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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525953485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525953487
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 3.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,397 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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


“Coben writes with wit and irony…his flair for exposing the frail balance point between order and chaos in our lives has never been stronger.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, on Stay Close

"[A tour de force stand-alone....Satisfying on every level."
Booklist (starred review)

“Rich and compelling...It takes a master like Coben to juggle a character study with shocking thriller elements and put readers on a vast emotional roller coaster ride.”
—Associated Press on Live Wire

“Edgar-winner Coben’s 10th Myron Bolitar novel is a perfect 10.”
Publishers Weekly on Live Wire

“Mr. Coben’s unique imagination has made him a past master of fast and witty dialogue, and architect of memorable characters. Live Wire follows that tradition with a meticulously plotted storyline. Gripping and full of genuine page-turning surprises.”
NY Journal of Books on Live Wire

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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Too many boring characters and a plot that is so twisted, it's ridiculous.
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I thought the story was a little absurd, but it was short enough that I felt like I should keep reading just to figure out what was going on.
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A fast paced adventure with twists and turns that keep you guessing until the end.
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311 of 346 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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154 of 184 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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43 of 49 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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125 of 153 people found the following review helpful By Cphe on March 14, 2013
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This is the story of Jake Fisher, a Professor who teaches at a small prestigious college. Six years earlier he attended the wedding of artist Natalie Avery the woman who had stolen his heart and married another man.

When he sees the orbituary for Todd Sanderson, Natalie's husband all of the old feelings for Natalie that he has had to bury, resurface with a vengeance. He's never forgotten Natalie, or the promise she extracted from him to leave her alone after her wedding.

As he tries to re connect with Natalie he finds that no one remembers Natalie at all....and Jake begins to wonder if he is losing his mind.

I could best describe this as a mystery thriller. It's certainly to my mind multi layered. The plotline is quite convoluted and twisted and you think you know where the story is going and then it twists away and goes off on another tangent or direction. It's one of those novels where the hero is working alone in the dark from the get go, Jake is unable to trust anyone because all players appear to have their own agenda in a shadowy world.

The novel is written from Jake's POV so there's only really his take on his relationship with Natalie. He is stubborn, determined, and sometimes some of his actions just didn't gel. He is repeatedly warned to drop his investigation regarding Natalie's whereabouts, but he can't. He wants to know the truth at all costs even if he puts Natalie herself in danger. That's the part of the storyline that I had trouble buying into.

There is plenty of suspense and the book does motor along at a fast clip. This is the first book that I have read by this author and although it was well written it was a little bit cliched in parts.
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36 of 42 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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