Salem Falls, by Jodi Picoult
I bought this book a few years back, started it; abandoned it. But recently a group of us PTA moms needed an excuse to get together after our end-of-the-year planning committee had commenced. Why not a book club?!! Salem Falls was the choice of the hostess. I had a slight bit of dread, honestly, because I knew I had abandoned it before and was worried I’d need to struggle through it.
I put off reading it until the week before Book Club. Started it Monday, finished it Wednesday. It wasn’t so bad.
Newly released prisoner (convicted of statutory rape), settles in small town, takes job at diner, meets up with quirky loner-type owner… gets paths crossed with some teenage girls that are “witches” and is, once again, accused of a sex-offense. Courtroom drama ensues (Picoult style), love triangles flying all over the place… connections made between characters. Yeah. It was most definitely a Picoult book.
All in all, it was alright. Should bring up some interesting discussion.
I would not re-read this book and would maybe recommend it to a friend if they like Picoult. Probably not one of her best, though.
Finished: June 2008
3 thoughts on “Salem Falls”
I understand what you mean about the Picoult books. After awhile, they all start reading the same.
1. Quasi-normal life
2. Catastrophic event
3. Courtroom drama
4. Twist that is so unexpected you end up being able to call it from a mile away
5. Convenient wrap-up.
Yeah, some of them were better reads to me, but they all seem to follow the basic format that you got right there spot on.
Yep, it’s not one of Picoult’s better books. I really enjoyed 9th Circle. She’s pretty hard hitting.