Are You Afraid of the Dark? by Sidney Sheldon

by - December 05, 2018

Page Count: 337
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: July 1st 2005 (first published 2004)
Genre: Thriller

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"Sonja Verbrugge had no idea that this was going to be her last day on earth." 

The master of storytelling, Sidney Sheldon, combines elements of mystery, espionage, murder and romance in this chilling and thrilling novel, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, about a series of mysterious deaths involving a powerful think-tank with a horrid secret. 

Sheldon wastes no time as he takes us right into the story with multiple deaths that are made to look like suicides, which happened to take place on the same night. When two wives, of the alleged “suicide” victims’, get together to go over their husbands deaths, they realize there is a peculiar connection between their deaths – both men worked for a giant think-tank called Kingsley International Group (KIG), and both men were on their way to meet with someone about something curious and dangerous. Something that would cost them their lives.

The two heroines, model Kelly Harris and artist Diane Stevens, set out to meet with the inscrutable owner of KIG; the brilliant and powerful Tanner Kingsley, who has recently taken over the company from its founder, Andrew Kingsley (who is also Tanner's brother), after he was in a terrible accident that cost his ability to think. Or was it an accident? Soon after their meeting, Kelly and Diane are on the run from killers they cannot identify, yet who seem to be connected to KIG somehow. And no matter what precautions they take or where they go, the killers have no troubles finding out where exactly they are. Somebody intelligent and highly skilled is behind the scheme to end their lives, and silence them before they learn what happened to their husbands.

As we are taken deeper into the thrill and drama, more bodies continue to be found, meanwhile both women continue to dodge bullets at every turn as they try to piece together the scandal of KIG and the countless deaths associated with something called “Prima.” As they inch closer to the truth, they find themselves face to face with a foul and clever enemy, which forces them to muster their deepest strengths they never knew they had, in order to stay alive.

I have been in love with Sheldon's novels since I was sixteen. So, about seven years now. I have read some of his novels countless times, and I fall in love with them every. single. time. No joke. But this one here, literally blew my mind; it definitely took a turn in a direction that I did not even, or wouldn't have even thought of in a million years. If you haven't read this book yet (and you definitely should!) then I won't spoil what Prima is for you, but it is a way more sinister form of terrorism than I could have imagined, and what makes it more terrifying and intriguing, Sheldon solely believed that it is real and is currently being researched by the government today.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? is, hands-down, great storytelling, even if the situation often seems a little skeptical and the characters a little bland at times. You still feel that need of wanting to know more of this thriller, while flipping the pages whilst holding your breath, until the very last word...

If you have read this AMAZING novel, what was your favourite part? What was your least favourite part? And why? (And if you happened to dislike this novel, why do you dislike it? What did you wish had happened that could have prevented you from disliking it?)

"We could all sleep better if a world leader said, 'everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it.' And it was the truth."

Rate: 5/5

About the author: 

Sidney Sheldon was a bestselling American crime fiction and thriller writer, who began his (successful) career in Hollywood before trying his hand at novels. He was born Sidney Schechtel on February 11th, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, to Ascher Schechtel, a jewelry store manager, and Natalie Marcus. Sidney sold his first piece of writing, a poem, for $5 when he was only 10 years old. Sidney worked a variety of jobs during the Great Depression and after graduation from high school he attended Northwestern University. Sidney moved to Hollywood in 1937 and his career began, collaborating on films and reviewing scripts. Sheldon won an Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay (1947) for The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, a Tony Award (1959) for his musical Redhead, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on I Dream of Jeannie, an NBC sitcom. Sheldon had a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars dedicated to him in 1994. Sheldon died January 30, 2007, after battling with pneumonia.

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  1. Great review! The friend of mine loves to read. Now I know what to get her for Christmas:) Thank you!

  2. This sounds like a great read! I wish I had more time so I could get back into reading. When I do, I will definitely think about this book!

  3. This is a great review, I love novels with unexpected turns and surprises!

  4. Thank you for the book recommendation! :) I have read Sidney Sheldon books before, and I find his books to be smart and edgy. I will look into this one when I get a chance. (My list is long.)
    Thank you,
    Christina/The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!

  5. This is a great book! I think Nickleodeon even created a series based of this book! It was one of my favorite shows.

  6. This is a great review! I love his books! Master of the Game is my favorite.

  7. Nothing feel as wonderful as reading a good book in the winter and getting lost in the story! Sidney Sheldon is a great author! Omg This story sounds very intriguing, I always loved thrilling, mystery and crime novels😍I am so excited read this one!