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Second Glance

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  37,020 Ratings  ·  2,408 Reviews
"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 Com
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published April 8th 2003 by Atria Books (first published April 1st 2003)
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Mar 31, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Thyago | MrsMargotBlog
Finalmente acabei de ler o livro.
Não me importo nada que uma leitura seja demorada desde que a mesma me seja prazerosa. Não foi o caso deste livro, foi uma leitura muito lenta, difícil e deveras agridoce, houve alguns momentos que gostei mas no geral não me convenceu muito.
Já é o terceiro livro que leio da autora, as suas obras nunca são leituras fáceis, mas esta foi a que menos gostei, não senti empatia com nenhum personagem e uma das coisas que mais me perturbou foi a facilidade e leviandade c
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Jodi piccoult book. I set it down for 3 months, came back to it, found some things that started to click. Led me to read many many more Jodi piccoult books.
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Só não dou cinco estrelas porque as primeiras 150 páginas foram entediantes

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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
Feb 03, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 12, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
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
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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."
Sep 01, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Miriam Smith
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read quite some time ago but loved this book in fact love all of Jodi Picoult books.
Sahina Bibi
May 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
If you dig into my archive, you’ll find only two measly Jodi Picoult reviews, one of which is amongst my favourite books ever, Keeping Faith, (review for which is here) and Change of Heart, (which can be found here). In truth though, I’ve read over 7 of her books, which includes the likes of Nineteen Minutes, Salem Falls, The Pact, My Sister’s Keeper, Handle With Care, Perfect Match and The Tenth Circle.

It’s no secret how much I love her books, her style, her content, though I know there are ma
Jan 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this enough to possibly read another of JP's books. I think it could have been cut down by 100 pages. The writing was good, but at times excessively flowery. Also, I'll never understand how people can meet at the top of a page and be absolutely in love by the time you reach the bottom.

**3.5 stars**

What a weird book! The plot was all over the place, with really strange coincidences. I can't even say I liked the main characters. Both Ross and Lia were suicidal so it was very difficult to empathize with them, specially because they kept hurting those they loved.

The most interesting aspect of the story was delving into the Eugenics movement in 1930s Vermont. It was horrifying how these people used this pseudo science with such flawed research to get rid of people that were diffe
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
Nov 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
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
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was so torn with this. I am an enormous Jodi Picoult fan - she is the reason I have such a love for books, so I wanted to love this like I love all of her books. Sadly, I just didn't. The first flaw for me was the huge amount of characters introduced so early on - and add to the fact that they are all in some way linked, I just couldn't keep up. And then, the storyline. This was such a wonderful concept which was once again just lost on me. Far fetched, complicated, over the top and way too in ...more
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely amazing. Bold and determined characters all throughout.
Sonia Cristina
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Esta é uma história de fantasmas surpreendente. Acho que mais que os fantasmas, o que fazem deste um livro magnífico é a galeria de personagens únicos e irresistíveis. Claro que a escrita da autora, criativa como é, é o elemento essencial para cativar o interesse.

Em resumo: adorei esta leitura e o final foi precioso! (view spoiler)
Kathleen S
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
In the first few pages of Second Glance we are introduced to an array of many apparently disparate characters. Then, gradually, a story of ghosts, Indian burial grounds, childhood genetic problems, love and eugenics begins to develop. What is going on here? All the problems are almost too complex and convoluted for one book.

I’ve read and enjoyed many of Jodi Picoult’s books and like how she writes novels showcasing various social issues. I think that Picoult got so caught up in creating a book w
Hannah Wallace
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A Jodi Picoult novel isn’t truly a Jodi Picoult books without complex characters and Second Glance was chock-full of them. While Ross is the main character, we also have plenty of side characters who are just as important. ross has lots of issues due to the fact that his wife Aimee died in a car accident, and ever since then he was felt kind of empty. he doesn’t want to live and throughout this story as he meets these different characters, living be
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-three novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Leaving Time, 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.

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