Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben


          
                                                                Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben 
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Harlan Coben never fails to impress me. His writing skills are top-notch, and every single book I have read by him is a total page-turner. There are quite a few of his books that I have read, but never got the chance to write a review for. Nevertheless, here goes a quick review for a book that I highly recommend if you are interested in murder mysteries / thrillers, or if you're interested in the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on an individual, which I find that this book effectively captures.

This story follows Maya, who was a military pilot, and is trying to uncover the truth regarding her husband’s murder. This novel delves into a twisted web of lies and mystery, and it ultimately leads to a stunning, bittersweet conclusion that will most definitely leave you speechless. Coben makes you believe one thing, but then throws a curveball, which makes for an excellent book. This novel allows the reader to experience the various emotions Maya feels after she has come back from war, and how even though she is no longer on the battlefield, every decision she made back there and everything she experienced still follows her in her current life in the US. As you truly get into the book, you begin to gain a liking for certain characters, and then suddenly you longer like them anymore for one reason or another. I personally did not like Shane throughout the book, but I won't go into my reasons as to why I didn't like him. You read the book and be the judge of which characters you like or dislike, and then feel free to leave a comment below!

I truly admire Maya throughout the book. Her perseverance and the fact that she served in the military makes me admire her so much more, as well as the way in which she is doing whatever it takes to solve the mystery. I truly respect military veterans, who leave their homes and risk their lives to serve their country. They are the bravest individuals and deserve as much support as they need when they get back from their deployment. 

I found myself carrying this book around with me whenever I left my room. If I was going to grab a coffee, I brought this book along with me and read it while I drank some java! When I went to eat breakfast, I still had this book with me! It was one of those books that you get into right from the start, and you won't be able to put it down until you have read the last page.

As with all the the Coben books I have read, I would suggest this book to anyone with a liking for crime / mystery novels. It was a quick read, and overall did not require much analysis, as everything was thoroughly explained close to the end of the book if you had trouble understanding what was going on. Please leave a comment if you would like to chat about this book! I am more than happy to have a discussion about this one! Happy reading! 💜

40 comments:

  1. This sounds good. I actually have it in my tbr pile and look forward to the mystery.

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    1. Awesome! Let me know once you've read it! 😃

      - El

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  2. I've had this one in my TBR pile for quite a while. I'm definitely looking forward to reading it. Also, Thanks for the follow!

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    1. Yay! Comment back when you read it! Also, I love your blog and no problem! 📚

      - El

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  3. I have heard so many great things about Harlan Coben but I still haven't read any of his books. Your review definitely makes me want to read this one! Awesome ;)

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that! Coben is an incredible writer!

      Who is your favourite author at the moment?

      - El

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    2. Hmm.. that's a hard one!! J.K.Rowling!!
      And I've recently read my first Sarah Maas novel and really loved it!! I can't wait to read more of her books!

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    3. Which Sarah Maas novel have you read?

      J.K. Rowling is truly amazing!

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  4. I love Harlan Coben's books. This sounds good. Thanks for visiting my blog and following. I'm following back :) You have a great blog.

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    1. Not a problem! And thank you too!

      I cannot wait to read my next Coben book! Which one is your favourite?

      - El

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  5. It looks like you have recently returned to blogging. Welcome back!

    I have never read a Harlan Coben book, but I have a few on my shelves. I need to give this author a try sometime.

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    1. Hi! Yes I have recently returned, and I'm super excited to get back to blogging!

      Definitely give them a try, I'm sure you'll enjoy them!

      - El

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  6. Nice review! I read this book a while ago, but I remember it being so fast-paced and gripping. I LOVE thrillers, but I wasn't mad about this book. I really want to read more of Coben's books, though.


    New GFC follower :) I'd love it if you could check out my blog too!

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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    1. 100% agreed! It was super fast-paced and quite intriguing!

      Thank you and I followed your blog! It's so lovely!!

      - El

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  7. Hi, there, El! Thanks so much for visiting my blog, as well as for the nice comment you left on my "Can't Wait Wednesday" post!! <3 <3

    Thanks as well for the follow! I'm now following back!! :) :)

    I've heard of Coben before, but have never read any of his books, as this is not my usual type of read, to be honest. However, I LOVE that a female pilot is featured in this one! Besides, like you, I have the utmost respect for veterans. So these two things have actually gotten interested in this book, along with your excellent, well-written review!

    I'm adding this one to my Goodreads shelves!! Thanks for sharing!! Have a GREAT weekend!! <3 :)

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    1. No problemo!! 😃

      Thank you so much for this lovely comment, it means a lot! Let me know once you read this one!

      Hope you have a fab weekend too! 💜

      - El

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  8. Oh! I have this one on my TBR. I can't wait to get my hands on it. Great review! I absolutely love when I book draws you in so much that you can't put it down!

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    1. I honestly couldn't agree more! Can't wait for you to read it!

      - El

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    2. Haven't read a Harlan Coben in a while.

      I can't seem to follow you...it keeps saying: OOPS - that's an error. I will keep trying.

      Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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    3. Hope you read this one!

      Maybe click on my homepage of the blog at https://elsbookreviews.blogspot.ca/ and press the follow button from there? It may work!

      - El

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    4. I have done that a number of times over the past few says, but not today.

      I will try again.

      Thanks.

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    5. Grrrr...not sure what is going on...same error.

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    6. It's no problem!

      Thanks for checking out my blog, I appreciate it!

      - El

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    7. I will be back whether I can follow or not. :) I will keep trying. :)

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    8. Thanks so much! 💜

      - El

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    9. Elizabeth- I think I know a way that may work! If you click the blue 'Next' icon where the followers gadget, and then click follow, it may work. Let me know if it does! I was having these issues just right now when I was trying to follow someone's blog. Thanks!

      - El

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  9. I haven't read a good crime/mystery book for some time! After reading your review, I'm definitely going to check this one out :)

    ~Erika @ Books and Star

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    1. Sounds good! Thank you for reading my review, I truly appreciate it!

      - El

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  10. I've never heard of this book before, but I'm definitely going to have to check it out now.
    Welcome back to blogging. I'm following you back and I can't wait to get to you :)
    Have a lovely week
    Aneta @ Angelic Book Reviews 

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    1. Thanks so much! Hope you enjoy the book!

      Can't wait to read more of your posts!

      - El

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  11. Hi! I'm loving your blog! I came over from a comment you left on mine. Thanks for the follow and I've followed back. Great review!! (Hazel - Craves the Angst Book Blog)

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    1. Thank you so much! I love your blog too! Thanks for stopping by!

      - El

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  12. I love all things Harlan Coben, especially the Myron Bolitar series! So happy he brought Myron and friends back for another book—and hopefully more! Enjoying your reviews! Followed your blog to see more of your reviews.

    ~ Robyn

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    1. I have to definitely look into those ones! Thank you so much! I'll be posting more soon, stay tuned! 😃

      - El

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  13. I'm recently back into mystery type books so thanks for the heads up on this one!!

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  14. I do enjoy Harlan Coben books, but for some reason I didn't enjoy this one as much as the others. I think it was because of what happened with Maya towards the end, I did enjoy it up until then. Glad you enjoyed it and wonderful review :)

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    1. I totally understand where you're coming from!

      Thank you! ^.^

      - El

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