Sunday 10 June 2012

Review - Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

Second GlanceSecond Glance by Jodi Picoult
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(re-read) Time Taken To Read - 3 days

Blurb From Goodreads

Do we love across time? Or in spite of it?

A developer has slated an ancient Abenaki Indian burial ground for a strip mall, and now strange happenings have the inhabitants of tiny Comtosook, Vermont, talking of supernatural forces at work. Ross Wakeman is a ghost hunter who's never seen a ghost -- all he's searching for is something to end the pain of losing his fiancee, Aimee, in a car accident. He tried suicide -- any number of times. Now Ross lives only for a way to connect with Aimee from beyond. Searching the site for signs of the paranormal, Ross meets the mysterious Lia, who sparks him to life for the first time in years. But the discoveries that await Ross are beyond anything he could dream of in this world -- or the next.

My Review

This is another re-read although I hadn't remembered any of it until I got to part two. The first part of the story didn't really grab me and I doubted my original 4 star rating. Ross is our main character and works on a ghost hunter show, trying to find his own loved one he lost and hasn't been able to move on from. Ross has a whole host of issues stemming from his heartbreak and as the story progresses you will understand his character and behavior. The rest of the first part introduces a whole host of characters which makes it hard to get drawn into as your trying to remember who is who and what their story is while trying to figure how they will link in to the story.

Flick to the second part and I couldn't put it down. We visit the past and some of the background of what is causing the haunting and soon the link between all the characters becomes evident as the story pulls you in.

It is a story filled with ghosts, love, loss, heartache and raises a few emotions along the way. I do think for most people you will love or hate it and if you have any interest in the afterlife and ghosts I think you will enjoy this. Certainly different and a slow and fairly puzzling start but stick with it as it is a great wee story, 4 out of 5 for me again this time.

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  1. I've been meaning to read this author and this sounds like the book to start with.

  2. Wonderful review! I haven't read this one, but will keep it in mind. Thank you very much for your participation in The Jodi Picoult Project.

  3. Goodness I never have time to reread, apart from a few classics that I first read when very young!
    I read this back in 2009 and it took me the first couple of hundred pages before I really grasped it. I did enjoy but not my favourite from this author.

  4. I enjoy her books a lot, and I remember I really liked this one. Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. For some reason I have never read any books by Jodi Picoult. I clearly need to fix that ASAP. Great review!

  6. I have never read any Jodi Picoult - for some reason I've always had the impression that her books lean a bit chick lit for my tastes, but this doesn't sound like that at all, might give it a go.

  7. Interesting to read your thoughts on this as I'm taking part in the Jodi Picoult Project (Details on the sidebar of my blog if you are interested) and am therefore always on the look out for books of hers to read. My next read is a JP called Plain Truth, have you read it?

  8. Marie I wouldn't class them as chick lit although not to sure which category I would put them in as they are all so different. Petty I have it on my TBR list along with a few others.


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