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*Starred Review* Coben, the first mystery writer to win all three of the big crime-fiction awards—the Shamus, the Edgar, and the Anthony—is an absolute master of the time element in his thrillers. Usually, he sets a clock running, or a bomb ticking, in the first few pages. The hero works against the clock and against all probability in extricating himself and his loved ones from peril. This latest throws a new wrinkle into the time element: there is no urgency at all. The hero is actually warned by everyone he respects that action can only do harm, and the main action has happened six years before. And yet Coben manages to make this one every bit as suspenseful as his ticktock thrillers. It’s a story about lost love. Political-science professor Jake Fisher has endured seeing his love, Natalie, marry another man just weeks after Jake and Natalie’s breakup. At the wedding, which Fisher attended in a fit of masochism and disbelief, Natalie warned him never to contact her. Fisher keeps the promise until he sees an obituary for Natalie’s husband, an alum of the same New England college where Fisher teaches. What happens after Fisher attends the funeral, finding another widow in place of Natalie, is mind-boggling. Fisher’s attempts to find Natalie again and Coben’s artful depiction of his protagonist—Is he determined or unhinged?—make for riveting reading. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Coben has 50 million books in print worldwide, and his last five novels have all debuted at number one on the New York Times best-seller list. Enough said. --Connie Fletcher --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“FURIOUS PLOT TWISTS.”—The Washington Post

“WHILE SIX YEARS IS CERTAINLY A THRILLER, IT ALSO IS AS MUCH A LOVE STORY.”—Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“THIS IS COBEN’S VERTIGO, HIS MASTERPIECE.”—The Providence Journal

"DON'T WAIT SIX YEARS TO READ WHAT MIGHT BE COBEN'S BEST SINCE TELL NO ONE."—Library Journal

 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reissue edition (February 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045141411X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451414113
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Harlan Coben is the bestselling author of sixteen previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers "Long Lost" and "Hold Tight." Winner of the Edgar Award, the Shamus Award, and the Anthony Award, Coben lives in New Jersey with his family.






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331 of 366 people found the following review helpful By Suncoast TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 15, 2013
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"Six Years" is a great stand-alone thriller from Harlan Coben. It is one of those books that is difficult to put down because each chapter unveils new surprises which advance the plot but leave you in suspense until the very end.

"Six Years" ago Jake Fisher falls madly in love with Natalie and they spend three idyllic months together in a remote retreat. Jake is stunned when Natalie suddenly ends the relationship and within days marries another man she claims she has known for a long time. At the wedding Natalie tells shattered Jake to leave her and her new husband alone and never contact them again.

Over the last "Six Years" Jake has become a successful college professor but has never recovered the loss of the only love of his life. He keeps his promise not to try and contact Natalie again until he reads that her husband has died. Jake attends the funeral in the hope of meeting Natalie again - but is stunned to see that the grieving wife is not Natalie and has 2 teenage children.

This starts Jake's quest to find Natalie. He encounters obstruction after obstructon, and meets many people who know something but not everything about Natalie's disappearance. Despite clear messages that he should leave things alone (including being beaten, kidnapped, and shot) Jake continues to follow all the clues to find out what happened to the only woman he had ever loved.

Coben is at the top of his game writing a suspense thriller with a highly imaginative, complex and compelling plotline. He slowly reveals layer upon layer of mystery, intrigue and secrets like peeling an orange and exposing different but unrelated segments. Corben holds your attention to the end by only giving you enough information so you want to keep turning the pages to find out more.

IMHO "Six Years" is destined to become another best-seller for Harlan Coben and is strongly recommended to those who enjoy his books and this genre.
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73 of 85 people found the following review helpful By James Barton Phelps on March 30, 2013
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Nope. Doesn't work. Too many moving parts. Too many characters. Too many bodies, buried and bleeding from the pages. Too many bad people - vicious, sadistic, really evil. Too many coincidences, miraculous escapes. All told in smart witty first person prose. Gets boring after a while. You really have to work at it to stay with it to the end. Lot's of imagination from the writer. He's good. but just wish he could have done a better job with this one.
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182 of 220 people found the following review helpful By jedimasterqg on March 21, 2013
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I have been a Coben fan for a long time. I started out with the Bolitar series and moved on to the stand-alones. I have thoroughly enjoyed each book. However, this one gave me the urge to reach through my Kindle and slap Jake across the face and say "Snap out of it!'. The book is based on a man's obsession of a woman he briefly knew. In order to find her , he puts others in danger, is suspended from his job, all the while thinking only of finding Natalie. This reads like a Nicholas Sparks book gone bad.
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56 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on March 31, 2013
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As a fan, I have read all of Harlan Coben's books. First hints about 'Six Years' were intriguing. . . and I eagerly awaited its arrival. What a major disappointment. Where are you, Myron? Very weak plot, poor dialogue, flat characters, cliche after cliche. "Gag me with a spoon." Did I really read that phrase? Not what I had expected, and not worth my time. This story equates to a class assignment for an English 102 term paper, where each student is assigned a chapter and then the results are compiled into a short story. How can we readers be assured that Harlan Coben was not force fed a cyanide pill and that some wannabe author, with an IQ of 89, didn't assume his identity and submit this manuscript? I've read worse, but can't remember when.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Shujie Wang on March 24, 2013
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I used to love this guy but with each story (the stand alone ones and not the Bolitar series), the books get worse and worse. They are starting to get predictable and dumb. I'm so disappointed because I always have looked forward to his books. I can't put my finger on what's missing, but missing it is. Maybe he just needs to try harder. The lame plots and the shoddy characters will lose me as a reader if this keeps up.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By mysteryfan on March 28, 2013
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I could not believe how disappointed I was in this work. The book was boring,stylistically repetitive and even trite and mudane in places. I found the plot implausible, full of hyperbolic rhetoric and with a hero against whom I was actively rooting!
At times, the writing was so hackneyed and full of cliches that I could have filled in the blanks myself. Please, no more of this type of book Mr. Coben.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bill Garrison VINE VOICE on April 5, 2013
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The thing about SIX YEARS is that if you've read a lot of Harlan Coben books, you will recognize the lack of fresh characters, the same wit, the similar plot twists, and the overall unoriginality of the novel. But, if you haven't read much of Coben, you may love this novel. You'll love it, because all of the trademark Coben plotting, characterization, and humor is in this novel, just as it was when I fell in love with the author.

I enjoyed the novel, but it just didn't thrill me like some of his other stand-alones. Six years ago, Jake Fisher had a whirlwind romance with Natalie. Then, suddenly, Natalie agreed to marry her ex-boyfriend, got married, and told Jake to leave her alone. Jake kept his promise, but when Jake sees an obituary for Natalie's husband, Jake goes to the funeral and discovers that Natalie's husband wasn't married to Natalie, and no one even knew who Natalie was.

That is the simple setup. Where is Natalie now? What happened six years ago. The plot of the novel is part of the problem. Jake has never moved on from Natalie, and the entire novel is about finding her. Yet, we never meet her, and never learn to care about her. Coben never forces me to care about Natalie other than through Jake's obsession. Even as the plot moves along, I found I really didn't care what Natalie had done.

Coben is one of my favorites, but this isn't one of his better novels. The plot is really just one long race to the whereabouts of Natalie, with only minor diversions in between. Jake Fisher might as well be called Harlan Coben, with the tall frame and the shaved head. Also, it seemed like on every other page, Jake was stunned and his heart stopped at a new truth he uncovered.
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