Salem Falls - Jodi Picoult

Salem Falls

By Jodi Picoult

  • Release Date: 2001-05-18
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Salem Falls book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 234 Ratings)

Salem Falls Jodi Picoult Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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.
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 Ph.D. 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.

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User reviews about this book

  • Salem Falls!!

    By I*CC*U
    First book I read from Jodi Picoult and it caught my attention quickly.. Really great read
  • Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult

    By club425
    Amazing! As usual Picoult is in tiptop form
  • Salem Falls

    By Pickles 7
    Wow loved this book. Jodi Picoult did an awesome job weaving a storyline that pulled you in and kept you up all night trying to finish
  • Different than what I have read of her other works...but still great!

    By C.lee.stanzil
    I have been a fan of her books for the last 10+ years. While this book was good, I found it didn't follow the traditional pace of her books. Typically there is a HUGE unexpected twist within the last couple of pages, and while this had "twists" at the end of the story they were no where near the level that I have read previously, it was actually kind of an expected ending, including the last sentence (if you pay attention to the hints/clues throughout the novel)
  • Great

    By Inpassing
    Very, very good book! Read it in two days. Definitely a page turner! Highly recommend!
  • Ugh

    By *W*~*A*
    Jodi wrote this? Awful!!!
  • Riveting!!

    By Lamagirl
    Out of the five J.P. books I've read, this was definitely at the top of the list! Usually I'm not a big fan of her endings, but this one left you wanting more. I loved the parallels between this novel and The Crucible and the clever way Jodi developed each character in Salem Falls. Can't wait to read another one of her novels!
  • Loved it

    By Danittl
    Typical Picoult-keeps you on the edge of your seat &never able to put the book down! Keep them coming!
  • It's Okay

    By djerez
    The book was okay. Didn't like how the author kept flip flopping back and forth in her storyline. Will def read other books from Jodi.
  • Great read!!!

    By Lou Loon
    I'm a big fan of Jodi P's books. I'm always satisfied with the stories beginning through end. Salem Falls was an awesome book.

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