Book Review: Sidney Sheldon’s Angel of the Dark by Tilly Bagshawe

EtherealJinxed|Book Review | Sidney Sheldon's Angel of the Dark by Tilly Bagshawe

Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Book Name: Angel of the Dark
Author: Tilly Bagshawe
Pages: 389
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins

A Sidney Sheldon book after long, or not? Written by Tilly Bagshawe on the basis of notes left by him, the book is an intriguing tale of suspense and murders committed by a serial killer. Even though some gave this book rave reviews, there are various gaps which a Sidney Sheldon-book usually does not have. No doubt the storyline is typical Sheldon style. However, I personally found the book lacking in several aspects – story, cast, and layout, but how much that’s for you to decide. And if you figure out or find an interview by Ms. Bagshawe where finally she discloses the conclusion, please do let me know!

*spoilers ahead, especially the end; my conclusion*
According to me, Matt met the same fate like the old rich guys who abandoned their wife and kid.
1. The male who died was of age 32, approximately same age as him.
2. The man who died was named as Carlos Hernandes, same as that of the old guard who had helped Lisa escape. And Matt had needed new identity to escape detection from his family.
3. When Matt recuperated from rehabilitation center, it was the remaking of him. Probably, before he would have been incapable of leaving his wife but now he could have done anything when it came to Sofia.

Or, simply the author missed out mentioning the correct age of Carlos Hernandes. This has led to the misunderstanding since Henry was an old guard who was already head over heels. It’s said in the book that like Matt, he would have never forgotten her and Sofia killed him removing the last link from real world.

In both the above conclusions, Sofia was guilty after all – the “Angel of Death”, the characteristics already scattered in the book. For example, Frankie had asked Sofia to slaughter the fourth guy when he himself could have done it very comfortably. It gave a glimpse that probably Sofia derived pleasure in doing this since it was an instigator in Frankie, her husband who always avoided closeness with her. She, in a different instance, uses the word “I” (“I wasn’t aroused”) in courtroom clearly showing there was no MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder) in her case.

There are several other loopholes as well, but let’s end my review here only!

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
An elusive and shadowy killer is on the prowl, code named the Angel of Death.

When an elderly multi-millionaire is found brutally murdered in Hollywood, and his young wife raped and beaten, the police assume the motive is robbery. Unable to find the perpetrators, the case is soon closed.

A decade later, in different cities around the globe, three almost identical killings take place.In all cases the victim is elderly male, wealthy, and newly married. Again his wife is found severely injured at the scene.

At first it is thought they might be copycat killings but it soon becomes clear that this is one deadly female killer. Code named the Angel of Death by the police, is she avenging some long-forgotten misdeed, or does she have other motives? Who will be her next victim, and how can the Angel of Death be prevented from striking again?

About the author:
Tilly Bagshawe is the international bestselling author of nine novels. As a journalist, Tilly contributed regularly to the Sunday Times, Daily Mail and Evening Standard before turning her hand to novels. Tilly’s first book, Adored, was a smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic and she hasn’t looked back since. She divides their time between their homes in Kensington and Los Angeles and their beach house on Nantucket Island.

Rating: 7/10

About Alka

Trying to just make some sense out of things and put some sense into me!! :) :) :)

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