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Just One Look

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Photographs are a way of putting memories on paper and, like memories, they can be precious -- or dangerous. For housewife Grace Lawson, the ordinary act of picking up a pack of family photos sets an extraordinary sequence of events in motion, and the danger builds momentum with every turn of the page.

Among prints of a happy family vacation is
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Published April 26th 2004 by Penguin Group (USA), Inc. (first published 2004)
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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.
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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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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
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
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
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

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
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.
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
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,
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
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’
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
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
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.
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
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.
I was looking forward to Cora being the fifth person in the pho
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
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
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
#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
Ines Ružička
Napeto do kraja, intrigantno i vrlo zanimljivo, manja ocjena samo zbog završetka koji mi je premlak u odnosu na ostatak knjige. Kad počneš povezivati dijelove slagalice u glavi jednostavno nedostaje onaj paf!. Bez obzira, jako mi se sviđa Cobenov ritam pisanja i knjigu bih svakako preporučila zbog cjelokupne atmosfere u knjizi. Tako se piše pravi krimić.
Barbara ★
This is really just a 2.5 star read. I found it tedious and the female lead irritating. The storyline didn't mesh and I found myself not really caring who, what or why. To me that is the kiss of death for a book. I was listening to this on audio so I kept going and heard it all. I've liked all the previous Harlan Coben books I've read except for the Myron Bolitar series - these are sports related and just not of interest to me. I can honestly say that this just didn't have anything to keep you i ...more
I'm torn between rating this book with 3 or 4 stars. This is my second Harlan Coben novel I've read. He is masterful at weaving a suspenseful thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat, holding your breath as you turn the pages.

But like the previous book I read, Tell No One, by the time I got to the end, it fell flat for me. I enjoyed reading the story. It was thrilling and I will continue to read his novels... but, so far, the endings (which reveal the plot) don't fit the intensity of th
Mar 17, 2008 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like mysteries, and are okay with a little violence
Recommended to Amy by: Gary
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I am in awe of Coben's masterful ability to weave such an intense storyline and when you think the story has wrapped up, he hits you with a zinger on the last few pages!! Grace, involved in a mini-disaster at a rock concert that killed some 18 people when she was a teen, discovers a photo in her recently developed photographs and, when showing it to her husband, he freaks and disappears that night. Her husband is not who he seems to be and the secrets just keep on coming...and so do the scary pe ...more
Mandy Skinner
I think this one has been my favorite! Quick read could not put it down.
Am bummed it is over.
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