This Chick Read: Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben, once again, produces a well thought, multi layered mystery that burrowed into my mind and wouldn’t let me put the book down until it was finished.

The following plot is taken directly from

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 was 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.

As a woman reading this book, it was interesting to get inside the mind of Maya, a war vet. She, as many vets do, is trying to assimilate herself back into civilian life.  Married to a civilian, non military, and raising a two year old child.  As this mystery is unwrapped, we are given glimpses of her military life through PTSD flashbacks, as well as her personal life through normal flashbacks, and find ourselves trying to figure out what is real and what may be imagined.  This is skillfully done,  Coben laying a couple of red herrings so when the mystery is revealed, I was surprised at the conclusion.

The one disappointment, for me, was that Coben wrote Maya’s character a little too deliberate.  She was a mother, and even though she felt love for her daughter, I didn’t feel warmth in her actions.  She was protective, definitely.  She had two friends, yet those friendships never got past the wall that she surrounded herself with.  I, even though disappointed, am not a vet, don’t have flashbacks, and in fact am not a mother, so I gave the author a pass, but I would’ve liked her to display a little more emotion, and think that may have added just a touch more depth to her emotional character, which I felt was needed.  This did not take away from the fabulous mystery that Coben wrote, but it could’ve made it a touch better.


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