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Back to Salem is a psychic, past life, karmic cycle, new-age thriller. Normally I don't read much of this stuff, but it was on the top of the pile. The plot is farfetched. Really farfetched. Jessie Mercer is a best-selling lesbian author who writes a thriller about a woman who is framed for the murder of her girlfriend's husband. Years later, Jessie finds herself living out the plot. Turns out Jessie is a psychic & the book was actually a precognitive revelation of a karmic cycle that Jessie has played out through many lifetimes with the same souls, always leading to the same tragic ending. Can you suspend that much disbelief? If so, Back To Salem is well worth your time.
Marcoux's writing flows well & she does a nice job of moving the plot along. She handles the time-shifts to the Salem witch trials well. My biggest disappointment was that the ending is a bit rushed. However, this is a thriller, and like most of the genre, ends 10 pages after the big climax.
I think BTS is Marcoux's best book so far. I give it only four stars because I think Lauren Maddison does a better job with psychic, past life, karmic cycle, new-age thrillers.
Ever since I have discovered the incredible writing of author, Alex Marcoux, I have to admit - many hours have been lost in her books. Her debut novel, Facades, was an absolute jewel and I quickly crowned it an all-time favorite. Now it's time to dust off the "favorite" shelf and make room for Marcoux's latest offering, Back to Salem. Ladies, this book is nothing short of fantastic! It should come with a disclaimer: "Warning - reading this book may cause you to become lost for hours in the world of Alex Marcoux." It's just that good.
As she skillfully did in Facades, Marcoux has created another cast of characters you won't soon forget. Her strength in characterization is again evident in Back to Salem - these people are full-bodied and real. As the characters lived and breathed their emotions on the page, so did I, feeling their pain, their anguish, their anger, and passion. Marcoux's writing is a real feast for the reader who enjoys rich, full-flavored characters. You won't be disappointed!
The paranormal plot is definitely different than your standard-fare lesbian novel. This is a book to be enjoyed by all people - not just the lesbian audience. I sent a copy home to my Mom, who is straight, and she simply loved it. If you're looking for a book typical of past lesbian novels, where the protagonist has sex every 15 pages and a new love each chapter, forget this book, it's not for you. But if you're looking for rich characters, intriguing storylines, and provocative situations, you'll fall in love with Back to Salem just like I did. In fact, if you want to see how good the novel is, click on our "Excerpts" link below and judge for yourself. Alex was kind enough to provide excerpts of Back to Salem for our readers, as well as other laudatory quotes from others who loved the book as well. Now, on with the review . . .
Ever experience a moment of déjà vu? That fleeting caress of familiarity that brushes against your mind, but dismissed as nothing or simply coincidence? After reading Back to Salem, you'll think twice before dismissing those feelings. Or, as the little voice in the book says, you'll soon learn, "There's no such thing as coincidence." This gender-bending thriller is chock full of such moments as it spans centuries, from the witch trials in Salem to present-day Hollywood. Packed with unexpected twists and turns, lies and deceptions, and a love gone awry, there's not a dull moment here!
Jessie Mercer is a best-selling author who has it all - fame, fortune, and a best-selling murder mystery currently being made into a movie starring the alluring Taylor Andrews. Inexplicably, Jessie finds herself drawn to Taylor, although she has never met the singer, and is soon immersed in a mystical world she doesn't believe in. Steadfastly dismissing the events as coincidence, Jessie continues experiencing connections, finally breaking down to the point of consulting with a psychic. In a moment of clarity, Jessie learns some truths about the disturbing events she has experienced, yet feels she must put the past behind her and continue with her life. Or so she thinks.
A few years quietly pass, and suddenly Jessie is thrust in the middle of what she tried so desperately to put behind her - Taylor Andrews and that confounding connection. Passions rise as Jessie and Taylor find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another in a cosmic web of passion, treachery, and deception that began centuries ago. With her past standing right in front of her, Jessie finds herself torn between a love she felt so long ago and the present day reality of this cosmic connection: someone is stalking Taylor, vowing they will be together again. Allowing doubt and uncertainty to cloud her mind, Jessie desperately fights for the truth: Who is vowing to repay a karmic debt to Taylor? Or is Jessie the one who poses the real danger? Has the cycle of violence followed Jessie into this lifetime, threatening destruction, as it has so many times before?
As real-life events begin to mimic the movie Taylor is starring in, this is where the plot of Back to Salem really takes off. Murder, rekindled love, and a harrowing white-water rafting trip in the Grand Canyon are all part of the exciting journey Jessie takes to find out the truth. As the terror mounts, Jessie finally realizes she must go back - all the way back to Salem - where answers to the mystery unfold, before the evil from the past destroys her.
Jessie Mercer is a successful writer who begins to have very real dreams of a past life as a man. In her waking hours, she finds herself drawn to straight singer Taylor Andrews, a woman she hasn't even met. Was Taylor her wife in this previous life? Jessie's publisher sells the movie rights to one of her books and Taylor is cast in the leading role. The women become friends as a wild series of events, mirroring those in the movie/book, begins to occur.
The author does a wonderful job transitioning between present day and the past, and cleverly reveals Taylor's awareness of her link to Jessie's past. Other characters in the present and past also come to light. This is certainly one book I will recommend to my friends.