Tell Me Your Dreams is a 1998 novel by American writer Sidney Sheldon.
The book is neatly divided into three parts – Crime, Trial, and Remedy.
The first part has a hell lot of action especially after the first murder occurs. The lead character Ashley Patterson is a brainy and gorgeous “computer nerd” with a comfortable job at a fast-growing start-up computer graphics company in Silicon Valley. She is lonely, shy, and lives a life that is unfulfilling to her. She is also absolutely convinced that someone is stalking her. Toni Prescott and Alette Peters are both co-workers of Ashley’s, however the similarities end there. Toni is a smart, British vixen with a proclivity for Internet dating and dancing at discotheques. ‘La bella Italiana’ Alette is an aspiring artist who prefers quiet, dreamy weekends spent in the arms of handsome painters. Toni and Alette do their best to keep Ashley out of their cool gang, but find it extremely difficult after a series of murders irrevocably binds their lives together.
In the second part story is moved into the most bizarre murder trial of the century. Here an advocate named David Singer turns into the main character. The story turns into a tedious courtroom drama with predictable twists. Logic takes a go at several placed but it ends in a decent manner.
The third part becomes quite bearable with some of the most important twists being revealed.
There is no doubt that when it comes to mystery and thrill, there is hardly anyone better than Sheldon.
Tell Me Your Dreams is a very interesting, engaging, nail-biting and heart-pounding read, based on the concept of Multiple Personality Disorder or Split Personality. It is a perfect psycho-thriller novel for Sidney Sheldon’s fans! It’s really a page turner that keeps you reading until last page. This book is a work of fiction, but is based on several actual cases.
In this psychological thriller, there are intense, suspense, tension, mystery, dark secrets and psyche of human beings, distorted psychic people, sex, betrayal, deception, hatred, raping, killing and all the chilling, terrifying and exciting things you want in a thriller, this novel has it all.
I really enjoyed this book and found it to be an interesting read. I was definitely hooked by the plot and wanted to discover what happened next. The book was laden with such realistic details that I learned plenty of information about certain subjects that I never knew.
Nowadays readers can very easily connect the dots, the theme has been used a thousand times in novels, TV serials and movies. But, back then when the story was published, I am sure quite a few readers were stumped.
The last 20% of the book seemed hurried to me and less descriptive. Much more emphasis could have been given in describing events that were happening but the writer ignored it and went on to end it like that.
There are a few things about the plot I did not like.
What was the story about the mother? Why did she hate Ashley so much? It was never clearly mentioned in the book.
Sheldon said that Dr. Patterson and his wife always fought about one thing, which was as well never mentioned. I think that it could have made a good addition to the plot.
Why wasn’t Dr. Patterson arrested for rape?
If you are Sidney Sheldon fan or Mystery/Suspense lover, you would really have a great time reading this book.
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My rating 4/5