ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Sidney Sheldon was a well-known crime novel author. His writing career began when he started writing plays and scripts for movies and TV shows. Some of his popular novels include The Naked Face, Stranger in the Mirror and Master of the Game.
Tilly Bagshawe is a British author and freelancer. She shot to prominence with her first book, Adored, which received rave reviews. Driven by her passion for Sidney Sheldon’s books, Bagshawe has taken it upon herself to carry forward the legacy of the man. She has authored two thrillers, Sidney Sheldon’s Mistress of the Game and Sidney Sheldon’s After the Darkness, imitating the iconic writing style of her idol.
Sidney Sheldon’s Mistress of the Game is the sequel to Sheldon’s critically acclaimed novel, Master of the Game. The legacy that Kate’s father left behind and that Kate helped flourish using her jaw-dropping tactics continues to live on after her demise.
Kate’s granddaughters, who were cited as young pawns to Kate’s ambition, are the protagonists in this page-turner. The twins, Eve and Alexandra, had lived their lives vying for Kate’s affection and attention. After her death, they give birth to the next generation to keep the family business afloat and under their control. Alexandra dies in childbirth. Her daughter, Alex, eventually competes with Eve and her son, Max, to take back what her mother thought was her birthright.
WHAT WE LIKED ABOUT SIDNEY SHELDON’S MISTRESS OF THE GAME (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
The story of Sidney Sheldon’s Mistress of the Game begins after Robert has grown up to be a successful pianist. Just to put things into perspective, the last page of its prequel, Master of the Game, saw Kate beginning to meddle with young Robert’s prospects as a piano prodigy. Fast-forward to the present and Alex’s aunt, Eve, is trying to call the shots in Kruger-Brent by training her son, Max, to go after Alex.
The characters in Sidney Sheldon’s Mistress of the Game are just as they were in Sheldon’s original work. Kate Blackwell had sowed the seeds of ambition in the family. This unbridled ambition has continued to prosper and thrive in her next generation, and its next generation.
Sibling jealousy and manipulative romance, as seen in the first book, pales in comparison to the sinister blood relations in this story. Alex, who initially comes across as a simple girl, reveals herself to be a worthy granddaughter to Kate when she embarks on her ruthless mission of wresting control of the family business. Her duality is actually commendable, for it keeps the plot going. On the other hand, Max plays his part too, doing his best to distract Alex by using love as a tool.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER ABOUT SIDNEY SHELDON’S MISTRESS OF THE GAME
The story has numerous twists and turns, which keep the reader guessing as to who will emerge triumphant in this rat race for power. That said, some subplots are rather obvious, such as the one of Max trying to seduce Alex. The ending is classically dramatic and probably a bit exaggerated. While that is to be expected of a Sidney Sheldon novel, it is somewhat unfulfilling and leaves the readers wishing for a proper closure.
Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies.
Gifted children often struggle to make attachments.
Obscene wealth was often more of a curse than a blessing.
All in all, Sidney Sheldon’s Mistress of the Game successfully preserves the madness associated with the Blackwell family and their obsession with power. The book also contains some adult themes to transport the readers to the darkest recesses of our protagonists’ minds. This is a must-read for Sidney Sheldon fans.
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