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A Strange Book!
Best Laid Plans - Sidney Sheldon
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Best Laid Plans - Sidney Sheldon
Advantages: Not too bad
Disadvantages: A bit confused
This book by Sidney Sheldon was published in 1997, in paperback in 1998.
The book has 344 pages.
The R.R.P of the book is £6.99 for the paperback copy.
The story starts with two main characters, an advertising executive Leslie Stewart who meets the other main character Oliver Russell when he looks for her help in his campaign to run for governor.
The day Leslie meets Russell she later goes home and writes in her diary "today I met the man I am going to marry".
The couple become close very quickly and it looks like she was right when he proposes, that is until a couple of weeks before the wedding when he goes on a business trip and returns married to his ex, Jan Davis.
Leslie acts very cool about it and sends her best wishes to the newlyweds, the book then hints that she will get her revenge.
Leslie's character seems to go quiet in the book for a while after this, she is mentioned throughout the book, mainly about her career and not rally as a main character for a while, it is not until much further on that the reader starts to get an idea what she is up to.
After the wedding the book focuses on Oliver, his wife and his new father in law Todd who is a senator.
Todd is pushy and wants to make sure his son in law makes it as governor and into the Whitehouse as soon as possible.
What seems to be out of nowhere, a TV reporter Dana is brought into the story. She goes out to Sarajevo to report on the war there and this seems like a totally different book. For a while everything that has happened in the book seems forgotten about and the story is about Dana and new characters she works with or meets on the streets of Sarajevo. It then goes back to the original story and characters and I found myself wondering what Dana had to do with any of the original story.
She does have a part to play later on but to me it felt as if what I was reading was two book ideas and they decided to put them into one book.
There are a few mysterious deaths along the way and a couple of romances. I got a bit impatient with the book at times and was thinking to myself "what has this got to do with anything?". Eventually in the last couple of chapters things start fitting into place....in a fashion. There is a bit of a twist at the end but I felt it was ruined by being rushed. Things are only just starting to make some bit of sense and the book is finished.
Sidney Sheldon wrote many plays, TV series' and books in his lifetime. I have read a few of his books before this one, most being good, the others being a bit strange....which is what I thought of this one!
I read the book quite quickly, which means it can't be one of the worst I've read or I wouldn't have made it halfway. I think I read it quickly because I wanted to see how all of the characters' stories end and how they link the characters together at the end.
Both the start and end of the book disappointed and seemed rushed. A few of the characters in the book didn't seem to add a lot to the story and I wasn't keen on the way it went from one character to anothers lives with little seeming to link them. Some events would occur in the story and an explanation as to what happened would only follow chapters later. When Oliver married his ex there was no explanation why until much further along in the book.
I wouldn't read the book again, saying that, there are very few books I would read twice. I don't think it is one of Sheldon's better books although it wasn't terrible and I was given the book so can't complain. I don't think I would recommend anyone to go out any buy it but perhaps to take it out of the library or pick it up if you see it very cheap at a charity shop or sale and see what you think of it for yourself.
Summary: Not one of his better books