From the publisher: In “Fool Me Once,” readers meet Captain Maya Stern, a former special-ops Army pilot. Still grieving the recent loss of her sister in a home invasion, Maya then witnesses her husband Joe’s murder in a robbery gone wrong. Left to care for her [two-year-old] daughter alone she sets up a nanny cam - - and sees the unthinkable. There, on the footage, is her dead husband playing with her daughter. As the investigation into Joe’s murder progresses, Maya is left with nothing but questions. Is Joe alive and not to be trusted? Or is it herself she can’t trust? With Joe’s family circling around her, not to mention the car that’s been following her for the past couple of days, Maya must come to terms with the truth about her husband and, more importantly, the truth about herself.
The publisher also says: One of Harlan Coben’s great talents is not only to keep readers guessing until the very last page but to leave breadcrumbs that fool readers into thinking they know the ending when they don’t. Believe that!!
Maya has come to depend greatly on her late sister’s husband, and adores their 14- and 12-year-olds. That family and her former platoon mates are there for her as well. Her husband’s family, on the other hand, with their family fortune and reputations to guard, are another story. Joe’s brother had also died under tragic circumstances. Maya, nearly six feet tall, still carries herself like the helicopter pilot/war veteran she was; her “military notoriety, if not heroism, also made her something of a local celebrity.”
I found it rather odd when the schoolmaster of the elite private school that her husband and his siblings had attended is named Neville Lockwood IV, as one of the protagonists of the author’s much-loved Myron Bolitar series is named Windsor Horne Lockwood III. Maybe the author just couldn’t resist having a similarly-named character in the present standalone. The deaths do not stop with Joe’s murder, and did not start there either, and the red herrings abound. I loved the reference to Occam’s razor, of Arthur Conan Doyle fame. The stunning denouement is completely unexpected, and the novel is recommended....Continua