by Danielle Steel
Publication Date June 28, 2022
Published by Random House Publishing Group
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense, Fiction / Women
Reading Challenges: 20 Books of Summer 2022
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
A dedicated CIA agent becomes an unexpected ally to a woman haunted by the kidnapping of her family, in this thrilling novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel.
Theodora Morgan is fashion royalty. Founder of a wildly popular online shopping service, she is one of the most successful businesswomen in the world, although she prefers to keep a low profile, especially over the last months. It was a year ago when the unthinkable struck her family, and her husband, industry mogul Matthieu Pasquier, and their son were kidnapped and held for ransom—a nightmare that ended in tragedy.
The case has gone cold, despite evidence linking the crime to Matthieu’s Russian competitors. Theo has reluctantly gone back to work running her company. On the flight to a launch party for one of her highly anticipated pop-up shops in New York City, she crosses paths with high-society networker Pierre de Vaumont. Theo politely invites him to her event—unaware that Pierre has been flagged by the CIA.
Senior supervising CIA operative Mike Andrews investigates Pierre’s suspicious Russian contacts and clears him to enter the country, but when he realizes that Theodora Morgan is on the same flight, he becomes concerned for her safety. Posing as a lawyer, Mike begins a covert mission—starting with Theo’s opening party. When Mike and Theo meet, their connection is instant, but Theo is completely unaware of Mike’s true objective or identity… or that the life she is rebuilding is in grave danger.
Suspects by Danielle Steel is an emotional story about a woman who lost her husband and son in a kidnapping gone wrong. But, one year later and the kidnappers still have not been caught, and she’s in as much danger as she was before.
Theodora Morgan (Theo) lives in Paris and has a wildly successful online fashion site, and for years has been known as the queen of fashion. Her life took a quick turn for the worse a year ago when her husband and thirteen-year-old son were kidnapped and then murdered. Still reeling from their deaths, Theo barely manages her own company as well as her late husband’s global businesses. The kidnappers were never caught, and Theo still has 24-hour bodyguards to keep her safe.
Theo finally decides to go out into the world and travels to New York to oversee a fashion pop-up store for her fashion line. While in New York she meets Pierre de Vaumont, a jet-setting networker, and invites him to her exclusive opening of the pop-up store. She doesn’t realize that Pierre was flagged by the CIA, and that’s when she meets Mike Andrews, who poses as a lawyer but is actually a CIA agent who is tailing Pierre. After meeting Theo, Mike decides to have another look at her husband and son’s kidnapping and decides to see if he can find out more about the kidnappers, especially if they are still alive and active.
This is a complex mystery and a very emotional story. Theo is a broken woman and is slowly healing as she gets back out in the world and oversees her business and her late husband’s business. Her life since the kidnapping has been one of solitude, except for the 24-hour bodyguards.
Suspects has something for almost everyone. It’s a thriller, with a mystery with just a bit of romance as we get inside the world of high finance, and global espionage. It’s not a long book, so it’s a quick read, but very satisfying too. It’s set in Paris, but we go to New York and French Chateau in the countryside.
I prefer the UK cover over the US cover. I just love the colors of the UK cover.
Suspects by Danielle Steel counts towards my 20 Books of Summer 2022 Challenge.
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I agree, Wendy, the UK cover is gorgeous. I am loving the way Danielle Steel is changing her style lately. This one sounds really good with the mystery, CIA, and kidnapping all tied together. I just put my name on the list at my library. Wonderful review.
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This sounds fun and it’s been years since I read anything by Danielle Steel.
I can’t believe I’ve never read a Danielle Steel novel. This one sounds intense!
This sounds really interesting. I’ve never read a Danielle Steel book. Maybe, I’ll give this one a go.
Sounds like a good one. Like many others, I haven’t read a book of hers in many years.
I think I’ve mentioned before that I used to inhale everything Steel wrote but it’s been many years since I read anything from her. This one sounds very good! I really like the suspense/thriller aspect.
It’s been ages since I’ve read a Danielle Steel book. I’ve now added this to my TBR pile. Thanks!
this book sounds amazing! i’ll be adding it to my tbr!
What a prolific writer! This sounds like a good plot. I enjoyed your review, Wendy.
This looks good Wendy. I’ve not read DS book since the early 80s when I would borrow them from my Mother’s bookshelf. I need to remedy that…lol
This one sounds like one I’d love. I didn’t realize that Danielle Steel was also writing some mystery/thriller stories. Excellent review!
Thank you, Tessa! She seems to write a lot of different genre’s now. I don’t think I’ve read a true “romance” from her in a while.
Great review, Wendy! I think I prefer the UK cover, too!
It’s so much better than the US cover, in so many ways!
I may need to give this one a try. It’s been awhile since I read her books.
I’ve read so many of her books that I find her writing style familiar and comforting.
I love the sound of Suspects. I enjoy mystery/thrillers, quick reads, and beautiful settings. Wonderful review Wendy, I’d love to pick this up!
It’s been forever since I’ve read a Danielle Steele book. It’s amazing how many books she’s written, and that she’s still writing them!
I know! She still writes at least 2 books a year! And most of them are pretty good! I just looked it up and she’s written 190 books including 141 novels!
This sounds amazing, still to read a book by this author, great review 😊
Thank you, Jenny!
Awesome review Wendy. I am so excited to read this one.🤗📚💕
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
I still haven’t read her! Great review Wendy
Thank you Rae! I enjoy her books, but I’ve been reading her books for a very long time.
I agree, the UK cover is way better than the US cover. I really liked this one too!
I agree Bonnie. It’s difficult to read the title on the US cover and it’s just so dark.
I used to read Danielle Steel’s book bac in the 80s, I didn’t know she was still writing! Happy to hear she’s still creating great stories.
She writes a few books EVERY year! It’s amazing.