19 August 2012

Review: Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

Second Glance by Jodi Picoult book cover
Bestselling author Jodi Picoult has published an astounding twenty novels, and has achieved global success as a writer. Probably best known for her novel My Sister's Keeper published in 2004 and later made into a movie in 2009, reading Second Glance was my first introduction to Jodi Picoult's work.

The blurb describes Second Glance as: "One of Jodi Picoult's eeriest and most engrossing works, this is a story about the things that come back to haunt us - literally and metaphorically." Reading this, I figured it sounded like the perfect place to start.

A house and large plot of land is being sold in Vermont, but little does the buyer know, the house has a history. Strange things begin to happen as the developer begins to demolish the house, and Ross - a paranormal investigator, in town to visit his sister - offers to look into the situation.

What he doesn't expect is to fall in love and re-open a 70 year old murder case. Picoult takes us back in time to when owners of the house were leaders in eugenics and a terrible tragedy took place.

This is a story of love, family and identity, and Picoult deftly weaves the story and the characters together in a meaningful and touching way. I enjoyed learning how the characters were linked together and how destiny or fate played a role in each of their lives. It was quite beautiful although at times heartbreaking.

"I think Second Glance is my biggest accomplishment to date." - Jodi Picoult (Source: author website, August 2012)
This was a fabulous introduction to popular author Jodi Picoult and I'll be sure to read more of her work in the future.

My rating = ***1/2

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  1. Someone recommended this Picoult book to me a while back, Tracey, but I haven't gotten to it yet. Your review makes me want to read it sooner rather than later, so I hope to fit it in this year sometime. I've read several other Picoult novels and loved them all so far.

  2. Fantastic, that's great to hear. I'd love to hear how this one compares to her other books.

  3. I'd never have thought Picoult would go in this direction. I'll have to have a look!

    You may like 'Homebody' by Orson Scott Card, as an associated aside to this review ;)

  4. Thanks, I'm off to check out some reviews of 'Homebody'.


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