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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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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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Enjoyed it in spite of my misgivings

My heart sank when I realised that this was about ghosts and I almost gave up on it at an early stage. However, I persevered, and realised that it was about so much more. As usual, Jodie Picoult is worth reading/listening to.

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Started slow but...

At first I thought I was not going to like it, wasn’t sure about the ghost hunters etc, but as usual Jodi brought all elements together and it became intriguing with many twists and turns. Just not as good as some of her other books but still well worth a read.

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Loved it

Big fan of Jody Picoult and this didn’t disappoint- even when I guessed early on how the characters were linked it didn’t make this any less gripping as a story - in fact I couldn’t stop listening just to get to the point when everyone in the book realised too!!

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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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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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  • 28-07-16

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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  • 20-12-16

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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  • Dianefino
  • 07-11-16

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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  • Bonnie
  • 09-10-19

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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  • Lucy
  • 04-12-16

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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  • Pen Name
  • 30-12-16

favorite narrator

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

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  • B. Coats
  • 28-05-16

Fabulous!

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

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  • S.Makula
  • 17-06-21

loved it

I was hooked , ghosts, love tragedy, death , Indians and mystery. It is a complete and wonderful puzzle. I wanted more of a ending but it was a great read. I will tell anyone u must read this book.

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  • Omi K
  • 01-11-16

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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  • Mr. Resource
  • 16-02-21

Not Picoult at her best but...

If you're a huge fan of Jodi Picoult like I am, you may be somewhat underwhelmed by this offering.
That said, her not-the-best writing is still much better than most of the other authors out there.
It's worth a listen.

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