I’m a fan of Harlan Coben. I’ve read all his books and I would rank Six Years in the top 5, maybe even the top 3. One reason it won’t make my list as his best work is that it reminded my a lot of “Tell No One,” which I think is his no. 1 book. Both books begin with the heroes suffering from a tragic loss. After a large span of time (Guess how long it is in this book…), the heroes have recovered a bit and moved on. Then something happens that makes them believe their lost loved one is still alive. Then begins a series clues that are investigated and found with unsatisfying answers that lead to more questions and danger. The main difference that puts “Tell No One” at the top for me is that while both books are excited and keep you guessing, “Tell No One” has a last page twist that caught me off guard.
In “Six Years,” Jake Fisher learns that the man he watched the love of his life, Natalie, marry six years earlier has been murdered. He decided to pay his respect at the funeral, only to learn that the widow, who was married to murdered man for far more than six years, is not Natalie. In fact, no one knows Natalie. As Jake tries to understand what has happened and where Natalie is, he finds the past that he knew with Natalie unraveling.
It’s one of those books that you just have to keep reading because you want to find out what happens next. It’s one of Coben’s best.