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Second Glance
Second Glance
Author: Jodi Picoult
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 ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743454513
ISBN-10: 0743454510
Publication Date: 3/2/2004
Pages: 448
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 379 ratings
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 14
The beginning of this book is a little hard to follow, but once you get past the first 50 or so pages, wow! This is an amazing tale. It definitely has a lot of twists and turns.
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Helpful Score: 10
It's a slow starter but once it gets going (whew) you can't put it down. If your into the paranormal it's an amazing ride. I was up till 3am determined to finish this book. It was worth the lack of sleep!!
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Helpful Score: 10
Picoult does an amazing job of threading the two story lines of past and present together. She dabbles in a bit of suspense/mystery while creating a wonderful love story. Very good read. :)
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Helpful Score: 7
This in my opinion, is one of Picoult's best. She brings to the surface an important historical issue, (eugenics) and ties it in with today's issues. The language is poetic, and the story is very satisfying.
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Helpful Score: 6
I found the story line hard to follow but it all comes together in the end. There are several small stories within the total story that jump around. It was hard to keep all of the characters straight. It might help to make a chart while reading this book to list the characters and who they are and in which time period they occur since some of them come and go as ghost. The book has a slow start while trying to develop the characters. You need to read this one without any other distractions.
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NicolevH avatar reviewed Second Glance on + 16 more book reviews
It was a decent read - not one of my favorite Picoult books but I got through it.
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probably one of my favorite Picoult novels. It is definitely a lot different than her other novels, in many of her other books, the controversial issue she is addresses is right upfront, whereas this one is more in the back seat to the narrative, but still very compelling. She definitely did her research with this one, I learned so much about the eugenics movement in the 1920's and 30s and the way she compares it with today's human genetic engineering with embryos is absolutely brilliant. The ending does make you go "oh come on really, you're going go with that?" But overall it is wonderful how she intertwines the stories between the two different decades. I do agree that it is a bit confusing at first, bouncing back and forth between time periods can do that, but stick with it! You won't regret it!
starshine93078 avatar reviewed Second Glance on + 6 more book reviews
This is my absolute favorite Jodi Picoult book. I could read it again and again and again and never get tired of it. It is simply amazing, and I think everyone should read it.

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