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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


“Six Years will have you racing through the pages to get to the final thrilling ending” - Booking with Manic

“One of Coben's best” - Pages of Comfort

“I could not put it down.” - Night Owl

“A great mystery that suspended me in its grip” - Seduced by a Book

“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

"Energetic and action-packed, this is one of those novels that has you flipping pages at warp speed." - USA Today Carol Memmott

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; First Edition edition (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525953485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525953487
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,356 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Suncoast TOP 1000 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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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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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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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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It's clear the author just gave up all effort in this book just so he could have 'another work' out there already. It's rushed, the dialogue is boring and not witty as it tries so hard to be, the characters are cliche and unoriginal, and to make things worse, the whole book reads like it's written by a dad trying to sound 'hip' and 'cool' to his teenaged children. I'm a college student right now and I'll tell you one thing: we don't EVER say "Yo, Prof, how's it hanging?", or "What's up, Teach?". Nearly every student--and even the professors!--sound like this. What era does he think he's writing in? Apparently not anytime after the 1990s. I don't think the author is terrible at what he does, but he's certainly gotten lazy with story-telling in this book. It's as if, after over 20 novels, he just doesn't care anymore. It's not worth the time to read and definitely not worth the money. There are better mysteries out there, and there are better romances--not to mention better romance-mysteries. Just flat out lazy.
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