I have always been a huge fan of Harlan Coben, so I was really looking forward to reading Fool Me Once. Maya is a former discredited special ops pilot who has had too deal with far too much tragedy in her life. Her sister Claire was murdered, followed closely by the death of her husband Joe, who was shot in what appeared to be a random act of violence. Maya’s life is in ruins, she is suffering from PTSD and is trying to carry on for her two year old daughter. Then one day she sees her daughter on the nanny cam sitting on her father’s lap, But Joe is supposedly dead. As events spiral out of control Maya finds herself questioning her own sanity, and it soon transpires she should trust no one, especially the people who appear to be closest to her.
I liked Maya the protagonist in Fool Me Once she comes across as feisty, persistent and determined in her bid to get to the truth, but there is also a vulnerable side to her, as she suffers bouts of PTSD bought about by her time in special ops, she takes medication, attends therapy, so she’s not your normal “level headed” protagonist, she has issues which make the reader question Maya’s perception of what she thinks is going on. I found her to be realistic in character, which certainly helps to draw the reader into the plot. There are an array of characters In Fool Me Once and the reader is so skilfully drawn in by the author, that each one become a suspect, and as I was reading Fool Me Once my mind was racing ahead with theories and outcomes, and they were all wrong by the way!
Fool Me Once is a masterfully written thriller, as Maya investigates her husbands killing the reader is presented with with multiple threads, which all come together to reach a nail biting conclusion. Many a time I thought I had worked out the plot and second guessed where it was going, but I was wrong every damn time, and this is down to Harlan Coben’s superb writing skills. I found the plot took a while to gather momentum, but once it did, it went from strength to strength. Fool Me Once is a solidly constructed thriller, masterfully written and shrouded in suspense, that is guaranteed to keep the reader guessing until the final few pages. Although I really enjoyed Fool Me Once I’ve given it 4 ⭐️ as it took a fair few chapters to draw me in.
4 ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Out of 5
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Century (24 Mar. 2016)