Many of the novels of crime fiction writer Harlan Coben have been turned into television adaptations and now the new show Fool Me Once has arrived on Netflix on New Year’s Day.
“If you don’t like twists and turns, I’m not your guy,” the writer recently said (via The Guardian), noting that his twisting narratives are the one ingredient behind his success, having sold over 80 million books.
“For every twist that ends up in my stories, I probably thought of 10 others that I cut out. I really enjoy playing with your expectations, and I think you’ll see a lot of bombs and twists dropping at the end of this new series too,” Coben added. “The last one is a real gut punch.”
Fool Me Once, based on the Coben’s novel of the same name, stars Michelle Keegan, Richard Armitage and Joanna Lumley. It focuses on Keegan’s Maya Stern, who’s trying to come to terms with the murder of her husband (Armitage).
The novel, like most of Coben’s books, is set in the US, but the Fool Me Once TV show occurs in the UK, with the novelist admitting that the story seems to work “better as a British adaptation.”
The class distinction between Michelle Keegan’s character and Joanna Lumley’s really worked,” he said. “In the American version, yes Maya came from a different background than Joe, but in the UK you have that class thing that we don’t have as much in America. It made for some really cool scenes.”
Check out the trailer for Fool Me Once below.