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Book Review: Fool Me Once – Harlan Coben ***

UK Publication Date: 24 Mar 2016. 400 pages.

Considering that I read quite a lot of crime fiction I’ve never actually read a Harlan Coben novel before. I always felt like I should but never actually got round to it. Saying that I started this novel three times before I finally got into it properly and I’m not really sure why that is.

Fool Me Once opens with a funeral. Maya is burying her husband Joe. He was shot and killed in a random robbery in Central Park, New York. It is only four months since Maya’s sister was tortured and killed during a home invasion. Her military training makes her more alert to possible threats around her and she soon notices that she is being followed by a red car.

When the police reveal that both Joe and her sister were killed by the same gun Maya puts her daughter Lily in day-care and starts investigating both crimes. Maya isn’t a particularly sympathetic heroine and I’m quite surprised to see that Julia Roberts has acquired the movie rights for her production company with a view to playing her herself. It does have the feel of some of the co-written James Patterson thrillers to it and at times the plot is a little thin.

I’m not going to spoil the story for you but I will say that I found it to be quite a frustrating finish. Almost like someone else had taken over the writing two thirds of the way through and completely changed the story. It is still quite an enjoyable read though and a good holiday choice when you just want to relax on the beach.

Provided by Net Galley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Fool Me Once

Categories: 3 Stars Book Review

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Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. Sharing my house with a gorgeous cockapoo called Harry who has taken over completely.
I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.


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