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Are You Afraid of the Dark?
By Sidney Sheldon
Reviewed by Sheldon Ztvordokov - April 11, 2005
Are you afraid of the dark? If you're not already, after reading this book, you might be - well, not really. Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a tongue-in-cheek thriller about two luscious women who have teamed up to thwart the efforts of an unknown assassin, who just happens to be out to kill them. Diverting and fast-paced, though not very scary, thriller.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? is from the pen of the award winning, and prolific writer, Sidney Sheldon. In this tale, disparate people around the world begin to die. At first glance, there is nothing unusual in this, people die every day. However, investigations into these cases soon uncover the fact that at least four of these deaths, and possibly a number of missing person cases, are related - with four of the dead being members of the Kingsley International Group (KIG), an international think tank.
Two of the dead left behind widows who find that they are being hunted by an unknown killer. These two women, Kelly Harris and Diane Stevens must work together to stay alive - and to discover why anyone would want them dead. Both these women are young and beautiful, and both were married to men who worked for KIG. Initially, they are aided by Tanner Kingsley, the head of KIG and their husbands' former boss. However, he soon gives them cause to question his motives - and they are right to do so. Unbeknownst to them, Tanner is bent upon dominating the world - by taking control of the Earth's weather.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? offers readers a rather carefree romp through a dark and steamy world filled with devious geniuses, ruthless killers, and fast-paced clashes between Diane and Kelly and those trying to kill them. The story is intense and the plot line engrossing, but overall, the suspense was never really believable, and the women got out of their scrapes far too easily. Nonetheless, I greatly enjoyed reading this book, and it is perfect reading material for a plane trip, vacation, or other endeavor when all you really need, or want, is some light, entertaining, reading matter to squander a few hours on.
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