Book Review: "Lightning" by Danielle Steel


Author: Danielle Steel
ISBN: 0-440-22292-3

The story revolves mainly around three characters - Alexandra Parker, Sam Parker and their 3-and-a-half year old daughter, Annabelle. Alex is a partner in one of New York’s most prestigious law firms, and Sam Parker is a star venture capitalist, a Wall Street whiz kid. Theirs is a life which is totally hunky-dory. They are rich, famous and totally in love with each other even after 17 years of their married life. A picture perfect family anyone would envy!!

All's really well until one day when Lightning struck their life. Sam is caught off guard by Alex’s illness. He is terrified of losing his wife, his family and his love for her. On the other hand, his past keeps haunting him and keeps him from helping Alex in her struggle to survive and go through these turbulent times. Alex, somehow is trying to cope up with her illness, and she needs Sam so much right then, but, is left all alone since Sam refuses to accept that she has the illness. He goes into a complete denial mode and doesn’t want to be realistic.

The Lightning creates an unprecedented rift between them and, within no time, they both become strangers living under one roof. It gets difficult for both of them, with their own personal fears bottled inside their increasingly distant hearts. This distance soon becomes evident to Annabelle too, but the kid that she is, she is totally unaware of the consequences of their parent’s fading love.

While they are at it, struggling to manage their dying marriage, another Lightning strikes them, and this time it’s about Sam’s rocking career. His life and identity are on a toss. They both are at a crossroad where Alex and Sam have to decide which way they need to move and whether they need to move together at all!

Danielle Steel has weaved the story in such a manner that it has everything - right from romance, sex, hope, family, love, marriage, relationship nuances, suspense and a psychological angle to the entire plot. She has shown what happens to the entire family when a lightning strikes to an otherwise smooth and happy-going life, and how the family members are affected individually. The struggles to save the relationship and self-identity, and how love is often tested under stressful times!

Through the entire novel you would feel that you are changing sides. At some point you may feel that Alex is right and after a while you might feel that Sam is not wrong either. It’s a gripping tale and I guess one the best of Danielle’s that I have read till now (the others being 'Klone and I' and 'The Promise'). Though I didn’t think the end was logically right. But if only I was writing the story!

Review by Nu who blogs on books at Bond with Books.

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