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Six Years

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by Harlan Coben

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A masterpiece of modern suspense from #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben.

Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. So when Jake comes across


A masterpiece of modern suspense from #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben.

Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. So 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.

Soon Jake’s search for the woman who broke his heart puts his very life at risk, as he uncovers the secrets and lies that love can hide....

Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post - Art Taylor
Harlan Coben's readers know him as the master of this type of story: a life suddenly unraveling, the past summoned back into a swiftly shifting present, secrets peeling back to reveal more secrets…With Six Years, the author shows once more how it's done. What's impressive here is how narrowly constructed the story actually is, with the plot repeatedly circling back on itself, moving ever homeward rather than further into unknown territory, and leaving nearly nothing—minor characters, seemingly incidental details, stray remarks—wasted. Sherlock Holmes famously chided Watson, "You see but you do not observe," and the beauty of Coben's craftsmanship here is how often he can lure us into not perceiving what's clearly right in front of our eyes.
Publishers Weekly
In the prologue to this Kafkaesque stand-alone from bestseller Coben (Stay Close), Jake Fisher, a political science professor at Lanford College in Massachusetts, promises the love of his life, Natalie Avery, to leave her and the man she’s about to wed, Todd Sanderson, alone. For six years Jake keeps his promise, until he sees Todd’s obituary, flies to the deceased’s Palmetto Bluff, S.C., funeral, and finds that the widow is not Natalie. This is merely the first of many shocks. He later gets the brush-off from Natalie’s sister, and when he tries to revisit the retreat in Kraftboro, Vt., that Natalie was attending when they fell in love, he’s told there is (and was) no such place. Surprising secrets among Jake’s friends and colleagues propel him on a trail of violence and labyrinthine deception. Coben has achieved greater suspense in other thrillers, but this ranks among his strangest and most ingenious plots. 5-city author tour. Agent: Lisa Erbach Vance, Aaron Priest Literary Agency. (Mar.)
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“FURIOUS PLOT TWISTS.”—The Washington Post




Library Journal
Jake Fisher finds the love of his life, Natalie, and imagines their future together as husband and wife. Instead, she dumps him and a few days later then invites him to her wedding to a man she just met. Jake watches Natalie take her vows, and she tells him to leave her alone forever. For six years, he keeps that promise. But when he sees Natalie’s husband’s obituary, Jake decides to attend the funeral and comfort Natalie. He is stunned to discover that the man’s widow is not Natalie and that the church where he watched her marry has no record of the ceremony.

Verdict 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. [See Prepub Alert, 10/17/12.]—Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L.

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Kirkus Reviews
Six years after the summer girlfriend he's convinced is the love of his life throws him over to marry someone else, a shocking series of revelations draws a Massachusetts professor back to her. "Promise me you'll leave us alone," Natalie Avery demanded of Jake Fisher after her wedding to surgeon Todd Sanderson. And for six years Jake's done exactly that. But the news of Todd's death rekindles his desire to see Natalie again. What could be the harm, now that she's been widowed by the robbers who shot Todd to death? When he travels to their home in South Carolina, however, he walks into mystery and denial. Todd's widow isn't Natalie, but someone named Delia. Natalie's sister Julie Pottham denies knowing anything about Jake. So do Cookie, the Kraftsboro Bookstore Café owner who served Jake and Natalie all those scones, and Rev. Kelly, who officiated at the wedding. In fact, there's no record that Natalie and Todd were ever married at all. An anonymous email telling Jake, "You made a promise," grieves Jake but doesn't deter him from his search. Neither does a close encounter with a pair of killers who want to know where Natalie is and are certain Jake can tell them. Up till now, Jake's nightmare is as infernally all-absorbing as Dr. David Beck's in Tell No One (2001). But the discovery of a clue that begins to unravel the mystery also sends the tale spiraling past the bounds of plausibility, even for a thriller, until Jake's quest for the truth entangles benevolent conspiracies, hired killers, multiple disappearances, the Mafia and all the people besides Natalie that Jake has held nearest and dearest. Like Jeffery Deaver, veteran Coben (Stay Close, 2012, etc.) is a magician who's a lot more fun to watch when you don't know how he's fooling you.

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What People are Saying About This

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 “Coben is simply one of the all-time greats.”—New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn
“Quite simply, Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors. His books have it all.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Kristin Hannah

Praise for Six Years:

“The author shows once more how it’s done…The beauty of Coben’s craftsmanship here is how often he can lure us into not perceiving what’s right in front of our eyes.”—The Washington Post

“This is Coben’s Vertigo, his masterpiece.”—Providence Journal

“Don’t wait six years to read what might be Coben’s best since Tell No One.”—Library Journal

“It reminded me, in good ways, of…Gone Girl, with clever twists and a denouement that’s jaw-dropping.”—The Dallas Morning News

Meet the Author

With over 70 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty-five previous novels. His last nine consecutive novels have all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world. His books are published in 43 languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in over a dozen countries.

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Brief Biography

Ridgewood, New Jersey
Date of Birth:
January 4, 1962
Place of Birth:
Newark, New Jersey
B.A. in political science, Amherst College, 1984

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Six Years 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 418 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I understand that some people don't like the amount B&N is charging for eBooks, but c'mon people... don't rate the book lower. Use the review feature for the purpose it was intended and review the book. So annoying!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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. Classic Coben! I absolutely loved this story! Wow! The entire story is told from Jake’s point of view and we get to know everything he is feeling from confusion to joy and every other emotion you can conceive. A character with layers and we get to peel them away and really understand his life. To love someone so quickly and so deeply, then to have them just slip away, later realizing all the lies and deception, and knowing that if he delves any further to get to the truth he is putting himself and people he cares about in danger. This complex story is very unique and perfectly paced. I loved the romantic twist in this suspense filled novel, spiced with just a bit of humor – Coben style. Readers are taken on a wild ride from the first page to the last.  You will not be able to put this book down so plan accordingly. Harlan Coben keeps getting better and better! I don’t know how he is going to top this one! 
JennMcLean More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to Harlen Coben's terrific writing style through his Myron Bolitar Series. I fell in love with the humor Coben injects into his writing. In my opinion it takes real intelligence to write witty repartee. Coben does it expertly in the Bolitar series and continues that same expertise in his new book Six Years.  The book is a mystery-thriller with a love story backbone. Six Years is the kind of book I treasure, where the main character shows true feeling but also there's a kick ass mystery to be had as well. I love good character development, you get to know the why's and the how's of the character all while a rollicking, fast paced mystery happens. In Six Years the book opens with a heartbreaking romantic interlude. The main character, Jake Fisher falls madly in love with Natalie. They spend three glorious months in a remote retreat but then Natalie abruptly ends the relationship and only days later marries another man. She tells Jake to leave her and her new husband alone, never contact them again. Jake, now a broken hearted man, agrees to leave her alone, forever. Six years later everything changes and Jake decides to break his long held promise and seek out the only woman he ever loved. What Jake doesn't know is by looking Natalie up he's opening a can of worms that he will not be able to close again. A fast paced and suspenseful  story unfolds with twists and turns that keep you wanting to know more.  This is one of those books that you just can't put down because each page offers a new and interesting twist that furthers the story along. Six Years was an excellent read, a five star mystery-thriller with a romantic lean that keeps you guessing, cheering for the good guy, hoping for the fairytale outcome and reading well into the night. I highly reccomend this book or any other Halen Coben book for that matter!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Harlan Coben, but this book is terrible.  The plot is completely contrived and the main character acts in such an unrealistic way that it was a struggle getting through each page.  I was so excited for this book and that excitement amplified my disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down
connie37 More than 1 year ago
A review is meant to give an opinion, not , I repeat, not give a synopsis of the book, which in some cases go on and on. To the review, Harlan Coben should not try to write a love story, something is so off about this book, the main character runs around like a fool, I have read other Coben books, and , boy, this is nothing like the others. I'm only finishing it so see how much more ridiculous it gets. Don't waste your money, get it out of the library like I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Mr. Coben's books. I really do but the effort on this one was mailed in. The reviews cry "Better than Tell No One!! His Best ever!" This isn't better than Tell No One, it IS Tell No One. The same plot, the same hero/lost heroine, the same extremely contrived ending. It's the same book in a different locale. It becomes too cutesy with nods to the Myron and Mickey Bolitar series and has no real depth. I was really disappointed  and think maybe the one book every March is just too little time for new ideas and characters that you really want to know more about. Six Years was not it.    
NoDak_Coyote More than 1 year ago
the ending was entirely too contrived. Feels like he wrote himself into a corner and then watched an episodic television series and thought, "Aha!".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No matter what you guys say, He's a good author. Put alot of time in this book and made you see a great picture. If that isn't clear enough for you, I dont know what is. Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another book that I can't put down. Don't trust the 3 stars it seems someone is trying to lower the rating perhaps a another jilted author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy Harlan Coben's other boks, you'll enjoy this one.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Six Years.  Harlan Coben. Dutton Adult. March 2013. 368 pp. hbk. ISBN #: 9780525953485. Jake Fisher is watching the love of his life, Natalie, marry another man, Todd. Jake’s heart is broken but he had to see this wedding take place.  Before the bride and groom leave for their happy life together, Natalie makes Jake promise she will leave them alone and never try to see or speak to them again.  He agrees. Six years later he sees an obituary for Todd who has left behind a wife and two children. Jake believes the promise is now null and void with the death and decides to attend the funeral.  The terror begins with this journey. How shocking to find that Todd’s wife at the funeral isn’t Natalie. The nightmare continues as Jake decides to track her down.  Everywhere he goes, including their old hunting grounds in Vermont, all he hears is denial.  No there wasn’t an art retreat center, no the place where he ate the scones Natalie loved doesn’t remember him or her; the people he remembers don’t remember him; the police try to scare him away from the area; and on and on it goes. Denial and threats galore! Then Jake decides to track through the college records where he teaches and was once a student.  Little by little a web of connected teachers, students, family members, horrific crimes, deaths, and more intensify the plot which leads to a criminal web and a “Fresh Start” relocation program.  Only the last item is one in which no one knows where those with new lives have disappeared to.  But they aren’t all gone and the violence begins and continues over and over until a final culminating scene where the story is finally pieced together. In the end, disappearance, death and living are key elements for the safety and security that holds no guarantees. Harlan Coben holds the reader in a non-stop, perilous journey through mystery with a constantly haunting quality that never lets up!  Six Years is superb crime fiction sure to satisfy fans both old and new – a bestseller for sure!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When you finish the book you will realize that the story didn't reveal itself as you wOuld have expected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author never disappoints me. Good story, good characters, better than good writing.
4Michaels More than 1 year ago
An excellent suspense novel; very dramatic. Reads quickly. Depending upon your taste/druthers, a surprise ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book , I prefer Too Crazy To Live Too Beautiful to Die another amazing book This was a good read too though......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love harlan coben's books, however this was too contrived and convoluted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was wary of this book because of reviews I read on this site. I'm so glad I ignored what others had written! I thought this book was well-written and a great story! Loved the plot! Actually, the only bad reviews I read were on this site, all others were glowing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the worst Harlan Coben book I have ever read. The main character is unlikeable. I am very disappointed. by the way, Barnes and Noble needs to correct their review. They are using the wrong name for the main character. it is Jake Fisher, not Jake Sanders. I wonder if the reviewer has even read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't think HC wrote this; I really don't. Everything about this book was amateurish. It was so dumb and implausible that I couldn't even laugh at it. I have enjoyed most of HC's books (I have read them all) but this one somehow felt "off". I think that John Hart is the "new" Harlan Coben.
conwon More than 1 year ago
This book kept my attention all the way to the end. Highly recommend it if you like intrigue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, intense, with lots of twists and turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of Coben's books I've read. Tried it because of publicity and overleaf plot lead in. While well written, I found the characters shallow and tension about the outcome lacking. Not on the level of Lee Child, Nelson de Mille or Michael Connelly. Willing to try another, though.
willye More than 1 year ago
Not very good. Plot is not believeable.