Jacqueline Susann's Shadow of the Dolls

Jacqueline Susann's Shadow of the Dolls

by Rae Lawrence
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Jacqueline Susann's Shadow of the Dolls 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whoever inherited the rights to Susann's works must have been desperate to hire this writer. I kept waiting for this sequel to even approach the talent of the original but it never happened. The plot was choppy, characters unrealistic, and it was easy to put down. Definitely NOT worthy of the Susann name.
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Love, love, love this book. I was so excited to it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
'Shadow' had its moments but unlike 'Valley', it wasn't all around perfection. They absolutely ruined my favorite character, Neely and it just wasn't that entertaining. I was sad when 'Valley' ended but not so much when I got finished with 'Shadow'. However, I reccomend it for anyone wanting 'closure' to the first book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This long awaited sequel to Jackie Susanns's novel Valley of the Dolls is a huge disappointment. All the characters except for Jennifer, Tony, of course, and Helen are back. The big problem for me with the book as with the movie is that the story of the original Valley of the Dolls is a period piece. Adjusting the ages of the characters and putting it in a contemperary setting just does not work. For example, the heyday of these characters in this sequel is set in the 1970's. That makes Neely's character completely obsolete, since she is a victim of the studio system and starred in movie musicals, both of which were non-existant in the '70s. And no one refers to pills as dolls, anymore, unless they are being campy. I just don't understand why Lawrence couldn't just continue the story in 'real' time, meaning, starting where the original ended in 1966. Aside from all of that, I just found the story, boring. We live in an age of entertainment news up to our necks. We know all about celebs private lives. The burden of expose novels, is to shock us even further. That was a simple task in 1966. Today, the burden is more difficult.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who is a fan of the original Valley book (or the gloriously over-the-top movie) is going to love this book. I have to admit that I wasn't expecting much, but Rae Lawrence has managed to bring the characters of Neely and Anne back to life. The ending was a little on the disappointing side, but I'm hoping that there will be follow-up titles focusing on the women's offspring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down for two days! This was excellent.....just as good as the first. I have to admit, I didn't think it was gonna be as good.....but it was. I finally got to know what happened to the girls :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
We finally get to find out what did happen!!This book is a great read, although it takes liberties on the ages of the characters....you just can not put this down!!...I am hoping for a movie in the works...I do have to say the ending was not what I wanted or expected....there are several other 'Surprises' as well....great book for Valley fans.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got an early copy of this at an Idaho book fair - girls, you are in for a real treat! Neely O'Hara is just as wonderful/awful as ever, Anne is still brilliant about everything except men, and Lyon is The Man You Hate To Love. I read this in one sitting and I liked it so much I went back and read Valley again. The writing style of this book is different but like the original, you get caught up in the characters right away, their hopes and dreams, their triumphs and their mistakes. Very funny in places too. I read a lot of serious nonfiction (biography mostly) but when it comes to novels, what I really want is A GOOD TIME. This delivers!!!