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4.0 out of 5 stars Just One Look, 24 April 2005
This review is from: Just One Look (Paperback)
Typical Harlan Coben fare with a plot that twists and turns with every chapter, leading the reader down all manner of false alleys and cul-de-sacs by the hundredweight.
Any reader familiar with Coben's style will be well used to the outrageous and slightly unbelievable characters that inhabit his worlds, and this book is no different with a veritable menagerie of the outlandish and the bizarre. What has always in the past made these caricatures work is their snappy dialogue and slick wit. Sadly in this book I found these sections lacking and some of the characters simply became cartoon figures and therefore sad and laughable.
Coben has also used in this book a character from one of his previous offerings, Eric Wu, and also makes nods in the direction of charcters from his Bolitar series of books. Some readers might enjoy this meeting of people from the past, for me though I found it lazy and didn't add anything.
The plot as well seemed to suffer from a slight sense that Coben is going through the motions. At times the story is so interwoven and threaded together that it became that little bit too contrived and fantastic.
Really I guess this was the problem with the book for me. I'm always happy to dispend belief when reading a Coben, but this one was simply that little bit too far fetched and too unbelievable. Whilst still being a good read and great entertainment I found his earlier books like Tell No-One and Gone for Good much better.
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