Book Review: Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel

  • ISBN: 978-1509860661
  • Genre: Fiction / Drama
  • Publishers: Pan MacMillan
  • Price: Rs.399/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
Dangerous Games is a gripping story of family, ambition and power by bestselling phenomenon, Danielle Steel.

Alix Phillips is a successful TV news journalist always willing to put herself on the frontline for her job. All that matters is getting the story. After great loss in her early life, Alix struggles to let anyone get too close. The only people she has allowed to get close to her are her mother, Isabelle - their bond is so strong that it crosses oceans - and her nineteen-year-old daughter, Faye. And Ben, her friend and cameraman. Neither of them fears death - it's love that is more terrifying.

When Alix's boss suspects a major political scandal in the White House involving the Vice-President, he sends Alix to uncover the truth. This story could blow the corridors of power wide open and this time Alix is feeling the heat. But then she receives some devastating news which helps her to put her life in perspective and find out what is truly important to her.

For someone who was never scared, Alix now realizes that the time has come to play some very Dangerous Games.

Behind the Book

About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Property of a Noblewoman, Blue, Precious Gifts, Undercover, Country, Prodigal Son, Pegasus, A Perfect Life and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; and the children's books Pretty Minnie in Paris and Pretty Minnie in Hollywood. Danielle is famous for her powerfully emotional and inspirational stories about family, life and love. Her novels will be enjoyed by readers of Jodi Picoult, Penny Vincenzi and Diane Chamberlain.

Me thinks

Let me first confess something before I start the review : Though I have heard a lot about the author, this is my first read by her. (**gulp** Personally I believe a first read has its own pros more than the cons. The biggest pro being you read the book without any expectations and hence are seldom disappointed because your mind doesn't immediately start comparing with a particular book of the author you enjoyed reading more.)

Coming to the review, I would like to first comment on the beautiful cover of the book. It tells a story of its own, immensely powerful in itself it compels a reader to pick the book and unravel the mystery held within those pages. Added to the fact that the book, does perfect justice to the air of mystery created by the cover with its tight story line and extremely affable characters brought to life by the author.

I was told that primarily Ms. Steel writes romance and that is what she does best. But when I read this book I found a good amount of thrill mixed with liberal doses of romance and yet it was an amazing read. From the word go she had my attention and till the end she managed to hold it on. Due to its plot the story can be labelled as a whodunnit but when you read it you realise that is if far from being just that. It is about love, loss, tragedy, mystery, romance, travel, professionalism, patriotism and above all being righteous.

The author has shown us the life of a TV reporter and what is interesting is that the snippets dealing with this aspect don't sound like research or drab narrative. She has managed to entwine it into the storyline so well that it fits the plot perfectly making it a smooth entertaining read. After finishing the book I can easily claim to have developed a huge crush on Alix. She is someone I enjoyed knowing through the author's words and at the end of it, it felt as if she was a friend, about whom I was immensely proud of for all that she was.The book has some amazing twists and turns in the plot which makes it exciting for a reader.  Un-put-downable is the word for it. I had to finish all the tasks before I started reading it because I knew that once I start I wont be able to put it down. Call it weird, but the cover seemed to call out to me!

With this book I proudly join the already long list of Daniele Steel fans and now want to get to read all her previous works till I can lay my hands on her next.

Strongly recommended, this one is a read that will not only entertain you but also warm the cockles of your heart!

Foodie Verdict

This book is like Beetroot Halwa - unique, different and yet has the sweetness retained which makes you nostalgic.

Source: Archana's Kitchen

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