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Six Years

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  72,415 ratings  ·  6,018 reviews
Harlan Coben, the master of domestic suspense, returns with a standalone thriller in the vein of #1 bestsellers Hold Tight, Caught and Stay Close that explores the depth and passion of a lost love . . . and the secrets and lies at its heart. Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart ...more
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by Dutton
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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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Six Years, Harlan Coben

A lost love... and the secrets and lies at its heart. Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career.

Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd.

But six years haven't come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd's obituary, he can't keep h
Sue Davis
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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!!!
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
Six years ago Jake Fisher was dumped by his love-of-his-life girlfriend Natalie---she sent him a note telling him she was going to marry her old boyfriend Todd. The next day Jake gets an invitation to her wedding. He decides to go, speaks briefly to Natalie at the wedding, and tells her he'll always love her. She tells him to move on, it's over between them, and "promise me to leave us alone".

Six years later...Jake is doing well as a Professor at Lanford College in Vermont, and he has kept his p
James Thane
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This is another of Harlan Coben's stand-alones, filled with his patented twists and turns. It opens as a college professor named Jake Fisher watches the love of his life, Natalie, marry another man. Jake and Natalie had met at a retreat in Vermont where he was completing his doctoral dissertation and she was an artist. They had a whirlwind romance and were seemingly made for each other when Natalie suddenly tells Jake that she has decided to marry an old boyfriend named Todd. The wedding is held ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Aj the Ravenous Reader
“I sat in the back pew and watched the only woman I would ever love marry another man.”

That quote above is the opening line of the book. I mean, come on! How could I not keep on reading after that? Mr. Harlan Coben sure does know to put his readers on a spell. This is actually my first read from him and already I’m looking up the rest of his other books so I could add them on my reading list.

I realized I actually missed this-reading a plain ole mystery thriller like I used to in the good old
Mary  Carrasco
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had forgotten how effortless it is to read a Harlan Coben book. This was no exception. I was instantly drawn into the story. I really liked the main character, Jake. He had a great sense of humor even in the middle of some wild predicaments. There was plenty of suspense but that's really par for the course when reading any Coben book. ...more
I haven't read a book by Harlan Coben for quite some time and I'd forgotten how good it is to cosy up with a book of his for a couple of hours. His plots are always well constructed with a puzzling mystery that takes a few twists and turns and keeps you thinking right up to the end. His characters are all interesting and well fleshed out so that you come to care about what happens to them.

This novel was no exception. Jake Fisher, a young handsome college Professor, has never recovered from losin
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
Lindsey Rey
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, 2016
[4.5 Stars]
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jake Fisher met Natalie Avery while they were both at a retreat. For Jake it was love at first sight. He thought Natalie felt the same but Jake was rocked when Natalie informs him that she and a former boyfriend have decided to get married. She asks Jake to promise that he will never attempt to contact them. Jake promises and he keeps that promise. For six years. Until he sees an obituary for Todd Sanderson. That was the name of the man Natalie married. He decides to go to the funeral. Just exte ...more
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
May 30, 2013 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
Asha Seth
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers
Shelves: thrillers, 2013
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
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
It’s hard to believe that a man could be still so hung up on a brief relationship that ended six years ago and cause him so much heartbreak. However, it wouldn’t be the story it was without that scenario as it’s premise and bearing that in mind I thought the story exciting, intriguing and when the whole ‘disappearance’ was revealed, very believable. Typically Harlan Coben in its narrative, I loved this book and would recommend to his regular readers who love his entertaining and well plotted mys ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a great read, finished it in two sittings. Having recently finished two rather average books it was nice to read this latest novel by Harlan Coben. Admittedly he is one of my favourite writers but this book grips you from the start and keeps you there to the very end. Fast paced, full of action with lots of twists and turns.
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
He is, as always, the master 🙌🏻
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
Boy meets girl, falls head over heels, six months later she marries another? Six years after Jake had fallen in love with Natalie he is now a professor at a college that her current husband attended. One day a college announcement comes across his desk that a past Doctorate student has passed away. Natalie's husband. When Jake goes to the funeral in hope to see Natalie, the grieving wife is not Natalie. What is going on? Jake delves into a search that leads him down a rabbit hole that just may b ...more
Patrice Hoffman
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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With over 60 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben’s last seven consecutive novels, MISSING YOU, SIX YEARS, STAY CLOSE, LIVE WIRE, CAUGHT, LONG LOST and HOLD TIGHT all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world. His books are published in 43 languages around the globe.

Coben is the winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the first aut

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