Second Glance

A Novel
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (842 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Sometimes I wonder.... Can a ghost find you if she wants to?"

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 fiancée'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?

©2003 Jodi Picoult (P)2003 Simon & Schuster

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  • 07-28-16

Almost like reading Stephen King

I have always enjoyed Jodi Picoult's books, but this is the first one that made me forget it was her writing and not my favorite author, Stephen King. Great story! I didn't want it to end.

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Unexpectedly fantastic

This isn't the type of story that I usually read. I got it because I love the author's other works. It was absorbing and fantastic. I got completely involved in the characters and in the story. The ending was satisfying and even a little surprising. Every time I thought I knew what the story was about, there was a captivating twist. Well done.

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Fabulous!

My favorite book of all time, next to To Kill a Mockingbird. I've listened to it 3 times.

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Loved it!

I liked the twists, but sometimes it took too long to get there.
It's a great book for anyone who loves Jodi's work. A must read.
I gave it a 5 star because it kept me coming back for more, I listen to the book in my car on my way to work every day. Some days I have to turn it on at work - when the coast is clear!

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Mesmerizing story!

I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I loved the characters and how rich the narratives were. I highly recommend it.

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Not Great

I think this is one of those books that really could have benefitted by having multiple narrators. It would have been nice to have all the characters have their own voices. I am by no means criticizing Mr. Guidall. I think he did a fabulous job but this book was really really hard to get through for me and honestly this is the first time I have experienced that. It was very very slow and only picked up in my opinion near the end which for many would be way too late.

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favorite narrator

Engaging story to the end. characters you can relate too.
leaves you wanting more.
around great read

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long book wish never ended

so hard to keep up with it. the beginning, not a book you can multi task with....so so with the time investment. ❤

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Her best

Couldn't put it down. This was one of her best. I was even introduced to a history that I never knew about.

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Hard to follow

I've read almost every book this author has published and this was my least favorite. So many characters and story lines I found myself dreading to open it back up again but I kept hoping it would get better. Somehow it never did. Very disappointing.











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  • 06-24-19

AMAZING AS PER USUAL!

The book begins with lots of characters intertwining like the threads of a beautifully weaved Persian carpet, with the final product being perfect. As per usual Ms. Picoult wrote a fantastic, beautiful book with some amazing facts that makes one think about humankind and it's ethics. Highly recommend!!!

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  • Moominmamma
  • 11-23-19

Silly

Super characterisation, great narration and an intriguing premise but towards the end I realised that the only reason I was persevering was that I cared about the characters. Been wondering if I had chosen a teen fiction book by mistake.

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  • Atheana
  • 10-17-19

Not for me

I gave this book 2 tries and gave up after the second. The narrator is excellent but the words in the story are, for naught of a better word, airy fairy. There are so many leads in and out of the story that to be honest, it did not hold my attention in the least, in fact I fell asleep twice! If after the first hour I could not give this book my attention or grab onto it, then it was not for me.

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  • Donna
  • 08-02-19

Amazing

Excellent book. A page turner. I did not want to stop listening. Intriguing. Love it!

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  • Lyn Bender
  • 05-28-18

Nerve wracking compelling stretching credibility but never trite.

Brilliant. Especially on trucking the evils of racist eugenics in 1920,s America. Spine tngling

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  • Rebecca
  • 04-03-17

far fetched

The story was just too over the top unrealistic for me. Narrator was good though.





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  • Joy
  • 02-12-17

Another Jodi Picoult book that I've loved!

I really enjoyed the voice of the narrator. His delivery of the story was excellent. The story was intriguing and the characters complex and multifaceted. I will definitely be listening to all of Jodi Picoult's books..