Book Challenge #2: ‘The Naked Face’ by Sidney Sheldon

When I was in high school I was surrounded by readers and they enjoyed reading Sidney Sheldon’s books. Seriously, every recess or break time one one of those Sidney Sheldon readers will sit beside you or in the corner and shouting and screaming. So I was curious of his works, and I tried one of his novel, ‘IF TOMORROW COMES’ and it was good.

I remember when dad would take us to church on Sundays, my sister and I would rather spend time at the church library reading books. And oh yes, she was ‘the shouting and screaming’ type of person when reading a Sheldon’s book. She was hooked. I wasn’t. My favorites were ‘Sweet Valley High and Goosebumps and sometimes, Danielle steel – though some of her books were huge and I was scared of the many pages.

Anyways, last month, I went to a friend’s house and I met ‘THE NAKED FACE’. I was super excited. I quickly shoved it in my bag, without borrowing,  and began reading it immediately I left my friend’s house. I am a slow reader and also, some personal work and school made me throw the book in my bedside drawer days later. Nonetheless, I finished it.

Suspense, Intrigue and passion Novel. I researched and I realized, THE NAKED FACE was Sidney Sheldon’s first novel published in 1970 and it was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel. As I researched, I also read some reviews on Sheldon’s books. Most say, it’s easy to predict everything. That his style never changed and so do the twist in the near ends of his books. Well, this might be true.

THE NAKED FACE is about a psychoanalyst in Chicago, Dr. Judd Stevens who’s been followed by an unknown murderer. And he tries to use his skills as a psychoanalyst to identify the murderer or he will be accused of murder or he will be murdered next. It all starts 10 days before Christmas when one of his patients, John Hanson, a homosexual was murdered with a knife in his back. Then Carol Roberts, her sexy assistant, who was covered with acid and tortured to death.

In 10 days, Dr. Judd Stevens will either be killed or be saved from the hands of the criminals. As a doctor he must protect his clients secrets, their worst problems but in the back of his mind, he wonders whether they were the one who wanted to murder him. Too many suspect, too little time. Two agents came to assist him as the story flows, Angeli and McGreavy.

It was an interesting read but from the beginning I predicted the murderer. Sheldon and his twists at the ends of the book, tried to make me lose my own bet, but I stuck to my suspect. And I was right. I was nice to have an old book in my hands again.

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