Book Review : Six Years by Harlan Coben

February 4, 2014 Book review 3 ★★★★

Six Years is another great read from the author who puts the thrill into thriller.

Book Review : Six Years by Harlan CobenSix Years by Harlan Coben
Published by Penguin on 2013-03-19
Genres: Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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In Six Years, a masterpiece of modern suspense, Harlan Coben explores the depth and passion of lost love...and the secrets and lies at its heart.

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.

As Jake searches for the truth, his picture-perfect memories of Natalie begin to unravel. Mutual friends of the couple either can’t be found, or don’t remember Jake. No one has seen Natalie in years. Jake’s search for the woman who broke his heart, who lied to him, soon puts his very life at risk as it dawns on him that the man he has become may be based on a carefully constructed fiction.

First Line of Six Years:

“I sat in the back pew and watched the only woman I would ever love marry another man. ”

My Thoughts on Six Years:

I loved it.  Harlan Coben is one of my favourite psychological thriller writers and I have read every book that he has written.  So it’s pretty safe to say I’m a big fan.

What I am finding is that as I have read so many of his books now though that the characters are becoming very recognisable.  You have the nerdy good guy who is fluent in sarcasm and believes in love and family values, the thugs who are fluent in pain techniques and the best friend who is a little on the dodgy side.  However even though the characters are familiar, the plot is not.

Every single plot is so original and so hard to guess that I am glued to these books while reading them.  This plot like so many others is multifaceted.  You reach an a-ha moment, swirl it all around in your brain and think ‘I have it’ but there is always more shocks to come.  The corkscrew twists are what keep me reading these books; book after book.  I just love that the plot is never handed to you on a plate but you need to use your brain to fit it all together, even after the big reveal.

And I love that Harlan’s books terrify me.  They are nightmare inducing and for some weird reason I love to scare the pants off myself.  The bad guys are literally the guys from your worst nightmares and this book is no different in that respect.  Thankfully to offset all the horror is lots of humour.  Another favourite thing about this book (and all of Harlan’s books) is the ironic tone and razor sharp wit; it makes me laugh and makes me think.

Overall not my favourite Harlan Coben book but still a really, really good one.  If you have never read a book by this author, I would recommend starting with ‘Just One Look’ though as I think that one is streets ahead.




Who should read Six Years:

I’d recommend this one to all fans of psychological thrillers and those who like suspense books that can maintain the suspense.  Fans of James Patterson, Tana French and Linwood Barclay should also enjoy this book.


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3 Responses to “Book Review : Six Years by Harlan Coben”

  1. Lark

    This is the only Harlan Coben book I’ve read…mostly because it has a great first line and once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down. I should read more of his books. Is ‘Just One Look’ your favorite?
    Lark recently posted…The Seven Dials Mystery

    • trish

      I find that with all Harlan’s books, they are unputdownable! Just One Look has such a mysterious plot that it sucked me right in. A woman picks up her just developed photos (haha showing its age!) and in amongst them is an old photo which she then realises is an old photo of her husband. Very, very VERY twisty, I loved it!

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