Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Six Years by Harlan Coben

Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts: When you pick up a Coben you know you're going to get a thrilling nail biting experience. Six Years didn't disappoint although as I was reading this book I was thinking it felt familiar to me. I think that thought occurred to me only because Coben often highlights the everyday average Joe who is slightly above average in looks and has a tendency for sarcasm. This Joe Schmo usually finds himself in way over his head as he is bound and determine to find the answers he is searching for. Oh, and he usually ends up being played the fool when he finds the answers aren't what he thought they'd be.

Despite the slight repetitive feeling I got while reading Six Years I thoroughly enjoyed it. Jake was an interesting character and I enjoyed his academic background. I did, however, have a bit of trouble believing he was so in love with this woman 6 years later (after only spending 3 months with her) he would go to obvious great lengths to find her/save her/be with her ignoring potential harm to himself.

With that said I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a well paced thriller. It should delight Coben fans and newbies alike.

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