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20 March 2023

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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.

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.

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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My Thoughts
Jenna Sinclair, as a rookie reporter, outed Denny Dennison, the son of a serial killer. Because of the story, his pregnant wife gets rid of the child she is carrying, fearing that her child could inherit the serial killer tendencies from Denny's father. Jenna flees from the consequences and hopes to stay hidden behind her marriage. 

She is married to Zack King and has a daughter Dollie. Dollie has some teen angst and ends up on the wrong side of the law. Zack is the owner of a successful Inn. Soon Jenna feels that Denny is after her, to get even with her for ruining his marriage. 

Back up a bit, when she did the article, she was having an affair with Ryan MacAllister, her boss at the time. Decades later she comes across Ryan again, they go to dinner, and they continue their affair, he leaves, and gets assaulted outside her home. He is severely injured and in a coma. 

Jenna's marriage to Zack is strained, some because of the issues with the daughter and some from her feelings for Ryan and the fact that she thinks Zack is having an affair. Plus, she is starting to think that Denny is after her, she wants to know so she starts digging into Denny's past and present. Wondering the whole time, can a person become a serial killer if it is in the genes?

Each chapter is told by different characters, going back 20 years, Between Zack and Jenna, the story comes full circle, she feels that she is in danger but from who? A woman is missing, is she a victim of Denny? We learn the backstory of Zach. Who is he really?

I think this novel is exciting, fast paced, and very twisty, and the ending? Wow, I did not see it coming. Told by an author who definitely knows her stuff, using her journalism skills to write this fantastic book. I love a good mystery and this one is up there with the best!

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