Issue #10: “Denial is a shock absorber for the soul…” – Tell Me Your Dreams (Sidney Sheldon) – Book Review

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Tell Me Your Dreams; Reviewed by Ogunlowo Samiah

Genre: Fiction

Author: Sidney Sheldon

Year of Publication: 1998

Number of Pages: 363

Denial is the shock absorber for the soul…

Tell Me Your Dreams is another one of Sidney’s masterpieces. The story is based on the concept of Multiple Personality Disorder also known as Dissociative Identity Disorder. The book full of psychological games explained lucidly what Multiple Personality disorder is.

The story centers on 3 main characters, Ashley Patterson, an introverted workaholic, her co-workers, Toni Prescott, an outgoing singer and dancer, and shy artist Alette Peters. Ashley thought life was normal until she started to experience paranoia. She spent most of her time with the thought of someone stalking her, trying to harm her. And as she tries desperately not to make a big deal out of it, a series of serial murder pointing directly to her led to her arrest and finally to the discovery of her illness. It turned out that Ashley, Toni, and Alette were roommates after all- existing in the same body, Ashley’s body. While Toni and Alette maintained a fair relationship, they are the opposite of Ashley.

Toni was born in England and is six years younger than Ashley. she is a bit of a wild child with serious maternal issues. A wonderful singer, but the voice of her mother telling her she was no good and would never amount to anything kept ringing in her head. Toni likes to dress provocatively and sing in clubs on weekends. She disliked Ashley because Ashley is everything she herself isn’t.

Alette, on the other hand, is eight years younger than Ashley. She was born in Rome. A passionate artist also with maternal issues. Though people around her keep telling how talented she is, her mother’s voice wouldn’t stop telling her otherwise.

Toni and Alette are Ashley’s Alters that had been created as a result of a traumatic experience she had when she was their age. And Toni, the enraged one had committed all the murders which are oblivion to Ashley.

The remaining part of the novel focuses on Court trial, the fight of the lawyer hired by her father to make people understand that MPD is real and her treatment in the state Asylum. It was very heart-breaking to finally discover the horrific event that caused her disorder and even more heart-breaking to discover the perpetrator. It is actually safe to say that the mind of man is deep and dark.

Sidney never disappoints, the focus on MPD was intriguing, yet slow-paced. It was overwhelming how someone can commit brutal murders, be released to an asylum for treatment, and then released after being cured.

But all in all, the book is a page-turner. You would be thrilled and you might actually wet your pillows. It is like watching a fictional movie, the emotional layers were expertly described and the story was painted in a gripping color.

Rating: 9 – Recommended to everyone.

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