24 August, 2016

#BookReview :: Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

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.

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Despite his popularity, I have had very few chances to read Harlan Coben’s books. Couple of friends keeps referring his book to me saying that being a Mystery/Thriller fan, I should not miss them. So when I got the chance to get my hands on a review copy, I could not let it pass. This is only the second book I picked up by this author.

Maya is a war veteran who has come home. She used to be a pilot and was actually sent home after a blunder in her last mission. Once back home, Maya cannot help but think of the two deaths in her family. First was that of her sister, who got killed in an apparent home invasion some time back. The second was that of her husband which also happened to be accidental – a case of being at the wrong place at a wrong time. She has a feeling that these deaths were somehow connected… but is there something to it? Or is it just something her idle mind was cooking up? Her PTSD, the sleepless night and caring for her two year old could be taking a toll on her health and mind. Or could she be right?

The plot was certainly multi layered and the author has peppered the book with quite a few twists and turns. And Maya is a very ‘human’ character with her strengths and flaws. It is easy to understand where she is coming from for most parts of the book. This is a fast paced plot with adequate action and a narrative style that is certainly engrossing. As a result, the pages just flew by. I have a problem though – since most of the characters felt close to real life, the climax felt a bit implausible. Usually for plots like these, we have protagonists that feel larger than life as well. But for a regular citizen to uncover and handle such a conspiracy on her own was a bit too much to digest. Granted, Maya had her friends at her back… still. In any case, the book was certainly entertaining with the plot building up.

Review Copy Received from Penguin Random House

1 comment:

  1. This exactly was my problem with this book - the conclusion or revelation. It was, as you say, implausible. But, it was an engaging read for sure! I have recently developed an interest in psychological thriller even better if the protagonist is a woman (after The Girl On The Train), and this book didn't disappoint.