Sunday, June 19, 2011
Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of The Game by Tilly Bagshawe
The Blackwell family were an enigma, rich and powerful beyond compare. Kate, Tony, Eve and Alexandra had a life of dreams, but their dreams were born of greed ambition and murder.
Now that tainted legacy passes to the next generation. Lexi Templeton, kidnapped and abused by her captors – will her terrifying past force her to bring down the very empire that created her? Robbie Templeton, Lexi’s older brother, once despised by his father and confused about who he really is. Max Webster, the only child of scheming Eve...one day the Blackwell billions will be his. Only Lexi Templeton stands in his way.
Sidney Sheldon’s Master of the Game chronicled the lives of a family cursed by their own power and success. Now the story continues, twisting and turning to a mind-blowing climax.
Master of the Game was a masterpiece by Sidney Sheldon more than 20 years ago. I remember the story quite clearly as I have a copy of the book. I left it at home when I left for university and there are times when I went back home for holidays, I would dug it out to read and finished it before the holiday ended. Such, the story of Jamie McGregor and Kate and Alexandra and Eve is very clear in my mind. I admire the way Sidney Sheldon wrote - fast and furious, short and simple, Sidney Sheldon is indeed a master at his game.
Such, I expect Sidney Sheldon’s Mistress of the Game to be the same. It should be a realistic expectation and the author should not have any excuse of not fulfilling this expectation. Let’s just say that if you can take up the pen of Sidney Sheldon, then you should deliver.
So, do I think Tilly Bagshawe delivers? The answer is.....no. Unfortunately, it is not to my expectation. I’m sure she tries her very best and it was pretty good. I would even go as far as to recommend it to fans and I do like part of the story but at the same time there are something about the book that I don’t like. For example, she made certain character which I felt has much potential, too weak and there’s also no ‘villian’ worth his/her salt like what MOTG has to offer. Lexi, Alexandra’s daughter has great potential but there’s something un-likable about her. Max, Eve’s son is more likable and can be a real ‘villain’ but was made out to be too weak. Gabe McGregor, the new character introduced by the author doesn’t make any lasting impact and impression.
I do like the ending though....the possibility of a third book is there and that’s good enough for me.
p.s. by the way, if you're wondering if you can read this without reading Master of The Game, the answer is yes.