Parker continues a series based on the hit 1960s and 1970s supernatural soap opera, Dark Shadows
, in which she costarred as the witch Angelique, heroine of the series opener, Angelique's Descent
(1998), and erstwhile lover and foe of vampire Barnabas Collins. When this novel opens, Barnabas has been cured of his vampirism by his fiancee, Dr. Julia Hoffman, but feels like a shadow of his former self. His cousin Roger has sold the remains of the family estate, the Old House, to a woman named Antoinette, who so resembles Angelique that Barnabas is drawn to her. On a late night visit to the Old House, Barnabas discovers a fatally wounded workman, clearly the victim of a vampire attack. Barnabas insinuates himself into Antoinette's life to protect her and the hippies she allows to camp out on the property from the seeming threat. In the process, he discovers a shocking link between his family and Antoinette's. Fans of the show will find much to love in this yarn steeped in its mythology. Kristine HuntleyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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Praise for Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch:
“Inspired by the 1970s television show Dark Shadows, Parker writes a layered story that catalogues not only Collins’ marital misgivings after falling for mysterious flower child Antoinette but also a large subplot dealing with one of Collins’ ancestors during the infamous Salem witch trials.”
“Fans of Dark Shadows have long awaited this second book by Parker. Parker has done her research. She takes us effortlessly from Collinsport in 1971 to Salem Village in 1692 and does a wonderful job of capturing the history of both periods. Her spellbinding plot and descriptive prose will please those who love a supernatural romance. She has captured the characters, the dialogue and the spirit of the show perfectly.”
--RT Book Reviews