Second Glance - Jodi Picoult

Second Glance

Author: Jodi Picoult

  • Publication Date: 2003-04-08
  • Category: Ghost
4 Score: 4
(From 133 Ratings)


This breathtaking novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult asks: Do we love across time, or in spite of it?

“Sometimes I wonder....Can a ghost find you, if she wants to?”

An intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal, Second Glance begins in current-day Vermont, where an old man puts a piece of land up for sale and unintentionally raises protest from the local Abenaki Indian tribe, who insist it’s a burial ground. When odd, supernatural events plague the town of Comtosook, a ghost hunter is hired by the developer to help convince the residents that there’s nothing spiritual about the property.

Enter Ross Wakeman, a suicidal drifter who has put himself in mortal danger time and again. He’s driven his car off a bridge into a lake. He’s been mugged in New York City and struck by lightning in a calm country field. Yet despite his best efforts, life clings to him and pulls him ever deeper into the empty existence he cannot bear since his fiancée’s death in a car crash eight years ago. Ross now lives only for the moment he might once again encounter the woman he loves. But in Comtosook, the only discovery Ross can lay claim to is that of Lia Beaumont, a skittish, mysterious woman who, like Ross, is on a search for something beyond the boundary separating life and death. Thus begins Jodi Picoult’s enthralling and ultimately astonishing story of love, fate, and a crime of passion.

Hailed by critics as a “master” storyteller (The Washington Post), Picoult once again “pushes herself, and consequently the reader, to think about the unthinkable” (Denver Post). Second Glance, her eeriest and most engrossing work yet, delves into a virtually unknown chapter of American history—Vermont’s eugenics project of the 1920s and 30s—to provide a compelling study of the things that come back to haunt us—literally and figuratively. Do we love across time, or in spite of it?


  • Amazing book

    By Blooberii
    This is exactly the book I needed at this point in my life. I have read many of her books before, but this one made me really appreciate life when I finished it. Also, it had a sort of more traditional happy ending than a lot of her books. This book is definitely worth the read.
  • Solid read

    By Writeangel
    A bit confusing at first, but stick with it. The pieces come together beautifully.
  • Awesome !!!

    By TheMegaleg
    Jodi Picoult is a very talented writer and this is definitely one of her best!
  • Great book

    By Ilikegreeneggsandham
    It's a bit slow in the beginning, but after you get out of the first 1/5 of the book or so, then it starts getting really interesting! Totally recommended for both people who do and don't believe in ghosts! :D