If you are a fan of the iconic DAYS OF OUR LIVES you know exactly what to expect from “A Secret in Salem”…However, if you are reading Sheri Anderson for the first time you can still caught swept up in her excellent storytelling style. It delivers in every way possible. You will surely want to read all the forthcoming books from this series as they return the theme back to the glory days when DOOL was a top rated show.
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A Secret in Salem: A Days Of Our Lives Novel by Sheri Anderson
I love the short chapters, and the easy flow of reading. It was not overly done on the description and enough dialogue to help keep the reading easy and fast. I felt like I was watching episodes of Days, each chapter either a scene or even an episode.
I have been an avid fan of Days Of Our Lives since the early 1980′s and was ecstatic to win a copy of this novel, and thrilled that it was a personalized autographed copy. I started reading and right away was able to picture the actors doing the scenes on the TV in my mind. Ms. Anderson not only knows the characters, but also knows and remembers how the actors portrayed them and their quirks. She never had a character act out of context from the show. She eloquently spoke of many of the sorely missed characters – including the death of Alice Horton. She introduced new characters in the form of a family and the people who worked with them and almost instantly, we had a rapport with them and cared about them or wanted to see them pay dearly for their actions.
I almost wanted to give Ms. Anderson a piece of my mind, when I believed she was taking two couples (all four are some of my favorite people from the show) and making them do things I wouldn’t dream of them doing considering their past. However, I will leave those pieces of my mind private as she explained how and why they did or didn’t do those things. I will say that the twist at the end was not to my liking, only because it can’t be carried into the show. We do have to remember that the show is still in production and five days a week, we see some of these characters progress in their lives that is not reflected in the book.
The book does stand on its own even with the ending twist, and for those non-Days fans it is a fantastic read, leaving you wondering what you missed on the show, because Sheri does explain in little detail about the past of our favorite Salemites – but didn’t bore those who have followed the show incessantly with needless background information.
Ms. Anderson left me wanting to read her next book, due out this Spring and glad that there is even a third installment due out. I can’t wait to see what she has other missing people are doing around that we no longer see on air.
I had the opportunity to curl up with a good book today, and my immediate choice was to reread “A Secret in Salem”, the first of a new set of novels by former “Days of Our Lives” headwriter Sheri Anderson. “A Secret in Salem” will appeal to soap fans and non fans alike, for a soap opera is built on the foundation of compelling stories and relatable characters, and what transfers better to a novel than those? Not largely set in the fictional hamlet of Salem but rather in bustling, real-life Monte Carlo, into which the reader is immediately drawn due to Ms. Anderson’s considerable descriptive talents, the story centers around the characters of John and Marlena Black (played for years on TV by Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall). Ms. Anderson also introduces the reader to a new set of characters, the Gaines family, and it is the interaction between these two families which forms the core of the story. Ms. Anderson manages to not only introduce the standing “Days” characters to the neophyte reader but also to show an absolute fidelity to the history of these characters as shown on TV, which is a most impressive combination. As the story escalates, each family attempts to recognize and confront its own secrets – and could there be secrets between them as well? The reader will frantically turn pages to find out the answer to that question… and, who knows, maybe even turn on the TV afterward as well. An evocative, thrilling, emotional, irresistible debut from Ms. Anderson. You won’t want to miss out.