Slow Start Awesome Resolution “Just One Look”

Just One Look (2004)Harlan Coben is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.  He’s got a couple of recurring characters and also writes stand alone novels that simply blow your socks off and Just One Look is no exception.

Suburban mother Grace’s world is turned upside down when she picks up some family photos and notices one that should be there.  A photo of her husband that’s twenty years old has been magically inserted into her pack.  Her husband Jack sees the photo and heads out of the house later that night leaving Grace and their kids to wonder just where he went.

Hours turn into days where Grace has not heard from Jack.  As Grace does some digging into the background of the mysterious photo she soon realizes that there is much more than meets the eye… she’s not the only one looking for Jack.

This one started out very slowly for me.  I’m not sure why but it really did take me quite a while to get into it.  Ever had one of those books where you had to read the first couple of chapters a couple of times to get started?  I can’t tell you how glad I was that I pushed on because it got REALLY good once I got over that initial hump.  There are a couple of different story lines going on here and there’s a couple of characters that are quite simply “killer”.

If you’re looking for a new author I’d suggest Harlan Coben’s Just One Look.  It’s not my favorite of Coben’s novels but the tail end of this one is really strong.  Get past those first few chapters and you’re in for a treat.  You’ll be glad that you did.

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