Salem Falls

Salem Falls

Jodi Picoult / May 19, 2021

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 evi

  • Title: Salem Falls
  • Author: Jodi Picoult
  • ISBN: 9780743418713
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 love.When Jack St Bride arrives by chance in the sleepy New England town of Salem Falls, he decides to reinveJack 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 love.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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      • Jodi Picoult

        Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty three novels, including the 1 New York Times bestsellers 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, SMALL GREAT THINGS, is available in hardcover, ebook, and audio on October 11th.Website jodipicoult Facebook facebook jodipicoult Twitter twitter jodipicoult


    1. 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 [...]

    2. Onvan : Salem Falls - Nevisande : Jodi Picoult - ISBN : 743418719 - ISBN13 : 9780743418713 - Dar 434 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2001

    3. 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 wel [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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 endi [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. Salem Falls is not exactly what I initially thought the book would be about from reading the synopsis on the back cover; however, it was a very interesting and mostly enjoyable read. Jack St. Bride was a history teacher at a private school who was falsely accused of statutory rape. Jack accepted a plea bargain when his lawyer advised him of all the circumstantial evidence against him and spent eight months in prison for a crime he did not commit. Upon his release, Jack knows that he cannot retur [...]

    11. Salem Falls is easily one of my favorite Jodi Picoult book - one part romance, one part courtroom thriller, two parts social commentary, to quote The Dallas Morning News. This time she tackles Megan’s Law - law enforcement is required to make information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders - and how people are presumed guilty until proven innocent, instead of the other way around. “When I was lying, they hung on every word. And when I told the truth, no one listened. [...]

    12. Among the contemporary writers, I also read recently 'Salem falls' by Jodi Picoult. What I liked about her is: she does not expose only the evils of the society; she also shows our strengths right next to our frailties. To give you a few examples of the positives in her book:- In the opening scene, I'm touched by the compassion of the taxi driver, who picks up Jack for free, when he is walking down the highway, barely clothed on a very cold day, with no money- then you see the reciprocative acts [...]

    13. At first glance Salem Falls is intimidating. The print is small, the book is thick, and once you've dipped a toe into the pages you soon realize that the topic is delicate on top of everything else. It starts off as a slowly progressing story about a man, Jack, who has a past he clearly wishes to leave behind him. He finds himself in the presence of a woman, Addie, with an equally broken past who wishes just as much as Jack does to ignore it. But as with any story and its hidden secrets they are [...]

    14. It is so hard for me not to completely immerse myself in Jodi Picoult's books and ignore the passing of time. I read this in one day--couldn't put it down. I love the way she develops characters to the point that I feel their pain.

    15. 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 [...]

    16. I enjoyed this book and finished it in one day of voracious reading, but I can't bear to give it more than two stars. I enjoy Jodi Picoult books, yes, but this one is not her finest. It seemed like she was trying really hard to write another "Jodi Picoult book," but not paying attention to the way the story unrolled or the characters or their motivations. Part of the reason this book irritated me, I think, was that I had just finished reading Alice Sebold'sLucky , which was a heartrendingly real [...]

    17. I read this some time ago but remember thoroughly enjoying this, in fact it is probably my favourite by the author!

    18. I must admit, before picking this book up I'd never read Jodi Picoult before. I knew she was wildly popular, prolific and highly-praised for her work, and people had been recommending her to me for years, so I thought I'd finally take the plunge. Was it worth it?Well, yes and no. Firstly, there's no doubt about it: Salem Falls is a fast-paced page-turner with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster ride. Nor is Picoult shy of dealing with those contentious topics - rape, incest, the shortcomi [...]

    19. Well done Jodi! You've earned my trust back!Now I know I just wrote a book review for Harvesting the Heart like an hour ago?!? But like I've mentioned in some reviews/my general status update: I HAVE A TON OF REVIEWS TO WRITE TODAY BECAUSE I'M A READING MANIAC/ROBOT AND READ A TON OF BOOKS THIS WEEK!Salem Falls was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good. Again, I have no idea who bought this book for me but THANKS ANYWAYS! Whoever you are, you are the real MVP (this weekend)!I loved everything ab [...]

    20. I don't know what I would really rate this book. I felt that it was well-written (I would expect nothing less from Jodi Picoult) and well-planned, but the subject matter was something I struggled with. I think that's why it took me a lot longer to read this one than some of Picoult's others.I was mostly bothered by the fact that Picoult perpetuated the idea of blaming the victim. The whole trial was basically a way for the defense to discredit Gillian. Regardless of whether or not she was tellin [...]

    21. Prior warning I'm writing this review at 4am having just finished this and I'm both a tad confused as to how the author of Sing You Home could have written this and pretty peed off. Anyone else a little tired of books about rape ending up with the poor, handsome white boy being innocent? Especially when it was clear Picoult was a little bit in love with him, describing his features and his wonderful personality and his pointless subplot about enjoying Jeopardy. To be accused twice of sexual assa [...]

    22. I was waiting for my car to be ready from the service, sat down in a used-books store for the second time in one hour, picked this book out of the shelves rather than the one in my handbag and started reading. It hooked me immediately, so I bought it.Once upon a time (June 2008) Jodi Picoult's "nineteen minutes" was the first book I had read for fun in several months. I read it during a weekend I could not get out of bed from exhaustion and it got me back on my feet. So Jodi Picoult has a specia [...]

    23. I have two words to discribe this novel, contrived and convoluted. From the very beginning this novel is ludicrous. The characters are so unbelievable you just don't care about their individual stories or the "big" picture they are all involved in either. Seriously? A teacher wrongly convicted of a sex crime ends up in a town called Salem Falls with teenaged witches plotting against him just because they can? So of course he is Again faced with false charges of rape being pressed against him, bl [...]

    24. Picoult's books always make you think, and show you how there are many sides to just one issue. On the surface, Salem Falls is the story of a modern-day witchhunt in the form of a rape trial, but it's really the backstories of the characters that make the book what it is. Her style of writing is unpretentious but definitely carries a strong message. From the beginning, it is fairly obvious how the rape trial will end. However, it is the entire process of the trial and the actions of each charact [...]

    25. Reviewed for THC ReviewsSalem Falls was my first read by Jodi Picoult, and I have to say, it did not disappoint. It was an intriguing, multi-layered, dramatic story steeped in small-town secrets and lies. Salem Falls was inspired by Arthur Miller's The Crucible, a story which I haven't read, but about which I'm now curious. In her interview at the end of the book, Ms. Picoult talks about how she wanted to update The Crucible, but also wanted to tell a story about how lies often spread faster tha [...]

    26. Salem Falls is definitely my favourite book by Picoult thus far. She had – again – successfully incorporated a tinge of romance, a tinge of courtroom drama and a tinge of mystery into her writing, which in the end, made up a beautifully written story. As the other books by Jodi Picoult, this is another issue-oriented novel in which she tried to bring forward topics such as Megan’s Law abuse (A law that requires law enforcement to make information regarding registered sex offender available [...]

    27. I have read nearly all of Jodi Picoult's books now (I couldn't get through Second Glance) and this was actually one of her better ones, even though it was extremely ridiculous at times. It is a somewhat convoluted story but basically comes down to this: Jack St. Bride, a teacher and soccer coach, is accused of sexual assault by a student, takes a plea and spends time in jail. Upon getting out of jail, he wants to start a new life and lands in Salem Falls at a diner with Addie, a lady who hires J [...]

    28. If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. This is the second book I've read by Picoult, and she is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. She is immensely talented, knows how to grab the reader from the first page and not let go until way past the last. She weaves her tales with such delicacy and intricacy you forget you're actually reading a fiction novel and not part of the small town where it takes place. I can think of several "authors" who should take a class from her on how to effect [...]

    29. Now that I have plenty of free to time to read, I wanted to rekindle my love for Jodi Picoult & her books. I've read Salem Falls before but hadn't remembered all the details the second time around. SO glad this was the first of her books to read from my hiatus. It was quite long (434 pages) and I got through it in 5 days. That just goes to show how amazingly easy this book was to read and not be able to put down. This book was written in 2001 and reading it more than 10 years later, everythi [...]

    30. So glad to finally finish this book! Time to start my next read to get my mind off this. I never Gillian would do something like this and I always believed Jack was innocent the entire time. It was still a great book!

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