After the Darkness - by Tilly Bagshawe and Sidney Sheldon
Luckily I have never read a Sydney Sheldon book so I have nothing to compare it to. Especially since there is another writer taking over at this time. My review won't be biased at all. It's a fabulous book for this genre, really! If you liked Olivia Goldsmith and her books, especially "Young Wives" or "Pen Pals", if you like Linda Howard and her book "Son of the Morning", or other novels about women on the run, women betrayed by family and friends, books about the wealthy losing it all, then this is going to be right up your alley!
This is a perfectly yummy book just chock filled with everything that makes this a superb vacation read/beach read. We have Grace Brookstein our protagonist and total star of this novel. She is naive, gentle, well bred and kind. We then have Lenny her rich much older husband, who really doesn`t have that big of a part!. There is a bevy of secondary characters that are so mean and evil; you just want to do evil to them yourself. There is a delicious mystery and enough twists and turns in the plot to make you feel as if you were doing the twist. And the climax? Wow, I must say that I truthfully didn't see it coming...I was hoping for this sort of ending, but I didn't think the author had enough nerve to try this but she did and it WORKED!
One of the most satisfying endings that I've read in a long time.