Salem Falls Viral Book I m not a likely candidate to read a Jodi Picoult book I have to admit that I ve always been a bit of a snob when it comes to the books that my Mom read She was a big fan of my
Salem Falls Viral Book I'm not a likely candidate to read a Jodi Picoult book. I have to admit that I've always been a bit of a snob when it comes to the books that my Mom read.She was a big fan of mysteries, but nothing classic (no Christie or Doyle), very little new or challenging (no Steinhauer or Rankin), and practically nothing genuinely pulpy (no Leonard or Chandler). She always preferred the uber-popular stuff and was a massive fan of James Patterson (and his peers), having to go out and buy the books from his mystery-mill in hardcover they day they were released.And that's where the snobbery comes in. I tried a couple Patterson books early on, but his work is basically crap, so when my Mom discovered Jodi Picoult, adding Picoult to her list of favourite authors and telling me I should read her, I mocked my Mom's taste and avoided Picoult with an internal snicker. But then my Mom died last month and my Dad asked me to go through her bookshelves and take anything I wanted. And there was Jodi Picoult. Now this probably wouldn't have been enough to make me grab a stack of my Mom's Jodi Picoult books, but two other moments pushed me over the edge. First, I bought my Mom Jodi Picoult's Wonder Woman: Love Murder for Christmas. I found it during a random book store browse and thought it would be a good way to introduce my Mom to graphic novels; second, I read a recent article by Stephen King that was talking about the merits of some of our most popular novelists, praising both Rowling and Picoult while damning Stephanie Meyer (raise a cheer!) and Patterson. I am not a big fan of King's fiction, but I do enjoy his essays on popular culture and literature, so his opinions are close enough to mine to take as advice.So I added the Jodi Picoult books grudgingly to my haul and put Salem Falls -- a random selection -- straight onto my to-read soon stack.I finished Salem Falls last night and I can say that I was completely surprised by how good it actually was and disappointed by how good it wasn't. Picoult is a good writer. She has serious chops. She balances multiple characters with the speed and grace of an excellent screen writer (I'm not talking about screen hacks here), giving us vivid scenes that tell the tale quickly and move on to the next important scene with no meaningless lingering. Her dialogue, though occasionally cliche, is believable and serves to make every character an individual. And her use of flashback to tell us bits and pieces about her people is superb. I was sold on Salem Falls by page ten, and she held my attention right to the end. I didn't expect that. Even with Stephen King's praise, I was ready to scoff at Picoult's work, but she really impressed me. Until Salem Falls shifted from an interesting story about interesting people to a boring Law and Order style courtroom drama.And it didn't have to do that. By the third act, Picoult gave up the creativity that was making Salem Falls a compelling read and took the conventional way out, which is a shame because the unconventional would have been so much better and realistic. You see, Picoult gave us all the information we needed to know the ending (which was a good one) early in her novel. A good reader, paying close attention, knows exactly what's going on. The problem is that her characters, smart people all (and brilliant in some cases), have the same information and never see what's happening. So we find ourselves waiting to see how the "truth" is going to come out and save Jack St. Bride, how it's going to make the trial meaningless, how it's going to save people's spirits and the bodies of some young women, but we are let down because, apparently, the smart folks in Salem Falls aren't as brilliant as the folks reading about them.Usually I would be a fan of people not being saved because in real life, more often than not, that is the case. People aren't saved. People go on in pain. People live with abuse that doesn't end. People hurt. And when authors are brave enough to let that happen I am generally full of praise. I would have been in this case too, had Picoult employed dramatic irony. But she didn't. There was no pertinent information we had that was withheld from the characters. They had the same access to information that we did, and they were oblivious. And I was left disappointed. I wanted more from Picoult, and she promised more in the first two acts only to fail us in the third; still, she did enough to win me as a fan (albeit it a mildly skeptical one). I will definitely read her again. I just hope she doesn't continue to exceed my expectations only to dash my hopes. There is only so much of that I can take. . Jack buries his past, content to become the mysterious stranger who has appeared out of the blue 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.When Jack St Bride arrives by chance in the sleepy New England town of Salem Falls, he decides to reinveJack buries his past, content to become the mysterious stranger who has appeared out of the blue 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.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.. Good Books Salem Falls Onvan : Salem Falls - Nevisande : Jodi Picoult - ISBN : 743418719 - ISBN13 : 9780743418713 - Dar 434 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2001
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