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Just One Look [Paperback]

Harlan Coben
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Book Description

2 April 2007

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 doesn't fit: a faded image of a life that Grace doesn't recognise

and of her husband as she never knew him.

Within twelve hours, Jack has disappeared, a brutal hitman is stalking

her family and the safe world she knows has been turned upside down.

And all Grace can see is that the past is coming back to haunt the

present and people are getting hurt...


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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; 1st edition (2 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752863819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752863818
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 520,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Harlan Coben was the first ever author to win all three major crime awards in the US. He is now global bestseller with his mix of powerful stand-alone thrillers and Myron Bolitar crime novels. He has appeared in the bestseller lists of The Times, the New York Times, Le Monde, Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.

He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.

Here are the Myron Bolitar novels in series order:

Deal Breaker
Drop Shot
Fade Away
Back Spin
One False Move
The Final Detail
Darkest Fear
Promise Me
Long Lost

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"A brisk exercise in adrenaline. Coben has a nice line in poetics but he never wastes words." -- EVENING STANDARD, 8 November

Book Description

Living a lie for 21 years - and now the past has caught up with him... A first-rate thriller from 'one of the top crime writers in the world' [Daily Mirror.]

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relentless entertainment! 30 July 2004
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After the formidable "No Second Chance" I just had to check out Coben's latest release. My lovely looking hardback arrived and sat on the 'waiting to be read' shelf for a few weeks before I finally found the time to open the front cover.
360 pages and an entire afternoon later the book was complete and I was exhausted. Not just because I'd spent almost the best part of a day reading, but this book is one hell of a roller-coaster that will keep you guessing and second guessing right until the end.
Throughout the course of the book you'll be introduced to a range of characters, none of which you will be entirely certain about and your opinion will undoubtedly change time and time again. The book moves along at a relentless pace and is sure to keep the reader engrossed right until the story finally ends.
The plot has a lot more depth to it than you would first appreciate, and offers a lot more than the normal blurb would suggest. The people, places and scenarios are wonderfully descriptive and there are a number of plot twists and surprises in store for the lucky reader when they take time to indulge themselves in what is undoubtedly one of the best reads this year!
If you've taken in any of Harlan Coben's other titles and enjoyed them then this will be all you want and more. If you've never taken the time to read any of Coben's books before, open yourself up to one of the best thriller novelists available, with "Just one look" as good a place to start as any!
Highly, Highly, Highly recommended! :)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mothers love! 15 April 2007
Format:Paperback
Having read a couple of Michael Connelly books I read a review which recommended Harlan Coben. So this was the first of his books that I picked up. I found this book really easy to read and was gripped almost from the start. I wont go into the story line as others have before me but I felt that I really connected with Grace and, having had children of my own, would know what a mother would do to protect them.

An Excellent read! Harlan Coben has me hooked. Almost finished the Innocent and then making a start on my first Myron Bolitar.

Highly recommended
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-Paced Thriller 21 Jun 2004
Format:Hardcover
When a mysterious photo appears in Grace Lawson's holiday snaps she is completely unprepared for the effect it will have on her life. It's an old photo and one of the people in it looks a lot like her husband, even though he denies it's him. However, when her husband disappears, the only thing she can think of that may be related is the photo.
What ensues is a desperate hunt for Grace's husband. But he can only be found by working out the significance of the mysterious photo and the identities of the people pictured in it. To add to the terror is the presence of an assassin named Eric Wu, first introduced to scare the pants off us in TELL NO ONE. Eric Wu is a martial arts expert, specialising in incapacitating or killing his victims simply by attacking pressure points on the body. He is a man completely devoid of emotion, effectively a killing machine and a formidable opponent. He has been hired to eliminate the people in the photo and it looks as though nothing's going to stop him.
Harlan Coben has once again produced a thrill-ride of a book with unexpected twists, unlikely heroes and an unusual outcome at the end. His new speciality of books about marriages in which secrets come back to haunt the spouses is continued here and it works just as well her as it did in his first stand-alone, TELL NO ONE.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just One Look 16 Oct 2005
Format:Hardcover
When Grace Lawson finds a mysterious picture mixed in with her newly developed family pictures she thinks that it was a simple mistake, that someone else's picture got mixed in with hers. Until she realizes that one of the men in the picture is her husband and that the photograph in question was taken at least fifteen years ago. After Grace confronts her husband with the picture he suddenly flees their home leaving Grace and their two children with a lot of questions. When the police wont help her, Grace must dig into the past and find a way to bring her husband home but as she soon finds, there are so many secrets in both her and her husband Jack's past that their whole marriage may be based on a lie.
With a dangerous killer after her and others looking to unearth the mystery of that photograph Grace must race against time and look deeply into not only her husbands past but her own as well in order to uncover the truth and stop this killer before he harms Jack, herself and most importantly her children.
`JUST ONE LOOK' kept me up late into the night trying to finish this fast paced thriller. And while I highly recommend, well anything by Harlan Coben really, I did not give `JUST ONE LOOK' my usual Coben five star rating. This is because there was so much going on in the last 30 pages or so that it got a little jumbled. Nonetheless, this is definitely another great novel by Coben, 4 stars!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple and complicated at the same time! 11 May 2004
Format:Hardcover
Here we have a novel with an already played out story line. A happy homemaker gets a surprise package in her photo of her hubby with old college buddies. He leaves and is kidnapped. The happy homemaker suddenly gathers more guts and courage than originally depicted in the first part of the book as she jumps head first into finding her hubby. Coben fans are probably thinking about now, "Didn't that happen in No Second Chance?"
Anyway, the happy homemaker goes through a rather deep and dark world in her journey to recover hubby and joins forces with such characters as a mobster in an attempt to find him. From there, the plot takes so many twists and turns that you will need a map and a scorecard to keep track. I don't know if the author felt that the simple storyline needed to be complicated or such a complicated tale needed a simple storyline. Either way, the last pages is like a debrief as the author brings together so many loose ends.
I like this author, but I think he needs to take a step back and find a new direction in his storylines. So many times, writers get caught up in the "if it worked once, it will work again" pattern. Still, the book is enjoyable and a recommended read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good!
I bought this for my mum who's a big fan of Harlan Coben and she thinks this book, Just One Look is brilliant.
Published 4 months ago by Miss Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping. brilliant book.
I could not put this book down, so many twists and turns. Enjoyed it from start to finish. Had me on the edge of my seat.
Published 4 months ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant writer
I have read most Harlan Coben books after my daughter introduced them to me - they are page turners and keep your interest right to the last.
Published 5 months ago by Suze
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I love Harlan Coben's books and this is the first one I've read in a while. It just makes me realise how much I've missed them. I was riveted to this book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by SW
5.0 out of 5 stars The new Agatha
Thoroughly enjoyed this well crafted book. Found this author by chance on holiday, so pleased I did. Like Christie his characters are real in unreal situations. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MICHAEL HALL
4.0 out of 5 stars One look
I gave that rating because I found that the story did not seem to flow kept jumping from chapter to chapter I like a book to flow.
Published 5 months ago by jasper.e.greengrass
4.0 out of 5 stars Just one look
Great story by Harlan Coben lots of twist and turns that keep you guessing, even when the story has ended.
Published 6 months ago by Steve
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantaastic
Loved it. A great read that keeps you turning the pages from beginning to end. Just hasn't got 5 stars coz they are kept for very special books indeed.
Published 9 months ago by ali100
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
I have read a lot of Harland books and have to say a good book with a good story and plot but a poor ending almost like he couldn't b bothered finishing.
Published 9 months ago by marc
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
A good story - have ready quite a few from this author now and feel they are all a little bit alike - a fast paced read nevertheless and always enjoyable
Published 11 months ago by Catherine Grimes
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