Book Title: Fool Her Once (A Novel) by Joanna Elm
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 416 pages
Publisher: CamCat Books
Release date: Feb, 2023
Content Rating: PG-13 + M. There’s adultery, language, some sexual content, and violent crime, but no explicit descriptions of the crimes.
Some killers are born. Others are made.
As a rookie tabloid reporter, Jenna Sinclair made a tragic mistake when she outed Denny Dennison, the illegitimate son of an executed serial killer. So she hid behind her marriage and motherhood. Now, decades later, betrayed by her husband and resented by her teenage daughter, Jenna decides to resurrect her career—and returns to the city she loves.
When her former lover is brutally assaulted outside Jenna’s NYC apartment building, Jenna suspects that Denny has inherited his father’s psychopath gene and is out for revenge. She knows she must track him down before he can harm his next target, her daughter.
Meanwhile, her estranged husband, Zack, fears that her investigative reporting skills will unearth his own devastating secret he’d kept buried in the past.
From New York City to the remote North Fork of Long Island and the murky waters surrounding it, Jenna rushes to uncover the terrible truth about a psychopath and realizes her own investigation may save or destroy her family.
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My Review of Fool Her Once
I read through this book quickly. The story line grabbed me (hello psychological thriller fan here) and it consumed me. Yes, there is language & Violence in this book. However, a week after reading it and I am still thinking about the characters. It was unexpected and different than the norm.
Joanna Elm crafted characters that engaged me and made me want to flip just one more page before bed to see what would happen next. She also interwove some great twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. It helped make the whole story that much more interesting for me.
Joanna Elm paced this book in shorter succinct chapters that left me truly thinking that just one more would be enough to satisfy my curiosity (spoiler alert, it was not enough)
If you are a fan of thrillers or psychological ones, you will thoroughly enjoy this uniquely riveting tale!
About Joanna Elm
Joanna Elm is an author, journalist, blogger, and attorney. Before the publication of her first two suspense novels (Scandal, Tor/Forge 1996); (Delusion, Tor/Forge/1997), she was an investigative journalist on the London Evening News on Fleet Street in the U.K. She also wrote for British magazines like Woman’s Own.
Then, she moved to New York where she worked as a writer/producer for television news and tabloid TV programs like “A Current Affair.” She was also the researcher/writer for WNEW-TV’s Emmy-award-winning documentary “Irish Eyes.” In 1980, she joined the Star as a reporter, eventually becoming the magazine’s news editor and managing editor before moving to Philadelphia as editor of the news/features section of TV Guide.
After completing her first two novels while living in South Florida, (Nelson DeMille described Scandal as “fresh, original and unpredictable”) Joanna returned to New York, enrolled in law school, graduated summa cum laude, passed the NY Bar exam, and worked as a principal law clerk for an appellate division justice in the prestigious First Department. She has been married to her husband Joe for 35 years and has one son.
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