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Second Glance by Jodi Picoult
In Second Glance, Ross Wakeman is an unsuccessful ghost hunter who's never recovered from his fiancee's death, and floats aimlessly through life like a living ghost. He goes to his sister's house in a picturesque Vermont town to find the townspeople there dealing with their own ghost problems. Developers want to build a mini-mall over what the Abenaki Indians believe is a sacred burial ground. Rose petals fall from the sky and the ground at the site freezes in mid-August. The developer asks Ross to investigate and he discovers that back in the 1930s, the house belonged to a University of Vermont professor involved in eugenics programs that forced sterilization of people with undesirable genes. Together with his nephew, a young boy allergic to sunlight who is as white as a ghost because he never sees daylight, they dig deeper into the mystery. Part ghost story, part historical fiction, part paranormal romance, and part social commentary, Jodi Picoult's latest novel has received mostly praise from reviewers. The Denver Post calls Second Glance "a thought-provoking and eminently discussable book."