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Publisher's Summary

At an elite private school in Massachusetts, a wide circle of lives will be forever changed by a devastating series of events in Danielle Steel's riveting new novel.

Saint Ambrose Prep is a place where the wealthy send their children for the best possible education, with teachers and administrators from the Ivy League and graduates who become future lawyers, politicians, filmmakers, and CEOs. Traditionally a boys-only school, Saint Ambrose has just enrolled 140 female students for the first time. While most of the kids on the campus have all the privilege in the world, some are struggling, wounded by their parents' bitter divorces, dealing with insecurity and loneliness. In such a heightened environment, even the smallest spark can become a raging fire. 

One day after the school's annual Halloween event, a student lies in the hospital, her system poisoned by dangerous levels of alcohol. Everyone in this sheltered community - parents, teachers, students, police, and the media - are left trying to figure out what actually happened. Only the handful of students who were there when she was attacked truly know the answers, and they have vowed to keep one another's secrets. As details from the evening emerge, powerful families are forced to hire attorneys and less powerful families watch helplessly. Parents' marriages are jeopardized, and students' futures are impacted. No one at Saint Ambrose can escape the fallout of a life-altering event.

In this compelling novel, Danielle Steel illuminates the dark side of one drunken night, with its tragic consequences, from every possible point of view. As the drama unfolds, the characters will reach a crossroads where they must choose between truth and lies, between what is easy and what is right, and find the moral compass they will need for the rest of their lives.

©2020 Danielle Steel (P)2020 Recorded Books

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A different Danielle Steel

Just finished listening to this good story. It’s different to a lot of Steels stories in the fact it is a mystery although you know who the perpetrators are from near the beginning. It kept my interest although to start with there are a lot of characters to figure out. I thought it a wee bit draggy in the middle. I really liked the narrator. He enunciates well and is easy to listen to. It ended well, not sappy but realistic. I would recommend this book.

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Moral Compass

I enjoyed listening to this book. The story line is very current as this is always a very touchy subject from decade to decade to decade. The characters reactionary behaviors are all as different as they are and believable. The plot moved well and kept my interest. The audible performance of Dan John Miller is very well done as he differentiates each character with his own version of voice accent and tonality. It definitely held my interest.

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Maybe it's just me.

I wasn't impressed. This story didn't elicit any feelings of suspense in me. I'm sure that if I was reading the book, I'd put it down.

Without giving away important details of the narrative, something terrible happens to a young woman. Anyone familiar with the legal consequences would know what will happen next.

A large chunk of the audio program belabours on that one incident....

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  • RLM
  • 2020-11-12

I like

Was not a book I would normally listen to. But I’m glad that I did. It was an eye opener and moved me personally. I got to review mistakes from my past and appreciate the enormous value, in integrity as well as doing what’s right, at all cost. Money and power do not a moral man make. Recommended highly

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I really enjoyed the story. the reader was very good and varied his voice for different characters

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Great storyline!

Really enjoyed this - story plot was very believable. Danielle Steele never let's you down!

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Had to force myself to finish this book. The storyline was just okay. It felt like it was written by a high school kid (Sorry DS), and annoyingly repetitive. I would not recommend this to anyone.

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Very disappointing!

This book must have been written for very young adults. So simple and predictable.
Narration also disappointing. Reader often rushed over periods.

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  • Holly Wittwer
  • 2020-02-29

No mystery

Narrator was great. Story line predictable. It kept repeating the same phrases or words. Sort of annoying.

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  • Michelle Gish Saulsberry
  • 2020-01-31

Disappointed

Danielle Steel needs to start traveling again and doing some interesting research. She could write this book in her sleep, so could I for that matter. I beg of her some interesting and surprising stories. She’s been writing fluff for years and I just know she can do better. This was a predictable sorry and I kept waiting for an interesting twist or something. No. This story has been told hundreds of times. 🤦🏼‍♀️

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  • Sandy Burke
  • 2020-01-17

Danielle Steele never disappoints her reader.

This book was not her usual storyline. It was a great book that all parents of teenagers should read or anyone for that matter. Morals, values and true character shine through in this book.

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  • WD
  • 2020-01-11

Another good one!

This was a good book. Although parts of it are not for children to hear, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Bonnie Myers
  • 2020-02-15

Very timely subject and well thought out plot

I enjoyed this book very much. Teenage drinking is extremely serious for the very reasons that are brought out in this story. I thought the ending very reasonably dealt with the issues that were presented . One of the best parts of this book was, as always, the narration by Dan John Miller.

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  • Karen
  • 2020-02-14

Money Is it all That?

I felt like I was reading the backdrop of tabloids headline's from the grocery store. The nightly news before all the facts was out. Just the surface to make everything scandalous to draw everyone in. It gives readers an eye to the inside of the background of our rich and famous. Especially with high school children. One minor incident can change so many lives.

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  • Deborah LaScuola
  • 2020-02-06

kept my interest, but not really a romance

the story was good, I just did not like the male voice imitating female.

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  • Richard Dean
  • 2021-04-02

Repetitive

I was disappointed how often Steel repeated the scenario. Listening to this was like listening to a lecturing parent repeating to a teenager the dangers of underage drinking. The characters were predictable and amateurish. Won’t be reaching for a Danielle Steel title again soon unless I need a good sleep!

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  • Staci Smith
  • 2021-03-31

Another good one...

I haven’t read any of Danielle Steel’s books for a while, but this was another good one.

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  • D'Aune
  • 2021-03-18

heard it all on the news

This was not the typical Danielle Steele book. it was like a predictable news story.