Harlan Coben has sold a ton of books. His newest, Fool Me Once, captures all the elements that have made him popular: relatable, realistic characters, lots of twists and turns, and a story that could happen in today's headlines, or maybe in your own neighborhood or family.
Poor Maya Burkett lost her husband in a mugging in Central Park. On top of that, she's dealing with the aftermath of a botched military mission; she struggles to sleep, fighting the flashbacks. Maya is adjusting to life as a single mom, and, at the urging of her friend, sets up a nanny cam. Her world is rocked when she sees, or seems to see, her late husband show up to play with their daughter, caught on film by the nanny cam.
Is she going crazy? Is her husband alive? Are her wealthy in-laws keeping something from her? What about the car that's been following her? And her sister's mysterious murder? Does death simply follow her, or are there bigger questions here? Maya sets out to unravel these mysteries on her own. She will, of course, get to the bottom of it, but not in a way that I would have expected.
I enjoyed reading Maya's quest for truth and resolution. Coben's plot verged over to the edge of the ridiculous at times, but never went over the edge. Fool Me Once kept me guessing, just about to the climax, and Coben ties the various strings of questions together nicely at the end. I have little doubt that this will be another best seller for Coben, and that his fans and new readers alike will not be disappointed.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!
2016 Reading Challenge: A mystery or detective novel