Wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for sexual assault on one of his students, Jack St Bride arrives in Salem Falls determined to rebuild 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 . . . but the rest of the inhabitants remain suspicious of the stranger.
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 a town haunted by its own history.
“Genuinely suspenseful, remarkably original.” Publishers Weekly
“Salem Falls is one of those books you can’t put down. On every page there is a twist, a revelation, a surprise, a pay-off, placing it firmly in the category of Page-Turner — It has romance, heartbreak, mystery, spookiness, and even a good dose of moral dilemmas – everything a good novel needs.” Ann Hood, Providence Journal
“A frothy brew of mystery, sex, and small-town secrets.” People
“Gripping…. You’ll be riveted by this multilayered tale of small-town intrigue.” Glamour
“Picoult has carved her own niche with her novels — one part romance, one part courtroom thriller, two parts social commentary…. She keep[s] the reader constantly guessing.” The Dallas Morning News