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Salem's Cipher Paperback – September 8, 2016
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"A fast-paced, sometimes brutal thriller reminiscent of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code." ―Booklist (starred review)
"...[A] hair-raising thrill ride." ―Library Journal (starred review)
"The fascinating historical information combined with a storyline rippedfrom the headlines will hook conspiracy theorists and action addictsalike." ―Kirkus Reviews
"Fans of The Da Vinci Code are going to love this book...one of my favorite reads of 2016." ―Crimespree Magazine
"This suspenseful tale has something for absolutely everyone to enjoy." ―Suspense Magazine --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Jessica (Jess) Lourey is best known for her critically-acclaimed Murder-by-Month mysteries, which have earned multiple starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist,the latter calling her writing "a splendid mix of humor and suspense." A tenured professor of creative writing and sociology, Jess lives in Minneapolis with her family. Rewrite Your Life, the turn-facts-into-fiction how-to she made famous in her popular TEDx Talk, releases May 2017. You can find out more at jessicalourey.com.
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1. The fast pace. It didn't stop. The action started immediately. It's not that I only like it when the book's pace is fast - I also appreciate books where the pace is slower and methodical, such as the marvelous The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. But in TNOTR the story itself and the characters called for such a slower pace. In this novel Salem's Cipher, the pressure was on to solve the crime quickly because a life (lives) were at stake, and the fast pace of the novel did a great job to make me feel that pressure. I wanted them to move quickly.
2. The clues were intelligent, as were both the main characters. Bel and Salem were a Chicago police officer and a computer scientist/mathematician. I loved this, because I enjoyed reading a thriller mystery in which the women could hold their own just I know actual women in my life could be smart enough to problem solve as well.
3. Bel and Salem were best friends. There was no animosity between the two of them. They didn't compete over a man. They had great camaraderie. I want to read more stories (and see films) in which the women work well together and have a friendship that is practical and realistic as well as tender.
4. The villain was REALLY creepy. The chapters that describe what he does are disgusting. I won't add spoilers here. Those chapters put images in my mind that even now as I write are making me cringe. The villain has an advantage (besides being a psychopathic killer), a physical advantage, that makes him even scarier because if such a person can do what he does, it would make him impossible to catch or identify.
5. I enjoyed the information in history that I hadn't known before reading this book, history of art and math.
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A story set in part in Salem, Massachusetts that has NOTHING to do with witchcraft.Read more