Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

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10 Critic Reviews

Once again, Coben marries his two greatest strengths—masterfully paced plotting that leads to a climactic string of fireworks and the ability to root all the revelations in deeply felt emotions—in a tale guaranteed to fool even the craftiest readers a lot more than once.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

A widowed veteran gets the shock of her life in this impossible-to-put-down thriller from #1 New York Times bestseller Harlan Coben.

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.
 

About Harlan Coben

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Harlan Coben is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Stay Close, Live Wire, Caught, Long Lost, and Hold Tight, as well as the Myron Bolitar series and, more recently, a series aimed at young adults featuring Myron’s nephew, Mickey Bolitar. The winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards, he lives in New Jersey.
 
Published March 22, 2016 by Dutton. 392 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction, War, Romance. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jan 21 2016

Once again, Coben marries his two greatest strengths—masterfully paced plotting that leads to a climactic string of fireworks and the ability to root all the revelations in deeply felt emotions—in a tale guaranteed to fool even the craftiest readers a lot more than once.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Mar 19 2016

...stellar standalone from Edgar-winner Coben...Coben is like a skilled magician saving the best, most stunning trick for the very end.

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All About Romance

Good
Reviewed by Shannon Dyer on Apr 10 2016

If you're in the mood for something that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat, I strongly encourage you to give Fool Me Once a try. I'm sure it will delight those who are new to Mr. Coben's writing as well as those who are trying him out for the first time.

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Booklist Online

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Reviewed by Joyce Saricks on Aug 16 2016

The pace never falters, buoyed by Maya’s urgent investigations and the myriad plot twists, which keep readers off balance, wondering what’s happening and whom to believe. Coben is one of those genre authors who has crossed over to mainstream popularity and just keeps building his brand. No changes here.

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The Bookbag

Excellent
Reviewed by Lesley Mason on Jun 01 2016

The pace is not breathless. It is measured. It allows time for family stuff to creep in around the criminality. Nothing mawkish, but enough to make the casual reader realise that these could be real people, and make us care.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Good
Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Apr 03 2016

The unpredictability of the story will keep readers turning the pages to try to figure out what is really going on.

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Jacksonville.com

Good
Reviewed by Tim O'Connell on Apr 02 2016

“Fool Me Once” hooks you like a Hemingway marlin and no matter how you thrash about, lands you with a shocking thud.

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https://bookpage.com

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Reviewed by G. Robert Frazier on Apr 01 2016

Fool Me Once is the first of Coben’s 25 novels to be told entirely from the perspective of a female protagonist, resulting in a new experience for longtime fans and an excellent jumping-on point for new readers.

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Annette's Book Spot

Excellent
Reviewed by Annette on Mar 10 2016

I always recommend Coben to my reluctant readers who enjoy a good thriller, because his books are page-turners and Fool Me Once is no exception.

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Irresistible Targets

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Reviewed by Michael Carlson on Mar 15 2016

I won't give away any spoilers, but the climax of the story not only ties things together, but does it in a way that is chilling and maybe darker than anything I've read from Coben.

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