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4.0 out of 5 stars Familiar but doesn't let you down, 6 May 2013
This review is from: Six Years (Hardcover)
Harlan Coben is good. There's not much artistic flair to his writing, but he can work his way through a plot and can judge exactly the right level to pitch a work to keep every reader entertained without dumbing down in the slightest. The tone is warm and inviting, that of a nice guy telling you a great story with little asides of good-natured humour and observation that you can't really argue with. There's no beating around the bush either. One chapter, maybe even just a couple of pages, and you're hooked. Hooked enough in the case of Six Years to be willing to overlook a few unlikely twists and the fact that the plot is a familiar one and getting quite formulaic.

Six Years is classic conspiracy thriller material with just enough deeply felt romanticism to give it a bit of heart. It helps. For six years, university professor Jake has kept his promise not to make any contact with the love of his life, Nathalie, who abruptly dumped him and married another man the very next day. Ouch - that's gotta hurt. You better believe it does and there's not a day that goes by that the memory doesn't bite deep. Six years later however, Jake discovers that Nathalie's husband is dead, and he starts to seek out Nathalie again, only to find that she's left no trace of her whereabouts and no one even remembers her or even the fact that she and Jake were once an item. Is he going crazy or is there some kind of enormous conspiracy going on here?

Well, what do you think? There's only one way that anyone is going to pursue such a case, particularly when he's warned off in no uncertain terms by some dangerous characters - but Jake is a true romantic and built like a quarterback, which is going to come in handy for all the roughhousing and running around that inevitably occurs when he decides he can't let it go. If you've read Coben before - Tell No-one or The Innocent, for example - you'll know where this one is going, but it makes little difference. You've started it, so you're going to finish it and Coben doesn't let you down.
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