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Just One Look

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  19,958 ratings  ·  1,050 reviews
Grace Lawson is living a happy, straightforward life in the suburbs with her husband, Jack, and two young children. But that security is about to come to a brutal end. For when Grace picks up a set of holiday snaps, amongst them is one shot that doesnt fit: a faded image of a life that Grace doesnt recognise and of her husband as she never knew him. Within twelve hours, Ja ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 2nd 2007 by Orion (first published 2004)
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Juliet
Although it was still a decent read much like his other novels, it could be time for Coben to change a little of his formulaic writing. The plot in this novel is so confusing that the last two to three chapters were devoted to explaining it all. It almost felt like the rest of the novel were just fillers.
Jonetta
Originally posted at The Book Nympho

Quick Summary
It was an ordinary day like any other but from the moment when Grace Lawson picks up her pictures from the photomart, her life was never the same.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. The story actually begins with a surprising admission from a prisoner serving a life sentence for murder. That sets off a chain of events that reaches back 15 years to the present.

The mystery
Since it is a mystery, I can't tell you much more. What I can say is I was off
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Connie
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Angie
Harlan Coben manages to snag your attention within the first few pages of his books and then reels you in like a helpless fish until you are so ensared in the story that there is no way you can put the book down until you reach the end. This book is no exception!

I will admit that there were a few parts in this book that were slightly far-fetched, but then again, reality can be a bit far-fetched sometimes. Overall, it was another great suspense story from Coben. If you enjoy his books, you will
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Weinz
Nov 13, 2007 Weinz rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: brainless thrillseekers with time to kill
Why is it when people hear you enjoy reading that they automatically assume that you read the same books they do? A neighbor reccomended this one. I don't think the friendship will survive. I may have to move.
David
This was one of Coben's best books - if not THE best. First it grabs the reader's attention with a prologue in which a killer who is about to be executed admits to an Assistant US Attorney that he killed his sister (not the crime for which he is being executed)

Then it launches into the main story, when an ordinary middle-class wife and mother discovers a picture of what looks like her husband in a context in which she would not expect to find him. Then the confrontation and then the disappearanc
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Mandy Crider
This book was slow for me at first but
Man oh man towards the middle I couldn't put it down! All of the connections with the characters and then the twist at the very end made me feel like I was right there with the family. Great book! Coben never fails!
Becky
This is my first Coben book. It totally held my attention and was a pretty quick read for me. I couldn't wait to figure out who was responsible for Jack's kidnapping. While I felt for Grace who finds herself in a horrible situation, I just didn't really connect with her. She took off on her own search for her husband which seemed unrealistic to me. Especially with two children to protect. I can't imagine myself in that situation but don't think that I would have acted in the same way.



Wu was an
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Cathy DuPont
This is my first Harlan Coben and I have no idea how I've lived this long without reading one of his books. Well, I can no longer say that since I just finished this one.

On the road so fortunately I read (listened to is more accurate) it for hours at a time.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I even listened in the car for an extra 15 minutes a couple of times.

Now that I have been anointed, I won't walk pass a Harlen Coben book again without picking it up.

The End
No spoilers

About 75 p
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Mike
Synopsis: An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: a mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes—that of her husband, from before she knew him. When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without ...more
Davor Petričević
SPOILER-FREE RECENZIJA

Cobena sam otkrio prije četiri-pet godina s hvaljenom (i ekraniziranom) knjigom „Nikom ni riječi“. S obzirom na pozitivno sjećanje, odlučio sam se posvetiti ovom romanu i moram priznati da se isplatilo. „Samo jedan pogled“ je roman izuzetno brze, dinamične i slojevite priče s obratima do, doslovce, posljednjih redova.

Sve počinje naizgled bezazlenim podizanjem razvijenih fotografija majke Grace u prosječnoj obitelji među kojima se nalazi fotografija stara 15-20 godina. Upra
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Emily
This book seemed to have good reviews, but I didn't enjoy it that much. It moved pretty slow and I felt there were wasted pages. I hate to give bad reviews, but I don't think I would reccommend this one.
Alex
JUST ONE LOOK (Pub. 2004) by Harlan Coben was a great read, my second favorite of this author's works to-date.

Coben kicks things up a couple notches from some of his tamer domestic thrillers. Although the story is largely centered around Grace Lawson and her husband that goes missing, there is an intriguing underlying plot, that at first appears to be a subplot, but in classic Coben fashion, he manages to weave the two incidents together in a way that makes for a great read. I had a hard time p
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Donna
I like Harlan Coben’s writing style. He manages to hook you from the beginning. I like his focus on the characters. He brings ordinary citizens to life in his descriptive story telling.

Overall, I liked this book, mainly because of the hook and because of the character development. However, with that being said, I was glad this book wasn’t any longer. There was so much going on. Everyone had a hand in the plot. Everyone had a secret. It was a little busy and a little far-fetched at times. I don’
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Cathy
4.5 stars really. Excellent story. Grace, mother of two, finds a fifteen year old picture mysteriously mixed in with her roll of freshly developed film. Her husband Jack, extremely upset upon seeing the picture, disappears that same evening. As Grace searches for Jack, the situation gets more mysterious and more frightening. How did that photo get into her envelope and what happened all those years ago? The more information Grace gets, the more questions she has. Eventually all the questions get ...more
Lisa (scarlet21)
Had to give this a 5 star rating because the twist at the end was fantastic!
A fabulous story of long buried secrets, pain, revenge and loss, families entwined somehow in the same mystery, nothing making too much sense - you think!
After developing a film Grace finds an old picture amongst the new ones, a picture that she's never seen before but which appears to be of her husband; when she shows her husband he disappears; at the same time she receives a phone call from her past; the two things do
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Darcy
As I was reading this book my mind kept wandering. About page sixty I realized that I didn't care who killed the sister and what the deal was with the picture, so gave it up. This is not the book for me.
Rob1109
I first discovered Harlan Coben about 18 months ago. I read one of books, "Caught,", I believe, and loved it. I read a second book, loved it. Mr. Coben jumped into my Top 5 favorite authors. Another novel by Coben cemented his spot. I read a fourth, a fifth, and then it dawned on me. The reason I like his books is because...well, they're all the same.

I don't mean his writing style, his characters. I mean the plot. In each and every novel of his I've read, the storylines are almost identical. New
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Michelle Randall
Not long ago I discovered the author Harlan Coben through the First-Reads program here on Goodreads, and I was blown away by his writing and story-telling abilities. So much so, that I began a mission to find more books by him and to read them. I found this book at my local Goodwill store and was so excited, I was thrilled to read another Harlan Coben book.

Let me start by saying that this book did not fail to live up to my high expectations! I was engrossed in the book from the very beginning, a
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David
I'm learning to appreciate Harlan Coben's ability to weave multiple plot twists together into a page-turning nightmare of thrilling proporion.

In Just One Look, the closest thing I have to a complaint is to say that the twists just keep on and on and on and on and on. The plot twists and revelations filled me up like I had just enjoyed a full Thanksgiving Feast.. One more twist and I felt like I would have exploded, but the revelations were carefully dropped one at a time and finally-- it all ca
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Gail Jones
Book Review: Just One Look by Harlan Coben 4/5

This book starts with much promise but as usual with these books it can be confusing at first with so many characters introduced in so many seemingly unrelated situations. However, just as you think you can’t take in any more disjointed facts the action picks up and as the book progresses all the separate lives are drawn together.

Just One Look has an unlimited number of possible suspects when Jack Lawson disappears. Has he run away, been kidnapped,
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laura m
Mar 28, 2013 laura m rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: coben fans ONLY
Just read this and it's such a mess in my head right now that I can't even properly review this.
The end is incomprehensible, seems like the final twist/explanation was thought of in a rush, badly explained, I totally didn't catch all of it. I appreciate the lack of happy ending (sorry for the spoiler) where it was totally expected, in fact I didn't even predict it should end like this?
so, the end was a big fat disappointment.
SPOILERS
I was looking forward to Cora being the fifth person in the pho
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Annie
I liked this book by Harlan Cobain because it wasn’t seeped in lurid, gory details with bad language, and the lowest most debasing criminal acts, like some of the mystery books for adults. This novel did have clear, detailed, crisp writing, a twisty plot and hardly any bad language. It didn’t quite live up to the promised thrills and chills; but I liked how the main character was an ordinary person involved in an unordinary event. Grace is an artist, resisting suburban boredom but she loves her ...more
Michael Drysdale
This is my second Coben book and although I enjoyed it, I didn’t think it was as good as Tell No One. I like Coben’s themes of ordinary people stumbling into criminal conspiracies. The story starts with housewife Grace Lawson picking up some developed photographs then to find included an old photo containing five people including her husband Jack. Jack sees the photo then disappears. The plot is essentially about Grace’s attempts to find Jack and the meaning of the old photo.
The book is a page-t
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Rolyn
I am seriously conflicted with this book. I would have given it a 4-star rating if the reasons for all what transpired were not that shallow.

I really liked the beginning and the middle part. As for the characters, I was inclined to Grace, Charlaine and especially to Cora (I don't know but Cora is my personal favorite). So when Scott suggested that Cora had something to do with the odd photograph, I was like description
I was willing to turn a blind eye. So after all was said and done. I wanted to strangle
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Yulia
Jul 07, 2008 Yulia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yulia by: Frank Bogues
Harlan? Yulia? Harlan? Yulia? True enough, this is my first try at one of his books, at Frank's recommendation, and despite the typo in the second sentence (tsk tsk) I do appreciate the simile it contains. Oddly, Frank says he read in an interview that Coben" doesn't choose the names of his novels. How strange, to leave that up to a publisher. Is it this way with most writers? Or is he not invested enough in titles to put up a fight?

But in all seriousness, this book has made me more aware of my
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Elisabete Teixeira
Depois de ler 'Servidão humana', houve um grande estranheza na forma como este autor escreve. Ultrapassada esta questão, porque os autores não se prestam a comparações, gostei e a narrativa prendeu-me até ao final, mas esperei sempre por mais....porque
não é um estilo que leia com frequência e sendo um autor bastante referenciado, as minhas expetativas estavam nos píncaros.
Seja como for aconselho, para intervalar com leituras mais pesadas...
Bandit
Another tale of domestic bliss ripped apart by revelations of the spousal's past from Harlan Coben. Formulaic? Sure. But he does his formula well, keeping up the suspence throughout. The writing is solid, unlike some best sellers out there (Koontz anyone), Coben doesn't insult his readers' intelligence and actually takes the time to develop the characters. Plus he writes stand alones in addition to series and I much prefer stand alones. This book was less predictable than the last Coben I've lis ...more
Haley
#1. My overall opinion of Just One Look, by Harlan Coben was undecided. I really enjoyed the way Coben cleverly built the plot and suspense in the beginning and middle of the book. This led me to expect a phenomenal and dramatic ending. However, I was greatly disappointed to find that I could have cared less about how it ended because it was so stupid. The bad ending wasn’t all that bad though because I never expected it to end the way it did. Yet I don’t think it was possible to find “the bad g ...more
Austins
This book was a bit of a disappointment to me compared to his other books. I never really found myself shocked by anything that happened or wanting to keep from putting it down. I finished it though for the sake of finishing it. The characters in this book were not as engaging as some of his others and I found myself not caring about what happened to any of them. The plot seemed contrived in many places and Coben drove me nuts many times when he wrote things like "It worked wonderfully well righ ...more
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With over 60 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben’s last seven consecutive novels, MISSING YOU, SIX YEARS, STAY CLOSE, LIVE WIRE, CAUGHT, LONG LOST and HOLD TIGHT all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world. His books are published in 43 languages around the globe.

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