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Second Glance: A Novel Paperback – August 5, 2008
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"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
A spellbinding suspense novel.
"The Washington Post Book World"
In "Second Glance," love does travel through time. You don't have to believe in ghosts to acknowledge the path it takes....
"Chicago Tribune" There's no more interesting protagonist in crime fiction....Don't miss this series.
About the Author
Jodi Picoult received an AB in creative writing from Princeton and a master’s degree in education from Harvard. The recipient of the 2003 New England Book Award for her entire body of work, she is the author of twenty-six novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, and My Sister’s Keeper, for which she received the American Library Association’s Margaret Alexander Edwards Award. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her website at JodiPicoult.com.
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Picoult did good research, as she always does. But for me it seemed there were two major plot lines - the one with Ross and Lia/Cecilia/Cissy and John/Az, and the other with Shelby and her son and Eli. The ending didn't really tie the plots together very well. Picoult sometimes will leave things not in perfect order. This book was not a satisfying version of that sort of thing.
I can somewhat buy the spirits but some parts of the spirits and their activities were not believable.
If you read this book, take time to read carefully. Maybe that will help you understand the plot and characters.
Above all that confusion, it was still clear to me that the author has a spectacular writing style, and I will continue to read more of her books - hoping that more won't be as disjointed as this one was.
Usually it takes me at least a few chapters to get into a book, but within the first paragraph I was sucked in. The author provides just enough information on each character to give a decent background, but not so much that it becomes unnecessary or spoils the plot.
Even though the book is centered around the idea of a ghost, it was impressively toned-down and, for lack of a better word, believable. I felt like the experiences from the characters just made sense and didn't ever sit there and think, "That's so unrealistic!" (She acknowledges Jay and Grant from The Atlantic Paranormal Society for teaching her about ghosts at the end of the book. They have a pretty healthy idea of what a ghost is and what a ghost is not)
The plot weaves in several interesting stories that (other authors take note) TIE TOGETHER. Once I figured out what was happening, something new and exciting was thrown into the mix.
The end... it wasn't what I expected, but in a good way. It wasn't necessarily a neat and tidy "ride off into the sunset" finish, but it wasn't a depressing or abrupt ending either. It was almost like another little story. It didn't close the entire story, but left just enough to the readers' imagination.
Don't let the premise of this book turn you away. You'll be pleasantly shocked at it's believability....and even if you come away not believing any of it, remember, it's a book of fiction. Enjoy the journey, the rich characters and the many thought-provoking moments hidden among the winding sub-plots of this book. At the end, you'll want to explore the paths over and over again.
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this one really got to me after I was into it by 100 pages or so.
After that I could hardly put it down.Read more