Fool Me Once(ARC Novel) | Book Review

Author: Harlan Coben

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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#1 New York Times bestseller Harlan Coben delivers his next impossible-to-put-down thriller.

In the course of eight consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, millions of readers have discovered Harlan Coben’s page-turning thrillers, filled with his trademark edge-of-your-seat suspense and gut-wrenching emotion. In Fool Me Once, Coben once again outdoes himself.

Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe—who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband—and herself.


Thank you so much to Dutton Publishing for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Fool Me Once is another good thriller, one that kept twisting and turning until the final pages. It is a fast-moving, multi-layered, multi-murder mystery with a twist and another winner for Harlan Coben.The story follows Maya, a battle-weary veteran whose home life is turned upside down when her husband is murdered. Now a single parent, Maya gets suspicious when she sees something strange on a nanny cam. The image looked like her dead husband — how could that be?

One of Coben’s story trademarks is that you never know who to trust, and here it’s heightened even more because Maya doesn’t trust anyone. Not the nanny. Not the police. Not her husband’s wealthy family. Not her sister’s husband. She doesn’t even fully confide in her fellow combat veterans or in her therapist.

One of the plot lines I liked in this book was how Coben featured the stress and trauma that veterans have suffered. Maya is haunted by the decisions she made during her service, and we see her struggle to find peace in her home life. In the Acknowledgments, Coben paid tribute to the veterans he has spoken with, and he recognized those who suffer from psychological injuries from war. Most of the Coben books I’ve read have featured male characters who had a background in law enforcement or they were regular folks swept up in a mystery, and I thought it was a nice change to have the main character in Fool Me Once be a female combat veteran.

Coben books are always difficult to review because the thrill is in reading them for yourself and watching the story unfold. I liked following Maya on this mystery and appreciated most of the surprises. I wasn’t crazy about the ending, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the ride.

Highly recommend for those who enjoy a bit of mystery and thrill.

-Read On Darlings!


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