Monday, February 25, 2013

Six Years by Harlan Coben

Jake Sanders has found the love of his life, Natalie, but she is marrying a different man. Jake is watching Natalie marry Todd and his heart is breaking. After the wedding, Natalie makes Jake promise to never come find her. Jake makes the promise and goes about his life until he sees Todd’s obituary six years later. Jake decides to go to Todd’s funeral to see Natalie. Once the family comes out the church, Jake realizes that Natalie is not there. Todd had a different wife and teenage kids. Now Jake has to find out what is going on and what happened to Natalie. In Jake’s quest for answers, he puts his life and the lives of those he loves in danger.

I love Harlan Coben’s writing style and this book did not disappoint. Coben writes his characters as believable people. I find that the reader can really connect to his characters because they come across as normal and not perfect super heroes. The characters have flaws but that makes them more endearing.

I thought the story line was unique and entertaining. It started a little slow for me but once the suspense started, I could not put the book down. About ¾ of the way through the book, I had an idea how the story would be resolved but that did not detract from my enjoyment of the book.

Coben’s writing feels like a roller coaster. You have the buildup of the first big hill and it takes your breath away at the first start of the suspense. Then he throws a little humor at you and you feel like you have a slight break in the ride. But suddenly he throws you a loop and takes your breath away again with suspense. You feel exhausted at the end of the ride but you want to go through it all again. I think that is what makes Coben’s books so good and re-readable.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. The characters are well developed. The story line is unique. The book is hard to put down. These are all qualities I look for in a great book that I can share with my family and friends. I look forward to many more Coben books in the future.

*Book received through NetGalley in return for an honest review; Read February 2013*

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