While I primarily read YA fiction these days I do enjoy some adult fiction every once in a while. This feature looks at some of the adult fiction I am reading and examine its appeal for those who prefer Young Adult literature
Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult
Jack St. Bride comes to Salem Falls, N.H., after his release from prison. The former teacher and soccer coach wants to start a new life following a wrongful conviction for statutory rape. Unfortunately, Salem Falls turns out to be the wrong place to do it. He has no trouble landing a job at the local diner and winning the trust of the diner's eccentric owner, Addie, but the rest of the town is suspicious. Things get dangerous when manipulative 17-year-old Gillian Duncan, whose father owns half the town, gets interested in Jack and tries to seduce him with Wiccan love spells. Then Gillian is assaulted in the woods, and Jack is accused of the crime. As the courtroom battle unfolds, many secrets are revealed, and Picoult's characters are forced to confront the difference between who people are and who they say they are. (Amazon)
Salem Falls is a good fit for those who like read YA suspense novels. Picoult weaves a fascinating story of truth and lies, making it so that even the reader cannot decipher the truth. For those who like suspense and mystery, than this is a good fit. The characters are very dynamic, and I think that teens will find something to relate to in the teenage girls and possibly even the adults. The story is also told in multiple narratives and in the present day and the past, like in Another Faust.
YA Connection: Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz and The Uninvited by Tim Wynne Jones