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You think you know the truth. The truth is you know nothing. The international number one bestselling author of Tell No One and Six Years is back with his next impossible-to-put-down thriller.


If your husband was murdered
And you were a witness
How do you explain it when he appears 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 by the 'master of the double twist', Harlan Coben.


…adorned with that peerless brand of storytelling he always provides.

The Independent

Fool Me Once is a perfect example of what makes his work so appealing… When you're writing a story full of twists, nothing is ever the way it seems, and Coben is brilliant in the way he reminds you of this with small references to ambiguities, to yin and yang, things like the opposite interpretations of the Second Amendment, to a school overlooking a graveyard, or receiving lines at weddings and funerals. Reminders that things have different meanings at different times. I won't give away any spoilers, but the climax of the story not only ties things together, but does it in a way that is chilling and maybe darker than anything I've read from Coben…[There is a] brilliant finish.

Irresistible Targets

Coben excels in thrillers about families torn apart by secrets…Typically twisty read with customary Coben shock ending.

The Sun

This slick thriller examines what you can believe and who you ever really trust… Coben has excelled himself. This intense and multi-layered story has a very creepy conspiracy. Exciting, poignant and insanely readable.

Sunday Mirror

Coben hits the bull's eye again with a tale guaranteed to fool even the craftiest readers a lot more than once.


Coben is like a skilled magician saving the best, most stunning trick for the very end.

Publishers Weekly


Press Association

Coben’s storytelling is as moreish as ever

The Sunday Times Culture

A teeth-rattling ride.

Peterborough Telegraph

always enjoyable and compelling

Morning Star

Another masterful display from the master of smoke and mirrors fiction

Irish Independent

There is nothing quite as exciting as a brand new Harlen Coben…Brimming with plot twists, secret lives and untrustworthy confidantes, Fool Me Once centres around Maya Stern…badass and totally cool – she is a heroine you won’t be able to get enough of.


An outrageously stunning read, that takes a tight hold from the outset and continues to squeeze until the shockingly intense end.


As ever, Coben ramps up the tension expertly.

Thriller of the Week, Mail on Sunday

[an] engaging and enjoyable read.

From First Page to Last blog

Slick, stylish and – ultimately – beautifully crafted and delivered, Harlan Coben’s Fool Me Once is tremendous crime novel of depth, pathos, shocks and surprises that will delight anyone who loves great crime fiction that’s made to make jaws drop in wonder.


Full of twists and turns… a gripping page-turner

Daily Express

Coben remains one of the most reliable thriller writers around and his standalones, like Fool Me Once, make it very easy to entice new readers on board.

Crime Review

I am a huge fan of Harlan Coben and have read just about all his books, and this one surpassed my expectations. This is a very clever and well thought out plot and kept me guessing right up to the very end.

Promoting Crime Blog

He takes you on a journey so detailed, and with such rich characters, that when the inevitable twist finally comes, it really stings. As the truth about that fateful night is revealed, it will leave you wondering if you can really trust anyone at all. Another must read from Camp Coben.

Good To Know

I am a huge fan of Harlan Coben and have read just about all his books, and this one surpassed my expectations. This is a very clever and well thought out plot and kept me guessing right up to the very end.

The Mystery People

Such a clever plot with so many twists.


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Also by Harlan Coben

Don't Let Go
The Magical Fantastical Fridge


Make Me
The Girl on the Train
The Thirst
The Black Book
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Don't Let Go
The Lost Symbol
After the Fire
Two Nights
The Couple Next Door
A Gentleman in Moscow
I Am Pilgrim
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Innocent Wife
If I Die Before I Wake
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North