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Second Glance

by Jodi Picoult

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.

Jodi Picoult’s eeriest and most engrossing work yet, this is a story about the things that come back to haunt us – literally and metaphorically. Science is pitted against the supernatural, and Picoult examines why we tend to think of science as objective, when it is always at the mercy of those who interpret it. Is fate any more reliable than coincidence? And is love any less real just because it has no scale of measurement?


“Jodi Picoult’s clear ear for dialogue quickly establishes a diverse cast in this superb love story… Like Louise Erdrich, she suffuses complex, exciting, big plots with the subtle pace of Native American affairs, producing unsentimental, passionate sagas.”  Financial Times

“Best-selling author Picoult mixes shocking fact and compelling fiction to produce a mesmerizing tale of love and second chances.”  Booklist

“Picoult ingeniously ties the ghost story to a true one about eugenics. . . . The history lesson makes for chilling, even shocking, reading, and Picoult comes up with many unforgettable characters. . . . Bottom line: Great ghost story.”  People (Critic’s Choice)

“[An] elaborate, engrossing plot. . . . Suspense and the supernatural are artfully interwoven. . . . Picoult’s ability to bring [her characters] all vividly to life is remarkable.”  Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Memorable visual images and evocative language. . . .[A] multifaceted work.”  Library Journal

“An intelligent, complex, challenging, and utterly compelling novel.”  Sydney Morning Herald 


Book Club Notes
01 April, 2003

About Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-three novels, the last eight debuting at number one on The New York Times bestseller list. Jodi lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.


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