Saturday, September 9, 2017

Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult

Salem Falls
Release Date: November 7th, 2005
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 472 Pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal interest
Find the Author: Website

Jack St. Bride 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 career and reputation. Now, after a devastatingly public ordeal that left him with an eight-month jail sentence and no job, Jack resolves to pick up the pieces of his life. He takes a job washing dishes at Addie Peabody's diner and slowly starts to form a relationship with her in the quiet New England village of Salem Falls. But just when Jack thinks he has outrun his past, a quartet of teenage girls with a secret turn his world upside down once again, triggering a modern-day witch hunt in a town haunted by its own history


Anyone who knows me in the slightest knows that I LOVE Jodi Picoult. She is on my auto-buy list, which means that I'll buy anything she writes without even needing to know what it is about.

Salem Falls is a page-turner! And it is no small feat. It's packed in a  472, small font package, but even so, you will fly through this one! Each chapter break will make you want to go on to the next.

Picoult, like most of her novels, divides the book up into all of the main characters points of view, and in Salem Falls it is quite a few perspectives. However, each character has a very strong voice and presence. Not once did a character muddy into one another. They all stood very powerfully on their own.

The writing style is typical Jodi. Epic! She knows just how to rope and lasso you where you simply cannot break free...but you wouldn't even want to anyway. She delivers the story at such a perfect pace. Dangling each word in front of your eyes, while you keep grasping for more. Picoult sure knows how to write court room drama. That is just one of the qualities I adore about her. She takes the law to a whole new level. In Salem Falls she takes the heart-wrenching subject of rape and the brutal environment of a courtroom and puts in front of us a dramatic, vicious back-and-forth that will leave you jumping sides more often than you thought you could!

Another wonderful Picoult book that definitely won't disappoint. And if you're new to Jodi Picoult, this is a great pick to start you off on your journey with her!

“There is a place in you that you don't even know exists, where you can simply stand back and watch without feeling any pain.” ― Jodi PicoultSalem Falls

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