Secrets of Slaters Falls


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Sex, Sin, and Scandal in a Small New England Town…

Interweaving the humor and mystery of Desperate Housewives with the drama and romance of Days of Our Lives throughout the novel, Matthew W. Grant breathes new life into the genre of small town potboilers.

From heiress Nancy Harrison fighting the manipulations and objections of her powerful family as she pursues a romance with mechanic Roy Trembley to Melinda Rollins, the minister’s daughter who is cheating on her millionaire fiance…

From the crazy old lady harboring a deadly grudge, to the young girl who finds herself pregnant, single, and stuck with a playboy boyfriend afraid of commitment…

You’re invited into the hearts, souls, and bedrooms of the residents of Slaters Falls where families of varying wealth and stature find their lives intertwined by sex, sin, scandal, and secrets.

Among the ensemble cast of spiteful busybodies, ambitious social climbers, sleazy hunks, conniving bitches, dirty cops, and scheming murderers, several achieve meaningful change. Secrets of Slaters Falls is classic soap opera that tackles controversial topics such as abortion, racism, and drug abuse.

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.

An Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semifinalist

“Class-conscious dirty realism and the prurience of nighttime soap operas. Generous supply of skeleton closets. Bawdy, snappy humor catches spark right away. Tragicomic deliciousness!” – Publisher’s Weekly

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest Review Quotes

“Characters are interesting and well-imagined.” – Novelist Debbie Lee Wesselman

“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

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Publication Date

December 2010


Granite Gate Media

Manuscript Word Count

98, 231

Manuscript Page Count



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Matthew W. Grant is the author of several screenplays and novels in various genres including the Slaters Falls series and the Northbridge series. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages and is available as paperbacks, ebooks and audiobooks.

Publishers Weekly declared Matthew’s novel, SECRETS OF SLATERS FALLS, “Tragicomic deliciousness!” noting that the “Bawdy, snappy humor catches spark right away.” PW also noted the novel’s balance between “Class-conscious dirty realism and the prurience of nighttime soap operas.”

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.

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Mark Pace is Matthew’s dedicated pen name for gay romance novels and gay romantic suspense novels. He’s written four novels under the Mark Pace name.