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Tell Me Your Dreams [Mass Market Paperback]

Sidney Sheldon
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Book Description

Aug. 1 1999
Computer whiz Ashley Patterson is convinced she is being stalked. Coworker Toni Prescott has a penchant for Internet dating and little time for anyone else. And Alette Peters prefers quiet weekends in the arms of a beefcake artist. They know virtually nothing about each other--until the three women are linked by a murder investigation that will lead to one of the most bizarre trials of the century.

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Meet Ashley Patterson, the brainy, babelicious "computer whiz" and confused heroine of Tell Me Your Dreams. Although she has a cushy job at Global Computer Graphics, a fast-growing start-up in Silicon Valley, her life falls short of fulfilling. She's lonely, shy, and absolutely convinced she's being stalked. What's worse, the only sympathetic ear around is her father, Dr. Patterson, the heartless heart surgeon, who has the charm of an electric eel and the compassion of a tarantula. Given her options, Ashley looks to the heavens for support and offers up an ultimatum to the Almighty: "I'll make a deal with you, God. If it doesn't rain, it means that everything is all right, that I've been imagining everything." Of course, it starts raining buckets just paragraphs later, setting off a car alarm of an omen about our computer cutie's fate.

Enter Toni Prescott and Alette Peters. They both work with Ashley at Global Computer Graphics, but the similarities end there. Toni is a saucy, British vixen with a penchant for Internet dating and discotheques. La bella Italiana Alette, on the other hand, is a wannabe artist who prefers quiet, dreamy weekends with beefcake painters. Reminiscent of junior high school, Toni and Alette do their best to keep Ashley out of their cool clique, but find it difficult when a string of murders irrevocably binds them together. Based on a true story and laden with realistic details--not to mention a whopper of an ending--Tell Me Your Dreams is vintage Sheldon. However, there is one necessary caveat: avoid moviegoer types who insist on telling you the entire plot before you have a chance to see it. You should be doing this anyway, but take extra care with this book. Once the surprise ending is blown, so is the fun in reading it. --Rebekah Warren --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Perennial bestseller Sheldon (The Best Laid Plans) doesn't get under the reader's skin here as he does at his best, even though he weaves together many of his time-tested elements?childhood horror and its consequences; lust and murder as bedfellows; a pretty, hapless heroine; good men in the legal and medical professions trying to undo the wrongs done by others. Despite gory crime scene depictions, the old master, uncharacteristically, has left out the suspense and the layers of feeling. We finger the serial murderer all too quickly, just as we know before we know that Ashley's creepy physician father, Steven, abused her as a child. We never doubt that goodhearted lawyer David Singer will convince hostile judge Tessa Williams that, yes, multiple personality disorder happens, and that, morally and legally, it separates the doer from the deed. Nor is it any surprise that psychiatrist Gilbert Keller, spurred on by personal as well as professional longings, takes Allison apart and puts her back together the right way?or does he? A prefatory sentence says the novel is based on real cases. Maybe so, but one wishes that the authentic details had been told with genuine passion. Literary Guild main selection.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I won't give away the story because the synopsis given in the editorial review is really all you should know about the book if you really want to enjoy it. No sense in giving away any bits of plot to what IS a Murder Mystery. But the problem was, as good as the book is, it becomes very predictable towards the end. The true highpoint and most memorable part of the book is the very last paragraph on the very last page: it brings this evil "oh-my-damn-god" smile to your face. Unfortunately, if you watch a lot of Psyche-Thrillers(Good or sub-standard, doesn't matter) or even shows like The X-Files; you probably will see the end coming. One more point, the courtroom scenes aren't as great as one might expect. I actually found the scenes from a TV Show like Ally McBeal or The Practice to be more Intelligent. The only reason I finished the book in a single sitting is because half-way through the book, I figured how the book would end..I got a little bit of it right and after she*****SPOILER********
gets into rehab, I knew EXACTLY how she was gonna get out of there. And that's why I LOVED finishing this book: I got a big kick out of knowing that I knew EXACTLY how it would end!!! Read it at your local library. I've never really felt like going through it again.
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Sheldon uses his tried and true formula to produce a fast paced tale based on a true story. The plot hinges on the unraveling of a lovely computer graphics analyst working at a large Silicon Valley company --- someone is following her with the intent to kill her; she has no where to turn, her passive personality prevents her from speaking about her fears the her friends and her uncomfortable relationship with her famous heart surgeon father further defines her as someone who reacts rather than interacts. When Ashley suddenly finds herself as the prime suspect in a series of brutal sex-related murders, she discovers that the world she relied on is a fantasy and there are only two close friends that can help her recover her sense of reality.

I'll say no more about the plot -- to say more would ruin the reader's fun. As with other Sheldon novels, the author uses dialogue to move the story along at a quick pace. There are snappy courtroom scenes, revealing patient doctor sessions using hypnosis and other trademark techniques to keep you reading chapter after chapter until the last page. Although fun, don't expect Sheldon at the top of his game, the story, once the secret has been revealed becomes too familiar rather than formulaic. When reading a Sheldon novel, one expects and applauds his formula. I think the subject basis of this story has been over utilized by so many popular writers and recent money-grossing films. Hence, a slight lack of punch. Since the story is advertisized as based on a true story, I would have liked to have seen references to the actual facts listed in the back of the book rather than the lists of institutions and articles written on the subject itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Plot, Soap Opera Style Novel Sept. 23 2003
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The simplicity and style of Sidney Sheldon works well in this book that deals with three very different women and how they are involved in a spate of killings. It is a quick read as the paragraphs are short and to the point.
Where I think the book is let down is in the characters who are sometimes simplified and are never fully developed very well as individuals because of the short paragraphs. The characters often resemble stereotypes with Ashleigh being weak and miserable, Toni feisty and rude, and Allette shy and blushing. However, this is still an absorbing read with a smart twist in the ending - it's worth reading for that alone.
As an Englishwoman I found the British woman's use of language jarring. She says things like 'Buzz off' and 'Ta ta' and drinks Pimms. When it was stated that she has a delightful British accent I choked up. Since when did a British person say 'Ta ta' instead of 'Bye'? To be honest it seemed to me to be an unfortunate although vaguely amusing stereotype that was over repeated.
Overall Tell Me Your Dreams is a good book. It can be read quickly and is entertaining. It has a soap opera style to it with all the main characters being young and beautiful and the dialogue certainly sounds a bit staged. This book is saved from being too flouncy and light-hearted by a super ending and a more complex second half when there are a few surprising revelations and new characters.
JoAnne
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chill n Freeze! April 16 2003
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New York Daily News captioned 'If you want a Novel you simply cannot put down, go to Sheldon' & yep, I would add 'If you wanna thrill, glue down to the Chilling Novel of Sid n you Freeze in awe excitement' All my fav Sidney Sheldon novels are sure a real work of fiction based on actual cases! Tell me Your Dreams is based on one of the most bizarre murder trials where three women are suspects. A case of complex mind Ashley, Toni Prescott and Alette are shown as co-workers in a Global Computer Graphics. Toni's character is shown as daring, vivacious, saucy who would luv to hum 'mulberry bush'. There is series of murders beginning Dennis Tibble[a co-worker too] who took Ashley to his apartment and he was murdered. In follows Dy.Blake for investigations and the grip of the story continues with court scenes. A multi personality disorder syndromme case which makes one awe to wonder who could be the one? Sid adds in real medical cases and as to climax, Dr. Keller is been treating the patient Ashley and gives her a life - a case of tackling MPD. Sometimes misdiagnosed, these Multi personality disorder cases can be treated and the list of some organizations is detailed in this book at the end by the author. Like all the Sidney Sheldon books, this one is my fav too, a different theme than the others. No wonder, Sid appears in Guinness Book of Records as 'The Most translated Author' - Tell me your Dreams is just Chilling one!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Am I the only one who thought this book stunk?
I've read some SH books; some are good, some not so good. This one falls at the bottom of the heap. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2006 by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Six stars for Sidney
I started this book because I didn't have any other, I really don't like SH, but since the start of the book (at the beach in the morning) until I finished it (the next evening at... Read more
Published on April 10 2004 by Jorge Frid
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my best
this is the first sheldon's book that i have read and its absolutely magnificent consisting of a very deadly plot and the way he describe the role of toni, alette and ashley is... Read more
Published on April 8 2004 by Pratik
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder & multiple personality disorder
This is the first book I have read by Sidney Sheldon. Ashley Patterson, Toni Prescott and Alette Peters are 3 different personalities that is linked to brutal murders. Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2003 by "limau_nipis"
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that you can't put down
This was the very firt Sidney Sheldon book that I read. It was a very interesting book and i could not put it down until i finished it. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2003 by Daija D.
5.0 out of 5 stars great layout
This book kept me on my toes the whole time and had me surprised when I finally found who did what in the story. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2002 by Tanya Sides
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite piece of Sidney
This is the first Sheldon book I ever read, and maybe that's why it is the most special to me. The issue of multiple personality disorder has been something I have been interested... Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2002 by "chrissa_ling"
5.0 out of 5 stars Fasinating
This book is a real graber from the first few pages. I didn't intend to read it, but couldn't put it down from the minute I started it till I finished it. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2002 by "rolfmich"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Sidney Sheldom- A must read
Sydney Sheldon at his Best!

Tell me your Dreams is an excellent piece of work, where Sydney Sheldom, in an excellent novel, conveys the reader about the possibility... Read more
Published on July 13 2002 by Aglae Rodríguez de Mizrahi
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