But these things find her when she accepts a last-minute assignment to fly to London at Christmas and photograph one of the world's most celebrated writers - an Irish-American author known for novels of thrilling literary darkness.
To Hope's surprise, Finn O'Neill exudes warmth and a boyish charm. Enormously successful, he is a perfect counterpoint to Hope's quiet, steady grace - and he's taken instantly by her. He courts her as no one ever has before, whisking her away to his palatial, isolated Irish estate.
Hope finds it all, and him, irresistible. But soon cracks begin to appear in his stories: gaps in his history, lies and bouts of jealousy unnerve her. Suddenly Hope is both in love and suspicious, caring and deeply in doubt, and ultimately frightened of the man she loves.
Alone, thousands of miles from home, her mind is reeling. Is it possible that this adoring, attentive man - like the characters in his novels - is hiding something even worse? The spell cast by a brilliant sociopath has her trapped in his web, too confused and dazzled to escape, as he continues to tighten his grip on her.
©2009 Danielle Steel; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"Much better than expected"
This book actually had some depth which is a little unusual for this author I really enjoyed it. I felt like I learned something reading.It is one that I would listen to again and again. I felt like it was much better than I was expecting. I was expecting a readable but very shallow book and I actually got something that was very readable but with some depth and I would very highly recommend this one.
The main character's first photo session.
I didn't feel that this book should've been read by man. It's a woman story. I would love to have heard it read by one of the good women narrators, like CJ Critt or Barbara Rosenblatt -but not a man. It is a woman's story and it should be read by woman. I don't think that the narration did anything for the story. He'd be fine reading a John Grisham or something that is about a man, he's fine narrator.
I was moved when the character continued to go back even when things weren't the way they should be. That was a very real emotion and it was very moving.
Reading about a sociopath was very interesting I think that we meet them every day and reading this book could help us to recognize certain behaviors. I found that some of the behavior was a bit like is used by cult leaders. I believe, I've heard it called love bombing.
"I heard you the first time"
The book could be cut by at least 1/4 if Danielle Steele would quit repeating herself and stating the obvious. It did not change the story line to tell me 4 times that authors don't pay income tax in Ireland. Her writing was good enough that I understood the emotion or implication but the next sentence spelled it out as if I have no understanding of English. I don't remember her writing being so redundant but I will remember now to steer clear of Danielle Steele.
This was the worst audio book I have ever listened too. The last Danielle Steele book I read was over 20 years ago and now I remember why.
Anyone, he was laughable. He reminded me of Peterman on Seinfeld. I still don't understand why a man was telling this woman's story.
I would cut out every other line of the book, it would not have made a difference because it was so repetitive
"Loved it!! Keep me up all night listening!!"
I loved the character Hope in this book. This book is so realistic because it shows how even a smart, independent woman like her can be fooled by a smooth talking sociopath! Danielle Steel is so current and up with today's times because there are men and women out there today that are extremely smart and cunning and dangerous and she shows us that we shouldn't be afraid to love but also keep our eyes open and aware and "watch our back" so to speak! Loved it and think it's a must read for anyone whether you are just entering the dating scene or back into it! She gives us brilliantly smart insight through these realistically believable characters. Danielle Steel has either done remarkable research or has known someone who has gone through something like this. Great work Ms. Steel and keep the work coming! You're one of my favorite authors!!
"Another disappointment from Steel"
As Ms. Steel continues to pump out her novels, the quality has steadily declined. I have found her last several books to be shallow and predictable, with very sloppy endings. I find this heroine to be weak and could we say slightly stupid. No one is that naive, certainly not a woman in her 40's. I wish Ms. Steel could go back and write the way she did 20 years ago. Those early novels were spellbinding. It's a shame they are not available on Audible.
"Matters of the Heart"
A story of a very controlling man and the woman who loved him until his control almost took her life.
"Perfect Portrayal of a Psychopath"
This book gives a crystal cleat psychological portrait of a psychopath. Everyone should learn about them since 1 on every 100 people has psychopathic traits. The book provides a life lesson through this well written thriller.
"Not a romance novel"
I was expecting the typical romance. Instead I felt stress throughout the book. It says something for DS that I was that emotionally disturbed by the storyline. The problem for me was that I did not want a dark story.
"The Heart heals"
great story line, fantastic narrator showed passion, concern could feel the love threw narrator voice.
"7 attempts to force myself to get into this."
I'm kind of a Danielle Steel fan, but some of hers, like this one, are simply flat
his monotone gave no help to the already tedious nature of the 'story' line
Perhaps if I made it to 1/2 way, and SOMETHING...anything happened
"Very disappointing read"
I was looking for a nice, relaxing listen, but found this book very repetitive, boring and a complete waste of time and money. I would not recommend this book, and if possible would rate it zero stars.
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