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7th August 2017

Just One Look – Harlan Coben – Book Review #32

Just One Look


Harlan Coben books are excellent for making into TV programmes. They keep you guessing all the way through and you don’t see the twists coming.

Just One Look centres on Grace Lawson. She’s married to Jack and they have 2 children. Everything is great with their family until Grace picks up a pack of photographs she’s had printed.
Mixed in with her photos is an old photo of five people she, at first, thinks she doesn’t know.

On closer inspection, she thinks one of the men in the photo might be her husband from a time before she knew him.
After showing the photo to Jack, he leaves the house without telling her where he’s going or why. When he doesn’t return, she tries reporting him as a missing person but while she’s at the police station she gets a call from Jack telling her he needs some space.

Grace knows him well enough to know that he was trying to send her a message telling her he’s in trouble. She sets out to try and find him and finds herself in increasing danger.

Harlan Coben puts bits throughout the story that, at the time of reading, you don’t take notice of. You only notice them at the end when it all starts coming together. This is one of the reasons I’m a fan!

Just One Look by Harlan Coben

I’m starting to get a good collection of Coben books and I’m looking forward to reading the next one 🙂


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5 Reasons to buy a home in Southern California

5 Reasons to buy a home in Southern California


Buying a home is a big investment. It might even be the biggest investment a person can make in his lifetime. It requires commitment because it takes years for the mortgage to be paid off.

Since it is an expensive investment, it’s just right that the prospective homeowner chooses not just the best house that his money can bring, but also the best location. If you are thinking of buying a house, you might want to consider buying a home in Southern California.

Southern California or SoCal for short, comprises of eight counties, namely Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Orange, Riverside, Imperial, San Bernardino and Los Angeles. These cities offer a variety of benefits should you decide to live there and here are some of the reasons why you should consider buying a house in Southern California.

  1. You get access to some of the country’s best beaches

    Thousands of tourists go to California as it’s the perfect place to enjoy a day at the beach. The weather is always sunny and the great thing is that there are so many beaches to choose from. If you are a beach lover, you will not run out of choices so make sure you do research and decide on which place you would like to live close to.

California beach

  1. You have a choice of many forms of entertainment and recreation

    You may not like going to the beach, but surely you would enjoy going to theme parks, and Southern California not only has Six Flags in Los Angeles, but it also has Disneyland over at Orange County. There also water parks such as Legoland Water Park and other attractions like the San Diego Zoo.


  1. You get access to some of the best schools and universities

    If you have children or planning to have them, you might be considering the schools they will be attending. Worry not as there are many good schools in the area. For universities, there’s University of California, California State University and other private institutions you can choose from.


  1. You can enjoy watching professional sports games

    If you are a sports fan, then you know that Southern California has teams for hockey, baseball, football and of course you have the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers for basketball. You have so many choices on what game you’d like to watch on your day off.


  1. Because demand is high, you should make the investment now

    The demand for houses in Southern California is high. In fact, there are reports that the number of houses may not be enough to meet the demands of the market. This may be the reason why the houses that are for sale here have a higher price compared to houses in other states. But if you factor in the demand and the access you have to both business districts and entertainment districts, you are getting a really good deal. If you want more information, check out SouthernCaliforniaHomeBuyers.com and answer your questions about homes in Southern California.

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