Book Review - Fool Me Once

by Harlan Coben (Arrow) ISBN: 9781780894195

Fool Me Once stars Maya, a former special ops pilot with a secret she’d prefer remained in the war-zone. When the body count in her family begins to rise, she undertakes a mission to unravel the apparent link between the murder of her husband and the death of her sister. 

Maya is a tough, no-nonsense hardened war veteran, but it seems her exposure to war may have tampered her sanity: She witnessed her husband’s murder but then he appears on a nanny-cam – or does he? 

Maya is a soldier, a mother, a wife, a sister. She is resourceful and brave and I admire her chutzpah. Yet she is also vulnerable and very flawed – the extent of which is revealed through subversive secrets that incorporate a seedy strip joint, a posh boys’ school, the exposé of an online conspiracy, and a fateful accident involving boys in a boat. 

Superbly plotted with multiple parallel threads and gasp-worthy twists, this crime thriller demonstrates why Harlan Coben has had eight consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers. Fool Me Once concludes in ways you’d least expect. I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Deborah Minors


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