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Click Here to Download the Book In Six Years, a masterpiece of modern suspense, Harlan Coben explores the depth and passion of lost love…and the secrets and lies at its heart. Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for…but she is not Natalie. Whoever the mourning widow is, she’s been married to Todd for almost two decades, and with that fact everything Jake thought he knew about the best time of his life—a time he has never gotten over—is turned completely inside out. As Jake searches for the truth, his picture-perfect memories of Natalie begin to unravel. Mutual friends of the couple either can’t be found, or don’t remember Jake. No one has seen Natalie in years. Jake’s search for the woman who broke his heart, who lied to him, soon puts his very life at risk as it dawns on him that the man he has become may be based on a carefully constructed fiction. Harlan Coben once again delivers a shocking page-turner that deftly explores the power of past love, and the secrets and lies that such love can hide.
Reviews Harlen Coben's latest suspense novel, Six Years, begins with protagonist Jake Fisher, recalling the wedding day six years ago of Natalie Avery.....the woman he loved (and still loves). Six years later, Jake still doesn't understand what happened.. why Natalie hurriedly and without an explanation that made sense... ran off and married Todd Sanderson. Sure.. Jake has continued on with life.... he is a political science professor at Lanford College in Massachusetts; he is best friends with Benedict (a colleague at the university); and he even goes out on occasional dates... but he has never forgotten Natalie. One day, he comes across the obituary for Todd Sanderson. He feels curiosity and that old pull towards Natalie. Unable to help himself, he heads to Todd Sanderson's funeral. Upon arriving at the funeral, Jake was shocked and confused to find that Todd Sanderson's widow was not, in fact, Natalie. So where WAS Natalie and what happened? At the funeral, not only did Jake discover that natalie was not the widow but the 'real' widow had been married to Todd Sanderson for decades and they shared grown children. This is a mystery that Jake HAS to solve! What happened to Natalie and why did she lie to him? he recalls that the last thing Natalie said to him at her wedding was that she needed him to promise that he would never look for her or try to contact her.... but this was one promise Jake was not going to be able to keep. Jake begins to investigate and he discovers that the recently deceased Todd Sanderson was an alumnus of the very university in which he was teaching. This provides the first clue which leads Jake into the past... his past with Natalie.... and also a very important friendship with the chairman of his own political science department. Harlen Coben once again takes the reader on a thrilling and shocking journey with Jake Fisher... into the politics of university life, a secretive charity set up by the deceased Todd Sanderson which ultimately seems a lot like
the government's own Witness Protection Program and a cast of characters.. some close to Jake... who just want to preserve and protect their own interests... no matter what it takes. Jake is not sure of whom he can trust but one way or another, he HAS to find Natalie... before it's too late! This novel kept me turning the pages until the very end.. a true suspense story written only the way Harlen Coben can write it!!
Coben is good, and I found the plot to this thoroughly engaging! I think I finished the book in less than a week, but this is also due to the fact that I brought it along on my business trip. It sure kept me occupied during those long plane rides! Six Years tells of Professor Jake Fisher’s pining for his one and only love – the one whom he met during a short retreat in an elusive place. A seemingly carefree artist, she was just the perfect person for him and they clicked well. However, things went a bit confusing for him. She got married all of a sudden to her ex, and made him promise not to contact them at all. And he kept his promise. He got on with his life and stopped all contact. For six years. Until an obituary for the husband came up – and when Jake went to pay his last respects, everything seemed to be a lie. Being a stubborn person he is, Jake was determined to sought out the truth, even to the extend of killing a human being and risk being killed. The whole book centred on just a few days (at most a week or so) of Jake’s search for truth, and there were of course points where it got a bit too descriptive and draggy. I skipped some paragraphs of these descriptives (at least it wasn’t pages!) and started again on those bits where the story picks up again. I had wished they were a tiny lil bit more during the last few pages where the truth was revealed – yes, the whole story did kind of led us readers believe something else was happening when in fact there is the twist to the story. But hey, I think this is how better writers do their stuff – not in your face kind of revelation, but a more subtle, aha, kind. Yes, a page turner. A mystery. a who-dun-it, twist at the end kind of books which I usually will go for.
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