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 as she struggles to learn the truth, find her husband, and save her family.
©2004 Harlan Coben (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
The story seems to be good. I'm still listening. I really don't like to criticize the readers as I always think they are doing the best that they can. Sadly, I feel compelled to comment on this as the female narrator made the book unbearable. She added an unnecessary syllable at the end of every sentence. So every single syllable word became two. And I mean every word. It was and still is horrible as I want to finish the book but I must continue to listen to this woman. I have never had a book ruined before because of a reader and I'm really sorry to say, this is the first.
Don't the directors listen to the readers before publishing? It would seem to me that there is an audition as in any production first. Is she related to someone? It just doesn't make sense as any person can hear her strange reading pattern. Anyway, I will finish the book as I'm enjoying the storyline. But I will make sure that I never listen to a book from this reader again.
I've said it previously.
Ordinarily, I thoroughly enjoy Harlan Coben's books, but listening to this is pure torture. Angela Dawe's narration is just as bad as other reviewers have said (God, I wish I'd read those reviews instead of buying this book blind!). Here's the problem: Ms. Dawe's feels compelled to end almost every declarative sentence with a two-syllable lift-drop in her inflection . . . even when the sentence ends in a monosyllabic word. Thus, "Jack" becomes "Jaa-ack" and "home" becomes "hoo-ome." It is absolutely maddening. (Strangely, Ms. Dawe's speaks normally when she is reading quotations.) I'm curious to know how the book turns out -- the portions read by Luke Daniels are intriguing -- but I just don't know if I can stand to continue.
The story is interesting, Luke Daniels was good but Angela Dawe just ruined it for me. I'd advise reading this one. Such a pity as I really love Coben's other audible books. Looked forward to enjoying this one and didn't.
Crazy about legal thrillers!
Without a doubt I would change the female narrator.She absolutely ruined the book. It grated on my nerves so badly that I had to listen in short bursts.
I love Harlan Coben's standalone books - he is one of the greatest out there in my opinion, but I would not recommend this audio book to anyone. The female narration absolutely ruined the audiobook. I would have to recommend that one read the book on this occasion and that is rare for me. I'm a diehard audiobook lover - just have never experienced a read this bad.
Anyone at all instead of Angela Dawe and I really didn't care for Luke Daniels either. My favorite is Dick Hill and there are lots of wonderful female narrators out there.
Not with the female narration. Read the book.
Great story from Coben - please improve the narration on subsequent books.
The female narrator is awful! Staccato sentences and nothing flowed. A fifth grader could read this book better. What were the director and editors thinking??? Whomever was responsible for proofing the audio version needs to find another profession. I love Coben's novels, alas I'll never find out how this one ends. If you must read "Just One Look" buy the abridge version maybe you can get to the end. I'm bummed!
Crazy about mysteries.
I liked the plot best. I liked the female narration least. My rating would have been higher without her doing the narration.
Yes, when I could get past her dreadful narration. By switching parts of the story.
Luke Daniels was just fine. Angela Dawe---do the people who hire the narrators listen to them read?! She sounds as if she ordered a semi full of paperweights and clunked one down on the end of each sentence. I had to increase the narration speed so I could tolerate her reading and find out what happened in the audiobook.
Yes. Unanswered questions. Just DON'T have Angela Dawe narrate. I won't go near it if she does.
I love Harlan Coben's work. Too bad it had to be compromised by the female narration.
Without Angela Dawe`s whining voice to irritate you, it would deserve a better rating.
The plot was good
Luke Daniels was fine. I would advise Angela Dawe to find another occupation, or get treated by a speech pathologist before making another attempt at narrating a book.
Yes, not withstanding the feeling of discomfort every time A.D. read her part.
Why do you trick us into buying an old audio book by placing it under recently released?
A new female narrator
absolutely. I enjoy Coben's books quite a bit. In this case though, I just couldn't get past the female narrator.
Angela Dawe is unlistenable. She sounds like Ethel Merman shouting a book at you. She's so annoying. I couldn't listen after about 10 minutes, so I was never able to finish the book.
I didn't listen to the whole thing.
Please rerecord this with a better narrator. I would love to listen to this book. I just can't listen to Angela Dawe's shouting.
I'm a voracious reader and love books with strong characters - men or women -- and now dogs. I live in Arizona.
I finally quit listening to this book because of the grating, whiny narrator. It's a shame when a narrator ruins a book but this one did.
A better narrator.... please.
I was disappointed not to be able to listen to it all. I READ the book and it's one of Harlan's best.
Either read the book or wait for a better narrator. I will not buy any other book narrated by Angela Dawe.
All of these reviewers are correct! I love Harlen Coben novels so much, I thought I could handle the reviews regarding the bad narrator because his stories are worth it. However, I am having a hard time listening to her. She is emphatic with each sentence, like she is yelling at you the entire time she is speaking or every sentence ends with an exclamation point. On top of that, she completely draws out each syllable in a word, so, although she is yelling, she is also drawing out each syllable of each word.
"THE HO-OUSsssE WAASSSS BLUUUEE!!!! Said in a whinny nasal-y voice. :(
I can't even understand what she is saying because she has the normal flow of the book so bonkers she is completely throwing me off.
Sadly, this is one to skip in audio and hopefully find the time read.
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