Publisher : Ballantine Books (July 27, 2021)
Language : English
Hardcover : 304 pages
ISBN-10 : 0593159055
ISBN-13 : 978-0593159057
“I inhaled Just One Look. I was going to read one chapter, then one chapter became the whole thing. YUM.” —Caroline Kepnes, New York Timesbestselling author of the You series
“A brilliantly addictive exploration of modern loneliness and obsession, with hints of The Girl on the Train.” —Helen Monks Takar, author of Precious You
“Lindsay Cameron has penned a relentlessly gripping and cunning tale of the new Pandora’s box—the inbox. Just One Look had me promising myself just one more chapter, just one more page, just one, until—oops—I was done.” —Chandler Baker, New York Times bestselling author of Whisper Network
“Will leave you chilled to the bone.” —PopSugar
“You will be obsessed after the first paragraph. Lindsay Cameron has created an unforgettable character who beckons from the pages until you’ve devoured her every last word. Just One Look is a delicious and irresistible read!” —Liv Constantine, internationally bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish
“Lindsay Cameron takes obsession to a whole new level and I am here for it! With each twist, Just One Look becomes more intriguing, more shocking, and more fascinating.” —Samantha Downing, bestselling author of My Lovely Wife
“Just One Look is addictive and compulsive, with a wicked sense of humor. Clear your diary, because once you start reading it, you won’t want to put it down.” —Emma Rous, author of The Au Pair
“Bitingly modern and totally addictive, Just One Look is a juicy entry into the unhinged-women canon. I loved it—it’s propulsive, surprising, and deeply creepy. With wry prose and deliciously wicked twists, Lindsay Cameron’s suspense debut is the freshest take on stalker fiction since You.” —Andrea Bartz, author of The Lost Night and The Herd
“Gripping, darkly funny, and razor-sharp . . . a brilliant suspense debut, with a multifaceted, sympathetic heroine to root for (no matter how devious she may seem), and a perfectly paced sinister plotline. I could not tear my eyes away for a second.” —Samantha M. Bailey, author of Woman on the Edge
“Fast paced and thrillingly tense, Just One Look is a terrifying tale of obsessive love that will have you changing all your passwords.”—Kimberly Belle, author of Stranger in the Lake
“[An] entertaining, seamless story about obsession, stalking, and revenge . . . Cameron skillfully makes the unlikable Cassie sympathetic, even as her propensity for anger and violent fantasies grows. The twist-filled plot contains myriad surprises. Psychological thriller fans will be more than satisfied.” —Publishers Weekly
A young woman’s escalating obsession with a seemingly perfect man leads her down a dangerous path in this novel of suspense brimming with envy, desire, and deception.
Eyes aren’t the windows to the soul. Emails are.
Cassie Woodson is adrift. After suffering an epic tumble down the corporate ladder, Cassie finds the only way she can pay her bills is to take a thankless temp job reviewing correspondence for a large-scale fraud suit. The daily drudgery amplifies all that her life is lacking–love, friends, stability–and leaves her with too much time on her hands, which she spends fixating on the mistakes that brought her to this point.
While sorting through a relentless deluge of emails, something catches her eye: the tender (and totally private) exchanges between a partner at the firm, Forest Watts, and his enchanting wife, Annabelle. Cassie knows she shouldn’t read them. But it’s just one look. And once that door opens, she finds she can’t look away.
Every day, twenty floors below Forest’s corner office, Cassie dissects their emails from her dingy workstation. A few clicks of her mouse and she can see every adoring word they write to each other. By peeking into their apparently perfect life, Cassie finds renewed purpose and happiness, reveling in their penchant for vintage wines, morning juice presses, and lavish dinner parties thrown in their stately Westchester home. There are no secrets from her. Or so she thinks.
Her admiration quickly escalates into all-out mimicry, because she wants this life more than anything. Maybe if she plays make-believe long enough, it will become real for her. But when Cassie orchestrates a “chance” meeting with Forest in the real world and sees something that throws the state of his marriage into question, the fantasy she’s been carefully cultivating shatters. Suddenly, she doesn’t simply admire Annabelle–she wants to take her place. And she’s armed with the tools to make that happen.
Funny story, my childhood nickname was Cassie. And it turns out the main character and I don’t just share that. If you are anything like us, you too have an intense curiosity and may dive a bit too much into the juicy gossip of other people’s lives. Luckily for me, I may not be as obsessive as Cassie.
Just One Look is a thriller that plays with a common idea. What if you had access to a stranger’s personal email? Would you read them? Would you live vicariously through their words just like you do when you open a book? I can’t say I wouldn’t and clearly, I have no problem living Cassie’s fictional life in this book.
The book starts off a bit slow, but it sets the tone and gives you an idea of the narrator. Cassie is a classic unreliable narrator, my favorite kind. It is easy relating to her, but there is this underlying dread where you aren’t sure if you should be sympathetic. And yet, you can’t help becoming that person for Cassie.
Though the very beginning felt a little slow, it didn’t actually take long to kick into gear. The more you explore the emails with Cassie, the more you end up diving headfirst into intrigue. I didn’t want to stop reading. And just like fictional Cassie, reality Cassie was imagining this life perfectly.
On paper, the concept is simple. The characters are what you’d expect. And yet, Lindsay Cameron expertly pulls you in. Her writing style is great. It’s like you are a part of a conversation. A vivid and intriguing conversation.
(I know I made a pun there. No, there are no punny jokes in the book. Another difference between fictional Cassie and me).
Seriously, this is a book you will devour. You are going to love it. It’s entertaining and pulls you in.
Lindsay Cameron worked as a corporate lawyer for many years in Vancouver and New York City before leaving the law behind to write books. Her first novel, Biglaw, was published in 2015. Just One Look is her suspense debut. She lives in New York City where she is currently at work on her next book.