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A Modern Day Witch Hunt

Advantagesgripping story

DisadvantagesI didnt like the way paganism was portrayed.

"...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 has a few skeletons in her closet of her own. She lives a solitary life following the death of her only daughter; her life consists of running her diner and keeping tabs on her widowed alcoholic father. She is curious about this stranger who is obviously well educated, what has led him to washing dishes ..." Read review
07.03.2009

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Community Level 3cocoklo

cocoklo

We all fall down..

AdvantagesWonderfully written, Engaging, Hard to put down

DisadvantagesDeals 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, seems entirely innocent on the surface, but hoards a past of corruption, assaults, greed, violence and (intriguingly, but less dangerously) witchcraft. ..." Read review
24.12.2005

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One Man's Fall

AdvantagesInteresting issues to debate, superb characters

DisadvantagesPlot 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 main character is not the victim, but the accused. Jack St Bride arrives in the small New Hampshire town of Salem Falls in a taxi. He has ill-fitting clothes ..." Read review
13.08.2007

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angiebabyqueen

'You can't make up for what you lost'

AdvantagesAn amazing book to read absolutely page turning and unputdownable

Disadvantagesnone I dont think

"...Bride has stumbled upon quiet Salem Falls after serving an eight month sentence in jail for taking a plea bargain on sexual assault. He swears he’s innocent and was pushed into taking the plea bargain as his lawyer told him it would be the shortest sentence he could have, get out of jail and then live his life again. He used to be a history teacher, and it was his student Catherine that came up with the sexual assault charges against him. When ..." Read review
15.07.2009

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charlie-clough

Never judge a book by it's cover

AdvantagesFast paced, page turner

DisadvantagesSometimes wooden characters

"...same. So when I saw Salem Falls in a charity shop whilst perusing for books for my latest holiday, I decided to give it a go. Now, whether it was the sunny disposition I was in whilst in Greece, or the jugs of wine I was drinking whilst reading the book, I was pleasantly surprised by it all. The book focuses on the main character Jack St Bride who has been released from jail after being wrongly accused of raping an underage pupil at the school ..." Read review
19.12.2007

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Community Level 3lynh17

lynh17

Wow what a read 2

AdvantagesA great read

DisadvantagesI've finished it

"...it on? And now - Salem Falls, yet another great read. The Hook: As with all of the books that I have read by Jodi Picoult it is her style of writing that I find to be the hook. No matter whereabouts in the book I am I just do not want to put it down. I literally have to be falling asleep, (or recently glancing at the clock just knowing that there is no chance that I will get up for work in the morning.) to put these books down! As with the ..." Read review
11.01.2006

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Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult

Advantagescant put it down

Disadvantagesnone

"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 reading a Picoult novel and this one is no exception. Jack St. Bride the main character in this book, Salem Falls, was only a short time ago a respected ..." Read review
26.05.2007

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witches, motives and miscreants

Advantagesinteresting plot; relevant storylines; engaging structure

Disadvantagessome characters lack depth

"...feeling the full wrath of Salem Falls. The name of the town creates associations with the witch trials of 1692 but, ironically, the witches in this instance are leading the witch hunt against Jack. The reader is aware of the girl's dubious behaviour and this involves you in the novel when characters are slow to discover key exculpatory evidence. Furthermore, until very late on in the novel, we do not learn exactly what did happen that night, although ..." Read review
04.08.2008

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skye_hoppus

Salem, not just a bad place for witches...

AdvantagesExcellent plot, relatable characters, great author!

DisadvantagesNot 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 imagine... witchcraft, teenage love, teenage hormones, adult love, death, jail, and small town people who like to gossip! One of her more developed books, this ..." Read review
23.01.2006

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Community Level 1sevyg18

sevyg18

When magic meets the Crucibles

AdvantagesEnthralling

DisadvantagesSome unnecessary chapters

"...become their victim. Jack arrives in Salem Falls after having done time in prison for a sexual offence he did not commit. This becomes common knowledge in Salem Falls and his life then becomes a nightmare as the adults of the community try to get him to leave the town whilst 4 teenage girls use his weakness to test their budding witching powers. It's a very good story with a lot of twists and turns but yet again, as in the Pact there is an underlying ..." Read review
07.03.2006

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mussonanna

couldn't put it down

Advantagesgripping, confidently talks about very uncomfotable situations

Disadvantagestoo 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 without revealing the plot. The book follows a story of a teacher accused of sex offences, who moves towns after serving a short sentance in jail. In the ..." Read review
19.02.2006

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Community Level 5iallan

iallan

a great holiday read

Advantagesgood characters and story

Disadvantagesnone

"...book store i decided upon Salem Falls. Salem Falls is the story of Jack St Bride, a former teacher who is wrongly accused and charged with rape against a minor (one of his students), he ends up in prison for 8 months and the book starts as he is released. He ends up settling in a small town called Salem Falls and working as a dishwasher in a diner, keeping his head down and out of trouble he still manages to attract trouble from the towns folk ..." Read review
11.10.2009

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Community Level 1kerry2706

kerry2706

Got me Hooked!!

AdvantagesGreat story and great detail put in to it

Disadvantagesnone

"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 working it out apart from the last twist at the end. i won't spoil it for anyone. As i was readig i was feeling sorry for the guy who was being accused. ..." Read review
15.01.2008

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Community Level 1martyaber

martyaber

Another fantastic book by Jodi Picoult

AdvantagesThe main character Jack

DisadvantagesThe 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 gets arrested for raping a femal The story then ends up in the court-house when his attorney is trying to get him aqquited. The story ends ..." Read review
16.07.2009

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coleen783

Great read!

Advantages Compelling, Keeps you thinking

DisadvantagesHits home

"...quiet New England village of Salem Falls. But just when Jack thinks his life is starting to turn around, 4 teenage girls with a secret turn his world upside down once again, and sparks a modern day witch hunt when the police chief reveals details of his past to the town. Another great book, and you are unable to put it down with twists and turns and revelations all the way through. It has so many themes that can be easily picked up on as well. ..." Read review
16.02.2007

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