Book Reviews of Second Glance

Second Glance
Second Glance
Author: Jodi Picoult
ISBN-13: 9780743454513
ISBN-10: 0743454510
Publication Date: 3/2/2004
Pages: 448
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 380 ratings
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Book Type: Paperback
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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
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: 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: 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: 5
I could not put this book down! I don't like ghost stories, but it is really more about relationshipd than the supernatural. Right when I thought I had it figured out, there were a couple more twists in the road. One of the best books I have ever read.
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Helpful Score: 4
As good as Picoult gets. Some of her other books, I was a little disappointed in the ending (ie Keeping Faith). This one does not disappoint. Great characters, interesting although different topic matter - ghosts/spirits?? I must say, I did not find it to be as as quick a read as some of her other books. That's okay with me, though. I enjoyed it & really liked it. I will certainly pass this one along to some family members before swapping it.
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Helpful Score: 4
I loved this one. It grabbed me right away. She introduces many characters at once, but it didn't take away at all from the book! Another Picoult Winner!
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a great ghost/romance story. I think this author writes with a lot of depth, b/c she has done her research.
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Helpful Score: 3
Picoult wins again with a book that involves the supernatural, history and the little known philisophy of eugenics. A great book!
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Helpful Score: 2
My least favorite Picoult book. Normally love her books, but I didn't even finish this one.
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Helpful Score: 2
It is August in Comtosook, Vt., yet suddenly the temperature fluctuates wildly, rose petals mysteriously fall like snow, patches of land are completely frozen and roiling garter snakes cover the ground. Suspense and the supernatural are artfully interwoven in this 10th novel by Picoult (Perfect Match, etc.), in which a man desperately seeks to join his fiancee in death, and a 1930s eugenics project comes back to haunt a small town in Vermont. Ever since his beloved Aimee was killed in a car accident, Ross Wakeman has deliberately put himself at risk, hoping to die. When nothing works, and a job with a paranormal investigator brings him no closer to Aimee, he moves in with his sister, Shelby, in Comtosook. As chance would have it, strange phenomena are plaguing the town, and Ross is drawn into an investigation of a piece of land that local Abenaki Indians claim is an old burial ground.
Great read.
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Helpful Score: 2
Well-detailed, characters well developed. Enjoyed the book.
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Helpful Score: 1
Loved it, loved it, LOVED IT!
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Helpful Score: 1
I have read a bunch of her books, this one very different. Deals with the paranormal. An interesting story.
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Helpful Score: 1
Unputdownable!!!A must read!!
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I enjoyed Second Glance very much. The research on the eugenics project was very interesting. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, the story was very much believable.
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I like Jodi Picoult as an auther very much but I just did not like this book very much. I found it very long--it seems like it took forever to finish it. Everytime I would try reading it I ended up falling asleep because it just wasn't interesting enough to keep me awake. The most interesting part was Lia's story in the 1930's. I found that I didn't really care for any of the characters either.
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Helpful Score: 1
My favorite Jodi Picoult book so far! I love the mixture of ghost story, family drama, undying love, and history that makes up this book. An excellent read!!!
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A different type of novel for Picoult dealing with supernatural forces and love traveling through time.
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This book was so UN-predictable! You never knew what was going to happen next. A great book!
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It was okay. All her later books read the same.
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It took me a bit to get into the book, but once I did I couldn't put it down. Not one of my favorite Jodi Picoult books but enjoyable none the less.
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Great book!
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This is one of my favorite Jodi Picoult books. Hard to put down, easy to follow, and lots of twists.
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Another great book from Jodi Picoult. A little different than the others but still very good.
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Very good story. I loved it, just wish the print had been bigger, my eyes are not what they used to be. If you like stories of the supernatural, and having visits from those that have gone before, you will love this.
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One of her best...
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Aside from the quick introduction of many characters, this is a great read!
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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!
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I LOVE ALL OF JODI PICOULT'S BOOKS. She is my favorite author
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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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It was a decent read - not one of my favorite Picoult books but I got through it.
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Just an all around fabulous book.
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In this book, Jodi Picoult forays into the fantastic. Love, family, ghosts and the transcendance of time all play into the tale.
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I really liked this book . It has some ghostly overtones which i enjoy because one of my fave tv shows is ghost whisperer and it kind of reminded me of that and of course it has a surprise ending so hold on tight for the ending . I really liked this one .
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Was a very good book...enjoy her writings very much.
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Jodi Picoult a faqvorite of mine, all her books are excellent
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I noticed this book had good reviews and so I ordered it. I have read some other of Jodi Picoults work and have like them. I did not like this book. It bounced around between characters a ton and it has a ton of little plots going on. It was hard to keep it all straight. I was bored and really had a hard time finishing this book.
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One of the best books Jodi Picoult has written.
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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 fiancée, Aimee, in a car accident. He tried suicide any number of times. Now Ross lives only for a way to connect with Aimee from beyond. Searching the site for signs of the paranormal, Ross meets the mysterious Lia, who sparks him to life for the first time in years. But the discoveries that await Ross are beyond anything he could dream of in this world or the next.