5. Fool Me Once
- Release Date: Jan. 1, 2024
- Cast: Michelle Keegan, Dino Fetscher, Richard Armitage, Joanna Lumley, Adeel Akhtar, Emmett J. Scanlan, Joe Armstrong, Marcus Garvey, Jade Anouka, Dänya Griver, Anthony Howell, Laurie Kynaston, Hattie Morahan, and James Northcote
Fool Me Once is the newest of Coben's Netflix shows! It premiered on Netflix on New Year's Day 2024, and it's easily one of the best Netflix shows in a while, even going back to the fall of 2023. When it's all said and done, Fool Me Once should be one of the biggest Netflix shows of the year.
The series is based on Coben's novel of the same name released in 2016. Fool Me Once tells the story of Maya, played by Michelle Keegan, a disgraced helicopter pilot responsible for killing civilians in combat. While she was serving, her sister was murdered, and after she returned home, her husband, Joe, played by Richard Armitage, was also murdered. Maya sees Joe on her nanny cam, and she begins to spiral. Her investigation into Joe's reappearance leads to deeper, darker secrets. Will she get to the bottom of this mystery? You'll have to watch to find out.
Fool Me Once is definitely worth a watch! It bums me out that Fool Me Once didn't crack the top 3 of Coben's Netflix shows, but it's still a good series. There are some obvious flaws and some pacing issues that keep this show out of the top half of the list. It would have been better if this eight-episode series was, maybe, six or seven episodes, honestly. It would move so much more quickly through this story and get to the big reveal.
I usually like the endings of Coben's Netflix shows, but I didn't love the end of Fool Me Once. It's good, but I didn't love it. If you like Fool Me Once, you have to watch these other mystery Netflix shows next!