Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Thriller Review: Fool Her Once by Joanna Elm

I have been fortunate enough to find a handful of new-to-me mystery / thriller authors over the past few weeks! Today, I have a review of Fool Her Once by Joanna Elm to share!  Check out the book, learn about the author, read my thoughts on the novel & be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Title Fool Her Once (A Novel) by Joanna Elm
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +), 416 pages 
Genre:  Thriller
Publisher:  CamCat Books
Release date:   Feb, 2023
Content Rating:  PG-13 + MThere's adultery, language, some sexual content, and violent crime, but no explicit descriptions of the crimes.

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About the Book

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.
My Review

Fool Her Once Brings Readers a Well-Done Psychological Thriller. While Fool Her Once is long and not action-packed in a traditional sense, it is a well-paced novel that builds through twists and turns and character revelations that create a very well-balanced psychological thriller. This book is the first novel that I have read from Joanna Elm, but I love her writing style and the realistic elements she adds to her characters and her scenes. The storyline has some predictability--but still holds enough twists to keep readers engaged from beginning to end.  


Elm Brings a Novel with Flawed Characters, Secrets, and Psychological Drama. None of Elm's characters are perfect. Each one has issues, flaws, and secrets. The novel offers some realistic elements of human nature for readers to consider as the book progresses. As Jenna investigates and the author's story reveals pieces of the past, readers put together the mystery at hand. I didn't find any of the characters endearing--but I loved how their stories connected and built to create this thriller. 


Would I Recommend Fool Her Once by Joanna Elm? I love thrillers that keep me guessing and engaged while feeling realistic. The author creates a psychological thriller that pulls pieces of her characters' pasts in reasonable yet not wholly predictable ways. If you enjoy thrillers rooted in human nature and drama--this is a well-done novel that should be on your reading list. I didn't love the characters of this novel--but I did love the author's writing style and story/character development. I will definitely watch for more thrillers from Joanna Elm!


Meet the Author

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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