AMAZON BREAKTHROUGH NOVEL AWARD SEMIFINALIST
Interweaving the humor and mystery of Desperate Housewives with the drama and romance of Days of Our Lives throughout the novel, Secrets Of Slaters Falls breathes new life into the genre of small town potboilers. Not since best-selling classic Peyton Place has a novel so thoroughly exposed the secrets and lies that fester beneath the picture-perfect surface of every small town.
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest Review Quotes
"Great depiction of life in a small New England town. As you can tell from this story, you never really know what goes on in the lives of your neighbors. This is a voyeuristic sneak peek." - Kay Johnson
"Wonderful concoction of crime, mystery, and soap opera has something yummy for everyone." - Mari
"Nothing like this had ever happened before in Slaters Falls. Everyone was talking about it, especially those with little or nothing constructive to say..."
With the novel's opening words, you're invited into the hearts, souls, and bedrooms of the residents of Slaters Falls - a small New England town teeming with secrets.
Four families of varying wealth and stature find their lives intertwined by sex, sin, and scandal. Among the ensemble cast of spiteful busybodies, ambitious social climbers, sleazy hunks, conniving bitches, dirty cops, and scheming murderers, several achieve meaningful change as they tackle social issues and taboo topics.
Slaters Falls is the ultimate small town paradox - you wish you lived there, but you're glad you don't.
Some of the people you'll meet in Slaters Falls:
Little WILLIE WARZYCHA uncovers an unspeakable horror in a basement.
Heiress NANCY HARRISON fights the manipulations of her powerful family when she pursues a romance on the wrong side of town.
MELINDA ROLLINS, the minister's daughter, hides a secret from her fiance.
Pharmacist NATHAN COURANT struggles to hold his family together when tragedy strikes and a mysterious woman at a funeral reopens old wounds.
DONNA TREMBLEY'S plans to escape her waitressing job and her working class life lead to a heart-wrenching decision.
Dr. SALVATORE FARINELLI'S interference in his children's lives might drive them away forever.
Discover which MOTHER committed the most reprehensible act in Slaters Falls history.
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About the Author
Publishers Weekly declared Matthew's novel, Secrets Of Slaters Falls, "Tragicomic deliciousness!" noting that the "Bawdy, snappy humor catches spark right away." PW also praised the novel's balance between "Class-conscious dirty realism and the exaggerated prurience of a nighttime soap."
Secrets Of Slaters Falls achieved semifinalist status in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Matthew's screenplay adaptation of his novel, Zach's Secret, was a finalist in a contest sponsored by Script Magazine. His thriller, The Killer Net, was a Top 25% Honoree in the Massachusetts Film Office Screenplay Competition.
Matthew has a degree in Education and Communications earned after his thesis, Sex On Soap Operas, raised eyebrows and pulse rates on campus. His material has appeared on numerous websites and in two newspapers.
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