Book Review: Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult

I give this book a five out of five for sure. Despite being 500 plus pages long, it held my attention and I am a page skipper. I’m not ashamed to say it, but no pages were skipped. I think this author has some awesome topics too.
Basically it’s about a teacher named Jack St. Bride who was convicted of sexual abuse by one of his students and he did some jail time of about eight months. The book starts where he was released and ended up in a town called Salem Falls. There he tries to lead a quiet presence and blend in doing a simple job as a dishwasher at a diner. Sex offenders usually have to register so it wasn’t long before he was outed to the public and naturally it caused concern among residents. As you delve into this book, you will see many plots and twists. You will forever be questioning his innocence. As much as the evidence would lead you to believe he is guilty, you can’t help but feel sympathy for Jack. He finds love, and it is a hard journey for both him and Addie Peabody as they both have tough things from their past dragging into the present.
There are many characters in this book that tie beautifully into the whole story. Naturally the suspecting population of Salem Falls brands Jack St. Bride guilty when a 16 year old resident accuses him of assaulting her. Very gripping plot along with super suspenseful content will have you hating and loving these characters as the story unfold. There is also a little dab of Wicca which is a personal favorite to read about that makes an exciting read. This book would’ve gotten four stars from me as I hate to call anything perfection but the absolute last paragraph turned this author into a new favorite.
This book retails for about $7.99. You might be able to get it on Amazon Kindle for a bit cheaper, I am not sure, I didn’t check. It is a must read so be sure to put it on your list.

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