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Juste un Regard (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Harlan Coben

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Just One Look by Harlan Coben (2004)

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This was my first Harlan Coben book- found it at a flea market and thought I'd give it a try. He's got some occasional interesting incites into characters and their lives, but the strong point is the plot. The plot deepens and is revealed a bit at a time, until we are treated to a delicious end- not a surprise so much as a another level. The characters are really little more than caricatures, vehicles for the plot. The writing is basic 8th grade level, so no joy there. Makes for a nice quick summer read if you are not looking for anything substantial. ( )
  keithostertag | Sep 13, 2014 |
A decent story that saved some awkward prose and word choices. Like sereneness instead of serenity. Someone having cigarettes in tow. Colors that were saturated, sun-faded and lacking vibrancy all at the same time. It wasn’t all awful, sometimes Coben tosses in a line that’s apt and gets a laugh like saying a person had “enough piercings to double as a wind instrument”. But there were enough dingers for me to notice. I didn’t put it down though because the convoluted threads would come together in surprising ways that would be satisfying in the end. I can’t be sure if he does it with all his books, but while the prologue gambit is cheesy (throwing the reader into some far-flung situation that has no outward bearing on the first part of the story), I kept thinking about that scene and how it would tie to the rest of Grace’s far-fetched situation. Characterizations are not subtle for anyone and their actions not quite believable, but that’s how a thriller should roll. I just wish the writing was better. ( )
  Bookmarque | Sep 11, 2014 |
  snbiz | Jul 17, 2014 |
From Publishers Weekly Coben's latest thriller (after No Second Chance) is a riveting, albeit perplexing, nightmare that finds hapless New Jersey wife and mother Grace Lawson dealing with an assortment of fearful developments, including a missing spouse, a terrifyingly adaptable hit man, deceitful friends, hidden agendas and ghosts from the past. Reader MacDuffie wisely takes her cues from Coben's prose. When he describes a policeman as "patronizing," she lends just the right vocal inflection to his lines, then quickly switches to the sarcastic tones of feisty Grace. And for the novel's most ingratiating character, Charlene Swain, MacDuffie's voice subtly shifts from vague to vital as the Percodan-popping, bored-to-tears housewife rises above her ennui to give Grace a helping hand in combating the wicked hit man Wu. Coben fills his thriller with unoriginal characters (including a murderer on death row, a rock-and-roller in comeback mode and a gentrified mobster with revenge on his mind), but MacDuffie's skillful interpretation brings the characters and action into sharp focus.
Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From Booklist If the trick of suspense writing is to get readers to identify so passionately with the beleaguered principal character that they disappear into the story, feeling the knife points of tension themselves, then Coben is the Houdini of the form. Coben, who has won the Trifecta of mystery writing--the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Shamus Awards--likes to burst the bubble of suburban security by having his characters' well-ordered, happy lives upended in ways that mirror readers' fears. In his four stand-alone thrillers, the past comes back to bite or haunt the protagonist, or the present vanishes in one fatal moment. In this latest excursion into the dark, a suburban mother finds one picture that does not belong in the pack of family outing photos she's just picked up. The picture, showing a group of college students, seems as if it was taken 20 years ago. One of the group looks like her husband. A girl in the group has an X drawn across her face. When Mrs. Happily Married shows the picture to her husband, he seems shaken, then leaves home. Coben ratchets up the suspense of the wife trying to find her husband with another drama, that of a serial killer in the neighborhood. A tragic accident from the woman's past intersects with her husband's secrets and the movements of the killer in ways that are satisfyingly creepy. Connie Fletcher
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  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
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. ( )
  Michael_Drysdale | Aug 7, 2013 |
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"Babe, give me your best memory, But it don't equal pale ink." - Chinese proverb adapted for lyrics in song "Pale Ink" by the Jimmy X Band (Written by James Xavier Farmington. All rights reserved.)
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This book is for Jack Armstrong, because he's one of the good guys.
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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.

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A seemingly innocuous twenty-year-old photograph turns Grace Lawson's peaceful life upside down when her husband, Jack, mysteriously vanishes with the photograph and unanswered questions threaten her marriage and everything she knows.

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