Book Review: Salem Falls

7 August 2009 at 6:09 pm (Book Reviews, Entertainment) (, , , , , , )


Great book. Modern day witch hunt based in Salem Falls with amazing quotes from the classic novel “The Crucible“. At times this book can drag on and a lot of the plot isn’t necessary but all the same I enjoyed this book. A lot.

Jodi Picoult delivers another well written page turner.  This is the second book I’ve read by her and I plan to continue reading the other’s shes penned. The story follows a man by the name of Jack St. Bride – former teacher wrongly accused and convicted of sex with one of his students. Jack leaves prison almost a year later trying to start over in Salem Falls where tragically history repeats itself. This story is one of secrets, sex and lies and the way it unfolds is nothing short of originality and scandal.

I absolutely love the characters and how they are developed. You know the entire time that Jack St. Bride is innocent but there is JUST a little part of you that wonders WHAT IF because the details of what happened that fateful night aren’t fully revealed until later on in the book. Great suspense building. I will honestly state that I knew all along what was going on with the protagonist, Gillian Duncan but I won’t give it away here. Call it intuition but I just KNEW what was up with her. The very last pages made me HOORAH in excitement – lol. I love having a feeling and being right about it. haha.

I highly recommend this book. It’s a good and easy read and I guarantee you will love it.

♦     ♦     ♦

More detailed synopsis: Jack St. Bride 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 career and reputation. Now, after a devastatingly public ordeal that left him with an eight-month jail sentence and no job, Jack resolves to pick up the pieces of his life. He takes a job washing dishes at Addie Peabody’s diner and slowly starts to form a relationship with her in the quiet New England village of Salem Falls. But just when Jack thinks he has outrun his past, a quartet of teenage girls with a secret turn his world upside down once again, triggering a modern-day witch hunt in a town haunted by its own history…

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