Six Years Kindle Edition by Harlan Coben
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 This is the most suspenseful book I have read in a very long time. Not only can you not figure out what is going to happen at the end, but every single chapter contains new surprises. When Jake Fisher notices an obituary for the husband of a woman he loved six years in the past, he makes the fateful decision to look for her. This sets events in motion that may forever change his life. There was not a moment during this book that I thought I had everything all figured out. The pacing was perfect. The pages that were not filled with action were filled with psychological puzzles that about drove me crazy. Just when I thought I had it all put together, something else would change and I would have to start guessing all over again. Harlan Coben has written a lot of really good books, but this one is my new favorite. He has managed to write a complex, layered story with characters that you want to see succeed on their various missions. There is action, suspense, love, longing, murder and every other component that makes for a thrilling read. I was surprised by how well the first person POV worked for this book. Where sometimes it can come across as a little one-sided and make the book feel superficial, this time I appreciated it. This POV allowed me to get inside the head of the main character and get to know him, which this made me feel almost like I was thinking through his mind as well and trying to solve the mystery right along with him. If you are looking for the perfect book to take you away from everything else in your life, this is it. I couldn't focus on anything else while reading "Six Years."
Harlan Coben is clearly at the top of his game! I reviewed a digital ARC copy of this book. My opinions are my own.
I just finished Six Years and I can hardly catch my breath. I love the twisted mysteries that Harlan Coben writes, and Six Years is no exception. In the prologue, Jake is attending the wedding of the love of his life, Natalie, to someone else. Natalie's last words to Jake are to make him promise to not bother her and her new husband, Todd. Six Years later, Jake sees an obituary for Todd and can't keep himself from attending the funeral. As he hides in the back, he realizes that Natalie isn't there. Todd's wife is someone different, and Todd has two children that are teenagers, making it impossible for them to be Natalie's children. He also finds out that Todd was murdered. Thus begins Jake's quest to find Natalie. Everywhere he turns, things don't make sense. People that should know her claim to not remember her. Things turn violent when some thugs kidnap Jake, and he realizes that they are looking for Natalie too, and they think Jake knows where she is! As usual, you can't take anything for granted when your meet people and evaluate the situations Jake gets into. I can't recall ever reading a book and thinking "What the heck?!?" so MANY times. Talk about twists. This is what I love about Coben. Everything is unexpected--nothing is as it seems. I can't believe anyone reading this saying, "Well, I knew how it was going to turn out way before the end." If you are that person, either you are Harlan Coben, or you should be writing books. And I kind of feel sorry for you because the surprises are so much fun! Six Years, as is common in all of Coben's books, hooks you from about page ten and after that you will give up eating, sleeping, and maybe have to call in sick to work. I've often recommended his books to reluctant readers -- if you can get them to not worry about the length -- once they get started, they will be sucked in until the end. I highly recommend Six Years to mystery, adventure, thriller fans of all ages. Not to be missed. And, if you've never read a Coben mystery, now's the time!
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