Book 32 for 2013 – Harlan Coben’s – Six Years


So it has been a long time between Books No. 31 and 32 for 2013. One of the reasons is that I have  been listening to too much music late into the night and that cuts into reading time. Another reason is, no books have enthralled me recently!. I am currently reading James Rollins latest The Eye of God. I am a little more than halfway through it. While I have been enjoying the book. It hasn’t been a  real page turner  for me. Duh! That is exemplified by the fact that I’m still reading it!

Now that lack of enthrallment ended when I finally picked up Harlan Coben’s latest Six Years!  It didn’t take long for Harlan to pull me into the world of Jacob Fisher, Professor of Political Science. And he never let me go until I finished the book last night. A while ago I read that the majority of literature involves a quest, that the hero has embarked on. That is certainly the case with Six Years.

Six years prior to the start of his quest, Jake was on a retreat. On the retreat, he fell in love with Natalie Avery. But he watched his world come crashing down, when Natalie unexpectedly married her ex-boyfriend Todd Sanderson.

After the wedding, which a heartbroken Todd attends, Natalie makes Jake promise to leave them alone, forever, no contact what so ever!! Jake keeps his promise for six years until one day he reads that Todd has died, murdered in his South Carolina home. Hoping to for a reconciliation with Natalie Jake heads to SC. When he arrived in South Carolina, he found Todd. Todd was happily married.  But his children were older than six,And his wife wasn’t NATALIE!

So the quest begins – where is Natalie?? Is she all right??? Why isn’t she Todd;s wife??  The quest soon turns Jake’s life upside-down. It threatens not only Jake, but everyone else who knew Jake and Natalie, during that fateful summer, when they fell in love!!

Like all of Harlan’s books this one is terrific as an ordinary man must overcome extraordinary circumstances to save his damsel in distress! Can he do it before his world and everything he knows and loves, including Natalie is destroyed?

Highly recommended!!

Six Years was released back in March, but I waited three months to read it! I can’t explain why!! YOU should not be like me, read Six Years now!

I found this interesting article today, It’s about Hugh Jackman and a movie adaptation of Six Years.

Hugh Jackman to Lead Harlan Coben’s ‘Six Years’ Novel Adaptation

After some new photos from The Wolverine surfaced yesterday, with the promise of the first trailer finally arriving on March 27th, THR says Hugh Jackman is going to take a break from action with a new dramatic adaptation of Harlan Coben’s novel Six Yearswhich just hit shelves today. With no writer or director attached at this point, this kind of announcement seems timed to simply sell more books, but if Jackman sticks with the project being produced by former Fox head Tom Rothman, he would play a man named Jake Fisher whose heart was broken as he watched the love of his life, Natalie, marry another man. Six years later, still heartbroken, Jake comes across this other man’s obituary. Hoping to see Natalie, he attends the funeral, but has another surprise waiting for him.

From the official synopsis for the book:   Whoever the mourning widow is, she’s been married to Todd for more than a decade, and with that fact everything Jake thought he knew about the best time of his life—a time he has never gotten over—is turned completely inside out. As Jake searches for the truth, his picture-perfect memories of Natalie begin to unravel. Mutual friends of the couple either can’t be found or don’t remember Jake. No one has seen Natalie in years. Jake’s search for the woman who broke his heart—and who lied to him—soon puts his very life at risk as it dawns on him that the man he has become may be based on carefully constructed fiction. Continue Reading