Just One Look by Harlan Coben – Book Review

This is my second Coben book and although I enjoyed it, I didn’t think it was as good as Tell No One.  I like Coben’s themes of ordinary people stumbling into criminal conspiracies. The story starts with housewife Grace Lawson picking up some developed photographs then to find included an old photo containing five people including her husband Jack. Jack sees the photo then disappears. The plot is essentially about Grace’s attempts to find Jack and the meaning of the old photo.

The book is a page-turner and I kept wanting to know what happens next, which is a must in a thriller. But I did find there were a lot of characters to keep track of, and the connections between the various threads were a bit confusing. The plot relied on suburban housewife Grace having contacts with the local Mafia. This device was used, albeit with a bit more credibility, in Tell No One.

It wasn’t possible to work out who’d done it from the clues and rabbits were pulled out of the hat in final chapters.  The ending was rather disappointing; I was hoping that Grace would stumble on a high powered conspiracy and instead got something much more prosaic and quite unconvincing. 3 stars.

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