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Six Years

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  29,598 ratings  ·  3,474 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 hi...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Signet (first published 2013)
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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
Kemper
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...more
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
Ionia
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....more
Pattie
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
Nitasha
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...more
Vicki
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...more
Lege
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...more
Roya
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...more
Kelly
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...more
Alex
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...more
Book'd
Jul 12, 2013 Book'd rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Kwoomac
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...more
Ron Hummer
Six years represents the time that from which Professor Jake Fisher made a promise to his girlfriend Natalie to leave her alone. At that time, he attened her wedding of the woman he loved and agreed never to see her again.
It was six years later that Jake found out that Natalie’s husband passed away. Jake decides to attend his funeral only to find out that the woman that was supposed to be Todd’s wife is not Natalie and that Todd was murdered. Suddenly, the Professor is on course to finding ou...more
Jerry
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...more
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
Rebecca
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...more
Annette
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...more
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
Diane
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...more
Mark Rubinstein
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...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.
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Aww...id'n that just sooo tender? I do love me a good cheesy thriller from time to time.
Catherine Ryan Howard
Harlan Coben is that vacation destination I went to that was the best trip of my life, but despite numerous return trips since, I've never been able to recreate the thrill of the first time. TELL NO ONE, JUST ONE LOOK, GONE FOR GOOD—all thrillers by Coben that would easily win a spot in my Top Thriller Reads of all time. But his last few books have underwhelmed, and unfortunately SIX YEARS did too, despite advance praise to the contrary. It seems like it's all about the pay-off now, the big twis...more
Jeffrey
Harlan Coben is back with a standalone book that will keep you entertained. He is able to muster up with the barest whisper of real life an engrossing thoroughly entertaining suspenseful book, that is at the same time light as a feather, could never happen in the real world and lacks any kind of descriptions or world building. You will not care. Coben is such a master of his craft --middle class creepiness-- and such an entertainer that the reader is hooked early, caught up in the fast paced plo...more
Dianne
Harlan Coben does it again with this stand alone novel! This author can weave a tale so finely detailed and so full of action and suspense that the twists along the way make you out of breath and dizzy! From page one, the action takes off and goes non-stop until the finish!

Jake Fisher finds the love of his life at a retreat for artists, only to have her marry someone else shortly after, pleading with him to leave her alone. Fast forward six years, Jake is now a college professor, but a day never...more
Marla
Yesterday my Mom stopped by and saw I was reading this book and said she LOVES this author and has read so many of his novels. This is the first of his books I've read and I understand why she likes his work so much. I had a very hard time putting it down. I stayed up late reading until I had to stop. I never could guess what was going on and why Natalie was missing and why so many people wanted to kill Jake. The twists and turns were wonderful. I like when I have no clue what is going on until...more
Jordyn Redwood
Harlan Coben has returned! I have to confess I started Stay Close and put it aside because it wasn't engaging enough. I will go back to it but skipped forward to this one instead.

Jake Fisher loves Natalie-- and when she weds another guy quite suddenly-- he's surprised to say the least but even more devastated when she makes him promise that he'll never be in touch. Ever. Again.

He keeps his promise for six years until he finds that her husband is now dead-- well, murdered-- and he can't keep his...more
Lynda
A fast-paced engrossing read complete with many twists and turns.

Six Years is a suspense thriller with a highly imaginative and complex plot line that is slowly revealed layer upon layer. Coben holds your attention to the end by only giving you enough information so you want to keep turning the pages to find out more.

I am so glad that I have found this author; can't believe it has taken me this long!

Overall, this is a great read. Suspenseful with great characters.
Yvonne
there's lots of elements here for a nice suspenseful mystery. Jake Sanders watched the love of his life, Natalie, marry someone else six years ago. She made him promise at that time to never try to contact her or look her up in any way and he's kept up with it. He's living a decent life as a college professor in a New England town when he runs across an obit for the man who Natalie had married. Jake reconsiders his promise and tries to reestablish contact with Natalie. The only problem is that t...more
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