The Dark Side by Danielle Steel #bookreview #thriller #suspense #drama

Title: The Dark Side

Author: Danielle Steel

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publication Date: August 27, 2019

Page Count: 288

My rating: 5 stars

About the book:

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.


Danielle Steel is one of those iconic authors that I have been reading for years and years and now find myself lucky enough to be sent review copies to continue that tradition. With such a huge catalog of material one might expect for things to get stale along the way but as my  rating should indicate that was far from the case.

The Dark Side was a pretty good  title for this latest novel since it’s definitely not a smiley contemporary or looking for love type of book this time around. When we join Zoe Morgan and start reading her story we learn of her tragic background and losing her sister as a child which strained her relationship with her parents. Now Zoe is going to  be a parent herself but is she ready for that?

I don’t really want to say anymore on what this one is about other than all the boundaries of motherhood and parenting get tested. It’s normal for me to fly right through a Danielle Steel novel however this one took “page turner” to another level with the psychological suspense keeping me on the edge of my seat. My internal voice argued all the way wondering just how things would work out, what a ride.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

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 Dangerous Games, The Mistress, The Award, Rushing Waters, Magic, The Apartment, Property of a Noblewoman, 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; Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved; and the children’s books Pretty Minnie in Paris and Pretty Minnie in Hollywood.

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