Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Summary from Amazon:

You think you know the truth. The truth you know is nothing.
     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.


My Thoughts:

     Captain Maya Stern has been through so much in the last several months; war, losing fellow soldiers/friends in combat, her sister is murdered, and now she just buried her husband.  She has been discharged from the service and is now teaching flying lessons and somehow has to figure out how to raise her daughter on her own.
     A dear family friend gives her a nanny cam to help her feel at ease with her nanny while she is gone and checking it one day after work changes everything.  A man walks into the frame and sits down to play with her young daughter, Lily.  When the man turns towards the camera Maya is shocked when she sees her supposedly dead husband!
     Once again Mr. Coben gives you more twists and turns than you can possibly imagine!  Just when you think you know “who dunit” something changes and your theories are totally thrown out the window.  Who can Maya trust? Her in-laws are distant and strange, some friends are acting oddly, and new people keep showing up with tons of secrets themselves. 
     Maya is, at times, not relatable (for me) but considering what she has gone through it would be hard for anyone to understand what she has experienced. This does not detract from the story at all and adds to the experience.  I cannot say much else without risking a spoiler but if you love a good thriller with a strong female lead that keeps you on your toes-this is it!
4/5 stars

If you enjoy a good thriller with a few giggles thrown in check out any of Mr. Coben's other books. My personal faves are the Myron Bolitar series and Six Years.

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