So I decided to get some things that I have been curious about, but had not gone out and bought.
Book: Salem Falls
Author: Jodi Picoult
Genre: Fiction/Crime/Small Town Life
Summary: A handsome stranger comes to the sleepy New England town of Salem Falls in hopes of burying his past: Once a teacher at a girls' prep school, Jack St. Bride was destroyed when a student's crush sparked a powder keg of accusation. Now, washing the dishes for Addie Peabody at the Do-Or-Diner, he slips quietly into his new routine, and Addie finds this unassuming man fitting easily inside her heart. But amid the rustic calm of Salem Falls, a quartet of teenage girls harbors dark secrets - and they maliciously target Jack with a shattering allegation. Now, at the center of a modern-day witch hunt, Jack is forced once again to proclaim his innocence: to a town searching for answers, to a justice system where truth becomes a slippery concept written in shades of gray, and to the woman who has come to love him. -Simon and Schuster, 2001.
The structure of this book is odd. I think the main story ends at page 598. But I´ve got the illustrated version here and apparently there is some extra footage added to the actual story.
1. A short story, which takes place about three years after the events of the main plot and doesn´t add anything to the story.
2. An epistolary short story, which was wonderfully creepy but completely unnecessary as well.
3. Deleted scenes, which I won´t be reading because I simply don´t care.
So I guess I´m finished with this book and I have to say I´m leaving it with a feeling of dissatisfaction. I liked the main story, but the extra chapters / stories were a dud.
Now, what in God´s name could happen to you in sight of your own house?
Off the top of my head: get hit by a car, fall of a tree, get killed by a weird dude with a chainsaw who happens to stand in your garden....
So far this is a great read and it creeps me out, to say the least. I can´t say that I like most of the characters, though, and I wonder if King deliberately has written them to be unlikeable. Or maybe it is just their 1970s attitude I can´t stand.
I´m about halfway through and chances are, I will feel like this for the rest of the book: