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There is a lot of back story that gets revealed throughout the story and a character who was supposed to be dead makes a reappearance. All of this while the complicated relationship between Salome and Herod unfolds. It all begins with a dance (similar to the biblical tale) and progresses from there. Salome intentions are not known for a while and will leave you guessing.
This book is not for everyone, but I'm sure many will enjoy it. Definitely read the description and know there are "adult" scenes throughout.
In developing her plot, Trepagnier was no doubt constrained by her desire to include the well-known events of the Salome legend while trying to make them relevant to the twenty-first century. In the process, credibility sometimes took a back seat. I know that a good novel doesn’t need to be entirely believable, but some of the events in Salome were hard for me to swallow. For example, she is twice drugged and transported home against her will on commercial flights. Though details were omitted in the book, I was distracted by imagining the ever-vigilant security agents taking a break as Cortez strolls through the security scanner with a beautiful young woman slung over his shoulder. There were several other credibility issues I won’t mention so as not to reveal spoilers.
Trepagnier’s writing style was also problematic for me. While some of the scenes were well described, including the erotic liaisons between the two main characters, many parts of the narrative and dialog are convoluted, and the book included too many typos or misused words for my taste. The book would have benefited greatly from more thorough editing.
In sum, I give Trepagnier credit for a creative concept, and I’m sure readers who are less picky than I will enjoy the retelling. For me, it rated three stars.
A couple of things didn’t seem quite logical to me in the early part of the book, though. I’d think Salome would have gotten a disposable phone for her private calls and that since Herod wanted to protect Salome so much, he’d have gotten someone else to lure John outside or just have one of his men get him when he left on his own.
I did want to keep reading to see what would happen next though, and that’s the main thing. As the novel progressed, I became increasingly horrified (which is not necessarily a bad thing in a novel!)
This quick read should especially be of interest to those who are familiar with the original New Testament Salome.