Fool Me Once

Fool Me Once

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"#1 New York Times bestseller Harlan Coben delivers his next impossible-to-put-down thriller. In the course of eight consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, millions of readers have discovered Harlan Coben's page-turning thrillers, filled with his trademark edge-of-your-seat suspense and gut-wrenching emotion. In Fool Me Once, Coben once again outdoes himself. Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya's husband, Joe--who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband--and herself"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780698404175
0698404173
9780525955092
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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aduckie88 Sep 21, 2017

I love the little suspenseful twists at the end of every chapter of this book! Obviously, the most shocking event is the ending. I don't know what to think of it...

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elkhan
Jul 05, 2017

Great twists and turns at every corner! The ending will leave you speechless! Be sure to read my full review on this book on my book reviews blog, located at https://elsbookreviews.blogspot.ca/ !

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cassmazza
May 04, 2017

First time reading one of Coben's books and I am totally impressed!! I love the way that he writes- so intriguing and easy to read. There are some "exaggerated" moments where it is not very believable, but I loved the plot twists. I have already stacked my shelf with his other novels!

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wilqser
Apr 17, 2017

Intricate mystery thriller about a an former army combat pilot trying to come to terms with her actions on the battlefield in her tour in the middle-east and the apparent death of her husband (she thinks) when she finds out his murder is somehow tied to the past death of her sister. As she struggles to put the pieces together and cope with her own demons, we are left wondering who do we really can we really trust. Intricate plot, lots of action (you can see she comes from a military background), great characters, and nice turn at the end. Keeps you guessing right up to the very end.

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Zoelexi777
Mar 12, 2017

This was the first time reading this author and I loved this book. There were lots of twists and turns that kept you guessing. The ending was totally unexpected and quite a surprise. I already have his newest book on hold and can't wait to get it.

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fytob
Jan 25, 2017

Not impressed. Heard it had a great twist. It had a twist but once it was revealed, my thought was "meh".

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brianwalsh1948
Jan 20, 2017

Pretty good read, with lots of twists and turns. Absolutely hated the ending.

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yontichat
Jan 11, 2017

This was the first book by this author that I read - it was a page turner for sure but it left me feeling like it was kinda cookie cutter - i enjoyed the book just fine - easy reading

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kevinjtate
Dec 24, 2016

Somewhat formulaic but has some interesting plot twists that make it enjoyable.

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s390325
Dec 13, 2016

Great suspense/ mystery novel, couldn't put it down! I was surprised by the revelation of the murderer, as well as the ending (not the "25 years later" ending). There were so many plot twists and turns that it was a little much at times; I couldn't remember which detective was which and who had said what to whom... so it was kind of surprising that Maya was able to put it all together at the end. I thought Maya's character was written sympathetically and the descriptions of how she experiences PTSD were enlightening. The character relationship that I liked the best was between Maya and her former co-pilot; he is always there for her and tries to steer her back to a healthy mental state. I would have liked to have known more about Maya and why she joins the military and enjoys guns and warfare after growing up in a "hippie" household. I wish there had been more characterization of Joe before the big reveal at the end. (*Spoiler alert*) Without any information about Joe, one is left to assume that he and Maya had a happy but brief relationship. Perhaps he was characterized more in (based on the comments here) the other book(s) he was featured in. I would have liked to understand more about why he acted the way he did beyond the ideas that because he was rich he was used to doing whatever he wanted and getting away with it, and his family was able to cover up for him. I personally think he was a sociopath, if he killed someone as a teenager just because they were a rival on his soccer team, and forced his brother to help. I was disappointed with the ending; although shocking, once we know more about what Joe did over the years and that he killed Maya's sister, it isn't surprising that she kills him. I was surprised his family would have figured out that Maya killed Joe since the ones left don't seem particularly bright. I was disappointed that Maya killed herself/ let herself be killed, because it seems that part of why she is trying to figure out what's going on and what has happened is to protect her daughter- and she can't protect her daughter if she's dead. Yes, it's a great way to get your former in-laws to confess and get caught on camera.... but realistically, if the hidden camera was not live-streaming (or even if it was, I don't know how that would hold up in court), but just recording, don't you think that once they realized the camera was there they would have destroyed the video and figured out a way to blame everything on Maya? Then they would have been the ones to raise Maya's daughter, not Maya's brother in law, no matter what she put in a letter. I understand that from a writer's standpoint, it's easier to have her killed off at the end. Realistically, she likes to be in control and she wants to protect her daughter. I think it would be more true to her character to find another way to expose her former in-law's dirty dealings and then flee the country with her daughter. I think that discord is why the author put in the "20 years later" (or however many years it was) ending- so we could see that despite these obvious flaws in legally protecting her daughter, she was just fine and apparently Maya is re-incarnated in her granddaughter. Or that's what I took that last part to be. Still, a great page-turner!

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jimg2000
Aug 12, 2016

Mourners shuffled forward like a scene in some zombie movie where you slay one but more just keep coming at you. ... hard-and-fast rules of the receiving line at a funeral: Don’t talk too much. Short platitudes work well because innocuous is far better than offensive.
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“All love stories,” Maya’s father had told her many years ago, “end in tragedy.” Maya had shaken her head and said, “God, Dad, that’s grim.” “Yes, but think about it: You either fall out of love, or, if you’re really one of the lucky ones, you live long enough to watch your soul mate die.”
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The parenting cliché states that children do not come with instruction manuals. That never seemed more true than today.
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\Maya hadn’t understood the term “rakish” until she saw that smile.

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jimg2000
Aug 12, 2016

He’d looked like a two-year-old midparoxysm.
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At home, you live relatively calm, placid, mundane lives. You go over there and live in mortal fear, and then you’re supposed to come back home and be calm, placid, and mundane again. Human beings don’t work that way.
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Maya felt the quick pang of the working mother: grateful that her daughter liked her nanny so much while ungrateful that her daughter liked her nanny so much.
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“I’m not judging.” “Not even a little?” “What kind of friend would I be if I didn’t judge a little?”
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Some believed that there had to be at least a small life force— that energy and motion never die completely, that the soul is eternal, that you can’t destroy matter permanently, all that.
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No one who married a Burkett was anything but a tolerated outsider.
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“Ex-brother-in-law” seemed like something more for a divorce. Do you say “former brother-in-law”? Do you just stick with “brother-in-law”? More inanity designed to distract.

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jimg2000
Aug 12, 2016

Be patient. Learn what you can first. Then, if need be, confront. They say an attorney should never ask a question unless she already knows the answer. In a similar vein, a good soldier doesn’t attack unless she’s already calculated and can counter the most likely outcomes.
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“Same taste in men, I suppose.” “Yep, tall, dark, and handsome,” Maya said. “I’m not sure that makes us stand out.”
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They gave their girls formal religious training but stressed their own belief that these were allegories and myths, not facts.
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“The best and bravest came home in a box.” “No, Maya, they didn’t. They paid the biggest price, yes. Mostly, they were the unluckiest. We both know that. They were just standing in the wrong spot at the wrong time.” It was true. It isn’t as though the more competent warriors had a better chance of surviving. It was a crapshoot. War is never a meritocracy for the casualties.

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jimg2000
Aug 12, 2016

“You know the phrase that behind every great fortune is a crime? It’s true. Oh, I’m sure you could find exceptions, but scratch the surface behind every major corporation and someone got paid off or someone intimidated the competition.”
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"... They just can’t make themselves do the right thing because it’s not in their self-interest. We humans are wonderful at self-justification.”
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Long blond hair, shorts that barely covered half a cheek, a boob job that lifted them high enough to double as earrings— you didn’t need the pole dancing equivalent of gaydar to see that this woman was either a pole dancer or a sixteen-year-old boy’s fantasy come to life.
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The sun beat down upon her with both fists. Maya squinted and shaded her eyes with her hand, staggering like Dracula dragged into daylight.

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jimg2000
Aug 12, 2016

Things can always be said later, but things can never be unheard.
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Two women danced onstage with the enthusiasm of middle schoolers waking up for a math test. ... They had all the eroticism of a stool sample.
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General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had said that, of all human endeavors, the one that is most unpredictable is warfare. The only cardinal rule about what happens in battle is that you never know what will happen in battle. You have to be ready for what seems impossible.
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She was in this in-between world, suspended, lost. All was darkness and noise, unceasing, endless noise, the type of noise that seemed to come from within her, as though some small creature had climbed inside her head and started screeching and scratching from within.

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jimg2000
Aug 12, 2016

Mawkish to think of it so plainly, but was there any sound as joyful as the undiluted laughter of a child?
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“you won’t tell me what’s going on.” “I am telling you what’s going on.” Shane turned, looked at himself in the mirror, and narrowed his eyes. “What are you doing?” she asked. “Seeing if I really look that dumb.”
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Like Andrew, he wore a jacket and school tie, though where Andrew’s tie was a perfect Windsor, this boy’s looked like that of a middle manager taking the late train home.
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Most people oversimplify Occam’s razor to mean the simplest answer is usually correct. But the real meaning, what the Franciscan friar William of Ockham really wanted to emphasize, is that you shouldn’t complicate, that you shouldn’t “stack” a theory if a simpler explanation was at the ready. Pare it down. Prune the excess.

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jimg2000
Aug 12, 2016

Every single time she touched a gun, she rechecked it and cleaned it. Doing so, being so anal about her weaponry, had probably saved her life. Or ruined it.
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They say you can’t bury the past. That was probably true, but what they really meant was that trauma ripples and echoes and somehow stays alive.
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... every vehicle in this pile of junk had one day been driven off the lot new and shiny, with excitement and hope and expectation, and now they lay in tatters, dying piece by piece in the back lot of an old body shop off Route 10.
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‘Grief don’t do that to a man. Guilt does.’
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Turns out Franklin Biddle Academy was looking to get a few scholarship kids in, you know, financial aid so they could say that the school was”— she made quote marks with her hands—“‘ diverse.’
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... everything around her screamed pampered, patrician, privileged, powerful. All the Ps.

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jimg2000
Aug 12, 2016

I’m forced to relive what happened every night— but I can never change the outcome.
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"... Those deaths don’t haunt me. What haunts me, Shane, what lingers inside me, is the knowledge that if I was up there again, I would do the exact same thing.”
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“In the morning, I’ll go down the graveyard, to make sure you’re gone for good . . .” That sobered her up. Some days, every song seems to be talking directly to you, don’t they?
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Here’s a fun fact most people don’t know. Shooting a handgun with accuracy is difficult. Shooting a handgun at a moving target is very difficult. Seventy-six percent of the time, trained police officers miss the shot between three and nine feet. The percentage is north of ninety percent for civilians.
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She wasn’t Wyatt Earp and this wasn’t the O.K. Corral.
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Someone was screwing with her big-time.

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jimg2000
Aug 12, 2016

In short, he doth protest too much.
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People who feel no remorse aren’t haunted by their actions, are they?
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Maya used to say. You die. It’s over. But right now, I’m not sure. Right now, I look down and I think maybe Maya and I got that one wrong. She’s here. I know it.
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“You really think he could have fooled you?” “I don’t think. I know it.”
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She knew, yet she hadn’t known. It was amazing how much we can blind ourselves to such obvious truths.
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"...She was the enemy. You attack the enemy with full force. You fight back with whatever you have. You never show mercy.”
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“I know what you did,” she had said. “What are you talking about?” “I have proof.”
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It was a gut punch. It was a betrayal of the worst kind. Sleeping with the enemy— she felt a fool and worse.

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slang123
May 16, 2016

"Relationships and marriages are hard enough, but you add war into the mix and small fissures become gaping wounds."

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