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Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
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Fool Me Once (edition 2016)

by Harlan Coben (Author)

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Title:Fool Me Once
Authors:Harlan Coben (Author)
Info:Dutton (2016), Edition: Reissue, 464 pages
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"Family and money is never a good mix. Someone is always going to feel resentful."

Maya Stern is an ex-helicopter pilot who is suffering from PTSD when she is a witness to her husband’s, Joe, murder. This comes just months after her sister was tortured and brutally murdered using the same weapon. Days after his funeral she sees footage of him on a nanny cam apparently, playing with their two-year-old daughter. Is he really still alive, is grief playing tricks with her mind or is she having a mental breakdown?

When the SD card is taken, Maya, an ex- captain who was forced out of the Army after a fatal error whilst serving in Iraq,has no proof of what she saw, and no one she tells believes her. Who can she trust? Her nanny who took the SD card, the friend who actually gave her the nanny cam, her old Army colleague or the detective leading the inquiry into her husband's death? Unsure who she can turn to she sets out to follow the clues and solve the puzzle herself.

The story starts slowly as we gradually learn more about Joe's early adult life whilst at college, as Maya methodically uncovering a raft of family secrets including the mysterious death of Joe's elder brother. We learn that Joe, despite outward appearances, also has a rather dark side himself and the author asks the reader to ponder just how much we really know about their own partner's past and whether love blinds us to their faults. The pace of the book steadily climbs until we reach a shattering climax.

Initially we meet Maya at her husband’s funeral, still dazed and overwhelmed by feelings of grief and loss. This her an easy character to sympathize with as she seemingly reels from one tragedy, one revelation to another. As you would expect there are numerous twists and turns along the way and I must admit that the identity of Joe's killer took me completely by surprise making the slow build up to it worth the wait.

Overall I really enjoyed the author's writing style and I at times found myself unable to put the book down. It totally sucked me in. Coben is a masterful storyteller and I look forward to reading yet more of his books.

“Things can always be said later, but things can never be unheard.” ( )
  PilgrimJess | Jun 12, 2019 |
SWEDISH REVIEW

Harlan Coben är en författare som är fantastisk på att skriva en spännande thriller. Jag älskar särskilt hans Myron Bolitar-serie. I Sanningen har Coben återigen skrivit en intressant berättelse där ingenting är som det verkar. Jag gillade omedelbart Maya och det var intressant att läsa om hur hon försöker hantera situationen att vara en ensamstående mamma, ex-soldat och på det tillkommer ett mysterium, ett omöjligt mysterium då hon seer något som inte kan vara sant i babykameran. Hennes man dog eller gjorde han? Hon måste ta reda på sanningen och det betyder att konfrontera sitt eget förflutna; hennes uppsägning från armén, hennes systers mord som skedde inte så långt innan innan hennes man mördades och hennes mans brors död för några år sedan. Kan det vara så att de har kopplingar till varandra, eller är allt bara en slump? Och, vem kan hon lita på, det verkar som om många människor runt henne har hemligheter...

Jag kunde inte sluta läsa Sanningen när jag väl hade börjat . På kvällen var jag var fullt inställd på just ett kapitel till men istället läste jag klart den. Boken kanske inte hade lika många överraskningar som i några av Cobens tidigare böcker, men det är fortfarande en alldeles fantastisk bok. Något som Coben är bra på är att skapa huvudkaraktärer man bryr sig om och besynnerliga mysterier. Sanningen är en mycket bra bok, och jag älskade särskilt den sista delen av boken när man börjar inse sanningen. Jag misstänkte slutet men ändå kunde jag inte räknad ut allting som skulle ske.

Jag rekommenderar varmt Harlan Cobens böcker om du gillar bladvändande thrillers med flertalet överraskande vändningar i historien.

Tack till Bookmarks förlag för recensionsexemplaret!

ENGLISH REVIEW

Harlan Coben is an author that really is the king when it comes to writing a suspenseful thriller. I especially love his Myron Bolitar series. In Fool Me Once has Coben once again written an interesting story where nothing is at it seems. I instantly liked Maya and it was interesting to read about her trying to deal with being a single mother, an ex-soldier and to add to that a mystery, an impossible mystery. Her husband died, or did he? She must find out the truth and that means confronting her own past; her dismissal from the army, her sister's murder not long before her husband was murdered, and her husband's brothers death a couple of years ago. Could they be connected, or is everything just a coincidence? And, who can she trust, it seems that a lot of people around her have secrets...

I read the book in a day. I thought I would just read one more chapter and then go back to sleep, and I ended up finishing the book. The twists in this book were not that astonishing as they have been in some of Coben's previous books, but it's still a page-turner. What I like about Coben's books are that I always like the main character and the mysteries are always intriguing. Fool Me Once is a very good book, and I particularly loved the last part of the book when everything started to come together. True, I was not astonished, but I did find the twists in the book well-done and satisfying.

I recommend reading Harlan Coben's books if you like page-turning thrillers with lots of twist and turns.

Thanks to Bookmarks förlag for the review copy! ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
There is nothing like a Harlan Coben thriller for summer reading. This one has the usual fast pace and the twists and turns that we have come to expect in the most unexpected directions and at the unexpected times. This one kept me wondering until the very last chapter.
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  Brauer11431 | Apr 16, 2019 |
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Fool Me Once is probably the best murder mystery I've ever read. He could've tipped his hand early; he didn't. It could've been formulaic; it wasn't. It could've stayed a snarl of confusing facts that makes untangling Christmas lights look like untying a slip knot; it didn't.
I didn't give this 5 stars because I prefer entertainment that has no cuss words and is absolutely free of innuendo. This one doesn't qualify, but it also wasn't littered with cussing, nor did it make more than 1 passing reference to something relatively innocuous. I'd rank it about with a Louis L'Amour book on those scores, had he grown up in a society where foul language was the accepted norm. ( )
  lcarter11 | Mar 8, 2019 |
Maya is a former special ops pilot. She was forced to retire from the military when a video of a botched mission killing civilians was released on a whistle blower sight. She has not lived a happy life in the last few years. Her sister was murdered, her career is in a shambles, she suffers from PTSD and the final blow is her husband is also murdered.
When Maya sees her husband on her nanny cam, things start to happen fast and furious. I could not put the book down. Maya begins to investigate the murder of her sister, is it tied in to the murder of her husband? Her two year old daughter, Lily, is the one thing that is grounding her at this time. Her friends, Shane and Eileen, try to help but she won't let them. She can't risk anyone else getting hurt. Is death following her, as her brother-in-law said. This is a taut thriller that will hook you and keep you reading. I wanted to find out who killed Joe and Clare as much as Maya did. The characters were well rounded from her friends to her immediate relatives. The only ones that were not really fleshed out were Joe's family, the Burketts but that did not harm the story in any way. Another Coben book that I had no clue about the ending until it came. Just what I expect from a thriller. I am glad I read this one, I almost missed it. I recommend it to Coben lovers as well as anyone who loves a suspenseful thriller. 4.5 stars for me. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525955097, Hardcover)

#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.

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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"--… (more)

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