BOOK REVIEWS

Review: Son of Neptune
  
Author: Rick Riordan
Son of Neptune is a sequel to the popular book series Percy Jackson. It is about Percy Jackson who wakes up with no memory what so ever. The Greek Gods exist and Percy is a demigod son of Neptune. His enemies do not die and the god of death, Thanatos is imprisoned. Percy then has to work together with his fellow demigods, Hazel and Frank to free death and to allow their enemies to die once more.
The book is an interesting and an exciting tale. However it is recommended to read the Percy Jackson series and the book before this The Lost Hero to get an idea of the setting which the book takes place in. The book really sucks the reader in. While the book is not very challenging to read it is a good book to read if the reader is bored or simply desires to read.

The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling


With J. K. Rowling’s new novel, “The Casual Vacancy,” we are firmly in Muggle-land — about as far from the enchanted world of Harry Potter as we can get. There is no magic in this book — in terms of wizarding or in terms of narrative sorcery. Instead, this novel for adults is filled with a variety of people like Harry’s aunt and uncle, Petunia and Vernon Dursley: self-absorbed, small-minded, snobbish and judgmental folks, whose stories neither engage nor transport us.
It’s easy to understand why Ms. Rowling wanted to try something totally different after spending a decade and a half inventing and complicating the fantasy world that Harry and company inhabited, and one can only admire her gumption in facing up to the overwhelming expectations created by the global phenomenon that was Harry Potter. Unfortunately, the real-life world she has limned in these pages is so willfully banal, so depressingly clichéd that “The Casual Vacancy” is not only disappointing — it’s dull. The novel — which takes place in the tiny, fictional English village of Pagford, and chronicles the political and personal fallout created by the sudden death of a member of the parish council named Barry Fairbrother — reads like an odd mash-up of a dark soap opera like “Peyton Place” with one of those very British Barbara Pym novels, depicting small-town, circumscribed lives.
This is definitely not a book for children: suicide, rape, heroin addiction, beatings and thoughts of patricide percolate through its pages; there is a sex scene set in a cemetery, a grotesque description of a used condom (“glistening in the grass beside her feet, like the gossamer cocoon of some huge grub”) and alarming scenes of violent domestic abuse. The novel contains moments of genuine drama and flashes here and there of humor, but it ends on such a disheartening note with two more abrupt, crudely stage-managed deaths that the reader is left stumbling about with whatever is the opposite of the emotions evoked by the end of the “Harry Potter” series.
Instead of an appreciation for the courage, perseverance, loyalty and sense of duty that people are capable of, we are left with a dismaying sense of human weakness, selfishness and gossipy stupidity. Instead of an exhilarating sense of the mythic possibilities of storytelling, we are left with a numbing understanding of the difficulty of turning a dozen or so people’s tales into a story with genuine emotional resonance.
Many authors, of course, have created portraits of small-town life that capture the texture of ordinary lives with great depth of emotion. This, alas, is not the case here. Whereas the Harry Potter universe was as richly imagined and intricately detailed as Tolkien’s Middle Earth or L. Frank Baum’s Oz, Pagford seems oddly generic — a toy village, in which rooftops pop off to reveal adultery, marital discord and generational conflict among the tiny toy people. It’s as though writing about the real world inhibited Ms. Rowling’s miraculously inventive imagination, and in depriving her of the tension between the mundane and the marvelous constrained her ability to create a two-, never mind three-dimensional tale.
As “The Casual Vacancy” trundles along and Ms. Rowling starts grappling with the consequences of her characters’ darker secrets, the narrative gathers momentum, but it takes a lot of pages to get there. In the meantime we are treated to tedious descriptions of the political squabbles exacerbated by Barry Fairbrother’s death and historical accounts of class tensions in insular Pagford — most notably a face-off between one faction that is opposed to a public housing project and a clinic for addicts, and another that has a sense of duty toward the less fortunate. It’s a subject with the potential to reverberate with an American audience — given the current battles between Republicans and Democrats over the role and size of government — but as laid out here it’s oddly bloodless and abstract.
In some respects “The Casual Vacancy” is grappling with many of the same themes as the Harry Potter books: the losses and burdens of responsibility that come with adulthood, and the stubborn fact of mortality. One of the things that made Harry’s story so affecting was Ms. Rowling’s ability to construct a parallel world enlivened by the supernatural, and yet instantly recognizable to us as a place where death and the precariousness of daily life cannot be avoided, a place where identity is as much a product of deliberate choice as it is of fate. What’s missing here is an emotional depth of field. It’s not just because the stakes in this novel are so much smaller. (In “Harry Potter,” the civil war was literally between good and evil; here, it is between petty, gossip-minded liberals and conservatives.) It’s that the characters in “The Casual Vacancy” feel so much less fully imagined than the ones in the Harry Potter epic.
There is Gavin, Fairbrother’s best friend, who turns out to be in love with his widow; Fairbrother’s opponent, the extravagantly obese Howard Mollison, who considers himself the First Citizen of Pagford; Krystal Weedon, a skanky girl from the projects, and her junkie mother, Terri; Krystal’s new social worker, Kay Bawden, who has recently moved to Pagford with her teenage daughter; the disaffected adolescent boys, Fats and Andrew; and a variety of local gossips and pot-stirrers. Such characters are drawn in brisk, broad strokes, and with little of the complex ambiguity that fueled the later Harry Potter installments. In fact, there is a vacancy deep in the heart of this novel.
We do not come away feeling that we know the back stories of the “Vacancy” characters in intimate detail the way we did with Harry and his friends and enemies, nor do we finish the novel with a visceral knowledge of how their pasts — and their families’ pasts — have informed their present lives. Of course, Ms. Rowling had seven volumes to map out the intricacies of the wizarding world in Harry Potter. The reader can only hope she doesn’t try to flesh out the Muggle world of Pagford in any further volumes, but instead moves on to something more compelling and deeply felt in the future.

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Book Review: “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho


“The Alchemist” is really an inspiring book. It is the story of an ordinary shepherd boy who was a dreamer and about how he comes to understand the truth about his dreams and his destiny. The book advises everyone to follow thier instincts, to follow their heart, to find their destiny. Inspite of the difficulties and struggles, the boy believes in his destiny and, as he follows his dreams, he begins to understand the language of this world – which takes him closer to his destiny.
The book really inspired me a lot. It made be believe that each one of us has a destiny, and the only thing for us to do to find it is to follow our heart. But then there is also a great factor apart from all this, that is, “maktub” – fate. This book is really special.
I liked this book because: it had something wonderful which inspired me a lot.

Book Review: The Old Man And His God by Sudha Murty

Sudha Murty does not need introductions. After years of hard work she has successfully established herself as a force to be reckoned with. She is also one of India’s most famous and industrious philanthropists working in the key areas of development where it is most required. She is also a celebrated writer who has authored many fiction as well as non-fiction works. In “The Old Man and His God” she reflects upon various instances, chance meetings and experiences which she came across during the course of her life. And just as the blurb claims, the book is a mix bag of stories collected from a lifetime of experiences which delves upon the various facets of human nature and in a way provides a true reflection to the souls of people of India.
Though there are many instances which are inspiring and eye catching, certain ones do leave a mark on the minds of the reader. One such chapter which most fascinated me was the one in which Murty writes about an incident which happened when she was on a trip to a holy monastery in Tibet. A very old woman came to her and kept on thanking her devotedly, Murty couldn’t imagine why the woman would want to thank her until her grandson told Murty that her grandmother was pleased that she has finally met an Indian, offspring of the land which offered shelter and hope to the their revered leader Dalai Lama. Since she hailed from such a holy country, she deserved her thanks.
Though there were many such anecdotes and instances, this one truly touched my soul. I also liked the chapter which documents her husband Narayan Murty’s tryst with life in the communist countries and how after that his views on communism changed forever. Each incident is covered by a single chapter and most of the chapters talk about experiences which she had while working as a philanthropist. The incidents touched upon various facets of human emotions – love, care, friendship, selflessness, greed, hunger, poverty, devotion, jealousy etc.
The writing style is good and keeps the reader engaged. The brevity of the chapters also helps in retaining the
attention span and makes the chapters much more interesting. However, succinctness of the chapters does not in any way take away the underlying message which the author so beautifully brings out through her extraordinary writing. All in all, the book is an excellent read and a very good travelling companion (especially when you are in desperate need of one!). I thus recommend, “The Old Man and His God” to all my readers and rate it three and a half out of five stars.

Inner Fire by R.L. Stedman

Inner Fire is a contemporary young adult novel with plenty of tension and a fantastic premise. Corinne Peterson, with a passion for fashion and desperate to do well in her fashion studies at school, has a genetic disorder, which means that she becomes full of raging heat and can, if sufficiently enraged or stressed, set things on fire!  This disorder has been passed down to her from her rather fabulous and bolshy grandmother.  She is basically a good kid but when a friend tries to drag her into being an accessory to a petty crime, all in aid of getting hold of the right fabric, it all goes horribly wrong.


The setting is London, where CCTV is all pervasive, where your every move is watched and where sometimes the people watching might not want the best for you.  Corrinne is spotted during an altercation in a shop and now it seems that she and her family are being spied upon by sinister men.  Corrinne is removed to her grandmothers house, something she is less than pleased about, but the situation is improved by the fact that the rather gorgeous Rowan is there.  Romance seems to be on the cards and this is new to Corrinne.  But of course it is complicated, tension rises and suspicions are ever present.  


I really enjoyed this book, read it in an afternoon and was fascinated by the disorder Malignant hyperpyrexia, and how difficult that would be to live with. Corrinne is an engaging character and Gran is someone I really wanted to meet.  

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory



    It's a super book . I enjoyed it very well . It's author is Roald Dahl . He had also written many other books . He is one of my favorite author . He was born on 13th September 1916 . He also made new words and gave this strange language an even stranger name - Gobblefunk . He has sisters named Astri , Alfhid , Else , Asta . His father is Harald and mother Sofie .First published in USA in 1964 . Illustated by Quentin Blake . He was born on 16th December 1932 . His first drawing was published when he was sixteen , and he has written and illustrated many of his own books , as well as Roald Dahl's . Roald Dahl wrote his books in a brick hut , which was built especially for him , on the edge of the orchard at Gipsy House .The original Charlie and the story was called Charie's Chocolate Boy . Even the visit to the chocolate factory wasn't very special - ther was one every Saturday . Roald Dahl rewrote it completely when his nephew said that she didn't like it at all . Try to read it , it's a wonderful book by Roald Dahl .


GEORGE'S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE


George's marvellous medicine is a wonderful book written by Roald Dahl. The author Roald Dahl is an England and had made many works such as Charlie and the chocolate Factory, The twits, B.F.G plays for children etc. The book is all about the story of a boy who had made a special medicine to his selfish grandmother which contains shampoo to Animal pills.  At first grandmother drinks it and she grows longer and longer. The main characters of the story is George Kranky, Mr. Killy kranky, Mrs. Kranky and the grandmother. I liked George and Mr. Kranky the most because their curiosity in making the medicine for the quick growth of animals so that it produce more milk,egg etc. . They makes three medicines but each doesn't work and at last when they make fourth medicine which makes smaller and grandma drinks the whole bottle and she becomes very small and she disappears. The book is interesting from the beginning to the end. The book is presented in a nice that it produce illustrations so it could be understood quickly . The book consist of 122 pages and I recommend this book to the 5th class to the 7th class. I enjoyed this book very much and I hope you will also enjoy this book.


Story name-Rocking Horse Winner
Author-D.H Lawrence

This is a short story. This is the story of a family which included father, mother, a son and two daughters who were unsuccessful with their family life. They felt that they never had enough money for the social position which they had to keep up and all of them heard the house whispering “there must be more money” even though nobody discussed these problems with each other. Their son Paul was unable to withstand such feelings and asked his mother the reason for such poor economic background and she said that her husband was unlucky. Since she married an unlucky man the whole family went unlucky and thus she related money with luck. The boy grew a greed for being lucky and earning money and the story tells us the way in which Paul made money but the end is sad. I insist everyone to read this short story.




Author: E.B. White
Summary: Charlotte’s Web opens the door to a magical world, which a young girl named Fern finds herself a part of. Fern spends her free time with Wilbur the pig whom she loves and the other barn animals who play a large part in the life of Wilbur. Charlotte A. Cavatica, the large grey spider, befriends Wilbur and helps him deal with the shocking news that his life will end as bacon on someone’s plate. Charlotte goes as far as coming up with an interesting plan that only this spider could carry out with the help of Templeton the rat (who never does anything unless there is something in it for himself) to help Wilbur escape death.
This book is especially good for first time readers who have taken the big jump from short stories to a real novel. It is easy reading and the talking animals captivate the young children.




In his latest book, What Young India Wants, Chetan Bhagat asks hard questions, demands answers and presents solutions for a better, more prosperous India. ABOUT THE BOOK Why do our students regularly commit suicide? Why is there so much corruption in India? Can t our political parties ever work together? Does our vote make any difference at all? We love our India, but shouldn t some things be different? All of us have asked these questions at some time or the other. So does Chetan Bhagat, India s most loved writer, in What Young India Wants, his first book of non-fiction. What Young India Wants is based on Chetan Bhagat s vast experience as a very successful writer and motivational speaker. In clear, simple prose, and with great insight, he analyses some of the complex issues facing modern India, offers solutions and invites discussion on them. And, at the end, he asks this important question: Unless we are all in agreement on what it is going to take to make our country better, how will things ever change? If you want to understand contemporary India, the problems that face it, and want to be a part of the solution, What Young India Wants is the book for you.



A COMMA IN A SENTENCE: EXTRAORDINARY CHANGE IN AN ORDINARY FAMILY OVER SIX GENERATIONS

In the early 1800s, in the small, sheltered village of Vilakkudi in the Tanjore district of Tamil Nadu, Ranganathan, a small-time landowner, was raising his children, at the time unaffected by British rule in India or upheavals in the rest of the world. As time passed, railways were built and newspapers appeared; isolated villages like Vilakkudi were exposed to social and cultural change. It is this transition that the author, Ranganathan’s great-great-great grandson, tries to trace through the story of his family.
Anecdotal and fascinating, A Comma in a Sentence includes the experiences of Ranganathan; of Ooshi, the author’s great grandfather, who was deeply concerned by the mismanagement of the great Madras famine by the British (an incidental benefit was that the family could earn a wee bit more out of paddy in those years); Gopalan, the author’s grandfather, who encouraged modern school education for his children; Rajam, the author’s father, whose generation moved to the cities for the first time to find work in colonial Calcutta; and R. Gopalakrishnan himself, whose generation was the first to attend college and whose children—the present generation—were fortunate to study in universities like Stanford and Harvard.
Told in lucid, insightful prose, this story provides a microcosmic view of the societal changes India has seen over the past two hundred years.


CHILDREN’S OMNIBUS VOLUME 2

For over six decades now, Ruskin Bond has been entertaining and touching the lives of countless readers, young and old, with his stories, novels and poems.Children’s Omnibus: Volume 2 brings together the best of his stories for young readers. Included here are old favourites like ‘The School among the Pines’ and ‘The Night the Roof Blew Off’, as well as lesser-known anecdotes such as the hilarious ‘My Failed Omelettes and Other Disasters’ and the heart-warming ‘Adventures in Reading’.
A selection of his charming, whimsical poetry for children, also included in this volume, makes this book a truly enchanting read.
Funny, thoughtful, nostalgic and uplifting, Children’s Omnibus: Volume 2 is a treat for children and adults alike.


THE NEW CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS

A compelling amalgam of new writing and published essays by Minhaz Merchant,The New Clash of Civilizations offers deep and stimulating insights into how the contest between four major civilizational forces—the United States, China, India and Islam—will shape our century. The historic shift in the economic and geopolitical balance of power from the West to the East, Merchant writes, will determine the ideas and principles that govern this unfolding century.
Divided into six distinct sections—History, Nation, World, Leaders, Science & Society, and Vintage—the book provides an original perspective on a dynamic nation coming to terms with itself and the world. In politics and science, history and economics, India’s place in an increasingly competitive global order—and its interaction with the other three major civilizational strands—forms a cornerstone of the book’s narrative.
Broad in sweep and range, The New Clash of Civilizations is a lucid and brilliant account of the ebb and flow of power in the twenty-first century.


INDIA AT RISK: MISTAKES, MISCONCEPTIONS AND MISADVENTURES OF SECURITY POLICY

‘…a treasure house of views and opinions on all relevant matters that concern our national security needs.’—Marshal of the Indian Air Force, Arjan Singh
‘I recommend this strongly for those who wish to understand a major and vital strand of thinking that will influence Indian policies for years to come.’—Stephen Cohen
Experience over sixty-six years of independence reveals that India has failed when confronted with challenges to national security, external or internal. The challenges have been comprehensive, but the response consistently amateurish.
Why, asks Jaswant Singh. Is it on account of conceptual fault lines or fractures in governance? Both, says Jaswant Singh, ably laying bare the challenges, responses and the consequences of failing to reach the goal of credible defence and security in independent India.
Having directly handled the responsibility of managing a whole series of security-related challenges, Jaswant Singh provides a uniquely informed and illuminating analysis of the major challenges that India has faced over the last sixty-six years: the conflicts, the issues, and the consequences that remain with us today. How does it look in the first quarter of the 21st century?

THE RACE OF MY LIFE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Milkha Singh has led a life dominated by running, running, running… From a boy who narrowly escaped death during Partition (most of his family was not so lucky), to a juvenile delinquent who stole and outran the police, to a young Army recruit who ran his very first race to win special privileges for himself (a daily glass of milk). After that first race, Milkha Singh became an athlete by default. And what followed was the stuff legends are made of.
In this remarkably candid autobiography, Milkha Singh shares the amazing highs of winning India’s first ever gold in athletics at the Commonwealth Games, the unbridled joy of being hailed as the ‘Flying Sikh’ in Pakistan, as well as the shattering low of failure at the Olympics.
Simple yet ambitious, famous yet grounded, Milkha Singh was a man who defined his own destiny and remained committed to running. And yet, remarkably for a man whose life was dominated by sports, he continues to remain disillusioned with the way sports is run…
Powerful and gripping, The Race of My Life documents the journey of an impoverished refugee who rose to become one of the most towering figures in Indian sports.

  THE ALCHEMIST BY PAULO COELHO

The Alchemist is a very beautiful book written by Paulo Coelho. It is an international bestseller with over 30 million copies sold worldwide and translated into 63 languages. This lead me to select the book as my first read after the exams. The copy that I read was published by Harper Collins publishers. The 161 pages of this book are saturated with magic, dreams, fantasy, quest and adventure.

The protagonist of this story is an Andalusian shepherd boy called Santiago. He had a great love for travelling. A strange dream led him to realize his destiny. From his home in Spain, he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and then to the Egyptian deserts. On his way he encounters with many people such as the king of Salem, the crystal merchant, the Englishman, Fatima and the Alchemist. The novel narrates about his quest for the extravagant treasure and the tests that God gives him. How to handle these tests without giving up is clearly given in the book.  Moreover, I liked the language very much, with many beautiful quotes. Some of the most inspiring ones which I found interesting are –
“When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him into places that he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.”
“The desert is a capricious lady, and sometimes she drives men crazy.”
“Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.”
“The darkest hour of the night came just before the dawn.”

The Alchemist is a must read for all (maybe 13+ age group). Simply because this isn't a book of mere fantasy or fairy tale, it contains great messages which will surely enhance your life.






An Inspirational Journey: Pratibha Devisingh Patil –
The First Woman President of India
By
Rasika Chaube & Chhaya Mahajan
This work is an attempt to understand the life and works of the first President of India. Pratibha Patil’s life has been eventful and surely inspirational.
Breaking the chains that shackled women to homes, Tai, as Pratibha is fondly called, went on to excel in academics, plunged into social work and propelled into politics. Starting her political career as an MLA at the age of 27 Pratibha Patil went on serve in various positions in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and then later as member of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha. After a short sabbatical she came back as Governor of Rajasthan and then finally elected as President of India.
In simple language the authors trace Pratibha Patil’s political career and her personal life. The first part of the book is about her rise as political leader and also as a person. It is replete with interesting anecdotes, lesser known snippets like her passion for playing the harmonium and becoming a table tennis champion. Her personal life is also brought out vividly with some heart-warming observations about her husband Dr. Devisingh and her children.
The second part of the book provides a glimpse into her political career covering the debates, arguments, reasoning advocated by her during her stint in the Vidhan Sabha; her decisions and rulings as Rajya Sabha member, questions she raised at the Lok Sabha and the proposals she initiated as Governor.
The foreword by Dr. Manmohan Singh, messages by N. K. P. Salve and Vasant Sathe make interesting reading.
The book is easy to read and has a lavish spread of photographs both from her personal collection and some from her political album. However, a little more attention and imagination should have gone into writing the captions. Some of them like ‘site-seeing in London’ are a let down, while the others are simply boring.






Anne Frank, the German Jewish girl who dreamt of becoming a great writer some day. Anne Frank’s diary is the diary that conquered thousands of young and old readers’ mind alike. 
Anne Frank was born on 12th June 1929 as the daughter of Otto and Edith Frank. they were forced to leave Germany and settle in Holland due to Nazi invasions. a diary, which she got as a present on her third birthday wrote a new epic.
Anne Frank, a girl who loved to talk, dream and write. Her life had a turning point when her sister Margot Frank received a call letter from a concentration camp. During 1940′s the Jews Were humiliated, tortured and restricted from almost everything due to Hitler’s autocracy. Jews were even taken to a concentration camps where a series of torturing Jews were practiced. Thousands of people were killed in gas chambers. So the Frank family went into hiding. Anne named their secret hide-out above Frank’s office as Secret Annex. With the help of some good Christian friends they survived in the Secret Annex. The Voan Dan family & a man named Dr Dussel were invited to be the inhabitants of the Annexe. Life in the Annex was not too easy. Even a small sound made by them could give away their secret.
Amidst all this worries the members of the Annex did not try to be happy. There were constant quarrels among them. Always Anne was criticized. Anne made herself happy by criticizing almost everyone and everything in her diary, Kitty. Not having anyone to talk, Anne chooses Peter, son of Voan Doan, as a companion. But Anne’s father advised her to give up her affair with Peter. Months passed and on 12th August 1944 the Nazi captured the residents of Annex.
Everyone was took to Oyster concentration camp. Anne died on March 1946 due to typhus disease. Only Otto Frank survived this disaster. When he reached the Annex what he received was some letters written to kitty by Anne. He published these letters and now it is the second biggest bestseller in the world after Bible.
Anne Frank was a girl who had unusual courage. She had her own dreams and views. She wanted to be respected by herself. Above all she had the best weapon in her hand: Her Pen. She criticized almost everything she could in her letters.
Anne had a great dream to become a great writer and live after her death. And so did she, she became a great writer and still eternal in our hearts even after her heath. She will be immortal for ever.




 Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, they become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life’s adventures, endure loss, face stark realities, and open their hearts. In this moving novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey—full of tests and trials—as three boys and two girls discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime.

FRIENDS FOREVER
 
Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy, and Sean—each bursting with their own personality, strikingly different looks and talents, in sports, science, and the arts. Each drawn by the magical spark of connection that happens to the young. At the exclusive Atwood School, on a bright September day, starting in kindergarten they become an inseparable group known to outsiders as the Big Five. In this rarefied world, five families grow closer, and five children bloom beside one another, unaware of the storms gathering around them.

As they turn from grade-schoolers to teenagers, seemingly perfect lives are buffeted by unraveling families, unfortunate missteps, and losses and victories great and small. And, one by one, they turn back to the Big Five to regain their footing and their steady course. But as they emerge from Atwood and enter the college years, the way forward is neither safe nor clear. As their lives separate and diverge, the challenges and risks become greater, the losses sharper, and the right paths harder to choose, in a journey of friendship, survival, and love.

In what may be her most intricate and emotionally powerful novel yet, Danielle Steel tells a heart-wrenching, ultimately triumphant story that spans decades, weaves together a vivid cast of characters, and captures the challenges we face in life—sometimes, if we’re lucky, with a friend forever by our side





 In Danielle Steel’s thrilling new novel, a renowned film director confronts an act of unimaginable treachery—and the first devastating blow will not be the last.

BETRAYAL

At thirty-nine, Tallie Jones is a Hollywood legend. Her work as a film director is her passion and the center of her life; one after another, her award-winning productions achieve the rare combination of critical and commercial success. With no interest in the perks of her profession or the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles, Tallie maintains close and loving relationships with her college-age daughter and her aging father, and has a happy collaboration with Hunter Lloyd, her respected producing partner, confidant, and live-in lover. Rounding out the circle and making it all work is Brigitte Parker, Tallie’s devoted personal assistant. Friends since film school, they are a study in contrasts, with Brigitte’s polished glamour balancing Tallie’s artless natural beauty, and her hard-driving, highly organized style a protective shield for Tallie’s casual, down-to-earth approach.

As Tallie is in the midst of directing the most ambitious film she has yet undertaken, small disturbances begin to ripple through her well-ordered world. An outside audit reveals troubling discrepancies in the financial records maintained by Victor Carson, Tallie’s longtime, trusted accountant. Mysterious receipts hint at activities of which she has no knowledge. Soon it becomes clear that someone close to Tallie has been steadily funneling away enormous amounts of her money. In the wake of an escalating series of shattering revelations, Tallie will find herself playing the most dangerous game of all—to trap a predator stalking her in plain sight.

In this riveting novel, Danielle Steel reveals the dark side of fame and fortune. At the same time, she brilliantly captures a woman’s will to navigate a minefield of hurt and loss—toward a new beginning.



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