In Jodi Picoult’s Salem Falls, Jack McBride (James Van Der Beek), a beloved teacher and soccer coach at an all girls’ prep school, has a seemingly perfect life until a student’s crush initiates an uproar of accusations that ruins his reputation and destroys his career. After serving eight months in jail for the scandal, Jack leaves his once idyllic life to start over and stumbles upon the little New England town of Salem Falls. There, he takes a job at the local diner and is befriended by its owner, Addie Peabody (Sarah Carter). Just as Jack begins to feel whole again, a group of local girls and their ringleader (AJ Michalka) turn his world upside down with a shocking accusation against him, triggering a modern day witch hunt in a town haunted by its own troubled history.
New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult has written 18 novels and currently has more than 14 million copies of her books in print worldwide. As one of the top selling novelists in the world with multiple number one bestsellers in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and South Africa, her books have been translated into 34 languages in 35 countries. Lifetime has previously adapted three of her books into television movies, including The Pact, starring Megan Mullally; Plain Truth, featuring Mariska Hargitay; and The Tenth Circle, with Kelly Preston. In 2009, Picoult’s novel, My Sister’s Keeper was made into a feature film, directed by Nick Cassavetes and starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin.
Salem Falls is yet another great Lifetime movie. You will find your self on the edge of your chair, second guessing every character and their actions. In the end the truth always shines through, but along the way Jack has a long hard battle to fight. If you get into witchcraft movies then this is definately the movie for you! Oh and we cant forget James Van Der Beek will melt your hearts all over again. The twist at the end will blow your mind and leaving you wanting to watch Salem Falls again. What a great movie to curl up this fall to. Also, the soundtrack is a must have!
Khristian Kritz -reviewer