BOOK REVIEW + 2 Book GIVE AWAY - Fool Her Once by Joanna Elm
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.
Fool Her Once is my first book by Joanna Elm and won’t be my last. This book is a bit of a slow burn but once it gets going, the reader is sucked in and the book is unputdownable. Action packed and filled with intrigue, mystery, suspense, and one red herring after another you don’t want to miss this one. The premise of this book caught my attention immediately. In this book, we meet Jenna Sinclair (a tabloid rookie) who made a huge mistake when she outted Denny Dennison (the illegitimate son of an executed serial killer).
At the time she hid behind her marriage and motherhood. Now, decades later, betrayed by her husband and resented by her teenage daughter she decides to resurrect her career and returns to NYC. When her former lover is brutally assaulted outside her apartment, she’s certain Denny has inherited his father’s psychopath gene and is out for revenge. Meanwhile, her estranged husband, Zack fears her investigation will unearth the devastating secret he’s keeping.
Overall, this book is well written with an eclectic cast of characters who I enjoyed getting to know through out the book. The descriptions are vivid which had me completely immersed in the story. The plot is realistic and I could see this happening today. I look forward to reading more from this author!
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
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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