November 22, 2009

Review: Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game by Tilly Bagshawe

In Master of the Game, Jamie McGregor started Kruger-Brent and his daughter Kate Blackwell turned the company into an empire. Now Kate Blackwells' granddaughters, Eve and Alexandra have children of their own and either Lexi Templeton or Max Webster will take over the Kruger-Brent empire at the age of 25.

During a kidnapping at age eight Lexi experiences an unfortunate accident that changes her life forever. This devastating occurrence makes her chances at winning the top spot at Kruger-Brent almost impossible so she has to use both her brains and beauty to show those around her that she is capable of following in Kate’s footsteps as Mistress of the Game.

Long ago Eve was forced out of Kruger-Brent and to this day she will stop at nothing to get her family back into the game. With her madness slowly creeping in, Eve raised Max to show unquestionable loyalty to her and have a deep hatred of Lexi. This unhealthy combination leads to a life of lies, betrayal and even murder.

From Kate’s death in 1984 to Lexi at age 41 Mistress of the Game is a non-stop roller coaster ride of greed, jealousy and lust which almost meets the bar Sidney Sheldon set so high but stops just short of being a seamless sequel. Don’t get me wrong, this was an excellent read and I loved the new players but Bagshawe doesn’t have the extra spice that Sheldon had.

Having read Master of the Game so long ago I wish I had time to re-read it before starting Mistress of the Game. Since I didn’t there was a lot I couldn’t remember from Master but Mistress covered the back story pretty good so I would say that this is definitely a stand alone read that I recommend to anyone who loves family drama.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.

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bermudaonion said...

I haven't read a Sidney Sheldon book in ages, but I do love them. Great review.