After being wrongfully convicted of statutory rape, Jack St. Bride moves to a small New Hampshire town to start a new life. When a teenaged would-be witch is raped in the woods, Jack becomes the chief suspect in the crime. Soon, the whole town is drawn into a maelstrom of accusations and disturbing revelations.
I agree with another review that the story line was a little predictable. However, it was a really well written novel and was hard to put down.
If I'd have read Salem Falls before reading any other Jodi Picoult novels, I probably would have enjoyed it more. Picoult's stories are usually packed with unexpected shockers, but this was somewhat predictable. And I felt a little cheated when it ended rather abruptly. Still better than many other authors' best works.