Book Review: Fool Me Once

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben is a mystery thriller that is hard to put down once you pick it up. You want to know what is going on and who done it! If you love a good puzzle and want to solve it before the last pages, then this book is for you!

Fool Me Once: Summary

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Fool Me Once by Harlen Coben

It all starts when Maya Stern, a helicopter pilot, returns from a tour from Iraq that went wrong. She returns home to her husband Joe but soon after, he is killed while they were at the park at night. A few days after Joe’s death, Maya sees Joe on her Nanny cam and now we wonder if Joe is really dead or was his death faked?

Coben takes us on a wild journey and sets up a brilliant puzzle. He does cheat by not letting us know the full details of the mystery until he wants to. Without spoiling it, I can say that misdirections in the book were great and as someone who hasn’t read Coben before, I did not see them coming.


I grew up reading Agatha Christie and loved her mysteries. She was the master of mystery novels and that is true even today. Coben’s novel does a good job setting a tough mystery but he does withhold information and that is something Christie would never done. She reveals all her cards and still is able to keep you guessing.

After reading this novel, I will definitely give Coben another read and see how I like his other books. I would definitely recommend this novel because it is still entertaining and does a wonderful job of setting up a great ending.

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