Book Review: Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

March 22, 2016 Book review 20 ★★★★

I have to make a confession about Fool Me Once By Harlan Coben….hands up, I admit it, I was fooled!


Book Review: Fool Me Once by Harlan CobenFool Me Once by Harlan Coben
Published by Penguin Random House on March 24th 2016
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Suspense
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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You think you know the truth. The truth is you know nothing.
The international number one best-selling author of Tell No One and Six Years is back with his next impossible-to-put-down thriller.
If your husband was murdered, And you were a witness, How do you explain, seeing him on your nanny cam?You thought you trusted him.Now you can't even trust yourself.
Dark secrets and a terrifying hunt for the truth lie at the heart of this gripping new thriller.

CRIME Murder Mystery Page-Turner


First Line of Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben


“They buried Joe three days after his murder.”


My Thoughts on Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

I’m a huge Harlan Coben fan and I think I’ve read all his books to date. So you’d think by now I’d have figured out just how his mind works and be ready for all his red herrings. Nope! So either I’m a very slow learner or else Mr Coben is one very tricky author.

I think sharing my Goodreads status updates will give you an idea of just how enjoyable and unforeseeable it was for me.


1%       I always love starting a new Harlen Coben book as his twists are shockingly frequent and unpredictable. Twist after twist, until you get dizzy

33%     It’s a puzzling one!

43%     Not even halfway through and I’ve already been fooled once.

76%     “Maya told Raisa Mora that she didn’t know the answer. But she was starting to think that maybe she did”. Hate when a character thinks this and I still haven’t got the foggiest!


I’m not giving any details on the plot as I don’t want to give anything way. But I will say I loved the characters and I loved the themes of whether you should trust your instincts, well buried family secrets and just what life is like for a post-war veteran. Especially as it was from a female point of view. And it was fast-paced, engaging and original.

“They say you can’t bury the past. That was probably true, but what they really meant was that trauma ripples and echoes and somehow stays alive.”

Huge thumbs up. I look forward to investigating the next Harlan Coben book just as soon as he writes it. And I thoroughly appreciate how his plot lines are refreshingly different time, after time. That’s how he earned his place on my auto-buy list and that is exactly what keeps him there too.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben?

I’d highly recommend this to fans of mystery style thrillers, corkscrew twists and just about anyone who loves a ‘can’t put it down’ type book. Fans of Tana French, Linwood Barclay should also enjoy this one.

Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.




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20 Responses to “Book Review: Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben”

  1. Dawn obrien

    one of my most favourite authors, I have the stranger to read first though!

    • trish

      Dawn, I do actually have The Stranger, I bought it last year and now you’ve just reminded me that I haven’t read it yet!

  2. Rita @ View From My Home

    I love his style! I’ve read every book except not the series with Myron Bolitar. I’m not a big sports person, and not for basketball in the least, so I don’t know if I’d enjoy this one. My fave titles by him were in a row back awhile ago: Tell No One, Gone for Good, No Second Chance, Just One Look. I tore through these as soon as they released. But all of his are really good so I’ll wait patiently, or not, to get my hands on this one. Thanks Trish, for a good review.
    Rita @ View From My Home recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: 3/22/16

    • trish

      I know nothing about basketball (it’s just not popular here) but I still adore this series. I think Myron is my favourite Harlan character of all time. He is so funny but still really sweet with what some might see as old fashioned family values but I just love him all the more for that 🙂
      I loved all 3 mentioned too, they really are page turners.

      • Rita @ View From My Home

        Interesting! So love of basketball is not necessary to love this series. Thanks– I’ll go on it then. I think I did read the first one years and years ago. I just saw the author on a tv news show today and he said that Julia Roberts has bought the rights to Fool Me Once (I assume to also act in). She told him she read it in 2 days and loved the strong female lead in it. I didn’t read it yet so don’t know about that– just makes me want to read it more, only library hold here, sigh…
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  3. Maureen Beatrice

    This sounds like a very interesting read Trish. I love books that have these twists you just can’t see coming. I haven’t read a book by Harlan Coben before. But since I love mysteries and thrillers, I definitely need to check this one out! Thanks for the tip! 😉

    • trish

      Oh Maureen, if you love twists, you have to read a Harlan Coben book. He is the twistiest of them all and delivers twist after twist until you’re dizzy! 🙂

  4. Christy LoveOfBooks

    I remember reading and liking one of his books many years ago. I can’t remember the title or what exactly it was about though. I should definitely read another one – this one maybe – because I love some good twists.
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    • trish

      Yes, I’m calling it that he is tricky too as I refuse to believe that I’m slow! lol I do recommend him highly (especially if you don’t mind some violence in the plot as there invariable is some).

    • trish

      I love that moment when it all makes sense and you are left reeling! I hope you get to check one out someday 🙂

    • trish

      I’m shocked you haven’t read one! You should someday (the plotlines can be a bit violent at times though, just so you are prepared.)

  5. Melinda

    I actually saw this book in a book highlight email that I received from a publisher and I regret not requesting it. It sounds good!

  6. Emma

    One of the nice things about Harlan Coben’s ongoing series and individual works is that he still tries. He’s not just pumping out books to meet a contract, but he takes the time to develop characters, wrote solid sentences, expand the series universe, and give us good plots. Coben still cares.

    This is not one of the best Myron Bolitar books, and there is some weak plotting (you’ll likely figure out what happened early), but it is better than most series past a dozen books. I was disappointed with the first person look into Win Lockwood, which took a very tough, mysterious character from the series past and made him more two dimensional. Instead of all the dark brooding, sarcastic dismissals and cold calculation we got a run of the mill entitled rich sociopath who likes violence and has a soft spot for the people he cares about. I liked Win before we saw him “fleshed out”.

    I suspect the reason for this is because Coben is getting bored with Myron after 20+ years, and likely with Mickey after a half dozen stories. I think the solution would be to write more one-off books like Fool Me Twice rather than dipping into the Bolitar world too much.
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