Just One Look by Lindsay Cameron
.ePUB, 298 pages
Expected Publication: July 27th 2021 by Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine
About the Book:
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.
I read BigLaw by this author many years ago and remembered I enjoyed it. This second go round was just as good, the author is a lawyer herself so she knows what she writes. Though it took a bit to get into this once I did...I found this book to be very intense. This one threw me for a loop and I loved being surprised.
There are a lot of very terribly unlikable characters within these pages. It’s very easy to start questioning who knows what and who was responsible for the mystery...but you'll probably be wrong. Definitely a imaginative book, and an incredibly fast read. I ignored everything else in the world around me and read this cover-to-cover in one sitting...Devoured it actually. I would definitely read more by Lindsay Cameron.
Thank you NetGalley, Lindsay Cameron and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.