Jodi Picoult always delights with densely constructed plots that pack a final ending punch, but Second Glance was as finely layered as an onion. No matter how many intertwining layers of storyline the listener peels away, more await beneath until the final surprise. The reader was not one of my favorites, but I did not find him as distracting as did some of the other reviewers here, and whatever flaws he might have were easily compensated for by this wonderful story.
The only reason why I still prefer Picoult's work in written form is that you miss the opportunity once the final plot is revealed to flip back through and revisit key pieces of the intricate story from the perspective of your newfound knowledge of how it all really fits together. But that drawback could also be a plus, because it means a total relisten will be just that much more interesting.
If you're teetering on the edge of buying this one, you won't regret taking the plunge.
I enjoyed this book, but I think writers who compared it to Shifting Fog or Forgotten Garden were influenced more by Caroline Lee's wonderful narration than the quality of the writing. This is a book I would certainly recommend, but I don't think the writing can match the lyrical style with which Kate Morton spins her intoxicatingly suspenseful tales. You'll enjoy it more if you let it stand on its own merits, rather than expecting to find another unforgettable Kate Morton novel.
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