Fool Me Once
Coben has long been on a mental list of mine - along with Koontz, Child, Grisham, James Patterson and Connelly - of well-loved mystery/thriller authors I have never read. After he made an appearance as a character in King's latest novel, The Outsider, I decided it was finally time.
And... um, I can see why people like him. In Fool Me Once he pulls out a perfect "oh, of course!" reveal. The kind that makes you look back over the novel ...more
So, this is just my second Harlan Coben book; just finished 'THE STRANGER' which I loved, propelling me to read his latest offering immediately after. Even though I am semi virgin to his books and style, I do understand the author is known to follow a certain formula and insert a few basic plot themes repeatedly in all his books. I get it!
Until that ‘oh so shocking final twist’ – Maya bein ...more
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I have read a few books by Harlan ...more
I've been enjoying Coben's novels for several years now, so you can understand how excited I was when I received an advance copy to review. I think I jumped up and down and shrieked.
Fool Me Once is another good thriller, one that kept twisting and turning until the final pages. The story follows Maya, a battle-weary veteran whose home life is turned upsid/>Fool ...more
It was a mediocre experience, but it won't keep me from reading more Coben in the future.
Trust plays a very important role in our life -- I mean we have to trust a number of people in our daily life - that's how our society functions. Whom do we trust most - our family and close friends. What if certain events turn your world upside down - you don't know whom to trust - your paranoia makes you suspect your friend and you start doubting your own sanity as well.
The p ...more
I loved this book! I am a huge fan of Harlan Coben's work and have been so for years. I have enjoyed some of his books more than others but I have yet to come across one that I didn't like. I have come to expect a few things from a Harlan Coben book over the years. I love the twists and turns found in his stories and I really enjoy seeing Mr. Coben's sense of humor work its way into the books. This book exceeded all of my expectations and even thro ...more
Fool Me Once? Harlan Coben has fooled me numerous times during this particular story!
Maya Stern, retired helicopter pilot, returns home after a tragic ending to her service in Iraq. Things get even worse when her husband Joe is shot dead, with Maya witnessing his murder. Events then take a really weird turn when she sees Joe on her nanny cam. Is Joe really dead? He must be - Maya saw it happen - attended his funeral. So just what is going on?
I read a second Coben novel and yet again, was floored Great story, great writing, great characters and endless plot twists and turns.
A third novel by him moved him into my “very exclusive” list of Top 5 authors.
A fourth novel moved him into my top three.
I read a fifth novel.
It was when I was ...more
'Fool me once' is the new stand alone novel by Harlan Coben and like so many of his novels ticks all the boxes. This suspense novel keeps you guessing right to the very end and is sure to entertain the reader.
Maya Stern is a retired helicopter pilot and returns home after a troubled ending to her time in Iraq. Surrounded by in scandal, she returns home to her husband ...more
......but for what it was - I got my money's worth.
I listened to the audiobook: daily deal special.
The positive: Time zoomed by.... I didn't drift off .....held my attention -easily.
I don't think I've ever read a Harlan Coben book before now---maybe I have years ago?
Or was it one of the others -Koontz? (I get these guys mixed up). Airport books... I call them.
Wow... there are 25,409 rating! 2,663 reviews on Goodreads - 3.9 ...more
Former Special Ops pilot, Maya (she's kind of a bad-ass and I loved her), witnesses the murder of her husband, shot right in front of her in a public park at night, leaving her a widow and a single mother to their two-year-old daughter, Lily.
The murder was never solved. What exactly happened that night? and why? Then, Maya sees something on her nanny cam footage... her dead husband. WAIT. Whaa ...more
I must admit that occasionally in the first half of the book the thought did cross my mind that this was not as good as the Myron Bolitar books. Maya did a lot of mental self evaluation and once or twice I am sure I muttered out loud something like "Oh do get on with it!" I am prone to do that with ...more
Another read of one of my fave’s. HC is good. I listened to this one, what an excellent narrator is January LaVoy, I would love to listen to her again. She captured Maya’s voice perfectly – the seriousness of her character was perfect. Capable and strong that her character was.
Maya is struggling after the death of her husband, whose family is one of the ultra rich variety. She and Lilly, 2 are left behind in what turns out to be a d ...more
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I was a Harlan Coben fan from way back, but the two previous books of his I read were very mediocre, one of them I didn't even finish. And if I hadn't already had this on my shelf, I would never have read it. Bu thank goodness I did!
The pace is fast, the twists many. It was a book I just couldn't put down, and one I continued to think about after I had finished reading.
Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkab/>Former ...more
Taken at face value, however, this is an excellent thriller, packed with taut, edgy suspense, and is certainly entertaining, keeping me fully engaged from start to finish. What more can you ask for?
But, if you want to dig a little deeper, this story provides an interesting character study and one that left me feeling a little conflicted. I hoped the truth would set everyone free and in a bizarre way it did just that, but not in a way I ever wo ...more
FOOL ME ONCE is a fast-moving, multi-layered, multi-murder mystery with a twist and another winner for Harlan Coben.
After her husband Joe is brutally killed in the park, honorably discharged helicopter pilot, Captain Maya Stern makes it her mission in life to seek revenge and take down his killers, but Joe's murder isn't the only one she wants to avenge.
With a sketchy past of her own, nightmares from hell and her own post-war demons, Mayaavenge.WithCoben.Aftertruth."FOOL ...more
The main character, Maya, suffers from PTSD, has a toddler daughter, and is a recent widow. She is one very unhappy person. Her thought process is flawed and her actions are extreme. Secondary characters are cliches. Strong military friend who has her back. Rich, manipulative mother-in-law. Upstanding, but weak brother-in-law.
The storyline is typically convoluted, sometimes implausibl ...more
Maya has just buried her husband, Joe. Few months before, her sister, Claire, had been tortured and murdered.
Maya is in a strange state, suffering from PTSD as well.
This novel was a bit too convoluted. Sure, it keeps you reading. I personally just try to enjoy the ride, as I know that the guilty party is always someone u ...more
When Maya saw something which wasn’t in any way possible, she wondered if she’d lost the plot – if the stress and trauma of leaving the army, Claire’s murder an ...more
The ending had a couple o ...more
I'm a huge Coben fan so this twisty, around the bend story was expected. It's got a large cast with several subplots in play, not necessarily connected (or a ...more
Former Special Ops Pilot Maya Stern returns from Iraq after a mission gone bad. Just as she is adjusting to being back home her husband Joe, is murdered.
Suffering from PTSD and trying to raise her 2 year old daughter Maya suddenly has reason to believe that Joe might not be dead. She searches for answers amidst a bevy of lies and d ...more
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Coben is the winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the fi ...more