Audio Review: Just One Look by Harlan Coben

Posted April 29, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 3 Comments

Audio Review: Just One Look by Harlan CobenJust One Look by Harlan Coben
Narrator: L. J. Gantzer
Published by Recorded Books on April 26, 2004
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Length: 11 hours 58 minutes
Source: Library
Audio | Goodreads

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 explanation. She doesn’t know where he’s going, or why he’s leaving. Or if he’s ever coming back. Nor does she realize how dangerous the search for him will be. Because there are others interested in both her husband’s past and that photo, including Eric Wu: a fierce, silent killer who will not be stopped from finding his quarry, no matter who or what stands in his way.

Her world turned upside down, filled with doubts about her herself and marriage, Grace must confront the dark corners of her own tragic past she struggles to learn the truth, find her husband, and save her family.

 

Quick Summary
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 balance for most of the book. There were several storylines in play that I knew had to be connected but couldn’t figure out how. And, with one exception, I was never sure who the bad guys were. But that one exception was a doozie. This guy was SERIOUSLY scary…I mean bone-chilling frightening.

 

The bottom line
I figured out some of this by the end of the book but not a whole lot. It was a little complicated but I didn’t have any issues keeping up. Of course, those curveballs at the end were truly out of left field! And the ending still has me pondering. But isn’t that typical with a Coben story? I loved this book.

 

 

 

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About Harlan Coben

With over 50 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben’s last six consecutive novels, SIX YEARS, STAY CLOSE, LIVE WIRE, CAUGHT, LONG LOST and HOLD TIGHT all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world. His first Young Adult novel SHELTER was just released in paperback, and the second in the Mickey Bolitar series, SECONDS AWAY, was released on September 18th. His books are published in 41 languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in over a dozen countries.

Winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the first author to win all three – international bestselling author Harlan Coben’s critically-acclaimed novels have been called “ingenious” (New York Times), “poignant and insightful” (Los Angeles Times), “consistently entertaining” (Houston Chronicle), “superb” (Chicago Tribune) and “must reading” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

In his first books, Coben immersed himself in the exploits of sports agent Myron Bolitar. Critics loved the series, saying, “You race to turn pages…both suspenseful and often surprisingly funny” (People). After seven books Coben wanted to try something different. “I came up with a great idea that simply would not work for Myron,” says Coben. The result was the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller TELL NO ONE, which became the most decorated thriller of 2001 – nominated for an Edgar, an Anthony, a Macavity, a Nero, and a Barry; winner of the Audie Award for Best Audio Mystery/Suspense Book (read by Steven Weber); and a #1 hardcover book on the Book Sense 76 list. Coben followed the success of TELL NO ONE with the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers GONE FOR GOOD (2002), NO SECOND CHANCE (2003), and JUST ONE LOOK (2004) and THE INNOCENT (2005). Bookspan, recognizing Coben’s broad international appeal, named NO SECOND CHANCE its first ever International Book of the Month in 2003 – the Main Selection in 15 different countries.

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3 responses to “Audio Review: Just One Look by Harlan Coben

  1. Every time I read a highly rated review like about mysteries I’m always tempted to run to audible and start adding some from this genre to my TBL. I tried one this year, but it was just meh. Maybe I need to pick this one to fall in love with the genre.

    Thanks!

    • One thing I should mention about this one…

      I first downloaded the version narrated by Carolyn McCormick. LOVED her as the narrator but then figured out it was abridged (2 hours in). Unfortunately, this version was narrated by someone else but it’s all I was left with. It was fine but nowhere near the caliber of the first one. There is an audible unabridged version by McCormick, as well as one with two narrators, which I wish had been available.