Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Fool Me Once - Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben's latest book is Fool Me Once.

Coben returns to a format he does very well - a lead character thrust into an impossible situation that couldn't be possibly be true....could it?

Special-ops vet Maya has returned home from war, suffering from PTSD. Her sister was murdered while she was overseas and that only adds to her burden. Unbelievably, her husband is also murdered four months later. A caring friend gives Maya a nanny cam to keep an eye on the woman looking after her young daughter Lily while she goes back to work. Ready? While reviewing the footage from the camera, she sees Lily with someone - her dead husband Joe.

I love the impossible situations Coben imagines and following along with the lead character as she tries to unravel the mystery and find the truth. Coben has concocted another inventive plot, sure to keep the reader engaged. And in trademark Coben fashion, there's a nice little twist at the end.

But, what took this one from five stars to four for me was Maya. Unfortunately, I just didn't connect with her, even though I felt like I should. I also found Joe's family to be a bit cliched. And some plot points stretched credulity.

Fool Me Once isn't my favourite by Coben, but definitely an entertaining read for the beach. Read an excerpt of Fool Me Once.

You can connect with Harlan Coben on his website, find him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.


Kay said...

I like Coben's books, but I have found that some work better for me than others. Guess that's the way it has to be. Few authors write a complete winner (for me) every single time.

bermudaonion said...

I've only read a few Coben books but I liked both of them. I'm sure I'll read more of his work in the future.