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The Salem Branch by Lara Parker
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Aug 19, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: dark-shadows, 2012

Interesting tale. I really enjoyed the story and the storytelling but still had a few problems with it.

I enjoyed the present/past storylines, especially the descriptions of life back in old Salem. But, I found the later part of the story a bit tedious. First, denouncement by the judges in the old Salem part felt like it went on and on and on. Then in the present time of Collinsport, I was getting a little tired of reading about the hippies. And finally, though well written, I felt as if the Barnabas we knew wasn't the Barnabas we knew. He was old, timid, weak and not the young, confident and strong personality we came to know. That bothered me as I felt like I was reading about someone completely different.

But despite this I enjoyed the time I spent with the book and it held my interest till the end.

By the way, did the screenwriters of the new Dark Shadows movie read this book? Hmmm...
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