Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult

Title: Salem Falls
Author: Jodi Picoult
Series: Stand alone book
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 514 Pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Overall Rating:

Synopsis (from the book cover):
A handsome stranger comes to the sleepy New England town of Salem Falls in hopes of burying his past: Once a teacher at a girl's 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 his new routine and Addie finds this unassuming man fitting easily inside her heart. But amid the rustic calm of Salem Falls, a quartet of teenage girls harbor dark secrets - and they maliciously target Jack with a shattering allegation. Not at the center if a modern-day witch hunt, Jack is forced once again to proclaim his innocence: to a town searching for answers, to a justice system where truth become a slippery concept written in shades of gray, and to the woman who has come to love him.
First Sentence: Several miles into his journey, Jack St. Bride decided to give up his former life.

My Review: 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 public) and false accusations to readers’ eyes.

In Salem Falls, we were introduced to a character, Jack St. Bride, who spent eight months of his life behind the bars over crime he didn’t commit. When he arrived in the small town of Salem Falls, New Hampshire, all he intended to do was to run away from his past and start anew. Landed a job as a dishwasher at a local diner, romance soon started to bud between him and Addie Peabody, the diner’s owner. As the thing from Jack’s past was made public, the people of Salem Falls treated Jack with such hatred. Through this ordeal, the relationship between him and Addie continued to blossom and they learnt quite a lot of heartbreaking things about each other. However, when a girl from a Wiccan group that practiced Pagan ritual accused Jack of raping her, everything began to shatter. Jack relived his nightmare once again but this time, he swore to himself that he won’t plead guilty like he did before. Will he survive against this brutal allegation this time?

Diving into this book was like peeling an onion. Secrets were carefully revealed, layer by layer, as you go through page after page. The plot was well thought out and seriously engaging. Even though it was a little obvious how the trial might end, the whole processes and characters behaviours made me thoroughly involved with the story. The revelation about Wiccan and their ritual really caught my interest because I’ve never really heard of this thing. Besides that, there was also a shocking revelation towards the end of the book which made me read back few chapters and reanalyse certain characters motives This book was  totally unputdownable and the fact that I finished it in one day really tells a lot.

Final Verdict: A very fascinating and enjoyable read especially to those who love a complex story which was narrated from multiple perspectives. A juicy work by Picoult that would make you question, make you think and make you say "I knew it!" when you cross the end line of the book.  

Memorable Quote: She was doing this because she knew what it was like to hit rock bottom and to need someone to give you a leg up. She was doing this because she understood how a world jammed with phones and emails and faxes could still leave you feel utterly alone - Addie Peabody


  1. Great review! I've read this one a while ago and while it wasn't one of my favourites by Picolut, I still really enjoyed it! I'll be reading House Rules soon so I can't wait for that!

  2. @Bookalicious: Hi! Thank you for stopping by. To be honest, there is a lot more Picoult's books that I haven't read. As compared to Second Glance and The Pact, I certainly like this one A LOT better =) Perhaps it'll change once I've read more. We'll see.

  3. Sounds like an incredibly riveting story! Great review!

  4. This book looks like a deeply emotional read! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  5. The only thing I've read by Picoult is My Sister's Keeper, which I enjoyed, but this one sounds like a powerful read as well!

  6. What a great review! And I think I may file that favorite quote away for a later date, because I love it! Now I'm anxious to read the few novels I have by Picoult sitting on my shelf. Thank you!

  7. I haven't read this one, but I love Jodi Picoult! I'll definitely have to read this one soon.

  8. I read a lot of her books, some are hard to read but all worth it! I love how you do the first sentence! Thanks for following my blog, I'm following yours now! :)

  9. Awesome review. This is one of my top 5 favorites by her. 19 Minutes is definitely my topic pick but this one was well played out as well. Jodi is definitely my all time fave author.

  10. Sounds soooo sad. I feel bad for him already.

  11. The only Picoult book I've read was My Sister's Keeper, but I do want to read more at some point. I'm going to keep this one in mind!

  12. I've haven't read Salem Falls, but do enjoy a good Picoult novel. I love "peeling onions" while reading books. Great review!

  13. I have only read My Sister's Keeper and enjoyed her writing style, so will add this to TBR!