From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult comes a compelling and disturbing novel about a prep school teacher accused of rape by a group of young girls, the woman who stands by him, and the repercussions of the case in a small, New England town where the past is only a heartbeat away.
Love can redeem a man...but secrets and lies can condemn him.
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 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 harbor 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.
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by Jodi Picoult
by Jodi Thomas
"Jack St. Bride was a teacher whose reputation was destroyed by a malicious student. After serving jail time for statutory rape, a crime he didn't commit, Jack moves to Salem Falls, New Hampshire, and takes a menial job. This helps for a while, but soon history repeats itself, and Jack, a registered sex offender, is again accused of rape. Narrator Julia Gibson has a pleasing, light voice and is strongest when portraying Jack's accusers, a Wiccan coven of young girls. But her voice doesn't convince as the story enters the more serious legal aspects of a court trial. With a plot that is reminiscent of Arthur Miller's CRUCIBLE and Lillian Hellman's CHILDREN'S HOUR, Picoult's novel creates plausible characters entangled in an intriguing plot. A must for Picoult's many fans. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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