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Salem Falls Paperback – 7 Nov 2005

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (7 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340835532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340835531
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.9 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 780,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gripping - you'll be riveted by this multilayered tale of small-town intrigue (Glamour)

A chilling tale of covens and corruption (Cosmopolitan)

Picoult has been incredibly successful in dissecting the pain that family members go through when faced with sensitive and emotive issues (Daily Express)

Picoult trades on gripping, emotive plots hinged upon gnarly ethical dilemmas . . . Picoult's pitch and pace are masterly and hardly conducive to a good night's sleep. (Financial Times)

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A riveting drama of ordinary people under pressure from the Richard & Judy Book Club bestselling author Jodi Picoult.

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Jack St Bride ends up in Salem Falls following eight months spent in prison for a rape (against a minor) that he didn't commit. He tries to keep his head down and keep out of trouble, but finds himself falling for Addie Peabody, the owner of the local diner. He also begins to get unwanted attention from a group of young girls, who all think of themselves as Wiccan.

As soon as news is out that Jack was accused of sexual assault and rape, the town's folk go out of their way to make him unwelcome. Then he gets accused of rape by the daughter of one of most influential men in town...the inevitable courtroom drama follows...

This was a really enjoyable book. The characters were well drawn, even if they weren't particularly likeable! The drama moves on at a good pace and there's a bit of a twist at the end.
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Perception is reality in this chilling tale of how one man can be condemmed not once, but twice. Jacks tale of resettling himself after his life is turned upside down is told in a such a way that you feel like a spring is being tightened with every word. You are just waiting for things to go the wrong way, despite the fact that he is trying so hard to do the right thing and keep his nose clean. You can't help but fall for his character. Addie is the woman he loves, her strength and determination to make the right decision is overwhelming and keeps you turning the pages. The coven of silly girls playing at being wicca witches will infuriate you, remember the ribbon!! I will say no more...
This is a compelling read, buy it and be transported to a world where people see only what they believe, rather than believing what they see and know to be true.
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I've only recently discovered Jodi Picoult, and really enjoyed the first couple of books, but then realised that it was getting rather samey - easy to guess where the story was going and knowing what would happen in the inevitable court case.

This one started out, for me, in a way where I could just guess who was going to do what ... but suddenly I was completely gripped and couldn't put the book down.

I got a few of my guesses right, but I won't spoil things by saying what these were! Now I'm quite sad that I read the book so fast - it was definitely one of Picoult's best.
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In drama class last year, my teacher offered the opinion that Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" couldn't be updated. Boy, was she wrong. "Salem Falls" tells the story of Jack St. Bride, a formerly brilliant teacher who has just endured a spell in prison after being falsely accused of raping one of his students.

Moving to the small town of Salem Falls, he takes a job at the local diner owned by Addie Peabody, and slowly starts to build a relationship with her.

However, when he rebuffs the advances of the daughter of the richest man in town, he finds himself on the end of a modern day witch hunt as the girl attempts to hide a dark secret...

The fluid narration sweeps you along, offering insight into each brilliantly drawn character as the gripping plot twists and turns. This stew of love, loyalty, lust, hysteria, honesty and corruption will grip you from first page to last. Ms Picoult, I salute you!
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I have read 4 Jodi Picoult books, starting with My Sisters Keeper (which I would recommend as a starting point to those who have yet to read Picoult books) and Salem Falls is clearly the best. I was a little disheartend by some choices Picoult made in The Pact and was unconvinced that she would grip me again with Salem Falls, but I'm so glad I tried it. If you never read another Jodi Picoult book again, stick with Salem Falls. Picoult makes her wisest character and plot choices in this book and the resolve makes sense (something she doesn't always pull off!)
I wont give it away, but the plot is terrific so bloody well.
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By Stracs VINE VOICE on 16 Jan. 2006
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I was already a fan of Jodi Picoult, having read three of her other novels, and Salem Falls has only strengthened my high opinion of her as a novelist. Whilst not as good as her awesome My Sister's Keeper, this book only slightly falls short of that very high standard. It is a powerful and thought provoking read in its own right. Basically, Salem Falls follows the story of Jack St Bride, wrongly accused of sexually assaulting a girl in his previous role as a teacher, Jack has just been released from prison and ends up in Salem Falls, working in a diner. He begins a relationship with the diner's owner Addie, only to be accused of rape again by a group of local girls. It is then down to Jordan McAfee (a defence lawyer first introduced in another Picoult novel, The Pact) to try to rescue Jack from the same fate.
I did find it a little hard to get into the book at first, but once I did I was gripped. Picoult builds the story very clevely, making you doubt whether Jack was actually innocent in the previous case and whether or not he is telling the truth this time. She also creates a good insight into the minds of young women who make false accusations and certainly helped me understand a bit better why people sometimes want to ruin the lives of others in this way. The character's for the most part are appealling and believable, though not always likeable. They are all flawed, and so it never appears black and white as to who is to blame for the events, which of course makes it believable. As in her previous novels, Picoult displays a strong insight into how the minds of young people work and thus describes the group of teenagers who accuse Jack particularly well.
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