Sunday, October 30, 2016

"Just One Look" by Harlan Coben

Just One Look

by Harlan Coben


Publication: 
Published April 26th 2005 by Dutton (first published 2004)

Genre: 
Mystery, Suspense



My Rating: 


A snapshot from the past unravels her present.
Grace Lawson's world is turned upside after she discovers a photograph from twenty years ago. Her husband leaves the house without a word and disappears. Soon not only Grace but also others are interested in both her husband's past and the photo. Fighting the rising doubts in herself and her marriage, Grace has struggles to find the truth and her husband.

As intriguing as a spider web. I love a book that has me guessing until the very end. When said end has a big light bulb popping up over my head, that moment of final understanding that needs to savored to be fully grasped...then I know I've read an amazing and gripping mystery. Coben's Just One Look did exactly that for me. 
Interesting characters, nail-biting twists and that wonderful zig-zagging thread of mystery to follow. This one keeps you on the edge of your seat.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The good...and the sad...


South Africa is a beautiful country. There's no doubt about that.
The people, the landscape that can change from one minute to the next...it's incredible and breath-taking. Spring is in the air, but not in sight. The brush of colors is missing because the rain hasn't come yet, just like last year. 

Even knowing that South Africa is suffering from the worst drought it has seen in the last century, I was shocked when we visited the Kruger National Park. It looked like the setting of a post-apocalyptic story, not the lush home of Africa's magnificent creatures I'd visited almost two years ago.

The trees were white skeletal branches as if a fire had raged through and left them behind. Silent statues of death. We saw few animals. Among them a herd of elephant circled a dead baby lying on the ground. They huddled close while mourning their loss.

We shouldn't be sad. Some might say it's nature, that's the way of things. 
I understand. 
However, what makes me angry is that this circle of life wouldn't feel so bad if I didn't know that an elphant dies every 15 minutes in Africa - due to poaching. The same goes for rhinos and lions in the wild...we are losing enough animals as it is. 
In the end, it's not nature that upsets me, it's the destructiveness of mankind.