Can’t put this one down

Havelock North Village Press - - News - — Mar­garet Reilly

Fool Me Once by Har­lan Coben, Cen­tury, $37 .......................................................... Har­lan Coban is an in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed au­thor, re­cip­i­ent of sev­eral awards and has writ­ten more than 20 nov­els plus a se­ries of young adult nov­els. Un­til now I had read only one other of his nov­els.

In Fool Me Once, Maya, a spe­cial ops pi­lot, is home from ac­tive duty. While away, her sis­ter Claire who had been work­ing for Maya’s hus­band was murdered. Home at last with her hand­some hus­band Joe and lit­tle daugh­ter, all seem swell un­til one evening, walk­ing with Joe in their favourite part of the park, he is shot three times, fa­tally. Maya man­ages to es­cape and later two va­grants are ar­rested. Af­ter the fu­neral Maya re­turns to work, leav­ing her daugh­ter in charge of Is­abella, whose fam­ily had worked for her hus­band’s fam­ily. Maya’s friend Eileen pre­sented her with a nanny cam. At first a lit­tle scep­ti­cal about us­ing this, Maya soon saw it­might give her peace of mind be­ing able to be sure Lily was happy when she was not there.

One morn­ing view­ing the footage, Maya sees her dead hus­band, wear­ing his favourite shirt, play­ing with Lily on the screen. She races up­stairs and finds that the shirt is no longer there.

Any­more would spoil the story but suf­fice to say this book is a page turner. I am­not usu­ally a fan of Amer­i­can de­tec­tive sto­ries, but this I could not put down.

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