20 March, 2017

#BookReview :: Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel tears down the walls of power at the heart of the White House in the thrilling Dangerous Games.

Television correspondent Alix Phillips dodges bullets and breaks rules to bring the most important news to the world. With her daughter in college, and working alongside cameraman Ben Chapman, an ex-Navy Seal, Alix exhilarates in the risks and whirlwind pace of her work. But her latest assignment puts her at the center of an explosive story that will reshape many lives, including her own: investigating damning allegations involving the vice president of the United States, Tony Clark.

Alix starts with a nationally revered woman who may be the key to exposing frightening secrets. Olympia Foster is the fragile, reclusive widow of America's most admired senator, who had been destined for the presidency before an assassin's bullet felled him. Since then, Olympia has found emotional support in Clark, who once wanted her as his wife and now stands as her protector and confidant. When Alix begins to dig deeper, federal agents pick up the trail. Then the threats begin.

As the stakes rise in this dangerous game, Alix needs Ben's help as never before. Soon they realize they are grappling with an adversary far more sinister than they had imagined . . .


I read a Danielle Steel book after a gap of maybe about a year and it was like discovering the author’s works all over again.

Alix Phillips is a reporter with a passion for her job. She gets into dangerous situations in search of truth and then reporting it back. With Ben by her side, she launches an investigation looking into the life of one of the most powerful and influential person in the country. At first it seems like she is the only person who believes that this man has something bad to hide. But the deeper she digs in, the more dirt she uncovers. With threatening letters being sent to her, will Alix be able to complete what she started? Or will she give in?

I loved the narrative and the backdrop of the book. Set in a couple of different places, the book provides a kind of diversity. Along with that, I did enjoy the character of the protagonist. A strong woman who is passionate about what she does and takes on challenges. There are couple more character who the readers might find interesting as well. There’s an element of misfortune and heartbreak in the book though the author’s usual flair for heart-tugging emotions were missing. While the element kind of worked in getting me invested in the book, it wasn’t that hard hitting. The plot though was pretty straightforward and the surprise element was missing.

Overall, I think that this is not one of the author’s best. There were certain plot elements that seemed sudden, but the basic ingredients that we look for in Danielle Steel book were all there in smaller doses.


 Review Copy received from Pan Macmillan India

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