Picks and Pans Review: Just One Look

updated 05/03/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/03/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

By Harlan Coben

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Fifteen years ago Grace Lawson was trampled at a rock concert. Eighteen people were killed. Grace survived, though her memory of the event is blurry. Now, married with two kids, it's all behind her until she takes a trip to the local Fotomat. What is an old, odd photo doing among her pictures? The question will jolt Grace out of her minivan tranquility and lead her to a path—and a past—she could never have imagined.

Stocked with fascinatingly creepy characters, Coben's keeps-you-guessing mystery is terrifying. The tension doesn't build slowly; it snaps and crackles right from the get-go. One small complaint: Coben relies too much on the Internet as a sleuthing tool, a trap too many mystery and thriller writers fall into these days. But that doesn't diminish the fear factor. The only plausible reason for setting down this book is to make sure your front door is locked and double-bolted.


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