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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  47,489 ratings  ·  2,437 reviews
Love can redeem a man...but secrets and lies can condemn him.

A handsome stranger comes to the sleepy New England town of Salem Falls in hopes of burying his past: Once a teacher at a girls' prep school, Jack St. Bride was destroyed when a student's crush sparked a powder keg of accusation. Now, washing dishes for Addie Peabody at the Do-Or-Diner, he slips quietly into
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Paperback, First Washington Square Press Trade Paperback Edition, 434 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Washington Square Press (first published 2001)
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Brad
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
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Rosey
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 ...more
Shelah
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 ...more
Yvonne
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
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Ellie
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 ...more
Christina
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.” {pg.
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Shawn

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
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Tina
Sep 06, 2008 Tina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nancy
Recommended to Tina by: Shanna
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.
Nina
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Mari Biella
Jul 27, 2010 Mari Biella rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of fast-paced drama
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
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Nora aka Diva
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 ...more
Cherie
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 ...more
Jennifer
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Shy
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 to pu ...more
Nilanjona
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 ...more
Ryan Mac
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 ...more
Sandra
Aug 17, 2014 Sandra rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Jack, an enthusiastic high school teacher and football coach, got in big trouble: he wrongfully got accused of seducing a teenage girl and went to prison for 8 months (long enough to forget how a car door works - Jack is kind of an idiot). After he gets out, he wants to start over and moves to Salem Falls, a nice little town. There, he finds a new job and a girlfriend. But unfortunately, word gets out about his past and most people are not welcoming. And Jack is kind of an idiot, so he gets accu ...more
Amy
Jul 18, 2008 Amy rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: absolutely no one.
This is one of the worst books that I've read...only slightly better than the very few that I've not been able to finish.

Pathetic. It's going to make a perfect Lifetime movie, with scenes from "The Craft".

puke.
Julianna
May 22, 2014 Julianna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Dramatic Stories
Reviewed for THC Reviews
Salem 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
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Imas
Satu lagi buku Jodi Picoult yang aku suka. Jatuh cinta dengan Jodi Picoult sejak membaca My Sister Keeper, lalu Perfect Match dan selanjutnya perburuan karya2 Picoult lainnya. Seorang guru dan pelatih sepak bola disekolah khusus putri Jack St. Bride dibebaskan dari penjara setelah menjalani hukuman atas tuduhan penyerangan seksual terhadap salah satu siswi sekaligus atlit sepak bola yang dilatihnya. Jack menjalani hukuman selama 9 bulan setelah mendapat pertimbangan hukum dari pengacarany auntuk ...more
Emma K
I read “Salem Falls” by Jodi Picoult. The main character, Jack St. Bride loves his job of teaching high school social studies. What he loves most about his job is the soccer team that he gets to coach each fall. Even though he is very young, he is content with his life and all aspects of it. Until his star soccer player accuses him of sexually assaulting her. Jack is blown away by this horrifying accusation. The court finds him guilty of the crime and he gets sent to jail for 8 months. When Jac ...more
Shea
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
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Jennifer
This is the story of Jack St. Bride, a fictional character, who has served time in jail after being falsely accused and erroneously convicted of statutory rape. The story begins with Jack being released from prison and it is readily apparent to the reader that his life has been shattered seemingly beyond repair. Formerly an effective teacher, popular soccer coach and PhD, Jack must rebuild his life without the help of friends or resources. Wanting to start fresh, Jack relocates to another small ...more
Carol Preston
Another excellent story from Jodi Picoult. A man falsely accused and imprisoned for sexual assault trying to rebuild his life but finding his past haunting him. For those who like a gripping court trial, who are willing to explore the hard issues around sexual assault, this story is compelling.
Lexie
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 ...more
Jayme
I could not finish this book: I thought the lead character was a complete idiot and the teenage girls that were in the story were just awful.
This is the only Picoult book that I did not like, so far anyway. She has more than enough books out there so do yourself a favor and just skip this one.
Kathy
What can I say, I was in the airport looking for something to read and in a moment of weakness, picked up this book for an easy read. Stupid read is more like it. I will finish it, however, as it will probably be a movie. Just a silly book.
itchy
4 stars for breaking the stereotype
LisaS
I KNEW IT!!!! My hunch was validated by the last sentence of the book. A good read, probably would give it 3.5 stars. Not my favorite JP book, but definitely well written and enjoyable.
Sierra
I love Picoult's novels because they bring up great issues and this book is no exception. Mirroring The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible, this book takes you behind the scenes of a convicted rapist who is innocent.

Picoult weaves together a beautiful love story between Addie and Jack, one who is accused of raping a girl(s) and one who has been raped. Both are offered a second chance at love and life considering their pasts.

We also are introduced to teenage girls in Salem as a reader tries to deci
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-two novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers 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, LEAVING TIME, is now available in hardcover, ebook, and audio.

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