Title: Six Years
Author: Harlan Coben
Release Date: March 19, 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5
At Natalie’s wedding, Jake Fisher promised her that he’d leave her alone. That, despite the fact that she was the love of his life, that he wouldn’t try to find her or contact her, and would leave her to enjoy married life with her new husband. For six years, Jake kept that promise. But when he sees the obituary for her husband, Jake decides it’s time to get back in touch with Natalie, if only to convey his condolences. But when Jake discovers that the man’s grieving widow is anyone but Natalie, and that no one claims they’ve ever heard of her, he begins to question everything he thought he knew.
Six Years is a suspense thriller of the best sort, about one man’s memories and the reality that he must face. For years, Jake has loved Natalie. He was heartbroken and confused when she left him to marry her ex-boyfriend, but he’s respected her wishes and stayed away. But now, he can’t help but be curious. He has no idea where Natalie is, and it turns out, even the people who met Natalie and saw her are denying they know who she is. Why are people lying to Jake, and what are they hiding?
As the plot becomes more and more complicated, readers of Six Years will certainly wonder what in the world is going on around Jake. Is he the one that’s delusional, they can’t help but wonder. Coben weaves an intricate, taut storyline full of suspense, and it’s pretty crazy (in a good way). This is a novel you won’t be able to put down, if only because you have to see how Coben resolves it because, as the novel progresses, it becomes more and more difficult to believe that it can be resolved.
And, unsurprisingly, Coben manages to bring it all together by the end of Six Years. Over and over again, he’s proven himself to be a master of the suspense thriller genre, and he demonstrates that once again with this book. Is it absolutely, completely believable? Well, no. There are some convenient explanations and coincidences, but that’s okay. It’s enough that this book is entertaining to read, and that Coben delivers on his promise to explain what’s really happening around Jake and Natalie.
If you’re looking for a gripping read with a sympathetic main character, give Six Years a try. Jake’s a great main character, and though he makes some really questionable decisions over the novel, his love for Natalie is sweet (if a little aged and misguided). This is a book you absolutely won’t be able to put down, as, like Jake, you will become consumed with knowing exactly who Natalie was and what really happened to her.