Just One Look "The air rushed out of the room." It's a common and all-too-effective cliche of the modern suspense thriller, and Coben has fashioned a story full… Just One Look "The air rushed out of the room." It's a common and all-too-effective cliche of the modern suspense thriller, and Coben has fashioned a story full… 2004-04-26 Fiction Mystery and Thriller
Book Review

Just One Look (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Apr 26, 2004; Writer: Harlan Coben; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

''The air rushed out of the room.'' It's a common and all-too-effective cliche of the modern suspense thriller, and Coben has fashioned a story full of them: the mysterious photograph that causes a loving husband and father to leave suddenly in the night; his restless, resilient suburban wife -- with the haunting, traumatic past -- who tries to find him; the ruthless assassin who can kill with a touch; the nosy neighbor; the Mob boss; and even the generic, meaningless title. Coben proves his nimble, knowing grasp of plot and pace, juggling as many as seven plotlines while still imparting a healthy backstory to cameo characters. You'll read it in a day, maybe two; it's fresh fast food in a cup-of-ramen world.

Originally posted Apr 30, 2004 Published in issue #762-763 Apr 30, 2004 Order article reprints