Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult

So I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but over there on my sidebar I’ve had a “What I’m Reading” section. And if you have noticed you may also have picked up on the fact that it’s been there for about two months! And sadly it did take me two months (actually 2 1/2) to finish reading this book! I finally banged out the rest yesterday (the last 100) which is when it finally got good for me!

Here is a synopsis of the book:

When Jack St. Bride arrives by chance in the sleepy New England town of Salem Falls, he decides to reinvent himself. Tall, blond, and handsome, Jack was once a beloved teacher and soccer coach at a girls’ prep school — until a student’s crush sparked a powder keg of accusation and robbed him of his reputation. Now, working for minimum wage washing dishes for Addie Peabody at the Do-Or-Diner, Jack buries his past, content to become the mysterious stranger who has appeared out of the blue.

With ghosts of her own haunting her, Addie Peabody is as cautious around men as Jack St. Bride is around women. But as this unassuming stranger steps smoothly into the diner’s daily routine, she finds him fitting just as comfortably inside her heart — and slowly, a gentle, healing love takes hold between them.

Yet planting roots in Salem Falls may prove fateful for Jack. Amid the white-painted centuries-old churches, a quartet of bored, privileged teenage girls have formed a coven that is crossing the line between amusement and malicious intent. Quick to notice the attractive new employee at Addie’s diner, the girls turn Jack’s world upside down with a shattering allegation that causes history to repeat itself — and forces Jack to proclaim his innocence once again. Suddenly nothing in Salem Falls is as it seems: a safe haven turns dangerous, an innocent girl meets evil face-to-face, a dishwasher with a Ph.D. is revealed to be an ex-con. As Jack’s hidden past catches up with him, the seams of this tiny town begin to tear, and the emerging truth becomes a slippery concept written in shades of gray. Now Addie, desperate for answers, must look into her heart — and into Jack’s lies and shadowy secrets — for evidence that will condemn or redeem the man she has come to love.

It wasn’t that this book wasn’t good, because it was. It just was so predictable that I found it hard to finish reading! It also doesn’t help that I’ve read A TON of Jodi Picoult books. So the last two or three books of hers that I read I KNEW what was going to happen! My cousin Catherine also reads Jodi Picoult (in fact she’s been in to her wayyy longer than I have) and she was in shock when I guessed the ending to Change of Heart about a third way into the book!

So while I would probably skip Salem Falls if I were you I do recommend the following books from Jodi Picoult (I provided links to Amazon for the book I got all mine for SUPER cheap basically paying a dollar for the book +shipping)

The Pact 
Change of Heart 
My Sister’s Keeper 
Nineteen Minutes*

*I also semi-guessed the ending to this one!

I want to start reading something new but I’m not sure what. I have quite a few in my collection now but I don’t think I want to read any of them (not yet anyway)! Any suggestions on what I should start next?

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  1. Christina says

    What kind of books do you read? I have a million I could suggest, but I like things that not many others do! 😉

  2. Beth P. says

    I LOVE Jodi Picoult! Love her. There have been one or two I get stuck on as well, though.

    Other books, by other authors, that I have loved are:
    Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
    Remember to Forget by Deborah Raney
    The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan

    Those are all great, in my opinion!

    Thanks for visiting my blog today, Happy Halloween!

  3. Annie says

    I need to do some things in spare time (well, not much time), but maybe is a good idea to start reading.

    Have a nice week.

    PS: Yes, I have my computer.

  4. CGBG says

    Christina, I'll read pretty much anything so throw your suggestions at me lol. I'm in the process of checking out Beth's recommendations now but the Yankee game is distracting me 🙂 !

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