Salem Falls

Salem Falls Jack Buries His Past, Content To Become The Mysterious Stranger Who Has Appeared Out Of The Blue 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 LoveWhen 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 With Ghosts Of Her Own Haunting Her, Addie Peabody Is As Cautious Around Men As Jack St Bride Is Around Women But As This Unassuming Stranger Steps Smoothly Into The Diner S Daily Routine, She Finds Him Fitting Just As Comfortably Inside Her Heart And Slowly, A Gentle, Healing Love Takes Hold Between Them 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 And Forces Jack To Proclaim His Innocence Once Again 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 PhD Is Revealed To Be An Ex Con As Jack S Hidden Past Catches Up With Him, The Seams Of This Tiny Town Begin To Tear, And The Emerging Truth Becomes A Slippery Concept Written In Shades Of Gray 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

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty four novels, including the 1 New York Times bestsellers Small Great Things, Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister s Keeper She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.Her new novel, A SPARK OF LIGHT, is available in hardcove

[Reading] ➷ Salem Falls By Jodi Picoult –
  • Paperback
  • 434 pages
  • Salem Falls
  • Jodi Picoult
  • English
  • 23 January 2018
  • 9780743418713

10 thoughts on “Salem Falls

  1. says:

    I m not a likely candidate to read a Jodi Picoult book I have to admit that I ve always been a bit of a snob when it comes to the books that my Mom read.She was a big fan of mysteries, but nothing classic no Christie or Doyle , very little new or challenging no Steinhauer or Rankin , and practically nothing genuinely pulpy no Leonard or Chandler She always preferred the uber popular stuff and was a massive fan of James Patterson and his peers , having to go out and buy the books from his mystery mill in hardcover they day they were released.And that s where the snobbery comes in I tried a couple Patterson books early on, but his work is basically crap, so when my Mom discovered Jodi Picoult, adding Picoult to her list of favourite authors and telling me I should read her, I mocked my Mom s taste and avoided Picoult with an internal snicker But then my Mom died last month and my Dad asked me to go through her bookshelves and take anything I wanted And there was Jodi Picoult Now this probably wouldn t have been enough to make me grab a stack of my Mom s Jodi Picoult books, but two other moments pushed me over the edge First, I bought my Mom Jodi Picoult s Wonder Woman Love Murder for Christmas I found it during a random book store browse and thought it would be a good way to introduce my Mom to graphic novels second, I read a recent article by Stephen King that was talking about the merits of some of our most popular novelists, praising both Rowling and Picoult while damning Stephanie Meyer raise a cheer and Patterson I am not a big fan of King s fiction, but I do enjoy his essays on popular culture and literature, so his opinions are close enough to mine to take as advice.So I added the Jodi Picoult books grudgingly to my haul and put Salem Falls a random selection straight onto my to read soon stack.I finished Salem Falls last night and I can say that I was completely surprised by how good it actually was and disappointed by how good it wasn t Picoult is a good writer She has serious chops She balances multiple characters with the speed and grace of an excellent screen writer I m not talking about screen hacks here , giving us vivid scenes that tell the tale quickly and move on to the next important scene with no meaningless lingering Her dialogue, though occasionally cliche, is believable and serves to make every character an individual And her use of flashback to tell us bits and pieces about her people is superb I was sold on Salem Falls by page ten, and she held my attention right to the end I didn t expect that Even with Stephen King s praise, I was ready to scoff at Picoult s work, but she really impressed me Until Salem Falls shifted from an interesting story about interesting people to a boring Law and Order style courtroom drama.And it didn t have to do that By the third act, Picoult gave up the creativity that was making Salem Falls a compelling read and took the conventional way out, which is a shame because the unconventional would have been so much better and realistic You see, Picoult gave us all the information we needed to know the ending which was a good one early in her novel A good reader, paying close attention, knows exactly what s going on The problem is that her characters, smart people all and brilliant in some cases , have the same information and never see what s happening So we find ourselves waiting to see how the truth is going to come out and save Jack St Bride, how it s going to make the trial meaningless, how it s going to save people s spirits and the bodies of some young women, but we are let down because, apparently, the smart folks in Salem Falls aren t as brilliant as the folks reading about them.Usually I would be a fan of people not being saved because in real life, often than not, that is the case People aren t saved People go on in pain People live with abuse that doesn t end People hurt And when authors are brave enough to let that happen I am generally full of praise I would have been in this case too, had Picoult employed dramatic irony But she didn t There was no pertinent information we had that was withheld from the characters They had the same access to information that we did, and they were oblivious And I was left disappointed I wanted from Picoult, and she promised in the first two acts only to fail us in the third still, she did enough to win me as a fan albeit it a mildly skeptical one I will definitely read her again I just hope she doesn t continue to exceed my expectations only to dash my hopes There is only so much of that I can take.

  2. says:

    This is one of Jodi Picoult s best novels and one of my favourites Perception is reality in this chilling tale of how one man can be condemned not once, but twice It is a compelling and thought provoking read The author deals with the controversial subject of the novel with perfection, providing plenty of unexpected twists and turns along the way The characters are appealing, believable and well developed I fell in love with the characters of Addie and Jack Salem Falls is an incredibly well written novel which will keep you gripped from beginning to end.A well deserved five stars

  3. says:

    This is one of those long reads where you really get to know the characters It is set in Salem Falls, the quintessential American small town, a place where nothing much happens and where people move to because of its low crime rate It is a safe place to bring up a family.However, the residents are in for a shock with the arrival of Jack St Bride, a man with a past He is desperate to hide the fact that he has just been released from prison after having served eight months for a sexual assault a crime he is adamant that he did not commit When local diner owner Addie Peabody gives him a job and a place to stay it seems that he is finally back on track, especially when he and Addie start to get friendly The story really starts when his secret is discovered and I don t want to spoil the read for anyone else, but we are soon embroiled in a complex story of lies and betrayals.The storyline really kept my interest with all its twists and turns although it was a little predictable in parts When the twists came, they weren t so much surprising as confirming the suspicions I already had about what was likely to happen In particular there is a huge surprise at the very end, but again I already had my suspicions about that anyway.It is a long read and there are times when the author tends to stray off the path a bit, particularly when she delves back into Jack s life story Whilst these help to polarise your impressions of Jack and the man he has become, in all honesty they do not really add that much to the plot.On the whole though, it is a good read.

  4. says:

    Wow I was totally enthralled around page 180 I was hooked solid at that point This book is engrossing I am trying to get through a big box of books from my grandmother which included Jodi Picoult, Danielle Steel, and Nora Robert s books and I am so addicted this these authors right now I usually read mostly sci fi fantasies but am glad I m reading these It has been a good change for a bit Overall, a profound story of injustice, lies, love, and small town life The cast of characters are a wide variety of lovable, obnoxious, vulnerable, eccentric, etc So interesting

  5. says:

    I wasted most of this weekend reading Salem Falls, the story of Jack, a high school history teacher who tries to start his life again after being wrongly accused of sexual assault, only to have the whole thing happen again in the new town It was an easy read, an engrossing story, but there were parts of the story that drove me crazy For one thing the dates were constantly off For example, Jack s love interest Addie had a daughter who died some time in the past At one point, they said she d died ten years earlier, at another point, they said it was eleven years earlier, and another time they said it was eight years earlier It might not seem like that big a deal, but it mattered to me, because it was the only way for me to gauge how old Addie was, since I knew that she was twenty seven when her daughter died or was she At the end of the book, they talk about how Jack went to jail in the summer of 1998, but the book takes place in 2000, and he was in jail for eight months, so he obviously went to jail in 1999 It s stuff like that that drove me nuts Further, while the story kept me reading, it felt like literary McDonalds Not really good, not at all mind expanding, but it somehow kept me coming back for It definitely cemented my opinion that Jodi Picoult is the female gender s John Grisham.

  6. says:

    I think this is the weakest Picoult book I ve read so far well, OK, Change of Heart didn t win a Pulitzer with me either I go into one of her books expecting a certain amount of cheap romance and schmaltzy cliches, but I also expect both a real twist in the plot and a thought provoking analysis on a current issue, but this one didn t really deliver.Quick synopsis the protagonist, having just come out of 8 months in jail for a statutory rape charge, shows up in a small town, and falls in love with the owner of the local diner Then he is accused of raping another girl and the whole nightmare starts all over for him.Pros I love literary references and plot lines that are a commentary on other plots, so I really enjoyed the references to The Crucible, although I thought having it set in a town with a historic association to witch trials was laying it on a little thick Another pro is certainly the fact that I raced through the book to get to the ending, but then I ended up feeling let down I also like that Picoult left a certain amount of mystery about the supernatural in the book.Cons First, the unbelievable amount of sappy cliches, presumably meant to make the reader swoon in vicarious passion and pity It felt like the romance parts of the novel were written by doing a search on the most popular cliches in trashy books, rather than out of any depth of understanding And the corniness doesn t stop there the author does everything possible to turn the protagonist into a naive Prince Charming, but ends up looking like a moronic Dudley Do right I was really hoping that he would turn out to be the rapist in the prior case, just to break the unrealistic and monotonous theme of innocent man with the world against him But of course, he and his lady love are perfect in every way The author even goes into how he intellectually inspired all the inmates and managed to avoid being raped in jail This is because he wouldn t be fantasy material for sentimentalists if he d been homosexualized and degraded but I think Picoult misses the opportunity to draw an intriguing parallel between a rape happening to him and being ascribed to him It also makes the point that having enough dignity and personal strength will keep someone from being raped wow, if only the victims in the book had known that.The thing that really, really annoyed me was the fact that the surprise ending that the victim is being molested by her father is obvious from pretty early in the book, so I was just waiting for the satisfaction of seeing that revealed Instead the book puts it in the very last paragraph and the molester goes unpunished Presumably this is because the girl deserves what is happening to her no effort is spared in making her out to be a spoiled, selfish and vindictive vixen because of course, that s what teenagers from broken homes are when they act out But the end message is that it s fine for the real crime to go unnoticed and unpunished the important thing is that the two lovers are able to ride off into the sunset together.

  7. says:

    Another good book of Picoult s This time, it was about an innocent teacher who was accused of sexual misconducts with a female student and had gotten out of prison for serving time on that He moved into a new town, and unfortunately soon, everyone knew of his past and the accusations started up again He was also innocent this time around He had drunkenly stumbled across a group of girls who were out in the woods celebrating a Wiccan holiday, and their lies landed him in jail With thanks to the devotion and faith of his new girlfriend, the truth began to unravel, bringing everything out in the open, including the very first girl whose accusation started it all A powerful book makes you think and realize the power of lies and how they can really DESTROY innocent people and lives This is definitely a book I will keep for my library.

  8. says:

    A most frustrating book It is written on a formula perfect for Lifetime TV for women It is clearly intended to be an issue oriented novel on the subject of the abuse of Megan s law and false accusations The subject is not an easy one to deal with I didn t like the graphic sex or the bad language I didn t like the choppy style of jumping from one point of view to another without a transition It was difficult to follow Although the author apparently wanted a sensational surprise at the ending it was totally predictable I was only surprised by the revelation of who the guilty party was in the unreported rape of one of the main characters I was disappointed that when this revelation came the author and the character were content with an apology The guilty party should have taken responsibility by turning himself in to the law and accepting the punishment he deserved The real continuing perpetrator in the small town of Salem Falls should have been exposed in a way that his criminal behavior ended That was the surprised that everyone the innocent as well as the guilty somehow avoided the consequences of their actions On the other hand I did read the whole thing because I wanted to see how it all turned out.

  9. says:

    This book presents a story filled with feeling and truth telling a complicated tale filled with mistakes and misunderstandings and interwoven with a storyline about Wickens Teenage witches SureInitially, I was a little sceptical at the blending of these two things a story about a wrongfully accused high school teacher who, having left prison and gone to a small town, again gets charged with rape and a group of teenage girls who practice magik But, Picoult was able to work these two concepts into a story, and a good one at that, that is about much than witches and rape it s about identity and finding one s self, about love and acceptance, and about how people should not be judged by their pasts because the truth is not always there on the surface I m not sure what else to say but God, that ending was something.

  10. says:

    The only other book have ever read by Jodi Picoult was My Sister s Keeper It wasn t great, it wasn t all that good It was ok at best

    That book was leaps and bounds better than Salem s Falls This is an awful, awful book It stinks Also, I didn t like it beware here there be major spoilers I may have gotten some minor details wrong and left some stuff out, but this is basically what happens Jack, a sensitve drifter with a past, wanders into a New England town He quickly and easly lands a job washing dishes at the local diner But Jack is not your run of the mill drifter, oh no He is a former teacher and soccer coach He was recently released from prison following a wrongful conviction for statutory rape A student, Catherine, had such bad crush on him she kept a fake diary of thier romance Her father found it and assumed it was real.Anyway, Jack is very handsome He is also good at guessing the answers on Jeopardy This is very important His skill at Jeopardy even saved him from prison rape Sorta Did I mention he is handsome Because he is Handsome.Addie, that s the diner s owner, has her own problems Her daughter Chloe has died but she continues to talk about her as if she alive She even makes her lunches At some pont it also comes out that Chloe was concieved as a result of rape, because a dead kid just isn t dramatic enough Addie s daddy is also a lush.Jack humors Addie about her dead daughter This combined with his dazzling handsomeness and prowess at Jeopardy makes Addie fall in love with him.Then the word gets out that Jack is a convicted sex offender Addie and Jack s romance keeps on going after she learns about his conviction because he says he didn t do it Other people in town don t take the news so well They try to drive him out of town Set a fire, beat him up You know, the usual.On top of all that, there this a group of teenage girls who practice Wicca That s right, Salem Falls has witches Gillian who is basically the lead witch has the hots for Jack This is all on account of his excessive handsomeness and because her daddy tells her to stay away from him Gillian has some big ol issues By the end it is strongly implied her father is sleeping with her Don t complain I told you there would be spoilers Meanwhile, since things are going so well with Addie, Jack decides its time to fuck things up He packs up Chloe s room without consulting Addie Addie freaks out Jack gets drunk at a local bar with Addie s lush of a father Then he stumbles off through the woods where he happens on the local teenage witches performng some kind of teenage witchery Naked teenage witchery Gillian throws herself at Jack He manfully resists and stumbles on back to Addie s house.Addie forgives him for packing up Chloe s things and lets him back in The next morning the cops break in and arrest and Jack for raping Gillian in the woods Addie isn t quite so sure if she trusts Jack any Jack gets a lawyer who thinks he is guilty, then decides Jack is innocent, but changes him mind again, and again Some information about the girl s naked witchery comes out, and the fact they were high comes as well.Addie decides to visit Catherine, the first girl who accused Jack of rape Addie realizes Jack is innocent because the time Catherine said she met Jack was when Jeopardy was on She knows that Jack wouldn t miss Jeopardy ever Not even for sex Addie gets Catherine to admit to her that Jack is innocent, but refuses to come forward in court At some point, I forget exactly when, one of the guys who raped Addie decides to apologize to her and she accepts, just like that No big whoop.More boring trial stuff happens and then suddenly Catherine dramatically shows up in court and admits she never had sex with Jack Jack is acquitted of raping Gillian He is only guilty of being handsome and good at Jeopardy Gillian was so pissed that Jack wouldn t have sex with her she accuses him of rape for funsies Girls Addie and Jack decide to leave town together because people there will never ever, not ever, accept Jack.Excessive handsomeness ruins peoples lives, Ya ll Addie s drunken father takes over the diner.Happily ever after The end.Except the last scene is Gillian s father telling her that he is the only one for and kissing her on the mouth Ugh.I hate this book I really, really hate this book.

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