Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
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! 💜