Thursday, December 8, 2016

Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult

I continue on my path to read and (re-read) Jodi Picoult's novels in the order they were published.

I remember reading Salem Falls and not being that impressed but mainly because books pertaining to magic don't hold my interest too long unless the underlying story is impressive.  I did enjoy this book more than in the past but I  can honestly say it is not one of my favorite Picoult novels.

This book centers around Jack St. Bride. Jack has been released from prison after serving time for a crime he didn't commit. He ends up in the sleepy town of Salem Falls. He keeps his past hidden and quickly finds a job at a dinner. Jack keeps to himself and forms a relationship with Addie the owner of the diner.

Jack's good looks catch the attention of Gillian Duncan, who's father owns half the town. Gillian gets what she wants and this time she wants Jack. She casts a spell in an attempt to get him. Gillian and her friends go out into the woods to perform some type of wiccan worshiping event. Gillian is assaulted in the woods on her way home and she points her finger at Jack.

Jack quickly becomes the towns villain and his case goes to trial. The court battle reveals many truths and lies.

Jack is a well developed character and his story is haunting. Addie is a wonderful character that you want to root for and become friends with. The teenage characters are the cast of mean girls but when one finds her strength you better watch out.

This is still overall an good read and entertaining.

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