In Netflix’s Fool Me Once, a grieving widow, Maya, stumbles onto nanny-cam footage of her supposedly dead husband breaking into their home. The recording thrust Maya headlong into a conspiracy that stretches deep into the past and possibly has something to do with the murder of another relative. 

Fool Me Once is not based on a true story; it is based on a novel of the same name by Harlan Coben

Fool Me Once is premised on a false narrative that first appeared in Harlan Coben’s 2016 novel of the same name. Coben wrote the screenplay for the series. The show deviates from the book in several key areas, including the narrative’s setting: the events in the show play out in Manchester, while the drama in the novel plays out in New York. 

Joan Lumley, Judith in the show, told “I think it worked really well. It switched over very easily without any sense that you’re losing too much. And also, Harlan and his team had written in a new strand which was a very English strand, Adeel’s character. That whole sort of subplot was beautiful.”