• Just One Look

  • A Novel
  • By: Lindsay Cameron
  • Narrated by: Annie Q
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • 3.6 out of 5 stars (167 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A young woman’s escalating obsession with a seemingly perfect man leads her down a dangerous path in this “delicious and marvelously controlled” (The New York Times Book Review) novel of suspense.

“Bitingly modern and totally addictive, Lindsay Cameron’s suspense debut is the freshest take on stalker fiction since You.” (Andrea Bartz, New York Times best-selling author of We Were Never Here)

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by She Reads

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, 20 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.

©2021 Lindsay Cameron (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Fresh, fun, and totally wicked...a sharp, modern thrill ride with a witty heroine.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Lindsay Cameron’s thriller will appeal to fans of You, in that readers get a glimpse inside the head of someone willing to go to extreme lengths for what they want.... Nothing and no one are as they seem in this thriller about envy, obsession, class, stalking, and revenge.” (Oprah Daily

“I inhaled Just One Look. I was going to read one chapter, then one chapter became the whole thing. YUM.” (Caroline Kepnes, New York Times best-selling author of the You series) 

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A great read

This book was actually a great read. I was a little tentative at first because it had 3.5 stars. 8 people apparently rated it but didn’t give a review which I thought was weird. So I said screw it, used a credit and figured that if I didn’t like it I could return it. Well I ended up actually loving it. I finished it in 4 days and that’s only because of work. I know there are a lot of stories of a female protagonists who’s a nobody who wants to be with the rich man but I feel like there was a different twist or maybe aspect to this story. You think it’ll go one way until something happens then you may find yourself panicking for her and then it goes in the opposite direction. All in all I think you should totally give this book a chance.

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Very thrilling

Cassie becomes obsessed with the seemingly perfect couple whose lives she glimpses in emails mistakenly sent to her inbox as she toils away at an otherwise mind-numbing job reviewing documents related to a huge lawsuit. She is entranced by their loving exchanges, and is dismayed when it seems they’ve split up. But then she thinks that maybe she might have a chance to take her own place in the life of the newly-single partner at the firm where she works. Her obsession grows as she manages to meet him and they start to date. The author skillfully draws Cassie’s character, making her both likable and, let’s say, someone who’s going about things the wrong way… Gripping.

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Just one listen… couldn’t hurt

Great listen! I really enjoyed this thriller. It was fast paced and gripping. Once I was a few chapters in, I couldn’t stop… It kept me wanting more!

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Kept me up all night! Riveting!!

With razor sharp wit, Lindsay Cameron‘s suspense debut is a captivating and intense ride! Just One Look is a fast paced thriller that hooks you from the very beginning. Twists and a surprise ending make this a must listen! Well performed - narrator really nailed the character!

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Just one more chapter

I couldn’t stop listening to this perfectly paced psychological thriller! It was terrifyingly accurate and I love a good stalker story. Highly recommend!

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Best book I have listened to in a while!

This was one of the best psychological thrillers I have had the pleasure of listening to in a while! The storyline was great the narrator was great! I will be looking for other books from author and from narrator.

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Unfolds and wow

This book kept me engaged the entire time. Nothing to hard to listen too. Easy listen

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Loved it!

I listen to a lot of psychological thrillers, but too many of them are predictable or the characters are one-dimensional. This one was EXCELLENT! The protagonist is a stalker with a troubled past and psychological issues, yet she was surprisingly likable, and I genuinely felt emparthy for her. Her actions were wrong, but she wasn't menacing or evil and didn't mean any harm - she was just desperate to be loved. The plot was tightly-written with a lot of twists and turns, and the last 25 percent or so was a roller coaster ride that had me on the edge of my seat.

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Cliche-ridden and puerile

How did this novel get published? The author thinks in cliches. The narrator is okay but can’t do much with such puerile material.

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What a gem!

This book is original, fast-paced, contemporary, intelligent, funny, and suspenseful--what more do you want in a mystery/thriller? After listening to many tales about missing children and evil spouses, this was truly a breath of fresh air. No spoilers--see for yourself.

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Disappointing

I had understood that this was a thriller, but it is very slow-moving and predictable. The writing feels cliched to the point of laziness and the twists are uninteresting.