Prodigal Son

Prodigal Son

by Danielle Steel

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Twin boys grow up in the same family, in the same town. Dramatically different, they become bitter enemies, even as children. One good, one bad. One leaves his peaceful hometown, but when all else fails, the prodigal son returns, twenty years later. The reunion of brothers, sweet and healing at first, exposes shattering revelations of good and evil. #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel tells a brilliant, suspenseful story of suspicion, betrayal, and a life-and-death struggle for survival. Which twin is good and which is evil, as the tables turn again and again?
In a matter of days, Peter McDowell loses everything he has worked so hard for—his wealth, his property, his livelihood as a star investment banker. And then it gets worse. The stock market crash not only plunges Peter into joblessness, it causes a rift in his marriage that he cannot repair. Stripped of everything, he has only one place to retreat: a lakeside cottage he inherited from his parents, who left most of their modest estate to Peter’s twin. With no other choice, the prodigal son goes home.
A beloved small-town doctor, a devoted family man, and a pillar of his community, Michael McDowell serves others without regard to personal gain. Only Peter knows how Michael manipulated their parents when the boys were young, ultimately driving Peter away. At first, he dreads seeing Michael again. But, to his surprise, their reunion is tender and real. Only later, as Peter mulls over his late mother’s journals, does the truth begin to emerge, as realization and panic begin to set in. Who is his twin? Is the façade real, or does something terrifying lie beneath? Imagination or a reality too terrifying to believe?
In a race for time, Peter throws caution to the winds to find the truth. What he discovers will change their lives forever, the lives of their children, and an entire town.
Powerful, poignant, and filled with complex and layered characters, Prodigal Son is a riveting novel of secrets, salvation, and redemption from master storyteller Danielle Steel.

Praise for Prodigal Son
“Fraternal twins raised together [turn] out to be very different and very much in conflict. One twin leaves home, but when this prodigal son returns, is he the evil twin, or is his brother? Steel yourself.”Library Journal
“Readers should be prepared for revelations of wickedness on a vast scale.”Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804194624
Publisher: Diversified Publishing
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 718,858
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Pegasus, A Perfect Life, Power Play, Winners, First Sight, Until the End of Time, The Sins of the Mother, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved; and the children’s book Pretty Minnie in Paris.


San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

August 14, 1947

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


Educated in France. Also attended Parsons School of Design, 1963, and New York University, 1963-67

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Prodigal Son 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. ...I was quite surprised at how it turned out. I was hoping things had changed between the brothers.... but again Danielle Steele nailed it! Laro8665 in GA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pure Danielle Steel that we have all come to count on over the years. A great read. You will enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read in typical Danielle Steel style.
PetePA More than 1 year ago
I'm 7 chapters in, and while the story line is good so far, the constant repeating of the same information over and over and over and over again is getting old.  Maybe she had a set number of pages she had to hit to publish the book?  Stop the repeating, and this could have been a short story.  While I want to see what happens, I've considered stopping several times because the repeating is getting so annoying.
goskins21 More than 1 year ago
Vintage Danielle Steele! This book reminded me of her earlier novels...loved it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed until the last page. One of her best novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first Danielle Steel novel.  The story was very interesting and I enjoyed it.  However, I do agree that there was way to much repetition, especially at the beginning.  It seemed that some of the repetitive sentences  were word for word. Other than that, I would highly recommend reading the book .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never write reviews of books because it's almost a matter of opinion whether the book is "good" or "bad." However, I am astonished that this book ever got published. Like many other reviewers noted, there is a LOT of repetition in this book. Danielle Steele repeats the same thing over and over again, like she is trying to use up space.  The same story could have been told with 50% fewer pages. The plot isn't even interesting as it was super easy to figure out exactly what was going to happen. I kept waiting for something special or different to occur in the story line, but it never did. I have been a Danielle Steele fan for many, many years and have read most of what she has written and have enjoyed most of them. This book was a HUGE disappointment and a waste of money. 
nanaoftwo More than 1 year ago
Have to be honest and say this was not the best book Danielle Steel has written. It probably could have been a few pages shorter because of the repeating that was done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book after being in banking for 40 yrs i could relate to peter and his situation i loved the characters and loved the way the story came together dont think you can ever go wrong with ds books
Happy-GG More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book and have already recommended it to my friends. It was a very different plot and I enjoyed it very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would read other books by this author. I will recommend this book to my book club.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed D Steele but have not picked up one of her books in a long time. Her writing has changed so much it was hard to believe I was reading the same author. It started out pretty ok but then I started to notice some repetition. Then so much that I thought I was not turning the pages. It was like reading the same thing over and over. So annoying that I had trouble keeping with the storyline. Difficult to realize that whoever edited this book if in fact there was editing that this was not picked up. Many reviews with 1 or 2 ratings were because of the repetition so its not just me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first Danielle Steel novel and it may just be my last. I'm utterly shocked she is as popular as she is. She repeats descriptions constantly, the plot is very slow to really even get going, and the characters are not very believable...nor are they anyone you really want to know about. It seems like light reading with the bare minimum required to keep you in it. I was not impressed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waste of money.  Danielle is getting very lazy.  This book is only 240 pages and half the book is repeating itself.  Horrible.  I will not buy again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Danielle Steel books including the Prodigal Son. The book had lots of twists and turns which kept me interested all the way to the end. I will continue to buy Steel's books as they always have a heartfelt message and the characters are portrayed perfectly. Joyce
community More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book.....good story.....keep writing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting! Interesting story! Good character development! Surprising moments! Just a great, great rrad!
happiestwen More than 1 year ago
You know how her books are right? Not this one! Slip into this family and really get to know them! You won't be able to stop till you read the very last word. What a book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend it. Held my attention to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm really glad this was not a straightforward romance novel. Truthfully, that was sorta what I was expecting...imagine my pleasant surprise to find myself reading a mystery full of delicious evil doings! :) Enjoy! Cheers, Lisa (@NurseLisainOhio)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put the book down...
Anonymous 20 days ago
As usual another great book for Danielle Steel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book surprising ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous book. You will not figure out the ending. It's a truly Fabulous book Can't wait for next book!!!!