Book Review: Six Years by Harlan Coben

six years

Rating: 4 / 5

Six years ago Jake Fisher met the love of his life, Natalie Avery, at a Vermont retreat.  As suddenly as their romance began, however, she called off the relationship, and shockingly, married another man, Todd. Jake attended the wedding, where Natalie made him promise never to contact her again.  For six years, he has kept that promise, but one day he comes across her husband’s obituary.  Not sure if Jake still has to keep his promise, he goes to the funeral, and finds out that Todd’s widow is actually not Natalie, but someone else he has never seen.  Is this simply a case of mistaken identity, or is Natalie not the girl he thought she was?

I like Harlan Coben’s books.  One or two of them I didn’t care for, but overall, I’m always eager to read what he writes.  I really enjoyed Six Years, as evidenced by the fact that I finished it in less than 24 hours.  But that’s what Coben does best; he has the ability to draw the reader in immediately, and ‘one more page’ ends up being the very last page. Jake is a very likeable character, and although his short-term relationship with Natalie would have most people’s eyes rolling with sappy sentimental disgust, you can’t help but root for him to get closure.

I couldn’t guess the ending, which is good since it made me keep turning pages until the very end.  And unlike many novels, the ending was believable, made sense, and really tied everything together.  If you want an easy yet suspenseful and entertaining read, I totally suggest Six Years.  I’d also suggest starting it at the beginning of the weekend or early in the day since you won’t want to stop till the very end.

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