A widowed veteran gets the shock of her life in this impossible-to-put-down thriller from the bestselling author and creator of the hit Netflix drama The Stranger.
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 was 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.
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Bestselling thriller writer Harlan Coben sure knows how to sink his claws in. The opening scenes of Fool Me Once are nail-biting and explosive. Former Army pilot Maya has just buried her husband, Joe, but her grief is tainted by suspicion, anger, and anxiety for her two-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, Maya remains a suspect in Joe’s murder. Coben artfully drops bits and pieces of information, keeping us guessing at the truth. He tempers the suspense with moving portraits of Maya’s sustaining relationships.
Capt. Maya Stern Burkett, the heroine of this stellar standalone from Edgar-winner Coben (The Stranger), has suffered more than her fair share of tragedy. Her career as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot came to an end after whistle-blower Corey Rudzinski exposed the civilian deaths caused by her actions in Iraq. Even worse, her husband, Joe Burkett, is shot to death in front of her in Manhattan's Central Park, though Maya is able to give a good description of the masked killers to an NYPD homicide detective. Maya is already dealing with the nightmares from her combat experiences and the murder of her sister, Claire, four months earlier while Maya was stationed in Kuwait. Then, weeks after Joe's funeral, a recently installed nanny cam shows her two-year-old daughter, Lily, crawling onto Joe's lap. Other shocks follow. Implausible links arise between Joe's death and Claire's, and she must face the possibility of more revelations from Rudzinski. Coben is like a skilled magician saving the best, most stunning trick for the very end. Five-city author tour.
I enjoyed the pace and plot of this book, but there was something random that really started to bother me about halfway in. During EVERY conversation, the characters would randomly insert the name of the person they’re speaking to in the form of a question. It was excessive and unnatural, like the literary equivalent of a verbal pause.
Maya: I think we should go to the grocery store.
Detective: Did you kill your husband?
Maya: No I didn’t.
I understand this is a crazy gripe, but it was so frequent that it really started to bother me. The fact that I finished the book speaks volumes to how interesting and engaging the plot was.
Fool Me Once
Nice to have Harlan back at the top of his game!! A wonderful read.
Very good read. Never expected the ending. Not what I imagined it would be. That’s the best part……