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Second Glance | [Jodi Picoult]

Second Glance

An intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal, Second Glance begins in current-day Vermont, where an old man puts a piece of land up for sale and unintentionally raises protest from the local Abenaki Indian tribe, who insist it's a burial ground. When odd, supernatural events plague the town of Comtosook, a ghost hunter is hired by the developer to help convince the residents that there's nothing spiritual about the property.
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Publisher's Summary

An intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal, Second Glance begins in current-day Vermont, where an old man puts a piece of land up for sale and unintentionally raises protest from the local Abenaki Indian tribe, who insist it's a burial ground. When odd, supernatural events plague the town of Comtosook, a ghost hunter is hired by the developer to help convince the residents that there's nothing spiritual about the property.

Enter Ross Wakeman, a suicidal drifter who has put himself in mortal danger time and again. He's driven his car off a bridge into a lake. He's been mugged in New York City and struck by lightning in a calm country field. Yet despite his best efforts, life clings to him and pulls him ever deeper into the empty existence he cannot bear since his fiance's death in a car crash eight years ago. Ross now lives only for the moment he might once again encounter the woman he loves. But in Comtosook, the only discovery Ross can lay claim to is that of Lia Beaumont, a skittish, mysterious woman who, like Ross, is on a search for something beyond the boundary separating life and death. Thus begins Jodi Picoult's enthralling and ultimately astonishing story of love, fate, and a crime of passion.

Hailed by critics as a "master" storyteller (Washington Post), Picoult once again "pushes herself, and consequently the reader, to think about the unthinkable" (Denver Post). Second Glance, her eeriest and most engrossing work yet, delves into a virtually unknown chapter of American history, Vermont's eugenics project of the 1920s and 30s, to provide a compelling study of the things that come back to haunt us, literally and figuratively. Do we love across time, or in spite of it?

(P)2003 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

  • Romantic Times Award Winner - Best Women's Fiction Novel, 2003

"A spellbinding suspense novel offering insight into the human spirit and the depths of true love." (Publishers Weekly)
"Best-selling author Picoult mixes shocking fact and compelling fiction to produce a mesmerizing tale of love and second chances." (Booklist)

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    "Picoult Delivers With a Good Mystery"

    I am not a huge fan of Jodi Picoult, but love George Guidall, so took a chance. I'm glad I did. I was pleased to see Picoult dive into subject matter that isn't up for national debate or going to be argued by the Grand Jury. This mystery is filled with paranormal and cultural themes that make it work. It keeps your attention with good writing and narration, and not with the over-the-top themes we often see get with Picoult.

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    Jill Franklin, CT, United States 08-01-10
    Jill Franklin, CT, United States 08-01-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Probably my favorite Picoult book so far"

    I bought this as part of a collection that included My Sister's Keeper. I wasn't thinking I would enjoy it as much as I did! I liked the parts that were flashbacks to the 1930's in Vermont and also enjoyed how everyone was connected for the ending.

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    Allison Jacksonville, FL, USA 10-01-09
    Allison Jacksonville, FL, USA 10-01-09
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    "Not my favorite Jodi Picoult"

    Jodi Picoult is usually so gripping, grabs ahold of you and doesn't let go. I can follow lots of characters in a book. Often I was like Huh? Who? Not a bad book, but Vanishing Act, Nineteen Minutes, Change of Heart, not even subjects I would have chosen but just awesome.

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    Deana wichita, KS, USA 04-14-09
    Deana wichita, KS, USA 04-14-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Different...."

    Not the typical "Jodi" book but great nonetheless. Nice suspense.

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    J. Busconi VT, USA 06-22-08
    J. Busconi VT, USA 06-22-08 Member Since 2014

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    "4+-Worth it!"

    Picoult is an amazing writer and Second Glance is a captivating tale. Worth your time and money.

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    Karen Soddy Daisy, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-22-08
    Karen Soddy Daisy, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-22-08 Member Since 2007

    I am an educated Southerner, plowing through books at the speed of light. I love good stories, good coffee, and good conversation.

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    "Good creepy fun"

    This is one my favorite books by this author. The characters are so three-dimensional, so imperfect, so believable. I love the fact that the story is based on real history too. I'm not usually into ghost stories, but this one's a winner. It's so good that it might just be too good for some, with it's definite "Happy ever after" ending. But don't we all wish life was a little more tidy anyway? I don't mind a little happiness myself.

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    Catherine Potsdam, NY, United States 06-29-07
    Catherine Potsdam, NY, United States 06-29-07 Member Since 2014
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    "A good summer"

    This was an enchanting listen that was able to keep me interested. The plot was a little predictable, but not entirely. I loved how the author was able to tell this story with its many layers yet keep it as real as could be expected.

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    Jen Terry East Dubuque, Il 06-14-07
    Jen Terry East Dubuque, Il 06-14-07 Member Since 2013

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    "excellent!"

    I put this one on my wish list, because I love a good ghost story, but I put off reading it for awhile, due to the description about a man who wants to die because his beloved was killed. I was afraid it'd be too sad. Boy, am I glad I finally downloaded it! The characters were well developed, and I thoroughly enjoyed the intricasies of the sub-plots and the way they wove around each other, little by little leading us to the final truth. Also, I really love a story that is woven around historical facts, such as this one was with the whole "eugenics" movement. I was shocked to find that that part of the story was true, and can't believe it actually happened here. Some may say that the story came together just a little to neatly, and with a few too many coincidences, but I loved it!

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    Amanda towanda, PA, USA 06-08-07
    Amanda towanda, PA, USA 06-08-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Second Glance"

    I enjoyed the story, but the reader was too slow at points in the book. He paused and I thought the book was changing chapters or parts. I probably would not order an audiobook done by this reader again. He did get better as the book progressed, but again I found myself thinking "get on with it" several times at the beginning of the book.

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    Brenda Charlestown, IN, United States 05-07-07
    Brenda Charlestown, IN, United States 05-07-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Yells Pod"

    This is hands down one of the very best books I have listened to..ever! I enjoyed it from the first word to the last. The characters are easily believable and loveable. The way the story goes twisting and turning and unexpectantly coming together in the end is amazing. You will not be dissapointed with this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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