Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

26193153If you want an effortless but entertaining read, Fool Me Once by bestselling author Harlan Coben just might be the right choice. This stand-alone suspenseful and intensely compelling mystery thriller is one of the best from the author in recent years. A master storyteller par excellence, this novel reaffirms his status as a top-notch writer who has the gift to turn a simple-enough premise into a page-turning excitement, and an ordinary character into a memorable one. And he left the best for the last - may be, may not be the perfect ending, but this was one of the most unexpected endings I have read in a very long time.

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben is the story of a discredited soldier who also suffered the ignominy of losing her sister and her husband within a short span of just four months. Her humiliation in the line of duty was painful, yet what followed was unthinkable. But Maya Burkett is no ordinary woman. Home after a whistle-blower website charged her of targeting a car of civilians while on a rescue mission, her sister Claire was murdered, and then her husband Joe Burkett was shot in front of her. But Maya is determined to stay strong for the sake of her two-year-old daughter, Lily. The twist in tale starts when a friend out of concern gifted Maya a digital picture frame that doubles as a hidden nanny-cam. When Maya decided to watch footage from the nanny-cam she was horrified to see her husband Joe playing with their daughter two weeks after his death.

In Fool Me Once, author Harlan Coben crafted a twisted tale where things are not what they seemed to be. Though a strong character, Maya is in an unenviable position. She has her hands full. She’s a single parent who can’t neglect her deceased sister’s children. She is still reeling under post-traumatic stress disorder, and, believe it or not, she’s a suspect in her husband murder case. Yet, she is able to take things in her stride, and when the odds do not add up, she decides to take things into her own hands and get to the bottom of it. I think Maya is an exceptional character, and there are several secondary characters who are well-defined. There is a sense of poetic justice as author Harlan Coben brings the story to its climax. You won’t want to miss this for any other book!


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