zaterdag 8 april 2017

"Fool Me Once" by Harlan Coben

“All around her, children and families played and laughed and reveled in the glory of this seemingly ordinary day. They did so without fear or care because they didn’t get it. They all played and they all laughed and they felt so damn safe. They didn’t see how fragile it all was.”

Maya Burkett is an ex-soldier who is suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Death seem to follow her around, as her sister was murdered a couple of months ago, and now also her husband was shot in front of her eyes.
Then something unexplicable happens. On the footage of a recently installed nanny cam, Maya sees her husband playing with their two-year old daughter Lily. Is her husband still alive? Is someone playing tricks on her? Or is she slowly going mad? When she receives evidence that her husband's murder is somehow connected to her sister's death, Maya starts an investigation of her own and before she knows it, she's in over her head in the dark secrets of her husband's powerful family.

"Fool Me Once" is a quick read - a real page turner which keeps you guessing all the time. The characters are a little underdeveloped, though and I failed to connect to Maya and her obsessive quest for answers. The ending is cleverly done, although the epilogue is a bit silly and unnecessary. Still a good book and I'll probably read more from this author.

Author: Harlan Coben
Title: Fool Me Once
Publisher: Arrow, London
Year: 2016
Number of pages: 390 p.
ISBN: 9781784751111

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