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Second Glance [Paperback]

Jodi Picoult
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3 May 2007
When a plot of land is being developed in Vermont against the will of a local Native American tribe, strange things begin to happen - and Ross Wakeman, a paranormal investigator, is asked to get involved. He's a desperate drifter who's taken up ghost hunting in an effort to cross paths again with his fiancee, who died in a car crash eight years ago, but he has yet to experience anything even remotely paranormal. Then Ross meets Lia... As a seventy-year-old murder case is reopened, a shocking secret about a crime of passion long past is revealed.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (3 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416549196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416549192
  • ASIN: 0340897279
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 785,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jodi Picoult received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton University and a master's degree in education from Harvard. She is the author of seventeen novels including MY SISTER'S KEEPER(now a major film starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin), NINETEEN MINUTES, CHANGE OF HEART and HANDLE WITH CARE. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Learn more at

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'Jodi Picoult's novels often focus on lives turned upside down by some terrible event, and it's her way with the small emotional detail that makes them so rewarding.' (Marie Claire)

'Another fascinating and engrossing read by Picoult' (Closer)

'Picoult fans will not be disappointed. There is the usual compulsive writing, the insight into family and colourful characterisation . . . a pleasure to pick up, and impossible to put down' (Daily Express)

'This is another cracker from Picoult' (Family Circle)

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A decades-old murder haunts a small New England town in number one bestseller Jodi Picoult's compelling novel.

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally different & totally brilliant 15 Sep 2008
Picoults says in the notes of the book that this is her favourite book so far & I have to say I agree - This book is a huge leap away from Picoults usual scenario of family/court drama, which I have always enjoyed, but this is by far her best.
The story centers around 1 guy who after losing the love of his life in a car accident spends time searching for her ghost, he goes on a journey of personal discovery & somehow his life becomes entangled with Lia - a woman who died in 1932.
Part of the story is told from Lias point of view & that part is particularly interesting. I certainly did not find it difficult to get into, confusing, or difficult to understand the eugenetics as other have mentioned. It was a fantastic & interesting read. A must read for all Picoult fans.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By E. Heckingbottom TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Typical of Jodi Picoult, she tackles difficult issues in this book. however, if you are buying the Kindle version, beware that formatting issues make it seem disjointed and hard to follow in places~ particularly at the beginning, when varous new characters are introduced and the scene is set.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfactory Kindle version 21 Sep 2012
By Desiree
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As an avid Jodi Picoult fan, i downloaded this book to my Kindle for holiday reading. Sadly the version was poorly done with no spaces or lines between the different sections and chapters of the book. This made it very difficult to follow the story through the different characters' eyes and spoilt the book for me. The story itself is good and a variation from Picoult's usual themes. I think it would have been far more enjoyable had the Kindle version been properly laid out avoiding the problems I experienced with trying to work out which character each part was talking about.
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Jodi Picoult yet.... 30 Oct 2006
By Helly B
I got this book in the States last year and absolutely loved it. Some other reviewers have complained of predictability in Jodi Picout's novels but this felt quite different with the theme of transcending time & less of a focus around a big court case. However, a word of warning - the book is divided into 3 sections and the first section proves quite difficult to get to grips with but do perservere because by the second section, everything starts falling into place and all the characters who seemed quite random start becoming inter-related. The book leaves you with a very warm feeling & is definitely recommended if you have enjoyed Jodi Picoult's other books.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Strange Read 23 Nov 2008
By Mr. Peter Steward TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Sometimes when I have read a novel and turn to reviewing it I find comments difficult to come by. Sometimes my head is so full of thoughts that it is difficult to know where to start. This book comes into the latter category.

It is a very strange, almost surreal work of fiction based on fact. Ultimately a ghost story surrounding a master race style selection process undertaken in Vermont in the 1930s, it is a complex and at times difficult to understand novel.

To start with the book is divided into three sections - the first and third take place in 2001 but the middle section, which goes a long way to explaining what is happening in the other two, is set in 1931. This does lead to some confusion. At times it's difficult to realise just how much information the author has allowed you to have earlier.

My main gripe with the novel is the ridiculous language it at times lapses into. Whilst the middle section of the book is powerful and well written, the first and third can be rather corny and I felt ultimately the book rather fizzled out. There were no massive surprises and the last pages turn more into an adventure tale than a ghostly mystery.

Getting back to the language. Picoult has a nasty habit of using "big words" in her text. At one point one of the characters actually picks up on this as part of a joke. But who really understands the words nictitating, ratiocinatively, catena, self-immolation of tropolgically - and these are just a few of those used.

Then there are sentences such as "Here I am confabulating about myself."

Even worse are passages that are just cringeworthy. Take these as examples:

"She smoothed down her napkin and looked down at her chipolata sausage, nestled in a bed of polenta.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating! 21 Aug 2008
As other reviewers had indicated, I found Second Glance to be a lesson in perseverance at first.

The initial section seemed disconnected, with so many characters/scenarios to cope with and I was all for giving up on a Jodi book for the very first time!

So glad I didn't ~ those other reviewers told me to persevere and along with a 'google' of eugenics to help set the scene, I began to enter into this story.
The second section, as narrated by Lia just captivated me & from then on ... hooked!

This is a beautiful story challenging the reader's preconceptions on disability, prejudice and the possibilty of an afterlife.

Loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I normally breeze through Jodi Picoult's books but this one took me a little longer. I read it in the Kindle version and sometimes it wasn't clear when the story was changing to a different thread due to the lack of distinct paragraph breaks. There are also a lot of characters introduced in the first part and this can be confusing. Having said that the book is worth sticking with. There are no shocking endings as with some of Ms Picoult's other work as all is explained and some of your suspicions about the plot are confirmed. I would definitely recommend this book.
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Not one of her best but still enjoyed it.
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A gift for the wife that left her happy and kept her off my case for a bit.
Published 1 month ago by Chris Longden
4.0 out of 5 stars great book as all are
yea it was very good, all her books are well worth reading, read them all now one after the other
Published 5 months ago by vera duckworth
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This is a great read and so convenient that when purchased it is available to read immediately.Another brilliant read from this wonderful author.I would highly recommend it
Published 6 months ago by Fran
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Great book, in very good condition, only problem is I've read it! And yes it was a good read even the second time. speedy deliver! would recommend this seller
Published 7 months ago by Cazzapee
4.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to believe in ghosts to enjoy this book.
At first I was a bit negative about the book, since I don't believe in ghosts. Later, I just accepted that in the world the author was writing about, there were ghosts and some... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joan Boyar
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This was up to the usual standard from Jodi Picoult, a very good read and well worth looking at, a very good novel and very good story
Published 7 months ago by P. A. Elliott
4.0 out of 5 stars book
read quite a few of this authors, all good some better than others but would still read anything she wrote
Published 9 months ago by Joan West
5.0 out of 5 stars Second glance Jodi picoult
Thank God. After reading quite a few books, at last a book I couldn't put down. Thank you Jodi x
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