Monday, May 18, 2009

Salem Falls

The answer I've been waiting for will arrive tomorrow night, so I am still distracted and not really into blogging and commenting... sorry about that and I hope to be back to my normal involved self real soon.

In the meantime, my thoughts about Jodi Picoult's Salem Falls. Basically, it was ok. This was my second book by this author, the first being My Sister's Keeper, which I thought was much, much better, probably because the subject matter was more original and therefore interesting.

Salem Falls are about residents of a small New England town and how a new arrival, Jack, a man who had been convicted of sexually assaulting a minor, changes their lives. A group of local teenage girls, who are witches by the way, accuse him of rape and he ends up the target of a witch hunt, which is what the author of course intended, as she wanted to write an updated version of The Crucible.

Jack's only support comes from newly-found love Addie, but even she finds it difficult at times. She certainly come through in the end though!

The book ends with a long court scene, which I enjoyed. It made me remember that I used to like reading courtroom dramas - maybe I should track some good ones down again.

The book reads like a soap opera, but nothing more. Pleasant no-brain reading, but that's pretty much it. I'm intrigued by some other Jodi Picoult books - are there any that you think are worth reading?

Challenges: 2nds Challenge, Celebrate the Author, Chick Lit 2, Countdown Challenge, Romance Reading Challenge,


Kailana said...

I find Jodi Picoult hit or miss with me... She is not my favourite author, that's for sure, but I have liked some of her books.

Iliana said...

Can't offer any Picoult suggestions as I've only read one of her books, Sister's Keeper, but just wanted to drop in and say hope you get the answer you are hoping for! :)

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

I thought this one was just OK as well--not my least favorite but definitely not my favorite (My Sister's Keeper is my favorite). You might try The Pact? It was my first so it has been years, but I remember it being a powerful read.

mee said...

Pleasant no-brain reading is exactly how I would explain Picoult's novels :). Though after 3 books I took 'pleasant' out of the equation. I read the Pact, Tenth Circle, and My Sister's Keeper (I probably liked the Pact the most).