Fool Me Once starring Michelle Keegan has gone down a storm with viewers (Picture: Netflix)
The former Coronation Street actress, 36, plays Maya, an ex-Army Officer who is grappling with the brutal murder of her husband Joe (Richard Armitage) and interfering mother-in-law Judith (Dame Joanna Lumley).
As police officer Sami (Adeel Akhtar)delves into the mysterious circumstances around Joe’s killing, and Maya carries out her own investigation, dark secrets behind to unfold.
However, Netflix fans have become infuriated that Maya keeps letting slip key evidence she has gathered to suspicious parties, as May Mavis expressed on X: ‘See one thing I don’t like about Maya is she finds evidence and doesn’t keep it to herself, tells everyone. girl!’
May’s sentiment was echoed by Tash Amaka, who raged: ‘Why does Maya insist on revealing any evidence she finds to suspicious people on her own?! #FoolMeOnce.’
Luna also remarked: ‘#FoolMeOnce why is Maya constantly showing people her evidence without looking into it herself first.’
The show follows the investigation into Maya’s husband Joe’s murder (Picture: Netflix)
But fans are enraged Maya keeps sharing her evidence with suspicious parties (Picture: Netflix)
Maya is Michelle’s first major starring role on a Netflix series (Picture: Instagram/@michkeegan)
While it’s difficult to imagine anyone other than Michelle in the role, Julia Roberts was initially in talks to perform in the Harlan Coben adaptation.
The Brassic actress and Dame Joanna previously explained to Metro.co.uk how she nabbed the role over the Pretty Woman legend, 56.
Michelle recalled: ‘I remember when I first met Harlan, he was saying that they were in talks with Julia because Julia wanted to make it into film. But the book wouldn’t have been a film really, it needed to be a series.’
Dame Joanna plays icy stepmother Judith in the Netflix thriller (Picture: Vishal Sharma/Netflix)
Julia was originally in talks to play Maya in Fool Me Once (Picture: WireImage)
Absolutely Fabulous star Dame Joanna added: ‘The book is fat because it’s dense with twists and turns. If you make a film, you’re going to have to drop half of that.
‘And I think that they maybe presented a treatment of the book as a film and I think that it probably didn’t work. But it’s interesting because [Julia] could see the quality of the story and this fascinating central character.’
Since landing on Netflix on New Year’s Day, Fool Me Once has gone down a storm with viewers, with many joking they were calling into work sick to binge-watch the eight-parter.
One viewer, Michelle Pryde, raved on X: ‘5 episodes deep into #FoolMeOnce and questioning whether I really need a job and could call in sick for work tomorrow as I need to finish it!! I am HOOKED. @michkeegan is just brilliant.’
Jennifer Smith also enthused: ‘@HarlanCoben I am supposed to go back to work tomorrow after this holiday break but I can’t stop watching #FoolMeOnce. Back to being sleep deprived I go.’
Metro.co.uk watched Fool Me Once ahead of its release and can confirm it’s a corker and we warn you that you may never recover from the ending.
Fool Me Once is available to stream on Netflix.
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