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Do we love across time? Or in spite of it?A developer has slated an ancient Abenaki Indian burial ground for a strip mall, and now strange happenings have the inhabitants of tiny Comtosook, Vermont, talking of supernatural forces at work. Ross Wakeman is a ghost hunter who's never seen a ghost -- all he's searching for is something to end the pain of losing his fiancee, Ai ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 2nd 2004 by Washington Square Press (first published April 1st 2002)
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Wormie
Mar 31, 2007 Wormie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Jodi Picoult is a fabulous story teller. She has a gift for sharing compelling stories, and for weaving intricate plot lines and interesting characters into a rich literary tapestry. In Second Glance Ms. Picoult has reached new highs. She introduces us to many different characters and story lines; she intertwines those characters to tell one fascinating fictional story; and she throws in a lesson about American history that is quite disturbing and educational. In Second Glance Picoult writes wit ...more
Valerie
Mar 29, 2009 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tori
I had trouble getting into this, at first. I found the changing pov choppy. But about halfway through the book I found myself caught up in the story. As usual her work is frightening in how it describes the myriad positive and negative emotions involved in motherhood.
Shannon
I really like Jodi Picoult, but the problem with reading many books by one author is that you start to recognize certain patterns and be able to predict the outcome of any given situation. I knew very early on what happened to Cecilia's baby, as I'm sure most readers did. I was also pretty sure I knew how Cecilia died because of a riddle I learned in elementary school. When the truth was revealed and I found I was right, I wasn't quite sure how to feel about it. I'm not trying to brag or anythin ...more
Jennifer Edlund
First of all I just have to say that this may be one of the worst Jodi Picoult books I've ever read--one of the most utterly and completely ridiculous storylines in her line of books so far. First off, the beginning is overwhemingly confusing---so many different characters I coudn't keep my focus. This was a huge flaw. Second, all the history and scientific crap really bored me out of my gord. Would have made this read so much smoother if she cut it down about 75 percent. It also rubbed me the w ...more
Arlene
I knew as I was sitting in a crowd of over 200 Jodi Picoult fans listening to her recount her field research for this book, it was going to be a novel that would have me looking over my shoulder taking a Second Glance for paranormal presence.

This intricately layered novel does a perfect job of demonstrating Picoult's fantastical writing abilities. She is a master at her craft, and Second Glance has proven once again that Picoult can take on any subject matter, objectively present the facts for
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Deanna
Feb 03, 2009 Deanna rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Deanna by: Jennifer Bennett Trefz
Again, another book for me where you have to suspend your belief now and again. But a good story if you are easily amused. The end was the hardest to swallow.

Ross Wakeman has repeatedly puts his life at risk after the love of his life dies. When nothing works, and a job with a paranormal investigator brings him no closer to his former love, he moves in with his sister. As chance would have it, strange phenomena are plaguing the town, and Ross is drawn into an investigation of a piece of land th
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Aoibhínn
This is another fantastic novel from Jodi Picoult. I've read most of her novels and this is one of her best ones. The story was beautifully written and kept me enthralled and captivated the whole way through with its tale of ghosts, murder and family scandal. It wasn't what I was expecting and totally different from her usual books but I loved it. There were so many twists and turns in the novel that I was never sure what was going to happen next. Five stars.
Athira
Do you believe in ghosts? or in what we call paranormal activity? I used to watch a show called 'Ghost Hunters'. As the name suggests, in this show they hunt ghosts from attics and old mansions; they kind of showed us the presence of an energy in these places with the help of some devices. I was actually piqued by the idea. I always believed in the unknown energy around us; something like the existence of a sixth sense. But when I picked 'Second Glance' to read I never expected the story to be s ...more
Thomas
Ross Wakeman became a ghost hunter after he lost his fiancee, Aimee, in a terrible car accident. He has never really believed in the paranormal, but he forces himself to take on the career so that one day he could be reunited with his lost love. He moves in with his motherly older sister Shelby, along with her son Ethan who is suffering from XP (xeroderma pigmentosum), in Comtosook, Vermont. There have been rumors floating around of supernatural activity in Comtosook. Several people believe it i ...more
Marleen
This was an amazing read! Reading this story re-confirms why Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors.
I believe it's one of her finest. Not only do I sincerely enjoy her prose and expressive style, but I also love the fact that every time I read a Jodi Picoult book I learn something new and interesting. In this case she weaves the issues of eugenics and genetics into an original story of a love lost.
There are so many layers to this book, that’s what's so fascinating. The fact that there was a
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Not my favorite Picoult novel, but there's some good stuff here. I wasn't familiar with the whole eugenics thing prior to reading this book. Appalling! Based on real events.

I liked this line:

"Men...were like an accessory, like a belt or purse or shoes. You didn't necessarily need one to complete your look. Granted, if you walked around barefoot you got a few odd stares every now and then, but the important parts of you were covered."
Elena
I grabbed this novel because I am a Picoult fan, and while I heard mixed reviews from others, I found I thoroughly enjoyed the novel. There is twisting, winding plot- there is a ghost story, love stories of different kinds of love, an exposure of a dark secret in American History, and since it is a Picoult novel it touches on a sensitive topic- this time stem cell research. The dark secret has to do with something called Eugenics, developing perfect people and the sterilizing of those deemed le ...more
Hirondelle
I used to read a lot of mystery novels, specially those which are plot dependent, when I was a kid so maybe that caused me to treat any given dates and little details as CLUES on which the mystery can turn, to always try to guess what could possibly happen. And I tend to do the math instinctively of ages and dates. Its hard to stop that terrierlike reading mode. This book did not survive the terrier attack, way the plot turns just does not work with the dates and ages given. Maybe it was a bug i ...more
LindyLouMac
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Having only discovered the work of Jodi Picoult just over two years ago, this is already the eighth title that I have read. I think it is therefore safe to say that I enjoy her novels.

This one is a ghost story and although I do not disbelieve in them I am somewhat sceptical. Seeing is believing so you never know, maybe one day. I think therefore that my scepticism was the reason that I was long way into the story nearly two hundred pages before I really be
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Tira
Dec 30, 2008 Tira rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: someone who REALLY enjoys Jodi Picoult
Shelves: uh-no
This was another one of my attempts at listening to a book on cd while in the car. Unfortunately this one was a flop. I'm used to Jodi Picoult using lots of characters in her stories because I have read two of her other books. However this one just never seemed to gel in anyway. I have to admit that I only made it about 2 chapters into the book before I completely lost interest. The characters did not seem like that needed to have any connection to each other what so ever. I felt like I needed t ...more
MC
If you're going to write a book from the perspective of a dozen different characters, then you better do it right.

Unfortunately, Picoult doesn't do it right. Not even close. I only got as far as Chapter 3 or so and couldn't stomach the obviously dated speech and unconvincing behaviors of the characters. No self-respecting teenage boy would use the phrase "As if" or still use a Game Boy. And how can Ross just abandon his camera equipment most likely worth thousands of dollars and blithely refer t
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Marie
As much as Picoult is a storyteller...she is also very good at writing history. She was able to intertwine so many important subjects into this book- that I had to remind myself that I was really only reading one novel and not twelve short stories.


AHHH...This book was so good with so many twists and turns. There are so many characters in this book that I had a difficult time keeping up--but eventually they all intertwine for a purpose.

It was eerie, scandalish, poetic, exaggerated, and right on
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Beth
Strange things are happening in Comtosook, Vermont. It's August and temperature is fluctuating wildly, rose petals are falling like snow, and large chunks of land are freezing. We meet Ross, a young man devastated by the death of his fiancé, who has attempted suicide numerous times in hopes of reuniting with her. He takes a job with a company that investigates paranormal activities, hoping to be able to reconnect with her. The company is hired to investigate a controversial building site, which ...more
Kim
This book was an unexpected delight. I really enjoyed the fact that it was different. The paranormal aspect of the story added flavour which I enjoyed even though at times it felt a little far fetched. The story of the Abernaki Indians had great mileage and I could see a second book devoted to solely to their plight. I have read a number of books by Jodi Picoult and this book highlights just what an accomplished writer she is. She can sometimes be called formulaic but no so here, with no discern ...more
Amanda
When I wasn't reading this book, I was wishing I was reading it because I really wanted to know what was going to happen. I did see some of the plot twists early on, but there were still some surprises. I think Jodi Picoult is brilliant. Her ability to craft her intricate stories astounds me.
Jen
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In Jodi Picoult's "Second Glance", ghost hunter Ross Wakeman just wants to get in contact with his dead wife Aimee, but then stumbles accidently into a complicated family feud in a small town in Vermont.

I devoured this novel shockingly fast. I went in with the expectation to read a ghost story, but what it actually is could be rather paraphrased by paranormal thriller. It is very difficult to get into this novel, because Picoult introduces basically all cha
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Debbie "DJ" Wilson
I'm a huge Picoult fan, but this one was disappointing. It had all the right elements but just didn't come together for me. It was far to long and with too much plot.
Tasha
My curiosity about this author has been satisfied, she is not for me. Too many characters and a character change with almost every paragraph (except for one full section devoted to a character) and all of these characters just so flat and flawed beyond my caring about them. I admit that initially I was hooked, that is why I'm giving this 2 stars. I love a good ghost story and initially it seemed like it might deliver but it got pretty silly, pretty quickly. Predictable, (many) flat characters, a ...more
Sage
This book is Picoult's personal favourite of her novels, and I can see why. It embodies the main elements of her style which make them appealing to her readership. Having an appreciation for her style, and being a good sport about the daliances into chick lit or cheesy scifi territory, I found the story quite enjoyable.
That said in the abstract, this is clearly not world rocking literature. The ghost story, in the historical and paranormal aspects, was very interesting and well done. I even lea
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Angela
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Stephanie
Unlike with most of the Picoult titles I've read, I never felt connected to the characters in Second Glance. Ms. Picoult's books usually feature characters dealing with really tough issues - mental health, physical diseases or disorders, divorce, etc. or even a combination of all of these complex matters. Second Glance has this, too, sort-of, there's Ethan, a young boy with XP, a genetic disorder that leaves him unable to withstand the sun. Because his body can't repair sun damage he and his sin ...more
Annika
I appreciate that Jodi Picoult wrote a ghost story. It is so different from her other books, especially that "My Sister's Keeper" and "Handle with Care" were so similar. Health battles, courtrooms, lawyers, the usual Picoult fanfare.

"Second Glance" is a good ghost story. Classic, unanswerable questions, things Jodi Picoult likes to make people say "Wow, what I would I do in that situation?" and a little bit of health-related issues and morality come into play. Books that can make you think about
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Tammy
I read this book awhile ago so I can't remember enough to write a very detailed review. However, I can say that I enjoyed reading it, and found it very engrossing and easy to read.

One thing I did want to comment on that I particularly loved about the book and still remembered was the controversial subject matter it handled. Picoult is known for weaving controversial subjects into her books and I feel this was one of her best examples at doing this. She took eugenics which is generally agreed upo
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Chickens McShiterson
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Liisa
Jodi Picoult is a rare one-of-a-kind author - I was completely blown away the very first time I picked up one of her books.

The "problem" (for lack of a better word) with devouring everything you can by an exceptional author, there comes a point where those twists and turns that left you stunned can be easily predicted. So the 3 stars I give "Second Glance" comes with a caveat that perhaps it was more down to Jodi Picoult saturation than any major flaw in the book - after all I really *wanted* t
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-two novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

Her new novel, LEAVING TIME, is now available in hardcover, ebook, and audio.

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