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Six Years by Harlan Coben

Six Years Reviewed by Allen Hott

It must have taken Harlan Coben six years to develop the story line and then put together Six Years as it is one of the most complex, deeply involved stories that readers will ever come across. Not to say that it is too much to comprehend because as usual Coben makes the reading exciting and almost drug-like. It is very hard to put it down because there is a never ending series of events that just keep pulling the reader forward. And, yes, the ending is well worth the work and the wait.

Jake Fisher is a professor in a small college in Massachusetts. The story opens with Fisher watching Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. He has a terrible time believing what has happened. They were without a doubt perfect for each other and deeply in love. When Natalie suddenly dropped him and then within a few weeks married another man he can’t accept it. He attends the wedding and she makes a point to talk to him and tell him to forget her and to never, ever come looking for her. Natalie makes him promise to do these two things.

Six years have now gone by and though he thinks of her continually he has come to the conclusion that they will never ever be together again. He dated but never found another woman that he truly wanted. He has spent his time teaching and dreaming about what could have been. Read the rest of this entry »