Book Review – The Apartment by Danielle Steel

The Apartment

Danielle Steel

Penguin Random House

RRP: $37.00

If you’re considering reading the book its likely that you’re already a Dannielle Steel fan – so I’ll keep it brief for you. This is standard Steel. There’s nothing ground-breaking or reputation shattering in this novel. It’s like a pair of old warm slippers – warm, cosy and you know exactly what you’re getting (more or less) when you put them on. Focusing on a slightly younger set than usual it’s a fast paced easy read.

If you’ve not read Steel before then don’t go expecting anything earth shattering – this is escapist chick lit at its most light. Really, as with most of her novels, it’s a story about nothing really – just a bunch of cliché friends who live a somewhat cliché life and everyone ultimately ends up living happily ever after (and that’s not ruining the ending – because there isn’t one really).

‘The Apartment’ follows four young woman as they grow up together and or course, as they grow up they grow apart. There’s no real conflict, or story line that needs to be resolved that keeps you reading, it’s just Steels easy to follow narrative and the fact that it takes very little effort to read. (I read the whole book in less than 3 hours!)

If you’re a fan you’ll love it, If you’re not you’ll not hate it…but to be frank, there’s better authors out there if you’re looking for some light relief.


About the Author

Danielle Steel is one of the world’s most popular and highly acclaimed authors, with over ninety international bestselling novels in print and more than 600 million copies of her novels sold. 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; and Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved.

To discover more about Danielle Steel and her books visit her website at

About Esther Perriam

Esther Perriam
Esther Perriam is a Director of Eldernet. She’s worked in the business for over 15 years and has been lucky to visit many of the older person’s services around the country. She’s never short of an opinion on…pretty much anything. Esther really loves reading and you’ll see plenty of book reviews authored by her. As a mother of two children there’s not much free time but if there is she also enjoys cooking (for grown-ups, not the kids!) and anything beach related in her spare time. Esther has presented at conferences around New Zealand and is happy to be contacted in regards to speaking or presenting at your event.