Review: Prodigal Son by Danielle Steel

Prodigal Son: A Novel by Danielle Steel

Delacorte Press and imprint of Random House, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company, New York, 2015

My Review (3 Stars: Liked It!)

Prodigal Son was a short, quick read for me.  Since I haven’t read any other novels  by Danielle Steel (see list below), I can’t make comparisons.  I can see why she is popular though.  Her writing style flows very well.

This review will be short.  The story is mainly about a sociopath, his wife and children and his twin brother.  It is very straight forward, yet interesting.

In the interview below, Danielle Steel suggest that we’ve all come across a sociopath at some point in our lives.  I can’t recall meeting anyone who I would categorize that way.  I guess, like characters in this novel, I may have unknowingly run into one.  How about you?

First Paragraph

“Chapter 1

Peter McDowell sat in his office, surrounded by cardboard bankers’ boxes after what had been the worst week of his life.  The last month had been a nightmare, not just for him but for everyone on Wall Street.  Peter stared at the screen on his desk, which he had been doing since early that morning, and for the past five days.  It was Friday, the tenth of October, 2008, and stock prices had been plummeting since Monday.  It was the worst stock market crash since the Great Depression”

By Danielle Steel


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  1. I confess: I have never read a Danielle Steel novel. This one looks interesting, though, as I am revising a novel set in the same time period that includes some Wall Street types. The sociopath thing hits a bit close to home. We were embroiled in a two-year legal battle with a guy we think qualifies, and it was a horrible experience!

    I’ll give this one a try.


  2. I’ve never read her before, which I can’t believe! Sociopaths are fun to read about in fiction, but I wouldn’t want to meet one in real life. Though, maybe I have and didn’t know it!


  3. I’ve only read one Danielle Steele novel and I can’t even remember the name of it… but I do remember WHERE I was reading – in the Bahamas under a beach umbrella, in 1989. It was heavenly, lol!


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