Author: Harlan Coben

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Posted November 21, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

Fool Me Once by Harlan CobenFool Me Once by Harlan Coben
Narrator: January LaVoy
Published by Brilliance Audio on March 22, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hours, 5 minutes
Source: Purchased
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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.


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Former Army Captain Maya Stern inexplicably sees her recently murdered husband, Joe Burkett, on her new nanny cam holding her two-year old daughter. Her investigation sends her on a bizarre trek into secrets and lies going back decades, all the while as the police try to figure out who killed Joe and we try to determine if he’s really dead.

I’m a huge Coben fan so this twisty, around the bend story was expected. It’s got a large cast with several subplots in play, not necessarily connected (or are they?). I had a clue about midway as there was a vibe that tipped me off. The end was a little convoluted but still a bit of a surprise.

I enjoyed the story but it didn’t have me dying to get through the book. January LaVoy is one of my favorite narrators and she delivered here by excellent character distinctions and a strong performance, paced perfectly. I liked this one, just didn’t love it compared to some of his other books, though that’s still reason enough to read a Coben mystery.


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About Harlan Coben

With over 50 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben’s last six consecutive novels, SIX YEARS, STAY CLOSE, LIVE WIRE, CAUGHT, LONG LOST and HOLD TIGHT all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world. His first Young Adult novel SHELTER was just released in paperback, and the second in the Mickey Bolitar series, SECONDS AWAY, was released on September 18th. His books are published in 41 languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in over a dozen countries.

Winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the first author to win all three – international bestselling author Harlan Coben’s critically-acclaimed novels have been called “ingenious” (New York Times), “poignant and insightful” (Los Angeles Times), “consistently entertaining” (Houston Chronicle), “superb” (Chicago Tribune) and “must reading” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

In his first books, Coben immersed himself in the exploits of sports agent Myron Bolitar. Critics loved the series, saying, “You race to turn pages…both suspenseful and often surprisingly funny” (People). After seven books Coben wanted to try something different. “I came up with a great idea that simply would not work for Myron,” says Coben. The result was the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller TELL NO ONE, which became the most decorated thriller of 2001 – nominated for an Edgar, an Anthony, a Macavity, a Nero, and a Barry; winner of the Audie Award for Best Audio Mystery/Suspense Book (read by Steven Weber); and a #1 hardcover book on the Book Sense 76 list. Coben followed the success of TELL NO ONE with the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers GONE FOR GOOD (2002), NO SECOND CHANCE (2003), and JUST ONE LOOK (2004) and THE INNOCENT (2005). Bookspan, recognizing Coben’s broad international appeal, named NO SECOND CHANCE its first ever International Book of the Month in 2003 – the Main Selection in 15 different countries.

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Audio Review: The Stranger by Harlan Coben

Audio Review: The Stranger by Harlan Coben

Posted May 22, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

    Someone, a stranger, approaches Adam Price and tells him something provocative about his wife, Corinne…a secret she’s kept from him. And so begins a story of deception, mystery and conspiracies that escalate dangerously.   I was immediately drawn into this story, even though much of what we know about all the players is learned after the initial conflict. Determining who’s lying, telling the truth or just being deceptive was made much more difficult until I could burrow under their skin and public veneers and try to make sense of it all. It’s one of the more complex stories I’ve read by Coben and it kept me enthralled through the end.   Speaking of endings…it’s the sole weakness. It didn’t live up to the […]

Audio Review: Just One Look by Harlan Coben

Audio Review: Just One Look by Harlan Coben

Posted April 29, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 3 Comments

  Quick Summary It was an ordinary day like any other but from the moment when Grace Lawson picks up her pictures from the photomart, her life was never the same. But I’m getting ahead of myself. The story actually begins with a surprising admission from a prisoner serving a life sentence for murder. That sets off a chain of events that reaches back 15 years to the present.   The mystery Since it is a mystery, I can’t tell you much more. What I can say is I was off balance for most of the book. There were several storylines in play that I knew had to be connected but couldn’t figure out how. And, with one exception, I was never sure who the […]

Review: Missing You by Harlan Coben

Review: Missing You by Harlan Coben

Posted April 3, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

  You can always count on several plots that will eventually converge in a Harlan Coben story. The trick is to try to unravel them and find the connections before they’re revealed. This book is no different in that respect but there were some new angles.   This is the first of his stories I’ve read where a woman is the main character. It’s even better that Kat Donovan is an NYPD detective who is haunted by her father’s murder 18 years ago and the subsequent breakup with her fiancé Jeff Raynes. When a friend signs her up on an online dating site and she finds her lost love, it seemed serendipitous. It was anything but.   There’s another storyline involving a woman whose son […]