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In the course of eight consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, millions of readers have discovered Harlan Coben's thrillers, filled with his trademark edge-of-your-seat suspense and gut-wrenching emotion. In Fool Me Once, Coben once again outdoes himself.
Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya's husband, Joe - who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband - and herself.
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By R. Pontiflet on 03-27-16
Nanny Cams, Mental Illness and Murder!
Most of this story is told from the main character's point of view. Some parts of the story were told in the third person which, for me, helped to keep the storyline straight and made it less confusing by providing more details as the story went along.... thus, more interesting..... There are enough suspense, and twists and turns that held my interest and attention from beginning to the very end. Although I could see some of the events coming, and had suspicions about who the probable killers were, I listened at every opportunity.
The main character, Maya, is a "kick-ass" type girl. She is a mother and loves her child deeply, but she's not your typical "soccer-mom." She a "pistol-packing" mama... she's an ex-military pilot with dark secrets about something that happened while in combat. And, she is now suffering PTSD with horrible nightmares. Her sister and her husband was murdered about 4 months apart, and now she must find out who killed her sister. In addition to her dead husband and sister, she encounters two other dead people. Then, she starts to worry that death maybe following her.
The plot was suspenseful .... a few murders, mental illness, and an ending with an unexpected twist. How can the advancements in electronics' technology help you prove whodunit? Surprise, surprise, surprise. The major twist comes near the end of the story which is expected but I didn't see the severity of the twist coming. Of course, you must suspend your disbelief in order to enjoy the story.
I enjoyed the story. Yes, there are moments when you can only "roll your eyes" because you can't suspend your disbelief that far. But, the story is well narrated, which elevated the story to an easy listen.
The narrator, January LaVoy, is excellent with a variety of appropriate voices.
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By Glenda Jeffers on 03-25-16
As a Harlan Coben fan, I was so eagerly anticipating the release of this latest novel and devouring it on my day off. Now that I've read it, all I can say is meh. Yes, it had some suspense and some twists and turns, but by the time I'd reached the midpoint, I had lost interest in the whodunit plot. I know the main character was supposed to be scarred by war and PTSD and therefore, she had difficulty being empathetic and frankly, even likable. But I should have still been able to care about her, her struggles and her motives. And I tried, I really did. But I just couldn't get there. Worse, none of the other characters (of which there were many) were fleshed-out either, so I had no team I could really "root" for. Finally, I know that in novels where the main character strikes out on their own to solve a murder(s) one has to suspend a certain level of disbelief for it to work but this story - for me - just had too many holes in it and was just too unbelievable for me to buy into it. I still love Harlan Coben and will, without question, continue to anticipate future novels. I've enjoyed the vast majority of his body of work...this just wasn't one of his best efforts, in my opinion.
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