Salem Falls

Salem Falls

Large Print - 2001
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When Jack St. Bride arrives by chance in the sleepy New England town of Salem Falls, he decides to reinvent himself. Tall, blond, and handsome, Jack was once a beloved teacher and soccer coach at a girls' prep school -- until a student's crush sparked a powder keg of accusation and robbed him of his reputation. Now, working for minimum wage washing dishes for Addie Peabody at the Do-Or-Diner, Jack buries his past, content to become the mysterious stranger who has appeared out of the blue. Yet planting roots in Salem Falls may prove fateful for Jack. Amid the white-painted centuries-old churches, a quartet of bored, privileged teenage girls have formed a coven that is crossing the line between amusement and malicious intent. Quick to notice the attractive new employee at Addie's diner, the girls turn Jack's world upside down with a shattering allegation that causes history to repeat itself. Suddenly nothing in Salem Falls is as it seems: a safe haven turns dangerous, an innocent girl meets evil face-to-face, a dishwasher with a Ph.D. is revealed to be an ex-con. Now Addie, desperate for answers, must look into her heart -- and into Jack's lies and shadowy secrets -- for evidence that will condemn or redeem the man she has come to love.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, c2001
Edition: 1st Pocket Books large-print hardcover ed
ISBN: 9780743421591
Characteristics: 690 p. (large print) ; 24 cm


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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.

May 01, 2011

REALLY REALLY REALLY GOOD! I loved the ending. I actually started yelling when I read it. One of Picoult's better books for sure. It's a must read.

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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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