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JUST ONE LOOK
by Harlan Coben

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Thriller

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Grace Lawson lives the life of a typical suburban mom. But things change forever the day she picks up newly developed photos, and finds mysteriously placed among them a 15-year-old picture of her husband, Jack, with four other people. Disturbed by the photo, Jack asks Grace how she got it. Then he drives away in his minivan late at night.

Tracing Jack's whereabouts, Grace discovers he's had contact with an estranged sister she's never met. Then her son and daughter are threatened and, feeling she can trust no one, Grace reluctantly enlists the help of purported mobster Carl Vespa, whom she met many years ago.

Alternate chapters focus on the various players. As the suspense escalates, the lives of the characters mesh together in an explosive, unpredictable conclusion. Coben's novel is so consuming and enthralling that readers won't put it down until the breathless finale. (May, 384 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick

Publisher: Dutton

Published: May 2004

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4 Stars

Average Rating: 4 Stars
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Just One Look

Submitted by Robin in PA on May 8, 2014 - 8:54pm.

Grace Lawson's seemingly perfect life begins to unravel when an old photograph shows up in the middle of her newly developed pictures. The photo has four people, one of which is her husband, Jack, at a younger age. When she shows Jack the picture, he denies that it is him and soon disappears. Grace and their two children are left wondering where he went and who are the other people in the photo. It soon becomes apparent that others are searching for Jack, and one of the people in the picture was murdered over 15 years ago. Grace doesn't know where to turn, who to trust, or how to find her husband.

This book hooks you from the beginning and doesn't let go. It is full of mysterious people, all of who have an agenda. It also has one of fictions scariest villains in hitman Eric Wu. I liked the story and thought Grace made all of the right moves in trying to find her husband; but the story did seem to lose steam toward the end. My rating: 4 Stars.