Tell Me Your Dreams Mass Market Paperback – Aug 1 1999
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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His style of writing is fast paced, does not dwell on one subject or scene for pages at a time (which some authors do) He gives enough of a picture of the person then moves on to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Frances
This book although it was pretty good had a very predictable ending. I knew with about 75 pgs. left how it would go. Not the best Sheldon book I've read.Published 12 months ago by Kathy Muir
I've read some SH books; some are good, some not so good. This one falls at the bottom of the heap. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2006 by Annie
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 morePublished on April 10 2004 by Jorge Frid
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 morePublished on April 8 2004 by Pratik
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 morePublished on Sept. 23 2003
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 morePublished on Jan. 20 2003 by Daija D.