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“A mesmerizing tale of love and second chances” (Booklist), bestselling author Jodi Picoult crafts an intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal.

One day in Vermont, 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 after 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.

In this “memorable ghost tale” (Kirkus Reviews), Picoult’s eeriest and most engrossing work yet, she 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?

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    Second Glance

    What a wonderful book. I read and read and was so happy when all the characters came together at the end. Adding this book to my library was a good thing! As long as readers are patient and just keep reading the ending is a reward not a disappointment!

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    Good, as usual:)

    I really enjoyed this as I usually do with Jodi Picoult books. It also kept me up later than I should have! i liked how she tied people together that seemed to have nothing in common:) BUT while it was good I also found a lot of predictability about half way in. I didn't really feel the love stories coming together and it felt a little forced on me. Otherwise, still a good book, but maybe not a 5 star GREAT book-still absolutely worth the read though:)

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