First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

fistchapFirst Chapter, First Paragraph, is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea.  Anyone can play — just copy the first paragraph of the first chapter (or prologue) and include a picture of the book cover. Leave your link at Bibliophile by the Sea.  I read about this book in two different places recently and decided I had to get it.  It’s historical fiction which I find, to my surprise, is becoming a favourite genre of mine.  Here’s the opening from Second Glance by Jodi Picoult:


secondglanceRoss Wakeman succeeded the first time he killed himself, but not the second or the third.

He fell asleep at the wheel and drove his car off a bridge into a lake — that was the second time — and was found on the shore by rescuers.  When his half-sunken Honda was recovered, the doors were all locked, and the tempered glass windows were shattered like spiderwebs, but still intact. No one could figure out how he’d gotten out of the car in the first place, much less survived a crash without even a scratch.

teaser-tuesdaysTeaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, now being hosted by Ambrosia of  The Purple Booker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!  So, from the same novel:

Ross wasn’t hungry, so he didn’t understand why he’d come to the town diner — an establishment that had been around as long as Comtostook, passing like a plague through a chain of overweight crochety owners who all believed that grease was a gourmet seasoning.  Not that this seemed to affect business: when Ross arrived, every table and counter stool was taken. p.97

Would you keep reading?  Have you read this or any other books by Picoult?  Leave a comment and a link to your post for First Chapter, First Paragraph and Teaser Tuesday.  Thanks for stopping by.

About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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30 Responses to First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

  1. Now that is a very compelling first paragraph, especially for a mystery lover. I’d like to read this one.

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  2. Diane D says:

    Lorraine, I’ve read ALL of Picoult’s books and enjoyed most every one. Hope u like this one.


  3. sjhigbee says:

    I like the writing very much – I’ve got a Jodi Picoult on my TBR, having read a couple waaay back and this is certainly tempting me to pick it up:). This is my TT –


  4. It’s been a while since I read a Jodi Picoult book. I did enjoy but they got a bit samey so I needed a break. Maybe I should try again.


  5. ljennison says:

    Sounds interesting. I’d keep reading. Thanks for coming by!


  6. I’m intrigued then, why did he feel like going to this place?


  7. Kathy Martin says:

    That makes me very curious. I recently read my first Picoult and enjoyed it but haven’t had a chance to read any more. Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy reading!

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    • mysm2000 says:

      This will be my second Picoult book. When I bought it I think I was under the impression it was more of a murder mystery than a ghost-hunting, paranormal novel but it looks interesting and I’m going to get into it this week. Thanks for stopping by.


  8. Kay says:

    I’ve read several Picoult books, but have not read this one. I’m curious what the ‘issue’ is in this one. She always seems to have an issue and I like that. Hope you enjoy it! I think I might have a copy of it around here somewhere.

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  9. I read this one so long ago that I barely remember it! Time for a reread? I am familiar with that diner…where “grease was a gourmet seasoning.” LOL.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

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    • mysm2000 says:

      I remember as a little kid my family was leaving a diner we had stopped at on our holiday and my mom said, “Well, that was a greasy spoon!” It became a favourite family saying. I’m curious to see if the wry humour follows through the whole book. Thanks for coming by. I enjoyed your feature today.


  10. I have read many of Jodi Picoult’s books but not this one which does sound very intriguing – I’d definitely keep reading.

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