Home > Books > Fiction > Modern Fiction Books > S Modern Fiction Books > Salem Falls - Jodi Picoult
Salem Falls - Jodi Picoult

Community images

  • Salem Falls - Jodi Picoult

Reviews - Salem Falls - Jodi Picoult

Jack St. Bride was once a beloved teacher and soccer coach at a girls' private school - until a student's crush sparked a powder keg of accusation and robbed him of his career and reputation. Now, afte...

> Show product information

Characters
How does it compare ...
How does it compare ...
Readability
Story

User reviews

Filter by
Review type
  • standard reviews (15)
Product rating
  • (9)
  • (6)
Sort by Helpfulness
  • Helpfulness
  • Product rating
  • Date

Super

“One Man's Fall”

published 13/08/2007

Interesting issues to debate, superb characters

Plot problems, doesn't realise full potential

Salem Falls reminded me of another of Jodi Picoult’s books, Perfect Match; perhaps partly because it’s a novel that doesn’t realise its full potential, but also because it deals with the difficult topic of sexual abuse and false accusation, albeit in very different circumstances. This time, the...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Excellent

“We all fall down..”

published 23/12/2005

Wonderfully written, Engaging, Hard to put down

Deals with some quite uncomfortable issues

Salem Falls, the 2001 novel from celebrated author Jodi Picoult, is, by her own admission, a reworking of Arthur Millers "The Crucible", taking contemporary issues and fashioning them into a modern day witch hunt. It centres around a sleepy New Hampshire town of the same name. The town, like many...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Excellent

Fast paced, page turner

Sometimes wooden characters

I had never read Jodi Picoult before I read this book. To be brutally honest, I really didn't think she was going to be my kind of author and I do believe that I deducted this purely from the style of the covers and to be fair, some of the blurbs. I had seen her as well and had put her down as a...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Excellent

An amazing book to read absolutely page turning an...

none I dont think

Well having just finished this book I can safely say Jodi Picoult has still yet to disappoint me. I have been an avid fan since reading a review of my sister’s keeper back in 2005, and so far I haven’t looked back as her books are the best I have ever read. They are all about factious moral...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Super

“A Modern Day Witch Hunt”

published 07/03/2009

gripping story

I didnt like the way paganism was portrayed.

When ex teacher Jack St Bride is released from prison after serving a sentence for raping a schoolgirl he is homeless and penniless. He ends up in the sleepy little town of Salem Falls and is offered a job in Addie's diner and tries to put his past behind him and build a new life. Addie Peabody...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Excellent

“Wow what a read 2”

published 11/01/2006

A great read

I've finished it

Overall View: Wow! This is now the third Jodi Picoult book taht I have read. I reviewed the first one - The Pact, but have been unable to review the second - Perfect Match, as it is not on th esite and I cannot work out how to put it on? And now - Salem Falls, yet another great read. The Hook: As...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Excellent

“Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult”

published 26/05/2007

cant put it down

none

Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult Can a leopard change its spots? Can people really be given a second chance? Can you always believe what you hear? Are things EVER what they seem? All reasonable questions and ones to make you think. These are the sorts of questions you begin to ask yourself whist...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Super

interesting plot; relevant storylines; engaging st...

some characters lack depth

'Several miles into his journey, Jack St Bride decided to give up his former life.' In this way the first sentence of the book introduces you to a key character who is trying to distance himself from a false conviction that caused him to spend ten months in jail. By sharing Jack's first few...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Excellent

Excellent plot, relatable characters, great author...

Not enough of it!

This story is outstanding.and I love Jodi Picoult... so much so that she's my new favourite author! In this book Jodi tells the tale of Jack McBride, an 'innocent' sex offender who has served jail time for sex offences to a minor. The story goes on to involve everything and anything you can...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Super

“couldn't put it down”

published 19/02/2006

gripping, confidently talks about very uncomfotabl...

too short

I recieved this book in the post for my birthday and was dubious about having the time to read it, however once started I made sure I made the time! I was even reading this whilst breast feeding my baby! I dont want to spoil the read for anyone, so i will try and give an essense of the story...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Super

Enthralling

Some unnecessary chapters

This is the second Jodi Picould book I read after The Pact and I found it far more enjoyable to the first one. The one thing I really like about the way Jodi Picoult writes is her description of characters. They are so well described that they become real and you get a very good sense of how they...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Super

“a great holiday read”

published 11/10/2009

good characters and story

none

All my friends raves about Jodi Picoult and i had yet to read one of her books, so when going on holiday recently i decided to pick up one of her novels as part of my holiday reading. having looked at several in the book store i decided upon Salem Falls. Salem Falls is the story of Jack St Bride...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Excellent

“Got me Hooked!!”

published 15/01/2008

Great story and great detail put in to it

none

This was the first book i read of Jodi Picoult's. I only got it cos it was on one of those offers of 4 from 50p for a book club. However, i couldn't put the book down. It had me gripped from start to finish and i was even trying to work out the answer to it all as i was reading. I was close to...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Excellent

The main character Jack

The fact that the story ends.

Ok, im not going to talk about the book that much due to not wanting to waste it for you all. The book sets about getting the reader very involved in Jack and his new girlfriend, Jodi makes the reader fall in love with him before telling them about his past. He goes into the woods drunk and soon...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Excellent

“Great read!”

published 16/02/2007

Compelling, Keeps you thinking

Hits home

Jack St. Bride teacher and soccer coach at a girls' prep school until a student's crush landed him in prison and on a sex offenders list. After being released 8 months later Jack tries to pick up the pieces of his life. He takes a job washing dishes at Addie Peabody's diner and slowly starts to...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0