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Six Years [Hardcover]

Harlan Coben
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Book Description

25 April 2013

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 more than a decade, 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 - and 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 carefully constructed fiction.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (25 April 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1409144577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409144571
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (387 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Harlan Coben was the first ever author to win all three major crime awards in the US. He is now global bestseller with his mix of powerful stand-alone thrillers and Myron Bolitar crime novels. He has appeared in the bestseller lists of The Times, the New York Times, Le Monde, Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.

He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.

Here are the Myron Bolitar novels in series order:

Deal Breaker
Drop Shot
Fade Away
Back Spin
One False Move
The Final Detail
Darkest Fear
Promise Me
Long Lost

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One of the most gripping and clever mysteries we've read in ages. An instant classic. (HEAT)

Coben's on top of his game in this gripping mystery thriller (BELFAST TELEGRAPH 2013-03-30)

Gripping and professional popular entertainment of the very highest order. (Myles McSweeney IRISH INDEPENDENT)

The taut and action-packed thriller from the bestselling American writer is gripping. (SUNDAY MIRROR)

Every chapter ends on a tense cliffhanger, so save this one for a rainy Sunday and read it in one sitting. (BELLA)

'Every bit as suspenseful as his ticktock thrillers . . . Coben's artful depiction of his protagonist makes for riveting reading' (BOOKLIST)

Coben is one of the best thriller writers in the business, and he delivers another amazing novel that will resonate with readers long after the final page is turned. The narrative is immersive, and the well-drawn characters and twisting plotting are stellar. With such a cool hook and a surprising and satisfying payoff, don't wait six years to read what might be Coben's best since Tell No One. (LIBRARY JOURNAL)

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International No. 1 bestseller Harlan Coben returns with a standalone thriller that explores the depth and passion of a lost love...and the secrets and lies at its heart.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 22 May 2013
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Myst say I normally love this authors writing, but this I found boring. It really was very slow and quite honestly the ending was easy to work out early on.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to his usual standard 1 Jun 2013
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I always enjoy reading Harlan's books - but he doesn't write romance well - seemed stllted and the plot was not as complex as i have come to expect. Very dissappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Passed the time 23 Jun 2013
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I've read many Harlan Coben books, and I particularly enjoyed the first few in the Myron Bolitar series, mainly because of their engaging over-the-top characters. However I do feel that his recent books have been disappointing. This book started well but the plot became increasingly convoluted and ludicrous and the main character kept on extricating himself from a series of unbelievably tight situations. This book reminded me of the plot of Tell No One, i.e. Mr nice guy whose wife/girlfriend disappears but he never forgets her and finally finds her and that she's always loved him etc etc. A quick read but felt very let down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I expected more.... 14 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I confess to feeling a little let down by this tale. The last thing I expected was an over blown love story that doesn't quite ring true...but that's what I got. Very sorry...but this just doesn't do it for me. Back to form please.
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73 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, fast-paced and great fun... 17 Mar 2013
Jake Fisher never understood why his one true love Natalie had suddenly dumped him and married another man, but he promises to go along with Natalie's request to leave them both alone. Six years later, he comes across an obituary notice for Todd, Natalie's husband, and decides that lets him out of the promise. But sneaking along to the funeral, Jake is stunned to discover that, whoever this grieving widow is, she isn't Natalie. And so starts the hunt...

In college professor Jake, Harlan Coben has created a very likeable old-fashioned hero, a decent man caught up in extraordinary events and finding that all the things and people he thought he knew might not be what they seemed after all. With twists and turns right up to the end, interesting characters, a complex plot, exciting action sequences and, not least, loads of great humour, Coben is at the top of his game in this standalone thriller. The book is told in the first person from Jake's perspective and in the best tradition of mystery writing Coben plays fair with the reader - we get all the clues at the same time Jake does, but this reader at least only reached the finish line in a neck-and-neck gallop with Jake.

Yes, OK, there are some things I could criticise if I was being picky - sometimes 34-year-old Jake came over as a much older man (Coben showing through perhaps?), a bit of a continuity issue around the magically disappearing/reappearing iPhone, and the thriller writer's best friend, coincidence, did play a fairly big role. But I refuse to be picky - none of that spoiled the sheer enjoyment of this exciting, fast-paced and great fun page-turner. Highly recommended.

NB This review is of a proof copy provided by the publisher.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring! 31 Mar 2014
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This was like a bad romance novel. The storyline was tedious and the characters just dull. I speed read most of it and couldn't bring myself to finish it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So disappointing 8 Jun 2013
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I have been a loyal reader of Harlan Coben for many years & am the first to praise his many novels but if you haven’t read any yet please don't start with this. The character is unlikeable, whiny, dense and intensely irritating chasing someone he hasn't seen for over 6 years. The plot lacks authenticity & depth and I had to grit my teeth to finish this book. Try any of his earlier novels especially featuring Win & the likeable Myron.
This isn't the standard of this author. I hope his next book is considerably better.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The same story re-hashed 8 May 2013
By Clive
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I still hold Harlen Coben a great author and enjoy the Myron Bolitar stories and his early stand-alone mysteries. In Six Years though, we have the same plot as his earlier stories. It is a total repetition of a modern day event, where someone goes missing, and the survivor investigates the reasons, which stem back to past events and family ties. Six Years also meandered a bit too much and dragged perhaps fifty pages too many to be a tight novel. Whilst I agree that if you have a winning formula, you should stick to it, it should not be to the extent that you re-hash whole plots in their entirety.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book, could never guess what happened next but too based on crime than mystery for my taste
Published 6 hours ago by Lenny1611
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Wonderful quality and I received it at an excellent speed. Can't wait to get stuck into it!
Published 7 hours ago by Thomas Genders
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Usually love Harlan's books but disappointed with this one
Published 18 hours ago by Mrs Janet Butler
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great storyline but you have to ignore some highly improbable incidents towards the end
Published 1 day ago by Midlandscas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by c morton
2.0 out of 5 stars Not his usual 'grip you from the very start'
I'm on chapter 7 but thinking of giving up. The guy had a 3 month fling with the woman and is still obsessed 6 years later. Unrealistic and boring.
Published 2 days ago by Mrs. S. Morton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
not his best
Published 5 days ago by VIncent Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars another good story would
Harlan Coben never disappoints, another good story would reccomend
Published 6 days ago by Chris Kingdon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and a great read
Typical fast moving Harlan Coben book. I couldn't put this down and didn't figure out the ending halfway through, like it is easy to do with so many books today. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Lesley S
2.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable romance
This is the first Harlen Coben book that I have read and maybe I didn't start with the best. I found the main character's love for Natalie completely unconvincing, (particularly as... Read more
Published 7 days ago by lkf7
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