#BookReview “Fool Her Once” by Joanna Elm

February 1-28, 2022 Virtual Book Tour

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3.5/5 Stars!

Young and naïve, Jenna Sinclair’s first major assignment as an investigative reporter ends in disaster when she outs the son of an executed serial killer and destroys his family.

Walking away from her career, Jenna disappears into the quiet normalcy of married life and motherhood. However, with her marriage falling apart, Jenna attempts to restart her career, only to find out her past hasn’t come back to haunt her, it’s come back to kill her.

Though I enjoyed the plot and story line, not being able to connect with Jenna Sinclair was frustrating at times.

With multiple POVs and flashbacks, I needed her to choose a personality and stick with it. She was far too passive and appeared to be “led” in every aspect of her life from her career to her love life. Even those she interviewed controlled the moment.  She was never proactive or reactive, for me, Jenna was just “there.” Perhaps if Jenna were a more forceful character, the story would have reached “thriller” level for me.

Fool Her Once has a nice twisty ending and some strong supporting characters that readers of crime fiction will love.





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.

Book Details:

Genre: Thriller (Domestic)

Published by: CamCat Books

Publication Date: March 1st 2022

Number of Pages: 416

ISBN: 0744304938 (ISBN13: 9780744304930)

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | BookShop.org | CamCat Books


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