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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (10 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444754440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444754445
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,946 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 www.jodipicoult.co.uk.

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Impossible to put down and stayed in my mind long after I had finished (Observer)

High quality plotting and suspenseful pacing on every page (Saga)

Superb, many-stranded and grimly topical . . . Picoult binds together precarious alliances with sensitivity, giving depth to characters without losing pace. Inhabited by contradictory, flawed individuals, this novel draws suspense, moral complexity and a stunning final twist out of what initially seemed a monochrome situation (The Times)

Compelling, surprising and entertaining (Heat)

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Is it cruel or humane to judge that some lives are simply not worth living? Number One bestseller Jodi Picoult's compelling novel brings the issue vividly to life - reissued with new cover treatment.

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Flying In a Blue Dream on 15 Sep 2008
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Mar 2012
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Jodi Picoult's "Second Glance," her tenth novel, is a combination ghost story-mystery, with a distinct chick lit flavor. It opens in the small village of Comtosook, Vermont, as the usual callous developer is attempting to put up the usual strip mall on what's considered by some to be the usual ancient Abenaki Indian burial ground. This has caused strange supernatural doings throughout the village. Rose petals fall profusely from the sky; the ground freezes in August; sensible people see ghosts.

The plot concerns not one, but two single mothers with troubled children; the brother of one woman, Ross Wakeman, is sent for by the would-be developer. Ross is a ghost hunter come to town to try to sort himself, and things, out. He has been a near-suicidal drifter seeking to find his fiancee, who died eight years earlier in a car crash. Eventually, after more than 100 pages of strange supernatural doings, feelings, and meeting many people we never will meet again, we finally arrive at the mystery. It appears that 70 years ago Cecilia Pike and her newborn daughter were murdered in the big house on the land the developer wants.

In a plot based on true events the author found in her research, we learn that poor Cecilia was both the daughter of, and the wife of, ultra-respectable, professorial "eugenicists" who wanted to sterilize, by any means, the unsatisfactory lower classes. Apparently there was indeed such a movement in Vermont at that time. It gained some success until being driven from respectability by the advent of Hitler and his Nazi party: they too had this horrifying aim. Like the young boy at the heart of this story, this idea could not stand the light of day. But Picoult here demonstrates her ability to put great issues of the day in human terms.
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Helly B on 30 Oct 2006
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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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter Steward TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Nov 2008
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. Heckingbottom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Aug 2011
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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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