Salem Falls

Salem Falls

Book - 2001
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"Love can redeem a man...but secrets and lies can condemn him. A handsome stranger comes to the sleepy New England town of Salem Falls in hopes of burying his past: Once a teacher at a girls' prep school, Jack St. Bride was destroyed when a student's crush sparked a powder keg of accusation. Now, washing dishes for Addie Peabody at the Do-Or-Diner, he slips quietly into his new routine, and Addie finds this unassuming man fitting easily inside her heart. But amid the rustic calm of Salem Falls, a quartet of teenage girls harbor dark secrets -- and they maliciously target Jack with a shattering allegation. Now, at the center of a modern-day witch hunt, Jack is forced once again to proclaim his innocence: to a town searching for answers, to a justice system where truth becomes a slippery concept written in shades of gray, and to the woman who has come to love him."--Back cover.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto, Ont. : Pocket Books, c2001
Branch Call Number: FICTION PIC
Characteristics: 434 p. ; 25 cm


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Sep 26, 2018

I LOVE reading Jodi Picoult books. However, this is my least favorite after reading most of them. I felt it was predictible, which usually doesn't happen in her books.

Jan 19, 2018

This author has no problem using vulgarity and writing about graphic sex. Even though the book is based on rape, so much of the description is unnecessary.
Another con to this book was all of the different outside stories, i.e. Jack’s childhood and college years or Addie’s lost daughter, etc. It’s an insight into their history, but they really aren’t relevant to the storyline.
On the plus side was the character development, the intensity of their interactions and the seeming facts of what happens in rape cases such as these, the injustice/justice and the work involved in proving different sides.

Jul 17, 2016

For the first time in reading one of Jodi's books, I thought I had "figured it out" half way through. The ending still surprised me. . . However, if I hadn't had my own theory, I would have missed it in the last half of the last sentence of the book (no peeking!).
As always, a great read, immersing us in the feelings and point of view of every participant in the events as they unfold.

Jul 22, 2015

I loved this book! Its my new goal to read every Jodi Picoult fan. This is the second book I've read by Picoult (the first being Nineteen Minutes)
and I'm definitely impressed. She writes wonderful, honest and novels about tough subjects. Total Page turner.

booklady413 Jun 24, 2015

Excellent read and retelling of Salem witch trials with a little twist. As usual with Jodi Picoult, the ending took me totally by surprise.

M_ALCOTT Aug 31, 2014

The novel "Salem Falls" served to reaffirm a few things(in my opinion):

1. A lie can destroy an innocent person's life forever.

2. Justice isn't always blind, sometimes she's downright prejudicial.

3. For about every conviction of guilt, there are also false convictions.

4. Things aren't always what they seem.

cindymorley Apr 11, 2014

I really enjoyed this book. Riveting right to the end.

Sep 24, 2013

Love love love Salem Falls.

BookFaerie27 Jan 20, 2013

Absolutely astounding! I'm still reeling from the ending! I love how Jodi can just totally blind-side you, even in the very last sentence. A must-read!

ehbooklover Feb 21, 2012

A story of a modern day witch hunt. Not one of Picoult's best, with a very abrupt and disturbing ending.

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Jul 22, 2015

"..Ar errection doesn't count as personal growth" - Selena Damascus

M_ALCOTT Aug 31, 2014

" Different jails smell the same. Stale. A little bit like piss and a little bit like biscuits rising. Sweat; swabbed disinfectant. And over all this, the heady scent of anxiety."-Jack

M_ALCOTT Aug 31, 2014

"A lie took two parties--the weaver of the tale and the sucker who badly wanted to believe it."-Addie

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