Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

About this book..

If your husband was murdered, 

And you were a witness,
How do you explain it when he appears on your nanny cam?
You thought you trusted him.
Now you can’t even trust yourself.

Dark secrets and a terrifying hunt for the truth lie at the heart of this gripping new thriller.


My review..

Harlan Coben is one of the big name authors that you just know is going to turn out a top notch thriller. A new book from him more or less guarantees I will buy it just from seeing his name on the front cover. So I was very excited to have an ARC of Fool Me Once and oh boy, didn’t he just!!

Captain Maya Stern has returned from active service suffering from PTSD-scared to close her eyes at night for fear of the screams and pictures in her head. Her sisters murder while she was abroad has devastated her but then her husband Joe is also killed during a failed mugging. After a friend gives her a nanny cam for reassurance (now that she is raising her 2 year old daughter Lily on her own) she sees a shocking image on the screen-her apparently dead husband. Maya is forced to leave her daughter in the care of her brother-in-law and day care while she hunts down the truth about the murders that seems to follow her.

Well to be honest when I read the blurb for this my first thought was, haven’t you done this one before Mr Coben?? A dead spouse appearing apparently alive and well on a screen?? For the first third of the book I really wasn’t sure where it was going and was worried that the great Harlan Cohen had lost his touch! Then something just clicked and I couldn’t put it down. The book twisted and turned and then it twisted and turned some more until you had no idea what the truth was. I was well and truly fooled more than once!
I loved the cool and calm Maya who seemed so distant and uncaring at first but we start to realise this is due to her military training kicking in automatically. Her friends Eileen and Shane balanced this well with their affection for their friend and their concern for her well-being. They provide a humanity to their characters that contrasts to the machine like determination from Maya. Her quest was relentless and it really carried you through the story, increasing the tension until your head was spinning!

Although this hasn’t taken over from Tell No One or The Woods which are my favourite reads from this author, it is certainly an enjoyable twisty experience where I defy you to predict the ending! A standalone novel that will delighted fans both old and new.

I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an honest review.

🌳🌳🌳🌳 4/5

Available to buy from March 24th

Available to pre order here

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

5 thoughts on “Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben”

    1. Yes I agree! That was the first of his books I ever read and I loved it so much. This is very good but hasn’t eclipsed my favourite and I don’t think anything he writes ever will!

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    1. He’s the sort of writer you know you can trust to give you a twisty tale and then twist it some more!! Hope you enjoy when you get a chance to read it 🙂


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