Friday, November 12, 2010
Review of "A Secret in Salem"
Emmy winning former head writer of Days of Our Lives, Sheri Anderson, first book, "A Secret in Salem" dropped last week. I tried to keep this spoiler free for everyone.
Overall, I truly enjoyed reading this book. For any DOOL fan from the 1980s, this book will seem quite nostalgic of the good ole Days. The book has a ton of adventure, romance, and passion for any die hard fan. The locations are lush playgrounds of the rich and famous. The book mostly takes place in Monte Carlo, Switzerland, and London. All the characters are beautiful and rich. I have been complaining for years about the lack of glamour on DOOL. If I want to watch blue collar characters, I would look out my window. It is always interesting to read about the rich and famous and all their self-inflicted problems.
The book stars Charlotte "Charley" Gaines and her dysfunctional family in Monaco. Charley is dealing with her parents' secrets. That is not to say that the DOOL characters are supporting only. They are not. John and Marlena have their own storyline, as well as Shawn, Belle, and little Claire. Abby Deveraux and Chelsea Brady have more of supporting roles. There is also guest appearances by Jack and Jennifer Deveraux and Shane Donovan. Eventually, John, Marlena, Belle, Shawn, Abby, and Chelsea get entangled in Charley's life.
There are plenty of things to love about this book for John/Marlena and Belle/Shawn fans. All four characters are written in character. Sheri's version of Shawn Brady is more mature than the man who left Salem, which was much needed, in my humble opinion. There is plenty of romance and sex for these two couples. John and Marlena fans finally will get the happy ending they were deprived of in 2009. After reading this book, you cannot help but scratch your head on why J&M did not get this type of ending almost two years ago.
Sheri Anderson also has a gay character in the book. DOOL has resisted the trend to have a gay storyline the last few years. There is not a gay storyline in this book, but the character is written in a very modern way. I will not spoil who it is, but this character is out and is widely accepted by his family. It is quite refreshing to see a gay character without the typical soapy angst of coming out.
Overall, "A Secret in Salem" does not disappoint. The only problem I had with the book has to do with one of Charly's family secrets. I am trying to be vague, but this one revelation reminds me too much of Rex and Cassie's true parents being revealed. I was hoping for more of a realistic resolution. The book is a must-read for J/M and Shelle fans. Other fans like myself, will still enjoy this book.
I would love to hear everyone's opinion of the book. Please post a comment if you wish.