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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vision (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446607207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446607209
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Meet Ashley Patterson, the brainy, babelicious "computer whiz" and confused heroine of Tell Me Your Dreams. Although she has a cushy job at Global Computer Graphics, a fast-growing start-up in Silicon Valley, her life falls short of fulfilling. She's lonely, shy, and absolutely convinced she's being stalked. What's worse, the only sympathetic ear around is her father, Dr. Patterson, the heartless heart surgeon, who has the charm of an electric eel and the compassion of a tarantula. Given her options, Ashley looks to the heavens for support and offers up an ultimatum to the Almighty: "I'll make a deal with you, God. If it doesn't rain, it means that everything is all right, that I've been imagining everything." Of course, it starts raining buckets just paragraphs later, setting off a car alarm of an omen about our computer cutie's fate.

Enter Toni Prescott and Alette Peters. They both work with Ashley at Global Computer Graphics, but the similarities end there. Toni is a saucy, British vixen with a penchant for Internet dating and discotheques. La bella Italiana Alette, on the other hand, is a wannabe artist who prefers quiet, dreamy weekends with beefcake painters. Reminiscent of junior high school, Toni and Alette do their best to keep Ashley out of their cool clique, but find it difficult when a string of murders irrevocably binds them together. Based on a true story and laden with realistic details--not to mention a whopper of an ending--Tell Me Your Dreams is vintage Sheldon. However, there is one necessary caveat: avoid moviegoer types who insist on telling you the entire plot before you have a chance to see it. You should be doing this anyway, but take extra care with this book. Once the surprise ending is blown, so is the fun in reading it. --Rebekah Warren --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Perennial bestseller Sheldon (The Best Laid Plans) doesn't get under the reader's skin here as he does at his best, even though he weaves together many of his time-tested elements?childhood horror and its consequences; lust and murder as bedfellows; a pretty, hapless heroine; good men in the legal and medical professions trying to undo the wrongs done by others. Despite gory crime scene depictions, the old master, uncharacteristically, has left out the suspense and the layers of feeling. We finger the serial murderer all too quickly, just as we know before we know that Ashley's creepy physician father, Steven, abused her as a child. We never doubt that goodhearted lawyer David Singer will convince hostile judge Tessa Williams that, yes, multiple personality disorder happens, and that, morally and legally, it separates the doer from the deed. Nor is it any surprise that psychiatrist Gilbert Keller, spurred on by personal as well as professional longings, takes Allison apart and puts her back together the right way?or does he? A prefatory sentence says the novel is based on real cases. Maybe so, but one wishes that the authentic details had been told with genuine passion. Literary Guild main selection.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

A very clean book, Very well written and gripping till the end.
Elizabeth Sam Philip ( designer@md2.vsnl.net.in)
If he makes millions with writing books, you'd think he can afford editors that do better work than that.
H.Tj. Heeringa
Being a first time reader of Sidney Sheldon I was very impressed with his work.
Miyuki

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By jeffrey gross on August 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
For years, Sidney Sheldon has entertained us with his masterful story-telling. From "The Other Side of Midnight," to "A Stranger in the Mirror," "Bloodline," "Rage of Angels," "Master of the Game," "If Tomorrow Comes," and "Memories of Midnight." However, then Mr. Sheldon's novel began to faulter. His stories were weak, often sketchy and his characters lacked any substantial depth - all of which culminated in last years novel, "The Best Laid Plans" which appeared to show Mr. Sheldon as a writer that only cared about selling books because of his name as that novel showed no character development and interjected surprise elements purely for shock value which had nothing to do with the story. It is with great enthusiasm that I can say Mr. Sheldon is back with, "Tell Me Your Dreams." This novel tells the story of 3 women - Ashley, Toni and Alette - all of whom are suspected of committing a series of brutal murders. As their stories are told, the truths begin to unfold resulting in a suspensful, engrossing read. The pages rapidly turn while the heat beats quickly. This is vintage Mr. Sheldon as he shows us he can create well-developed characters and surprising plot developments. Once again I am looking forward to the next Sidney Sheldon novel and I am glad to be able to say he is "the master of the game."
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kona VINE VOICE on November 12, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a big fan of Sidney Sheldon, I was disappointed in "Tell Me Your Dreams," which is quite different in style from his early best sellers. The typical Sheldon novel is about a strong, beautiful, and independent young woman who overcomes countless crises on the way to true love. The heroine of this story, Ashley Patterson, is weak, nervous, and overwhelmed by her fears. Five men have been murdered and mutilated, and Ashley is the chief suspect. A brassy English woman and a meek Italian artist are somehow involved.

After some confusing early chapters, and a myriad of characters that never developed, the plot twist was obvious. I kept waiting for the page-turning excitement, so typical of Sheldon, to start, but it never did. The middle of the book bogs down in an incredibly slow-moving trial and many events are just unrealistic. The author tries to write a scientific-based story about a medical condition, but it comes off as shallow and pointless. A very disappointing novel from a great writer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "kaia_espina" on February 7, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If I could have given this less than one star, I would have. It isn't just a story that falls flat--it's a story that was in bad taste before it was even set to paper. Yes, yes, I know that the novel has a powerful message that is helping to end child abuse and create more understanding of Multiple Personality Disorder. My point is that it is too obviously preachy--and Sheldon is not good with that. Probably the worst part of this book is his attempt to psychoanalyze and help Ashley, his tortured protagonist. (What a sad, pathetic protagonist she makes, too!) Though Sheldon has created a lot of psychos, he has never taken their psyches apart before--and this lack of practice is woefully apparent. (For a real psycho, one who was not used to create sympathy but to tell a great story, read "Master of the Game".) In my opinion, Sheldon did not write this novel for his readers. He wrote it for a cause. It is a noble cause, yes--which is why there is information at the end of the book for those who want to help--but I have to wonder if Sheldon has run out of real ideas, which is why he is turning to causes for inspiration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've been a huge Sheldon fan for many years so was eager to read Tell Me Your Dreams. It is hard to believe he wrote this shallow work with its cardboard characters and total lack of detail. I finally began just skimming it because it was so predictable and devoid of substance. Come on, Mr. Sheldon - you owe us one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Randy on February 25, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sidney Sheldon's Tell Me Your Dreams is entrancing as all of his books are. But this book also had a special touch. Ashley Patterson has a constant feeling that someone is stalking her. And in the meanwhile, 5 brutal crimes occur and her name is tied in with these murders and two other women Toni Prescott and Alette Peters. Ashley becomes notorious and known to all as the Butcher B**ch, and it is the duty of a brilliant young lawyer with his entire future at stake to try and clear her name from the charges. But it will be difficult since Ashley's DNA and fingerprints were found at all murder scenes. For many, it was an open-and-shut case. But early in the story, a dangerous secret about Ashley is revealed and its ramifications are slowly unraveled throughout the story. Some people called the book predictable, but I would say that in most books, the end can always be predicted but it is in how this climax is reached where the great thrill lies. And Sidney Sheldon performed that part brilliantly, dazzling the reader endlessly and at the same time discussing a fascinating and controversial subject that remains the source of heated debate among psychologists and psychiatrists. This is one powerful read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terry A. Benedict-Devine on June 4, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Multiple personality disorder is the subject of this Sheldon work and it is nothing short of outstanding. The story centers around the character of serene Ashley Patterson, 28 year old graphic artist at a company called Global Computer Graphics. Toni Prescott is 22 years old with a powerful desire to stir things up and live on the edge. Alette Peters is a low-key type personality always trying to keep Toni from blowing up but in the end, giving into whatever Toni says. As the story unfolds and Ashley's memory takes on more and more black holes, the reader realizes that this is a dire situation, involving murder, that may be next to impossible to correct. Sheldon takes us deep into the minds of the three personalities and keeps us on the edge of our seats to see "what happens next," never knowing who will prevail. In the words of a familiar children's song, "pop! goes the weasel" - you'll have to read the book to understand the real meaning of this phrase.
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More About the Author

Best known today for his exciting blockbuster novels, Sidney Sheldon is the author of The Best Laid Plans, Nothing Lasts Forever, The Stars Shine Down, The Doomsday Conspiracy, Memories of Midnight, The Sands of Time, Windmills of the Gods, If Tomorrow Comes, Master of the Game, Rage of Angels, Bloodline, A Stranger in the Mirror, and The Other Side of Midnight. Almost all have been number-one international bestsellers. His first book, The Naked Face, was acclaimed by the New York Times as "the best first mystery of the year" and received an Edgar Award. Most of his novels have become major feature films or TV miniseries, and there are more than 275 million copies of his books in print throughout the world.

Before he became a novelist, Sidney Sheldon had already won a Tony Award for Broadway's Redhead and an Academy Award for The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer. He has written the screenplays for twenty-three motion pictures, including Easter Parade (with Judy Garland) and Annie Get Your Gun. In addition, he penned six other Broadway hits and created three long-running television series, including Hart to Hart and I Dream of Jeannie, which he also produced. A writer who has delighted millions with his award-winning plays, movies, novels, and television shows, Sidney Sheldon reigns as one of the most popular storytellers of all time.

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