 29th book by Danielle Steel. With this book I really wasn’t sure where this whole thing was going. Boy oh boy is the title right on! It’s a very dark story that’s for sure and Zoe really had me cringing throughout. I don’t want to spoil it.
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    4 starThe Dark Side by Danielle Steel is a fascinating book. It has been a very long time since I have read a Danielle Steel book, but I quickly remembered her unique writing style and how much I like her stories. This book has a significantly sinister theme to it compared to the majority of Steel’s books. Her writing style doesn’t allow her to hit on the deep emotions needed for this type of story; however, the book was very good. This could have been a 5-star book had Steel wrote in a differen 4 starThe Dark Side by Danielle Steel is a fascinating book. It has been a very long time since I have read a Danielle Steel book, but I quickly remembered her unique writing style and how much I like her stories. This book has a significantly sinister theme to it compared to the majority of Steel’s books. Her writing style doesn’t allow her to hit on the deep emotions needed for this type of story; however, the book was very good. This could have been a 5-star book had Steel wrote in a different format.I feel as if this book will appeal to many people. I am giving it 4 stars due to the significance of the story. I highly recommend it.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. The views given are my own.
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  • LS
    January 1, 1970
    Thank goodness for this book. I read it on a long flight to San Francisco last week, and it made the trip so much more interesting. This story is now what I would have expected from Danielle Steel. There's not a love story to be found in this story--instead, we're treated to a psychological suspense book involving a shocking case of child abuse. When Zoe's sister Rose dies of leukemia, her parents' marriage falls apart, and she finds herself feeling neglected and alone. Her sister's death leaves Thank goodness for this book. I read it on a long flight to San Francisco last week, and it made the trip so much more interesting. This story is now what I would have expected from Danielle Steel. There's not a love story to be found in this story--instead, we're treated to a psychological suspense book involving a shocking case of child abuse. When Zoe's sister Rose dies of leukemia, her parents' marriage falls apart, and she finds herself feeling neglected and alone. Her sister's death leaves her with emotional scars that time can't erase. Even when Zoe marries Dan and has a daughter of her own, the past comes back to haunt her in ways I didn't see coming.I don't want to give away the major twist that comes up in the middle of the book. Suffice it to say, the story takes a very dark turn that is atypical for Danielle Steel, but it pays off in spades. I couldn't put this book down even after the plane landed. I stayed in my seat even while everyone around me was getting off the plane just so I could read the last few pages of this novel. This is probably one of Steel's best books--and that's saying a lot. I highly recommend reading this novel.Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Marianne
    January 1, 1970
    It’s been such a long time since I’ve read a Danielle Steele novel - not sure why; they’re great.Her writing style flows so well and she really knows how to spin a tale. This one is just so tragic, a hard one to read. This horrific tale of child abuse gives insight to MBP and how that can come to occur. It doesn’t excuse it or allow you to accept it but it does allow you to see why it may happen. It also shows how someone can get away with this and how they still love their life, child, and spou It’s been such a long time since I’ve read a Danielle Steele novel - not sure why; they’re great.Her writing style flows so well and she really knows how to spin a tale. This one is just so tragic, a hard one to read. This horrific tale of child abuse gives insight to MBP and how that can come to occur. It doesn’t excuse it or allow you to accept it but it does allow you to see why it may happen. It also shows how someone can get away with this and how they still love their life, child, and spouse. It doesn’t mean they deserve them or aren’t sick. This was a quick read but I think it will stick with me for a while. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for a copy in exchange for a review.
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  • Mary-reeta Mcgrade
    January 1, 1970
    Danielle Steel is one of my favorite authors,so when I got a chance to read an advanced copy I was thrilled! She did not disappoint. The Dark Side is a bit different from her other books which I enjoyed. This involves a happy loving family who will encounter some disturbing injuries and illnesses that will change their lives. At times I thought I knew what was going to happen, but Danielle Steel has a way of writing that has you wanting more and you have to keep reading to find out if you are co Danielle Steel is one of my favorite authors,so when I got a chance to read an advanced copy I was thrilled! She did not disappoint. The Dark Side is a bit different from her other books which I enjoyed. This involves a happy loving family who will encounter some disturbing injuries and illnesses that will change their lives. At times I thought I knew what was going to happen, but Danielle Steel has a way of writing that has you wanting more and you have to keep reading to find out if you are correct. This is a must read and one of my favorites.
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  • Kookie9200
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this novel.By far, the BEST DS novel in a long time. Zoe is highly traumatized by her family falling apart after her younger sister's death at 7 to leukemia. As Zoe grows, she makes great grades, going to great schools and trying med school before realizing she wants to take a different path. She becomes the operator of a major home for abused children, and meets the love of her life Austin. Austin and Zoe's life is forever changed Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this novel.By far, the BEST DS novel in a long time. Zoe is highly traumatized by her family falling apart after her younger sister's death at 7 to leukemia. As Zoe grows, she makes great grades, going to great schools and trying med school before realizing she wants to take a different path. She becomes the operator of a major home for abused children, and meets the love of her life Austin. Austin and Zoe's life is forever changed when their daughter, Jaime is born. Zoe struggles with the demands of a newborn, especially with nursing. After a scare early on, her worries are multiplied. What seems at first as a story about a overzealous, worried mother turns to something much darker as Austin begins to realize that their daughter seems to be sicker and have more injuries than most kids her age. As he struggles with the knowledge that Zoe is not who she seems, the darkness that surrounds her may cost the ultimate price.I loved the story for this one. It was different, deeper and not as shallow as other books by Steel lately. Still a quick read, but one with more substance.
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  • Barb Lie
    January 1, 1970
    The Dark Side by Danielle Steel is a different type of story that I have become used to by this author. The Dark Side is exactly what the book is, a dark and somewhat depressing tale of an illness that threatens the life of a child. I will say that The Dark Side was excellently written by Steel, as she starts off with a heroine we sympathized with and was likable, and totally turns it around in the last third of the book, taking us by surprise. This was a suspense thriller all the way, but it wa The Dark Side by Danielle Steel is a different type of story that I have become used to by this author. The Dark Side is exactly what the book is, a dark and somewhat depressing tale of an illness that threatens the life of a child. I will say that The Dark Side was excellently written by Steel, as she starts off with a heroine we sympathized with and was likable, and totally turns it around in the last third of the book, taking us by surprise. This was a suspense thriller all the way, but it was also a hard book to read.Zoe Morgan is our heroine, and we meet her as a child, when she grieves over the loss of her younger sister to leukemia and watches her family fall apart after her death. Years later, Zoe becomes successful in her career of taking care of abused children. She meets and falls in love with Austin, our hero, and they get married. A short time later, Zoe gives birth to Jaime and is determined to be a great mom. Over time, Jaime is a very rambunctious child, and Zoe and Austin are happy. The only problem, is poor Jaime tends to have accidents, or sickness, making many visits to the hospital. It is Austin’s mom, who shows her concern that Jaimie’s constant ailments might be something different; she feels that perhaps Zoe is suffering from Munchausen. Austin will begin to research this, even if he does not want to face this possibility. He will confide in Jaime’s doctor, who happens to be a good friend to Zoe.Just for those who may not know what Munchausen is: Munchausen relatively rare behavioral disorder that is a psychological, marked by attention-seeking behavior by a caregiver through those who are in their care. The deliberate actions of the mother or caretaker can often make the symptoms worse putting the child’s life in danger.What follows is an intense, dark and tragic adventure to save Jaime, and prove that Zoe does indeed have this horrific illness. At this point, when investigators, Austin and the doctor delve deeper the suspicion is confirmed and the story becomes more twisted and chilling. To tell too much more would be spoilers, as this is a book that needs to be read in the fullest. The Dark Side was a shocking and different read for me, but also though depressing, it was very well written and informative.BarbThe Reading Cafe
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  • Marcia Meakim
    January 1, 1970
    I haven’t read a book by Danielle Steel for several years now. I think she meant this to be a suspenseful thriller but it doesn’t read that way due to her detached style of writing. Zoe, the main character, had a very detached childhood given an overwhelming medical condition and ultimate death of her younger sister. Her parents dealt with their grief in their own way, with a divorce and abandonment of love or care for Zoe. We then see her as the parent of a newborn who seems to struggle with nu I haven’t read a book by Danielle Steel for several years now. I think she meant this to be a suspenseful thriller but it doesn’t read that way due to her detached style of writing. Zoe, the main character, had a very detached childhood given an overwhelming medical condition and ultimate death of her younger sister. Her parents dealt with their grief in their own way, with a divorce and abandonment of love or care for Zoe. We then see her as the parent of a newborn who seems to struggle with nursing for several weeks before she is a frequent visitor to the ER. Right from the beginning I guessed the end of arc. result. The writing was matter of fact and surface level with not enough depth for this topic. I did enjoy the book as it is very different from her typical novels. It is a compulsive read. Written in the style of His Bright Light she would have knocked this one out of the park.Many thanks to Danielle Steel for bringing this topic to peoples attention, Delacorte Press, and NetGalley for affording me the opportunity to read and enjoy this arc.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    The Dark Side: A Novel by Danielle SteeleRandom House PubAugust 27, 2019Fiction, digital book288 pagesRating: 4/5I received a digital copy of this ARC from NetGalley and Random House Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review.It has been awhile since I have had the pleasure of reading a novel by this talented author. Interesting story which is narrated in the third person. An immediate theme seemed apparent initially but then had me wondering only to discover my instincts were correct. Coinci The Dark Side: A Novel by Danielle SteeleRandom House PubAugust 27, 2019Fiction, digital book288 pagesRating: 4/5I received a digital copy of this ARC from NetGalley and Random House Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review.It has been awhile since I have had the pleasure of reading a novel by this talented author. Interesting story which is narrated in the third person. An immediate theme seemed apparent initially but then had me wondering only to discover my instincts were correct. Coincidentally, this is not true for the protagonist of the novel which makes it ironic. The story unfolds gradually with hints of “something is wrong here” which overshadows the gravity of the theme. Zoe Morgan grew up in the shadow of sister Rose who required extensive medical care to treat her leukemia. Life had been extremely difficult with Zoe left in the care of her father so her mother could attend to Rose. The illness and eventual death of Rose has long lasting consequences from which the family never recovers. When Zoe’s parents divorce, she lives with her despondent mother who does little to provide support or closure regarding the loss of Rose. Zoe and Austin Morgan seem to live the idyllic life. Zoe wrangled with finding a career which would satisfy her. She eventually dropped out of medical school and found her passion working for a nonprofit shelter helping abused children. Austin works as an attorney who often does pro bono work for the shelter. When Zoe becomes pregnant, her anxiety of becoming a mother escalate. She overcompensates by reading and researching all sorts of information. Unfortunately, she formulates a rigid and unconventional philosophy of child rearing. Zoe is unable to tolerate anyone who doesn’t support her unreasonable demands. Many excuse her peccadilloes as the excessive worries of a new mother who still mourns the loss of her sister as a child. The couple become well-known to their pediatrician, Cathy, who never seems to mind alleviating the many concerns Zoe always seem to have regarding Jaime. It seems that since birth the child has required many trips to the emergency room which only heightened Zoe’s distress. When Zoe decides to return to work after a lengthy maternity leave, it seems finding a nanny who will meet Zoe’s inflexible expectations proves challenging. Eventually, the family seems to settle into a routine which is often disrupted with sudden emergencies to attend to Jaime. Although the frequency of medical attention, much suspicion is cast aside for the overly protective loving mother. Some of the tragedies, such as Jaime falling down the stairs and breaking her arm, could’ve been prevented if not for Zoe’s unconventional theories of “respecting the child” to learn independently. Austin seeks advice from his mother, a retired therapist, regarding Zoe’s obdurate convictions. He grapples with wanting to support his wife and protect his daughter. A catastrophic event during their vacation in Florida provides Austin with the clarity he needs to seek assistance to save Jaime. Initially, I had become unimpressed with the culminating events until I had time to contemplate the entire story. As I was frustrated with the series of events it occurred to me how frustrating it must be for the family and friends who have lived this nightmare. The denial and desire to overlook the obvious must be overwhelming since the truth is unbearable.
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  • Dawn Livingston
    January 1, 1970
    I reached page 94 and wondered if I really wanted to read to the end. It looked like it wasn't going to end well and when it involves a child it's just distasteful to me. I decided to skip to the end and was proven right, so no more Dark Side. I don't recommend it for Danielle Steel readers since it seems different than her usual. It's more psychological, distasteful. I can't think of anyone who might like this kind of book, no, I take it back. Maybe those that like psychological thrillers thoug I reached page 94 and wondered if I really wanted to read to the end. It looked like it wasn't going to end well and when it involves a child it's just distasteful to me. I decided to skip to the end and was proven right, so no more Dark Side. I don't recommend it for Danielle Steel readers since it seems different than her usual. It's more psychological, distasteful. I can't think of anyone who might like this kind of book, no, I take it back. Maybe those that like psychological thrillers though I'm not sure if this qualifies as a psychological thriller but it's psychologial if nothing else.
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  • Teri Griffis
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was definitely a different book for Danielle; her stories don't usually get this "dark". Very well written story written about a subject that is grossly overlooked in our society. Characters and prose well thought out and very well written. I would highly recommend this book even if you're not a Danielle Steel fan. Enjoy! 📚
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Zoe has had a troubled childhood past and now confronts head on an illness that may change everything she once knew and loved.When Zoe's sister passed many including her parents treated her differently as if she was the lesser valued child.Now as an adult having lost her sister Rose when she was only 10 yo she vows to change the tide until the tide turns on her.At 34 yo she now is a mother to Jaime and wife to Austin yet something is terribly wrong.It turns out Jaime has a host of unexplained il Zoe has had a troubled childhood past and now confronts head on an illness that may change everything she once knew and loved.When Zoe's sister passed many including her parents treated her differently as if she was the lesser valued child.Now as an adult having lost her sister Rose when she was only 10 yo she vows to change the tide until the tide turns on her.At 34 yo she now is a mother to Jaime and wife to Austin yet something is terribly wrong.It turns out Jaime has a host of unexplained illnesses and injuries leading many to question if it's related to child abuse?Could Zoe truly be abusive to the one person she loves more than life itself?Could there be something much more sinister happening or is this a case of something larger than life and much more difficult to explain?When the evidence is clearly placed in front of this family than are truly becoming more concerned and seek outside help for Zoe however this is a race against time and everyone begins to lose hope.A dramatically charged emotional roller coaster that only Danielle Steel can deliver!
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  • Jamie Shell
    January 1, 1970
    When the story begins we meet Zoe and her parents and little sister Rose. Rose is very sick and we read about the toll it takes on the family. When she dies, the parents completely withdraw and Zoe is left to fend for herself. We next meet Zoe when she's an adult and is an advocate for abused children. She meets Austin and they get married it isn't long before they have a daughter. From the start Jaime is quite a challenge and that doesn't change as she gets older. As the story progresses we see When the story begins we meet Zoe and her parents and little sister Rose. Rose is very sick and we read about the toll it takes on the family. When she dies, the parents completely withdraw and Zoe is left to fend for herself. We next meet Zoe when she's an adult and is an advocate for abused children. She meets Austin and they get married it isn't long before they have a daughter. From the start Jaime is quite a challenge and that doesn't change as she gets older. As the story progresses we see that there is more to Jaime's clumsiness and accidents than meets the eye. Austins mom voices her concert that Zoe possibly is suffering from Munchausen by proxy. Austin begins to do his research and sadly agrees, and then it becomes his goal to protect Jaime and to prove his wife has MBP. IT was very interesting seeing how the process of figuring Zoe out and trying to prove their theory plays out. I found this to be an entertaining and interesting story---and this is actually the second book this year that I've read that was about MBP--until I'd read the first book, it's a fascinating subject. As usual Ms Steels book keep you interested and move quickly and are an easy read. Thank you NetGalley for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Denise Riehle
    January 1, 1970
    The Dark Side written by Danielle Steel is a really great psychological suspense book, and very different than what I normally read from her. This is an exciting departure from a book with romance and a happy ending. This book takes what Danielle Steel does best, incredible character development, and well planned story telling and shows us what is going on in the plot with just enough information to keep the reader guessing. Then she comes out with another big reveal that has you reading faster The Dark Side written by Danielle Steel is a really great psychological suspense book, and very different than what I normally read from her. This is an exciting departure from a book with romance and a happy ending. This book takes what Danielle Steel does best, incredible character development, and well planned story telling and shows us what is going on in the plot with just enough information to keep the reader guessing. Then she comes out with another big reveal that has you reading faster and faster to get to the exciting conclusion.The Dark Side BackgroundThis story begins with introducing us to 2 sisters. Zoe Morgan is a child with straight, dark hair and beautiful features that aren't normally seen on a little girl. Her sister Rose was born with white-blonde curls and a cherub face that was always smiling. Zoe was shy and Rose was fearless, they were a great contrast for sisters. Zoe was 3 years old when Rose was born. Zoe was age 6 when Rose was diagnosed with leukemia. It was a rare form of leukemia and the family had to strategically make plans to keep things going as normal as they could. Their father took care of Zoe at home, and their mother lived at the hospital for long stretches of time when Rose was undergoing treatments.Things changed for the family and when Rose became even sicker. The feeling in the family turned to stress and often their parents looked terrified. When Rose knew what was going to happen, she told her mom that Pinkie, the pink teddy bear that she had slept with all her life wanted to sleep with Zoe now. When Beth, their mother, came home and gave Pinkie to Zoe, she knew what that meant too. Zoe was just 10 years old when her sister died and things changed a lot in her family life.Zoe as an AdultZoe went to Yale as a pre-med student. She graduated with honors but she hadn't enjoyed her time in college. She then went to Duke for medical school and excelled academically for 2 years when she finally decided that she didn't want to spend the next 7 years in medical school, so she took a leave of absence from school and went to work at a non-profit shelter for abused children. She thrived in this job and quickly worked her ways up through the positions. At 28 Zoe was the assistant administrator of this non-profit in New York. That was when she met Austin Roberts, a well-known child advocacy attorney and they started a relationship. Zoe marveled as his family, and she told him about her childhood and Rose's illness and how her family had reacted during these times. Austin was so impressed by how warm and kind she was with all of his nephews and saw first hand how she was not only great with the kids in her job but also other family members.After being married for a year, and trying to get pregnant they saw a fertility specialist and they went through 4 attempts at in vitro fertilization. When they finally were pregnant they were both over the moon with joy. Jamie Rose Roberts was born and Zoe and Austin realized how daunting it was a to a new parent. No matter how much reading they did on the subject, they experienced a lot of issues that they needed to get help with. Both Austin and Zoe became very close with their pediatrician, Cathy Clark. Jamie had her fair share of incidents for her young age and Cathy helped them through things.As the Plot ThickensThat's all I am going to say about The Dark Side because it's the journey that you go on, learning about the characters and what they think and believe, that make this thriller a read that will keep  you guessing and trying to come to terms with the potential realities. If you are a current Danielle Steel fan, you have to read this book to see how she deals with some serious issues by taking you on a ride with Zoe, Austin, Cathy and Jamie (and some other important characters along the way!) If you are new to Danielle Steel's book, this is a great place to start and add her to your list of favorite authors. 5 stars for The Dark Side!
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    I was given an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my thoughts. All opinions are mine. As I've mentioned before, Danielle Steel's books are one of my guilty pleasures. Those are usually the fluff books that I read when I don't want to have to think too hard about what I'm reading; like background noise- but with books. So, despite the name and the ominous looking cover, I expected more of the same out of this novel. Hoooo boy was I ever wrong. This one made me stop and check a few ti I was given an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my thoughts. All opinions are mine. As I've mentioned before, Danielle Steel's books are one of my guilty pleasures. Those are usually the fluff books that I read when I don't want to have to think too hard about what I'm reading; like background noise- but with books. So, despite the name and the ominous looking cover, I expected more of the same out of this novel. Hoooo boy was I ever wrong. This one made me stop and check a few times to make sure I was actually reading one of DS's books. The story starts out with two sisters, one of which is diagnosed with a severe form of cancer. She dies young. The remaining sister, our main character, Zoe, essentially learns to take care of herself because her parents are too busy recovering from losing their child to worry about the one they have left. She grows up, and eventually has a child of her own, Jaime. Jaime is a problem child from the beginning. She won't nurse, she has acid reflux, colic, all normal things for a baby, but terrifying for someone who had a sister die at a young age. As she gets older, Jaime starts to have more and more "accidents" including broken bones, animal bites, and almost drowning. We begin to wonder if there is something more sinister than just a clumsy child going on. Honestly, I sort of called it after the broken arm, mainly because I just finished watching/reading/researching everything I could about the Gypsy Rose Blanchard (I refuse to put an E at the end of that because that's NOT how my maiden name is spelled or pronounced) case, and I knew where it was going, but it didn't make the book any less terrifying. As a mother who gave birth to a premature child, I prayed for weeks on end that my baby would learn to breathe on her own and be okay, I cannot imagine intentionally putting her in harm's way. I felt so bad for the dad, because as much as his baby loved her mom, he knew that getting her away was the best thing for her. All in all, this was not a typical HEA Danielle Steel sort of read, but I enjoyed it. It reminded me of why I fell in love with her books in the first place. It was an emotional read, for sure, but one that will stick with me for a while.
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  • Sanyukta Thakare
    January 1, 1970
    What happens when you grow up idolising your not so perfect mother and she abandons you. Zoe Morgan's childhood was marked by her younger sister's tragic illness and her dedicated parents until her final days. After the divorce, abandoned by both parents Zoe sets a high bar for herself and grows up to be a compassionate women. As star of the non profit world with a picture perfect life and marriage, Zoe steps into motherhood. Her obsession with being the perfect mother however slowly drives her What happens when you grow up idolising your not so perfect mother and she abandons you. Zoe Morgan's childhood was marked by her younger sister's tragic illness and her dedicated parents until her final days. After the divorce, abandoned by both parents Zoe sets a high bar for herself and grows up to be a compassionate women. As star of the non profit world with a picture perfect life and marriage, Zoe steps into motherhood. Her obsession with being the perfect mother however slowly drives her beyond the mistakes of her parents into something darker and unforgivable.The Dark Side, written by Danielle Steel is a psychological suspense that shares the dark side of motherhood. It narrates the horrors of an incurable obsession over being the perfect mother. The story quickly takes us through the hardships in Zoe childhood to falling in love. Just as Zoe her husband Austin cares for her cause, he is known to champion pro bono cases to help abused children. Zoe has everything-career, love, marriage and when they try to get pregnant though after many attempts it happens, they bring home their beautiful healthy baby girl Jaime and their life changes overnight.Disclaimer: Was provided with an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewThe Dark Side is a bit darker and heavier as to Danielle Steel's usual style. The book is highly researched and drives a strong emotional response. The fast-paced story won't give you a moment of rest as one incident takes place after another all while the story gets darker and more intriguing. The book reminded me a lot of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn just in its aura. There aren't many similarities but the only thing that stopped this one from being the same level of intimidating is its narrative style. I was hoping to get more into the story and the characters but instead got a bird's eye view of the story.I thoroughly enjoyed how deep the book got into MBP and kept the story so close to the core. Danielle subtly gets you to care about the characters and turns it into something you will not forget for a while. The end did satisfy my intrigue and also justifies how the story goes. The Dark Side will keep you turning pages until the end.
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  • Neelam Babul
    January 1, 1970
    This is a well written psychological drama that becomes darker with each incident that occurs. Danielle Steel has been my favourite ever since I read The Gift. Zoe seems to have it all, a loving husband, a job she loves, and now a baby girl, Jaime. But things aren't going as smooth as she thought it would. She soon finds out that motherhood is a challenge, although some of it may be her own doing. She absolutely refuses anyone's help or assistance in raising her daughter, she has definite ideas This is a well written psychological drama that becomes darker with each incident that occurs. Danielle Steel has been my favourite ever since I read The Gift. Zoe seems to have it all, a loving husband, a job she loves, and now a baby girl, Jaime. But things aren't going as smooth as she thought it would. She soon finds out that motherhood is a challenge, although some of it may be her own doing. She absolutely refuses anyone's help or assistance in raising her daughter, she has definite ideas on how to raise a child which jeopardizes Jaime's life on more than one occasion. As her daughter gets older, her husband, Austin begins worrying. At 18 months old, Jaime has already had a broken arm, dislocated elbows, fallen off a changing table. Jaime may be a growing child full of curiosity but the number of times she is taken to the emergency unit is remarkably enormous. Things get serious when Zoe schedules to have tubes put in her daughter's ears. despite having only one or two infections, but Zoe lies to the doctor and Jaime undergoes a minor surgery. Zoe's husband goes through the roof when he realizes she lied to the doctor and didn't even inform him. Later on, she schedules an appointment with a doctor to see about having her screened for scoliosis. Even the family physician is puzzled about this, as the child has never had a problem.Zoe has had a neglectful childhood especially when her sister is diagnosed with leukemia and undergoes treatment eventually losing her life. Being a mother is now Zoe's time to gain glory and attention. But is she really at fault or is everything circumstantial? This is a gripping tale of a mother and her obsession towards her child's life at the expense of even hurting her only child. Danielle Steel never disappoints and this story is no exception. I loved it.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I typically associate Danielle Steel with a mindless romance that I enjoy at the beach. When I requested this ARC, I didn’t read the description of the book (whoops) and just assumed that was what I would get. I couldn’t have been more wrong, but in the best possible way.The Dark Side is more of a psychological suspense (if thats even a genre) than a romance.The novel starts early on in Zoe’s life, as her family faces and loses her sister Rose’s cancer battle. After the devastating loss, Zoe’s f I typically associate Danielle Steel with a mindless romance that I enjoy at the beach. When I requested this ARC, I didn’t read the description of the book (whoops) and just assumed that was what I would get. I couldn’t have been more wrong, but in the best possible way.The Dark Side is more of a psychological suspense (if thats even a genre) than a romance.The novel starts early on in Zoe’s life, as her family faces and loses her sister Rose’s cancer battle. After the devastating loss, Zoe’s family falls apart. Her mother distances her self from everyone, her father leaves, and neither of them prioritze a relationship with her. Flash forward twenty years and Zoe has raised herself, completed college, gotten a masters degree, and has a thriving career running a shelter for children. She’s happily married but when her daughter is born – things don’t go as planned. Slowly but surely Jaime starts to get hurt and sick more often than not, and Zoe’s husband Austin starts to get worried. Whats causing young Jamie to keep getting hurt? Why does it mainly happen when she’s around her mother?I honestly cannot rave about The Dark Side enough. I am excitedly giving this book five out of five stars and have already pre-ordered it for my mother to read upon release.The Dark Side has to be the best Danielle Steel work I have read in a long time. It was suspenseful, engaging, and easy to read. I flew through this, gripping to the edge of my seat hoping to figure out what exactly was happening, and what the end would hold.*Important Note* I was given a digital Advanced Readers Copy of this book thanks to the author, NetGalley and Ballantine (Random House Publishing Group) and Delacorte Press. All opinions are my own. Cover art was obtained from NetGalley.
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  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    I have read all of Danielle Steels books and loved them all. The Dark Side is different from her others but tells a riveting tale of motherhood. Zoe Morgan's childhood was magical until her sister, Rose, became very sick and then passed away. For four years her parents had focused on Rose and Zoe was left in the background. When Rose died Zoe thought that now things would go back to normal. They didn't. Her mother went into a deep depression and nothing and noone could help her. Eventually her f I have read all of Danielle Steels books and loved them all. The Dark Side is different from her others but tells a riveting tale of motherhood. Zoe Morgan's childhood was magical until her sister, Rose, became very sick and then passed away. For four years her parents had focused on Rose and Zoe was left in the background. When Rose died Zoe thought that now things would go back to normal. They didn't. Her mother went into a deep depression and nothing and noone could help her. Eventually her father divorced her mother and moved away. Now it was just Zoe and her mother but it might as well have been just Zoe. She had to take care of herself and was only a ten year old. It is many years later and Zoe, now twenty-eight years old, is assistant administrator of a non-profit in New York that deals with abused children. She has also found the man of her dreams . Austin Roberts is a well known child advocacy lawyer. There was an instant connection. They fell deeply in love. After three years they got married. It was a perfect life. She got pregnant and they had a little girl Jaime who was very loved by both her parents. Motherhood wasn't what either of them had pictured. Zoe had a lot of problems nursing and the baby cried almost non-stop. As Jaime got older things changed and that caused Austin to be concerned. I cannot say more or it will spoil it for you. This is a book I could not put down once I started it. It deals with a dark, sensitive subject that keeps you engrossed. If you are a Danielle Steel fan you don't want to miss this one. I loved every minute of it.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    A long time ago, I used to read a lot of Danielle Steele, and I remember enjoying it. I was excited to read The Dark Side since it sounded like it was going to be like the Danielle Steele books I read in the best, just darker. While I thought the general plot was fine, the writing reminded me of a textbook.For example, when reading about Zoe's pregnancy with Jaime, instead of any kind of emotion in the writing, I thought I had accidentally picked up a copy of What to Expect When You're Expecting A long time ago, I used to read a lot of Danielle Steele, and I remember enjoying it. I was excited to read The Dark Side since it sounded like it was going to be like the Danielle Steele books I read in the best, just darker. While I thought the general plot was fine, the writing reminded me of a textbook.For example, when reading about Zoe's pregnancy with Jaime, instead of any kind of emotion in the writing, I thought I had accidentally picked up a copy of What to Expect When You're Expecting. It was as if Steele did a lot of research to write this book, but then just used the synopsis of each of those books within her own. (This wasn't the only occurrence, but I don't want to give away too much of the actual story.)And speaking of the story, I don't know if it's my law background, my very short stint with the Public Guardian Child Protection Division, or my life as the mom of a child with lots of medical needs, but this book seemed very obvious in it's big secret, and there was no shock or surprise to me when I got to the end of this book. Perhaps if the big secret wasn't something I've heard of before -- and Steele wrote it as something her characters had never heard of, so maybe it's not actually common knowledge to Steele's readers -- I might have enjoyed it more and learned a thing or two. But as it was, I saw it coming from the beginning of the book.Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my review. It did not influence my opinion.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Danielle Steel has done it again! Another great story that will draw you in and grab your attention from beginning to end. This was a subject that I did not know much about but was amazed at how someone could even do this to their own flesh and blood! This was a very different read from Danielle Steel but one that I really enjoyed!Zoe has been dealt a bad hand and had a rough upbringing. With her younger sister Rose's battle with cancer taking pretty much all of her mom's time and most of her da Danielle Steel has done it again! Another great story that will draw you in and grab your attention from beginning to end. This was a subject that I did not know much about but was amazed at how someone could even do this to their own flesh and blood! This was a very different read from Danielle Steel but one that I really enjoyed!Zoe has been dealt a bad hand and had a rough upbringing. With her younger sister Rose's battle with cancer taking pretty much all of her mom's time and most of her dad's towards the end, Zoe was put on the back burner and pretty much forgotten. After Rose passed away, their father begged their mother to get counseling with him but she would not hear of it. Things became tense in Brad and Beth's marriage and they eventually split up causing even more hard times for Zoe. While Zoe never really dealt with her emotions of loosing her sister, things began to build up for Zoe but no one could tell that she was haunted by ghosts from her past. Zoe marries Anthony and they have a little girl named Jamie. Zoe and Anthony are good parents and are even looked on as model parents from the pediatrician that they take Jamie to. When things start happening to Jamie, no one things anything about it for awhile and then things start to seem sort of strange after numerous ER visits, broken bones and several sets of stitches for Jamie. We learn about a crazy disorder that seems too crazy to even exist. I enjoyed learning a little more about this disorder/disease and the extent that some people go to to satisfy their own need for attention. Very well done by Danielle Steel. I know this one will draw you in just like it did me and you will be wondering how you read it so fast!All opinions are my own and voluntary. Thanks to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book!
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  • Becky Smith
    January 1, 1970
    I want to start by thanking NetGalley for allowing me to read this amazing book for an unbiased opinion. Zoe's baby sister died of cancer when she's ten . And her life is never the same. She grows up gets married and had a baby of her own. The baby is always sick or getting hurt. Is the baby accident prone or is something else going on? Zoe works for a non-profit organization that helps abused kids. How's husband Austin was a lawyer that did a lot of pro bono work for the kids that Zoe helps. Th I want to start by thanking NetGalley for allowing me to read this amazing book for an unbiased opinion. Zoe's baby sister died of cancer when she's ten . And her life is never the same. She grows up gets married and had a baby of her own. The baby is always sick or getting hurt. Is the baby accident prone or is something else going on? Zoe works for a non-profit organization that helps abused kids. How's husband Austin was a lawyer that did a lot of pro bono work for the kids that Zoe helps. The Perfect family. Zoe was likeable in the beginning but she lost her charm as the book progressed. I liked Austin he was very likeable. And Cathy Clark was the pediatrician and a friend of Zoes . She was slow to blame anyone for all the accidents the baby was having. She didn't want to believe this perfect family wasn't perfect. I enjoyed this book very much. I would highly recommend it. This was a new side to Danielle Steel and I liked it.
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