Just One Look by Harlan Coben

Published: 2004

Genre: thriller

Length: 370 pages

Setting: a suburb of NYC, present day

Interest: The title started with a J one of the two letters I need to complete the A-Z Reading Challenge

Summary: Everything starts when Grace finds an old photo slipped into a pack of pictures. It’s a picture that includes her husband, Jack, although he denies it. Jack disappears that night and Grace tries to find him. He’s been taken by Eric Wu, a serial killer who’s paralyzed a neighborhood man to use his house as a base of operations. Grace digs into Jack’s past, with the help of a mobster she met when his son was killed at a concert where she barely survived. The guy blamed for the riot is getting out of prison and the fully story of the riot is finally learned by Grace.

Final thoughts: This is one of those books that had so many interconnected threads that trying to give any kind of accurate summary of the plot is nearly impossible. It was an example of a story where small decisions ripple out and have big consequences. I really enjoyed it was sucked into the story. There were several red herrings where I was sure I knew who the bad guy was and then, twist, it wasn’t. Several twists occurred at the end that kept me hooked right to the end.

Titles comes from: The whole affair started when Jack took a look at a picture from his past.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 70/100 in the Read-a-Latte Challenge, and a J in A-Z Reading Challenge (which takes me to 25/26)

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