What's the Difference between Fool Me Once the Book and Fool Me Once the TV Show?


Fool Me Once

Released: 2016
Author: Harlan Coben

Fool Me Once

Released: 2024
Creator: Jessica Taylor
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Maya Stern
Maya Stern
Portrayed by: Michelle Keegan
Detective Roger Kierce
DS Sami Kierce
Portrayed by: Adeel Akhtar
Joe Burkett
Joe Burkett
Portrayed by: Richard Armitage
Fool Me Once Book vs TV Show
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In the Book In the TV Show
   The book is set in New Jersey and New York, USA in 2016. The TV series is set in England in 2024.
   The book is entirely from the point of view of Maya Stern in chapters 1 to 33. Chapter 34, which is set 25 years later, is from Shane’s point of view. The TV series is in the point of view of various characters.
   When Joe was killed, he was shot twice in the chest and once in the head with a 38 caliber handgun. When Joe is killed, he is shot three times in the chest with a 9mm pistol.
   Maya sees her dead husband Joe, alive, in nanny cam footage when she reviews it. When confronting Izabella, she sprays Maya in the face with pepper spray and runs away with the SD card. Maya later has a discussion with Shane about how Joe could have faked his death. Izabella assaults Maya with pepper spray prior to stealing the SD card. Maya and Shane do not discuss how Joe might have faked his death.
   Maya is a gun enthusiast and has a collection of various firearms that are registered in the state of New Jersey and a few that are not registered but still legally owned. Maya has some rifles and a shotgun in her gun collection and a deactivated Glock 17 she brought home from her combat deployment overseas. She belongs to a gun club where she is able to practice shooting a pistol. She also has an illegal semi-automatic pistol in a hidden compartment in the safe.
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