Praise for The Pact 'This psychologically shrewd tale is as suspenseful as any bestselling legal thriller...she forges a finely honed, commanding and cathartic drama.' -Booklist Praise for Plain Truth 'An absorbing, multidimensional portrait of an Amish clan. The research is convincing, the plotting taut, the scenes wonderfully vivid.' -People ...
Praise for The Pact 'This psychologically shrewd tale is as suspenseful as any bestselling legal thriller...she forges a finely honed, commanding and cathartic drama.' -Booklist Praise for Plain Truth 'An absorbing, multidimensional portrait of an Amish clan. The research is convincing, the plotting taut, the scenes wonderfully vivid.' -People In Salem Falls Jodi Picoult again weaves a compelling story with a fine touch and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships. Jack St Bride was once a highly respected teacher and soccer coach at a girls' school-until a student's crush sparked a powderkeg of accusation and robbed him of his career and reputation. Now, after a devastatingly public ordeal that left him with an eight-month jail sentence and no job, Jack resolves to pick up the pieces of his life. He takes a job washing dishes at Addie Peabody's diner and slowly starts to form a relationship with her in the quiet New England village of Salem Falls. But just when Jack thinks he has outrun his past, a quartet of teenage girls with a secret turn his world upside-down once again, triggering a modern-day witch hunt in
Another fantastic read by jodi Picoult. A really good book to take on holiday as you won't want to put it down
Aug 2, 2008
Maybe it's the audio CD narrator alternating between sickly sweet mooniness, to out-of-place scorn, to stilted cardboard cut-out attempts at male voices, but I can't believe this is the effort of an award-winning writer. She apparently doesn't even know that "The reason is because" is improper English. The events in this story are so ridiculously improbable, she destroys her own credibility. The writing is at best, specious. At worst are lines like "throw away his freedom like an extra stick of gum", and sappy offerings such as "his name rolled around her mouth like a butterscotch candy" - I won't torture you by quoting descriptions of gratuitous teen (and adult) sex, or the occasional, oddly-placed crudeness. Hyperbole and melodrama reign supreme here.
Jul 29, 2008
Salem Falls is an awesome book! Jodi Picoult is a great story teller, and you get so engrossed with these characters in the story, that you can't put the book down until the very last page!
Publishers Weekly, 2001-02-19 Picoult's new novel (following the acclaimed Plain Truth) is a story about rape and reputation, loosely based on The Crucible. Jack St. Bride comes to Salem Falls, N.H., after his release from prison. The former teacher and soccer coach wants to start a new life following a wrongful conviction for statutory rape. Unfortunately, Salem Falls turns out to be the wrong place to do it. He has no trouble landing a job at the local diner and winning the trust of the diner's eccentric owner, Addie, but the rest of the town is suspicious. Things get dangerous when manipulative 17-year-old Gillian Duncan, whose father owns half the town, gets interested in Jack and tries to seduce him with Wiccan love spells. Then Gillian is assaulted in the woods, and Jack is accused of the crime. As the courtroom battle unfolds, many secrets are revealed, and Picoult's characters are forced to confront the difference between who people are and who they say they are. The difference is considerable: despite the townspeople's aura of virtue, by the end of the book we're hard pressed to find any women who have never been raped or threatened, or any men who are really innocent of violence. While Picoult seems ambivalent about the power of Wiccan spells, she has no doubts about the power of sex and violence to change lives. Some of her characters, though, can be almost disturbingly forgiving. Genuinely suspenseful and at times remarkably original, this romance-mystery-morality play will gain Picoult new readers although her treatment of the aftermath of rape may also make her a few enemies. Agent, Laura Gross. 10-city author tour. (Apr. 10) Forecast: Picoult tastefully tackled touchy subject matter in Plain Truth, but she tips toward sensationalism here. That may gain her readers in the short run, but could undermine her reputation over time. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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