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from FictionZeal.com re: Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Fool Me Once - Harlan Coben

How the heck?  Maya Burkett was with her husband, Joe, in Central Park two weeks ago when two thugs killed him.  She had her arms around him when he died.  She had his blood all over her.  So how is it possible that her nanny cam captured him holding their daughter while she was away at work?  Her best friend, Eileen, had given her the nanny cam, which was disguised as a digital picture frame.  It wasn’t because Eileen didn’t trust Isabella, the nanny, but because she felt when it comes to your child, you don’t trust anyone.  Maya confronts Isabella about the appearance of Joe on the video.  Isabella plays dumb.  Then, she suddenly pepper sprays Maya, takes the memory card, and runs.  Now Maya has nothing to support her claim that she saw the image of Joe holding their two-year-old daughter, Lily.


The police are still trying to find the killers, not only for her Joe’s death but also for her sister, Claire, four months before.  Upset at not being kept in the loop, Maya sets out to investigate her husband’s death herself.  NYPD Homicide Detective Kierce comes back with the most startling news … “The same gun that killed your husband also killed your sister.”


Coben’s twists and turns, right up to the end, are something akin to mountainous hairpin curves.  You never know where it’s going.  Dana Perino, co-host of The Five on FoxNews, had put in a plug for Fool Me Once after having met Mr. Coben.  He’d told her he’d bet no one would guess the ending of this book.  I’d say that’s a safe bet.  In fact, I’d have to say Mr. Coben has managed to ‘fool me’ consistently as he’s a master at hiding the ‘who’ in the ‘whodunit’.  Rating: 5 out of 5.