Salem Falls

Salem Falls

by Jodi Picoult
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Salem Falls 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 349 reviews.
RZAZ31210 More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of my favorites so far by Jodi Picoult. I did not want to put this book down, I just wanted to keep reading to find out what happens! I was so absorbed in Jack's character and the struggles he went through being wrongfully accused of something. This was a great book that kept the pages turning while revealing unexpecting circumstances. She peels back the layers throughout the whole book until you are left at the end with an unexpected twist.especially in this one! Picoult chooses great topics for her books and intertwines crime, truth, and romance all at once. She does a wonderful job writing and I would recommend this book to anyone!
PiccoultFan More than 1 year ago
This is my all-time favorite book. Definately one of Jodi Piccoult's best, and I have read many of hers. This novel will have you re-thinking your opinions and impressions of people, a true tale of a modern-day witch-hunt. The ending shocked me to the point where I gasped aloud. You will love this book!!!!
jsmrph76 More than 1 year ago
As always I can not put her books down until the end. She has interesting characters and great writing style. I felt this story was probably not very realistic in many ways but made for an interesting story to make a point. The only problem I have with this author is that the story gets a little long about 3/4 of the way thru and could be a little shorter. I think there is too much repetition of conversations toward the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this one started off slow, it really picked up the pace about a third of the way in. After that, I could not put it down. The characters are complex and I am always amazed at how well the author researches topics and writes so effortlessly about them. While the ending was a tad predictable, the whole story was amazing!
Jd4343 More than 1 year ago
I was hooked within the first chapter.. kept me intrigued and guessing the whole way through. This book had my attention in the first chapter and kept it until the last, where as "My Sisters Keeper" and "The Pact" (both amazing books) took awhile to get into and to understand the characters.
AvidBookworm More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by Jodi Picoult. I have to say...I feel she's a good writer, and based on this book I'm compelled to read a few more of her novels.

Salem Falls was good, not GREAT where I can't stop thinking about it, but good. There were a couple of events that happened where you think, "You've got to be kidding me!! No one could be that unlucky!" or "Seriously Jack, as innocent as it seems, what were you thinking?!" But you just have to look past those head bangers to understand the story.

The book is a loose translation/modern version of The Crucible, which involves a witch hunt of some sort. Jack St. Bride is the main character of the story, and I did come to feel compassion for him. The story kicks off with him being released from prison where he served a sentence for statutory rape. A crime that unfortunately he didn't commit. He goes to Salem Falls to seize a fresh start. Through forces outside of his control, that just doesn't happen. Jack is targeted by the folks of Salem Falls for the events of his past, and they want him out of their town and are willing to go to extreme measures to see it happen.

Why did I take away one star? Two reasons (1) the head bangers I referred to above and (2) the story is unfolded through a series of flashbacks. Flashbacks in storytelling are always difficult for me because I like a steady stream of chronological information. However, I have to admit it does serve its purpose in this story because with every flashback, there was a clear example of Jack¿s regard for women based on events, experiences and people in his life.

The book makes you think about several things, such as whether or not you are really able to reinvent yourself and put your past behind you, the effect that lies have on people and how they can harm and destroy lives, and lastly IMO the influence the others have in your life and how they shape your decisions.

Good book, definitely worth the investment of time and attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The obnoxious girls were NOT Wiccans. We live by the Rede, which states "Do what you will providing it harms no one." It is acceptable in my faith to cast a love spell to attract love--but no Wiccan witch would cast one to force a specific personto love her, because controlling someone is pbviously hsrmful. It is very clear from this book and anotghet one that Ms. pivcoult knows not a damned thing about Wicca. The only Wiccan is the store ownet, and she is portrayed as a flake. If you care about accurracy, don't waste your money.
Lorinda shaw More than 1 year ago
Great novel predictable at times
Gr8teaching More than 1 year ago
This was the first book by Picoult that I have ever read and it was this book that convinced me that Jodi Picoult was my new favorite author. I have bought many other of her books since reading this one and I still feel as though this was my favorite so far. The characters are interesting and convincing. The plot will make you want to keep reading even after you know you should cut yourself off and turn out the lights to get some sleep before getting up to rush off to work. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mysterious mind bending plot. It will keep you guessing until the end.
Jilly_Wiz More than 1 year ago
Jack St. Bride goes on a unexcuseable journey through the justice system on hopes of exposing the truth. After coming out of a 8 month setence, Jack starts anew in Salem Falls where love is unexpectedly exposed. But once again Jack's past follows him. As Jack goes through his own personal struggle, the reader gets absorbed. This book, like most books by Jodi Picoult, is a joy to read. The reader becomes absorbed in crime, scandal, romance, and truth. This book is a great page turner that goes in-depth to expose unexpected circumstances. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!! Like all her other books this is shocking and hard too put down. I love how she picks crazy topics that everyone else is too scared to even get near. Her books are really something and I would tell anyone too read this
mcgibler More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Jodi Picoult fan, so I suppose I'm a bit biased, but this was a very good book! It kept me guessing and had me reading whenever I could. This was the book I stayed up until 4 in the morning to finish, just because I HAD to know. I'm not a huge fan of the way the narration switches between characters so frequently, but it's easy to forgive once you get into it. The plot is very well-developed, and the motivation behind the characters is true to real life. I don't know of many people who would start reading this book (or any other Picoult book, for that matter!) and not finish it! Definately reccommended :)
mckguinness More than 1 year ago
wow! jodi picoult writes amazing literature. her books are so complex and posess many different layers....her books are like an onion, and you have to peel back the layers and see what is really at the core. i couldnt put this book down! it was great i would recommend it to anyone. if you love the story of someone wronged put to justice with romance and intrigue this would be the book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband gave me this book a few years ago before Ms. Picoult became such a hit. I was immediately caught by the story and have gone on to read all her books. I bought this copy to give as a gift and to introduce another reader to her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to read this book, being that I own 3 of her others... but it wasn't what I expected at all. It was so slow, I ended up just bringing it back half read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel was pretty good, but some of her earlier novels definitely outshine this one. The plot was easy to hold on to, and the courtroom scenes were captivating, but my main problem was with Picoult's depiction of Wicca. She portrays it like the movie 'The Craft', rather than an actual religion. The girls are able to completely heal a man with a stroke overnight, as well as give one of their popular peers a brain tumor...yeah, right. It is almost insulting to actual Wiccans or those very familiar with the religion, and it also added an element close to fantasy to this otherwise well-written novel. Additionally, there were far too many characters who were referred to on a first-name basis, causing confusion and unnecessary research into previous parts of the book to refresh one's memory. Pick up this novel if you are a huge Picoult fan, otherwise get one of her earlier novels instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate books that flip back and forth in time. I'd be all engrossed in the story then, all of the sudden, we were 20 years prior. If all of her books are written this way, this will be the last book of hers that I will read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story line was disturbing to say the least .The ending is even more disturbing -which makes this book one you really cant put down & makes one think of the power of words.
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If you like the courtroom scenes then you'll love this one!