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Six Years

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  43,972 Ratings  ·  4,378 Reviews
A masterpiece of modern suspense from#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben.

Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. So when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep him
Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Dutton (first published March 19th 2013)
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Patricia Kurz
I hope I can say enough about this horrible book that will keep enthusiastic hopefuls from spending time and money to acquire it. I cannot compare it to anything else by Coban except for "Stay Close," which was marginally readable. But this one, it's so bad, so implausible, so repetitive, so convoluted that it seems to have been written by a first year Composition student. The cliches are rampant. The love story that drives the dumb plot is dumber than that student writer's first draft. This man ...more
Sue Davis
Very very bad writing. The author neglected to do his research on academic life and Political Science. Locke and Rousseau weren't political scientists, for example. Two professors would most likely have some intellectual interests rather than video games and picking up women. Jake would not have been department chair six years after finishing his dissertation, and "vice" chair is not a powerful position but the job of arranging course schedules if the department secretary doesn't do it. I don't ...more
Jake Sanders Fisher thought he’d met the love of his life in Natalie, but she dumped him abruptly to marry her old boyfriend, Todd. At the wedding, Natalie made Jake promise that he’d never try to contact her again. Six years passed as Jake taught political science at a small New England college, but he never got over Natalie. When he comes across Todd’s obituary, Jake thinks that his promise no longer applies so he heads to the funeral to bang the widow pay his respects.

However, Jake gets a big
Mandy Blair Crider
Talk about a roller coaster of a ride book! This was the first Harlan Coben novel I read and knew from then on I had to read more of his. After this I read The Woods which was just as good. This book captured my attention from the first word and I had a hard time putting it down. Highly recommend!!!
Jan 28, 2013 Ionia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most suspenseful book I have read in a very long time. Not only can you not figure out what is going to happen at the end, but every single chapter contains new surprises.

When Jake Fisher notices an obituary for the husband of a woman he loved six years in the past, he makes the fateful decision to look for her. This sets events in motion that may forever change his life.

There was not a moment during this book that I thought I had everything all figured out. The pacing was perfect.
Mar 31, 2013 Pattie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harlan Coben used to be a favorite author of mine, combining wit with a good mixture of sleight of hand. As often happens with an author who becomes too mainstream, however, he began popping out a book a year (or so it seemed) and the books became tired and overly formulaic. He tried to outdo himself with the trickery only to become even more unbelievable than normal. So, I stayed away for a bit. Then I heard this book was his best "in years" and so I ventured back with hopeful optimism. All was ...more
Apr 05, 2013 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say, this is the very first book by Harlan Coben I have read. What in the heck have I been missing? Wow, this book was literally amazing. I could not put it down.
Jake Fischer and Natalie Avery meet while both on retreats in Vermont. They fall in love. At the end of the summer, Jake receives a wedding invite from Natalie since she is marrying someone else. She makes Jake promise to leave them alone. He does. For Six Years. Then he sees an obit for her husband. Well, he did promise to l
2,5 stars for me.

I have a theory. First book you read from Harlan Coben will probably end up being your favorite or one of favorites from him. My first was Tell No One. I remember staying all night reading it. I was one very satisfied reader when I closed my book. Of course I wanted to read everything by him. The trouble is,that first excitement- novelty of his style that grabs your attention with first book- starts to fade with every new book of his that comes into your hands. You can predict w
Lindsey Rey
May 20, 2016 Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2016
[4.5 Stars]
What a great book! It was sharp, suspenseful, funny and had me on my toes the whole time. I was hooked from page 1, and then after that I became so invested in the outcome. I kept thinking, "what the fuck is going on?!" Over and over. And exactly that phrasing mind you, it was that good. And when I say funny I don't mean, comedy, I mean wit, pure and intelligent wit.
There were twists and turns with every chapter, questions that wouldn't go away but would gain momentum. This was incredibly well
Mar 20, 2013 Nitasha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, first-reads-arcs
I haven't read anything else by Harlan Coben, so I can't really say if this is consistent with his other work. I found that although this story is fast paced and an easy read, it's also very compartmentalized. Mystery should surprise you and keep you on your toes, but everything from the generic romantic woes to the ending was very linear and mechanized. I think Harlan Coben's writing seems a little outdated sometimes, and it shows his age (but not necessarily in a flattering way).

The writing i
Apr 12, 2015 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, donated
I was very excited to come across this book a couple of days ago, considering I'd just looked into reserving it at my library. AND I'd spied it on my cousins bookshelf while on holidays, tempted to ask if I could take it with me!! I found it at a charity store the next day and the lady serving me asked me if she could read it after me!

This book had everything I want in a thriller. It was easy to read, the protagonist was likeable - down to earth, capable, friendly, affable, clever. The writing
May 30, 2013 Roya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminded me of a good/bad horror movie with an incredibly stupid protagonist. If this had not been an audio book, I would have put it down due to a lack of patience and because it would have been a waste of my time. But, because I was listening to the audi version, I could multi-task, and the book held my interest enough to make me want to find out exactly what happened to Natalie. I had already guessed more or less what was going on with Natalie before I got too far into the book.

I ha
Sep 11, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow Harlan Coben never ceases to amaze me his writing is so easy to read & his plots are so consuming he gets you right in Jake Fisher is a professor & loves his students Six years earlier he watched the love of his life Marry another man Todd but he ends up reading his obituary on the internet what follows is a mad race to find out the truth this has lots of twists & turns its one big rollercoaster ride from beginning to end am becoming a big fan of harlan Coben
The style and narrative of this novel reminded very much of Linwood Barclay but without the character depth and development and with a really weak plot.

I will certainly admit that I didn't finish this novel, in fact it felt as though it had taken me Six Years just to read 100 pages. Not only did I find the plot lacking in both detail and context but that the lead character seemed more like a mental stalker than a concerned ex-boyfriend. (Though why he was concerned in the first place is a mys
Jul 12, 2013 Asha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers
I sat in the back pew and watched the only woman I would ever love marry another man.
and begins the almost heart-breaking tale of Jake Fisher.

Its been Six years since that day in the church when Jake Fisher watches Natalie Avery, his love, marry Todd Sanderson, her ex. Six years since he's been struggling to live life without her, with the torturing thoughts that left him dumbstruck; when on the wedding day Natalie whispered to him - Promise me, Jake. Promise me you’ll leave us alone.”

Six years
Dan Downing
I almost quit reading this. Someone fell down in the editing process, or else has poor judgment as to what constitutes good prose. "...skimmed the guests before getting snagged on, well, me." Coben uses that "..well,..." construction on every page, or so it seems. It was an effective tool about 100 million uses ago, but now it screams 'sloppy writing', even when used by reporters and columnists calling in their work. In addition, Coben is at the start addicted to dashes---again it seems on every ...more
Wow. Least favorite Harlen Coben ever. Usually I can count on him to throw me into the middle of his story and keep me up late with my adrenaline pumping. Not so here. I guess I never really bought the relationship between Jake, our protagonist, and Natalie, the woman he had a 3 month relationship with 6 years ago.

Jake decides he's got to find Natalie after a 6 year lapse after an obituary on his school website makes him question what really happened 6 years ago when Natalie dumped him. Here we
Apr 19, 2013 Jerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If our counts are correct, our “A-list” author Harlan Coben’s bibliography is up to two-dozen novels: two in the Young-Adult “Mickey Bolitar" series; ten in the basketball-star turned sports agent and part-time sleuth “Myron Bolitar” set; and the remainder individual suspense thrillers. “Six Years” is the latest of these standalone novels – and to us represents the author at his best.

College professor Jake Sanders has a torrid but true-love affair with Natalie one summer, only to painfully atten
SIX YEARS (Pub 2013) by Harlan Coben is an interesting read. This story bucks the trend, slowly picking up speed, and really gets cooking at the mid point. Once you hit page 120, you'll be hooked. But I have to admit, things felt a little boggy on the front end due to a lot of necessary background info.

The story opens with Jake Fisher watching the woman he loves marry another man. The first chapter is a short prologue and is only five pages.

Chapter two opens with the words Six Years Later post
May 26, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
This book is a compelling drama where you are drip fed elements of the mystery like some kind of addict!
I really liked it but there is little character development here - this is all about the plot and what develops from that.
I enjoyed it but Jake (main character) was so rigid and a little bit dim and totally love struck!
I can buy it all but it was a bit cheese and formulaic although it was a really good book in the thriller/mystery genre. Putting together a mystery that fits together like tha
3.5 stars

This is a good thriller about a college professor, Jake Fisher, who searches for his ex-girlfriend, Natalie, when he learns that her husband has died. Jake thought Natalie was the love of his life, but six years ago she dumped him and married another man. Now, Jake keeps running into dead ends when trying to find Natalie -- she seems to have disappeared.

Coben is gifted at pacing a story; each chapter ends on a small cliffhanger, allowing this reader to gobble up the story in (almost) on
Mark Rubinstein
Jun 23, 2014 Mark Rubinstein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Missing You, I got Six Years. All the usual Harlan Coben elements are present: a missing person, mysterious events that seen unconnected, all coalescing bit by bit as the book draws to a close. I read Harlan Coben because of the storytelling (plot) and its ingenious twists and turns, and because he has such a wry and dry sense of humor when describing people.

Great literature? No. Great storytelling? Definitely!

Jake Fisher is determined to find Natalie--the love of his life--after
This particular Harlan Coben novel reminded me of a Harlan Coben meets Stephanie Meyer. The writing was sub par to what I have come to expect. Here's an example from page 206

"All the stuff we scoff at about two hearts beating as one, about sun shining on a cloudy day, about a connection that went beyond physical, beyond spiritual--now suddenly I got it. Natalie and I had it all. You can't lie about that. If there is a false note in that kind of love, you hear it. There were too many moments that
Mar 18, 2013 Annette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished Six Years and I can hardly catch my breath. I love the twisted mysteries that Harlan Coben writes, and Six Years is no exception.

In the prologue, Jake is attending the wedding of the love of his life, Natalie, to someone else. Natalie's last words to Jake are to make him promise to not bother her and her new husband, Todd.

Six Years later, Jake sees an obituary for Todd and can't keep himself from attending the funeral. As he hides in the back, he realizes that Natalie isn't there
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"'n that just sooo tender? I do love me a good cheesy thriller from time to time.
May 28, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Six Years by Harlan Coben is a 2013 Dutton Adult publication.

If you read Harlan Coben at all, then you know pretty much what to expect from his work. Stand alone or series, you can never figure out where you are being led until the very end, the.very.end. This book was no exception. This is quintessential Harlan Coben.

Six years ago, Jake Fisher watched the love of his life, Natalie, married another man. He attended the wedding to see it with his own eyes because he simply can't wrap his head a
Patrice Hoffman
I was so excited when I was given the opportunity to read Harlan Coben's latest work of suspense/thriller fiction. The story begins with Jake Sanders sitting in a church watching the love of his life, Natalie, getting married to a man named Todd. Jake just had to see for his self that the woman he cherished deeply was in fact marrying someone other than him. Someone who seemed to have just appeared out of thin air. At the end of the wedding, Natalie asks Jake to promise not to look for her. That ...more
Kerri Liberatore wiggins
Just barely started reading this and I am already sucked in! I love Harlen Coben's writing style. It grabs you and you really feel like you know the characters. He is one of my favorite authors.
Professor Jake Fisher enjoyed his teaching job at Lanford College, enjoyed his interaction with the kids, and even though he firmly believed he couldn’t be “friends” with his students, he still had their respect…it was a mutual respect he had garnered over the years, and one he managed to retain whatever happened. But the afternoon his life changed, once again, when he was drawn back into his past by an obituary notice on the college website, he was shattered.

Six years earlier he had watched the
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