Friday, March 1, 2024

Harlan Coben's Fool Me Once - Netflix Series Reviewed

Fool Me Once
My husband and I recently watched the Netflix series, "Fool Me Once".  We both would recommend it, even though there were times when I thought the title should have been "fools rush in".  

The main character, Maya Stern, seems to have the attitude that she is invincible, superior and the authority in any room or situation.  Frankly, she was not always very admirable.  Her rash decisions to constantly confront everyone made her seem more out of control than considered or intelligent, especially when her actions could influence her teenage niece and her teammates.  

At one point, we almost turned it off, but there was just enough suspense and mystery to the plot to keep us watching.  

I wasn't sure what I thought of the investigator, Sami Kierce, at first, but in the end he turned out to be one of my favorite actors in the series, simply because of his acting skill.  We also really liked 'Corey the Whistle' who was truly committed to revealing the truth and he seemed to genuinely care.


Fool Me Once Synopsis

Fool Me Once

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There is a lot happening in Maya Stern's life all at the same time.

She is a helicopter pilot that has recently been expelled from the military because she fired on an unverified civilian truck while trying to protect troops on the ground. 

Her beloved sister has been murdered and Maya feels there is more behind her death than just a home invasion.  Of course, Maya must investigate her sister's death. 

Then, her husband is shot in front of her while they are walking in the park and she has to endure police questioning.  Plus, her sanity is in question when she sees her husband visit their daughter on a recently acquired nanny cam.  Instead of calling the police, Maya confronts the nanny who responds by pepper-spraying her in the face and stealing the video card.  Now, the evidence that her husband may still be alive is gone.

Maya is not liked by her husband's wealthy family and her mother-in-law is equally confrontational and derogatory.  Sparks fly every time the two of them are together, or even talk on the phone.  

I'll close by telling you the same thing I told my parents, watch it to the end! The end makes all the rest worth it.

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  1. How fascinating to learn that Harlan Coben's book has been made into a mini series. Of course, I've read the book, 'Fool Me Once' as I have all his books. It will be interesting to see how a movie version of the story plays out in series form. Thanks for telling me about the series, Sylvestermouse.

    1. I would love to know how the series compares to the book! I can't help but believe the book would make me understand and like the main character better.

  2. This seems outside your usual preferred fare, Ms. Mouse! I’m glad the ending was so satisfying. Although I would find this amount of violence too disturbing, I may recommend this to my husband, who has a higher tolerance for it in his entertainment choices. 😊

    1. lol, you are correct Margaret! It is not a series I would be drawn to, but I don't mind watching some things with my husband that include the bombing, shooting, military or western scenes. For instance, I really liked the Reacher series and it definitely gets physically violent. I just look away when things get too bad.

    2. I have to add Margaret and Sylvestermouse that I noticed that as well! That it's outside your usual selection of shows :)

  3. We are always looking for a good series to watch. Thanks for your review.

  4. I was considering watching this series, reading your review I'm actually mad at her husband's family, and her husband, lol - stories like this infuriate me (but I do watch them) - I'm waiting for justice to prevail in shows like this - I may have to watch this one :)

    1. There is definite justice for some in the end Barbara! Being angry at her husband and his family is justified. If you are already angry at them, you better get ready to hit "infuriated". There is much I didn't share in this review so the mystery and shockers remain for all.

  5. This series sounds like another reason for us to look into renewing our Netflix account. Although I don't care for lots of violence, I do like a good murder mystery story and good actors, so it would be a trade off for me, one that I could make. I will have to look into this series further, thanks for the review.

  6. We started watching this series, but never finished it. So now we will have to go back and pick up where we left off based on your review. Thanks :)

  7. Thank you for the tip to watch it until the end. I don't usually watch films or series with a lot of violence in them but I do like suspense and a mystery and interesting characters which this appears to have. Thank you for your review and recommendation.


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