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Book Review: Six Years by Harlan Coben

December 27, 2015

 

Six Years by Harlan Coben

 

This is a page-turning thriller that is completely addictive. The book opens with Jake Sanders watching the love of his love, Natalie, marry another man. Natalie makes him promise to have nothing to do with her and her new husband Todd – no phone calls, no emails, no watching her on Facebook – and for six years he keeps his promise and throws himself into a career as a university professor. But for six years he thinks of her every day, and when he comes across Todd's obituary he considers the promise fulfilled and he decides to go to the funeral so can see Natalie again. But when he meets the mourning widow, it’s not Natalie, but another woman who has been married to Todd for more than a decade.

 

After this Jake finds that all his memories of Natalie begin to unravel as he tries to establish her whereabouts. No one has seen Natalie in six years and mutual friends don’t remember her. This is a brilliant psychological thriller. Is Jake losing his mind? Did he imagine this perfect love affair with this gorgeous artist? Or was Natalie lying to him? Did she really marry Todd, or was it a smokescreen for something else? Is Natalie alive or dead?

 

Convincing himself that Natalie is alive but in danger, he follows a trail of obscure clues that capture the attention of the police and organised crime bosses, putting himself and those around him in danger. But he is determined to reconnect with the love of his life, no matter what. This is a brilliantly plotted novel that will keep you breathless from the original beginning to the fantastic ending. This is really top-notch storytelling, with a memorable lead character you will care about. And rest assured, the mystery of Natalie is resolved at the end

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