Book Review: Sidney Sheldon’s Chasing tomorrow
October 7th, 2014
006230402X (ISBN13: 9780062304025)
Tracy Whitney #2
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I have always been a huge fan of Sidney Sheldon who is known as the King of Suspense. His novel ‘If tomorrow comes’ is one of my favorites. The heroine of the novel Tracy Whitney, an infamous con artist and jewel thief is one of her most memorable characters.Tracy Whitney surfaces again in ‘Chasing Tomorrow’ which is written by Tilly Bagshawe who was commissioned by Sidney Sheldon’s family to carry on his legacy.
Till Bagshawe has written the sequel to Sidney Sheldon's If Tomorrow Comes' bringing back the iconic characters Tracy Whitney and Jeff Stevens once more in 'Chasing Tomorrow'.
Tracy Whitney and her partner Jeff Stevens decide to leave their criminal past behind and start afresh after getting married. But their blissful life doesn’t last long because of a seductress who leads to misunderstanding between the couple. Believing that Jeff cheated on her, heartbroken Tracy left him without even telling him that she is pregnant. She disappears without a trace and started a life in a remote area where she gives birth to her son, Nicholas. She is living a peaceful life with her son at her ranch which is managed by Blake Carter who has become a dear friend and a sort of father figure to Nicholas.
But her past catches up when a French detective comes knocking at her door thinking he can prove the connection between Tracy’s most notorious crimes and a serial killer with a penchant for prostitutes and Bible. Thus Tracy is forced out of hiding. And soon she has to confront her past…the love of her life, Jeff Stevens. She manages to save Jeff’s life who was left to die by being crucified on the cross by the psychotic killer. Who is this killer? Why does he want Jeff dead? Will Jeff and Tracy reunite? Read the novel for all these answers.
Jeff Stevens had seen her in countless guises over the years –Tracy’s was a fluid, changeable beauty, which accounted for part of her success as a con artist –but he had never seen her look more lovely than she did today. Tracy’s mother used to tell her that she had ‘all the colours of the wind’ in her. Jeff Stevens understood exactly what Doris Whitney had meant.— Tilly Bagshawe, Sidney Sheldon's Chasing Tomorrow
'If Tomorrow Comes' is one of my favorite books. Sidney Sheldon has created the most memorable con artists in Jeff Stevens and Tracy Whitney. Jeff and Tracy are the main reasons that any Sidney Sheldon fan would read this book. But I feel that justice hasn't been done to these characters. It kind of ruined the Tracy and Jeff we fell in love with.
Tilly Bagshawe has done a satisfactory job in maintaining the pace of the story and keeping the interest of the readers alive. She has tried to write in the same vein as Sidney Sheldon but readers must not keep their hopes too high as she fails to recreate the Sheldon magic. The book is worth a read but the end was disappointing and forced. There was no reason why Tracy and Jeff should not be together. It seemed as if the author is already preparing a ground for another sequel.
Tilly Bagshawe has tried to capture the essence of the Sidney Sheldon's novels by coming up with seemingly impossible heist pull offs, the chemistry between characters and everything else. The only flaw in my opinion remains to be the fact that the story is a tad bit predictable unlike Sidney Sheldon who used to keep you on your toes till the end.Still, one can read the book to unwind on a boring weekend!
My Rating: 3/5
About The Author
Matilda Emily Bagshawe is a British freelance journalist and author. She is best known for her books who writes under the pen name Tilly Bagshawe. She has written many novels but came into limelight by writing Sidney Sheldon Series of novels, notably Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game,Sidney Sheldon's After the Darkness, Sidney Sheldon's Angel of the Dark, Sidney Sheldon's The Tides of Memory, Sidney Sheldon's Chasing Tomorrow and Sidney Sheldon's Reckless.
Usually, when people get to the end of a chapter, they close the book and go to sleep. I deliberately write a book so when the reader gets to the end of the chapter, he or she must turn one more page.— Sidney Sheldon, the late American author who has over 300 million books in print.
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