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Just One Look by Harlan Coben
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Jun 24, 2011

it was amazing
Read in June, 2011

Excellent book by an author I just discovered in recent months. I've read several of his series of a private investigator/sports agent, but this was a stand-alone book. It was very good! The story was of a woman who picks up newly developed family pictures and finds a picture in the stack that really doesn't belong. Soon after she shows it to her husband, he suddenly leaves their home and disappears. That sets up the intrigue of whether he is hiding someting, a victim of some sinister plan, or what. The main character, Grace, is most appealing. There are lots of characters and sub-plots going on, but it is amazingly easy to keep them and all the characters straight. There is the frustration when Grace gets little help from the police, but great hope for her when she tries to discover the truth on her own. "We all mess up. Raising a child is pure impromptu." "T.J.Maxx, a discount clothing store where hip goes to die." "It is easy to inch your way into foul territory." "He wanted a big city with a liberal feel. From what he'd read, Portland sounded like a hippy commune that had turned into a major metropolis." "Women were harder... They handled physical pain better... When it came to protecting their loved one, they were far more ruthless. Men would sacrifice themselves out of machismo or stupidity or the blind belief that they would be victorious. Women would sacrifice themselves without self-deception."
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