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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?

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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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    Rion United States 04-25-12
    Rion United States 04-25-12
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    "Great Find"

    She takes sometimes difficult subject matter blended with complicated characters and pulls the reader deep into their internal lives. The prose is good enough I'll probably buy the book for reference. About mid way through I had my doubts it could all be pulled together, but like a true craftsperson the pieces came together organically in the end. For the reader an emotional roller coaster that doesn't disappoint (assuming one likes roller coasters because you must keep your eyes, or ears, open on this one).

    I could listen to George Guidall read instruction manuals. He's one of the best.

    For anyone out there that buys based on the number rating I give the following observation. The closer an author comes to lasting literature the stronger the opinions become across the board, ending in average to below average ratings. I suggest always ignore the score and purchase from the reviews.


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    Annette Scheyern, Germany 02-10-12
    Annette Scheyern, Germany 02-10-12 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself!

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    Where does Second Glance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Die Geschichte hat mich angesprochen. Jodi Picoult hat eine Gabe Geschichten zu erzählen, die berühren. Sie greift Themen auf, die verschwiegen werden und erzählt sie mit einer Sensibilität die erstaunt.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lili und 'grey Wolf'. Liebe kennt keine Grenzen.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Das Buch in dem Buch.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Als Lili die Anstalt besucht und begreift, was dort mit den Menschen gemacht wird. Ich war entsetzt und wütend...denn sowas gab es wirklich.


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    Amazon Customer United States 12-20-11
    Amazon Customer United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Favorite Jodi Picoult novel"

    I loved this book from the first time I read it. It is a great combination of ethics, mystery, history, and romance. I live in Vermont, and have lived in New England all my life, but this taught me a side of local history I didn't know.
    Don't be thrown off by the fact that it is a 'ghost story" because it is not a typical spooky tale. In fact, according to the notes in the book, the author worked with TAPS (of TV Ghost Hunters fame) before they became well known.
    My one suggestion to a listener is to make sure that you have the time to pay attention, because there are multiple story lines and it can be a little confusing in the beginning. It is worth getting into it and of course, you know it will all come together by the end (and in more ways than I had expected).
    I have read this book more than once, and the audible version was wonderful - the narrator did a great job.

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    G. Paulsen Pittsburgh, PA 08-25-11
    G. Paulsen Pittsburgh, PA 08-25-11 Listener Since 2003

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    "Wonderful, twisting, story."

    Who ever heard of eugenics??? I never did - not in Vermont! This was a good story - a love story, a ghost story, suspence and mystery, and you learn something to boot! George Guidell -if you read this.... you are my all time favorite reader. You have such a warm, compassionate, easy-to-listen-to voice. I have listened to you so many times, that I feel we know each other. You ride with me in the car all the time. Don't worry though - I'm a good driver :-) Great Book. Great Narration.

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    Pradheepa Houston, TX, United States 06-23-11
    Pradheepa Houston, TX, United States 06-23-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A great ghost story"

    This was a very enjoyable romance, murder mystery, ghost story and historical fiction. I liked the fact that the author managed to bring so many elements together. The characters were very likeable too. The narration was good. This was the first work of fiction that I listened to, that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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    Denise Valencia, CA, United States 06-10-11
    Denise Valencia, CA, United States 06-10-11 Member Since 2007

    Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!

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    "A good ghost story"

    Jodi always takes on controversial topics in her books. This one takes on Eugenics, past and present, but she weaves it into a "ghost" story. How do you get Eugenics and the Paranormal into a cohesive story? Well, she does it here. I'll admit some of the Paranormal stuff seemed a little "Hollywood", but not over the top. The real interesting topic, however, was the history behind Vermont's sterilization act in the 1930's of the insane, invalid, weak, degenerates, and general "undesirables" of Vermont society, which included the Abenaki Indians (who were not recognized by the Govt.). She parallels this just a bit with modern day Genetic manipulation with infertile couples. It isn't preachy tho. Overall, a good story. Not on par with My Sister's Keeper or Nineteen Minutes, but a good story nonetheless.

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    Cathy Northern CA Coast 09-14-10
    Cathy Northern CA Coast 09-14-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Entertaining But Oddly Worthless Story"

    I have read at least four of Ms. Picoult's books and really enjoyed them. Even after reading this one I have to say she can tell a story that keeps you listening/reading to the end. This selection is a strange combination of ghost story, science fact, science fiction, history, wildly-fictional imagination, anthropology review, love story, loss story, and (did I mention?) ghost story. It is mildly entertaining and the narration is brilliant. As a previous reviewer mention it is packed with every simile Ms. Picoult ever jotted into a notebook as something to use some day. All round, an odd book. I'm glad it wasn't the first of hers I'd ever read because I probably never would have tried the others which deserve higher rating.

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    David Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 09-26-09
    David Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 09-26-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great narrator, not so great story"

    There were a few moderately interesting stretches in this book, but the plot was largely implausible and the characters unconvincing (not to mention whiny).

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    Phil Johnson Walnut Creek, CA USA 09-20-08
    Phil Johnson Walnut Creek, CA USA 09-20-08 Member Since 2007

    #1 Aud Bks: T Help,T Darling, All D Sedaris,Prayer for Owen M.All G Flynn ,Secrt Lang of Bees, Bel Canto, 11/22/63 H2O fr Elephants Dog Star

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    "Couldn't Finish"

    I had read My Sisters Keeper and had looked forward to this one. Plus, I had read some reviews by persons who had liked other books I had liked. ( I link to the reviewer's lists of books to find new ideas for books. I am doing reviews to contribute to this database).
    3 hours was all I could take of this. No characters had grabbed my empathy (unlike My Sister's Keeper), and the story was flat. Other reviewers are more articulate in analyzing writing styles. I have been spoiled by some great Audible books, so perhaps I am getting picky .

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    Terrence SINKING SPG, PA, USA 09-27-06
    Terrence SINKING SPG, PA, USA 09-27-06
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    "Magically delicious"

    I read Plain Truth and My Sisters Keeper before giving Second Glance a look. Tales of the supernatural immediately raise my "I'm not going to like this" alarm, but you know - it was my favorite book of the three. Very enjoyable. I thought the length of the story was just fine and it ended when it should have. I am sure I will read this book again.

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