If you’re familiar with Code 451’s Reading Room, it is well established that we are quite fond of Harlan Coben’s books. Over the years he’s shown a wonderful ability to take his plot and twist the reader in a direction we never saw coming. Coben’s Myron Bolitar series is outstanding with a nice blend of character interaction and plot, however it is his standalone novels that sets Harlan Coben apart. His novels Tell No One and No Second Chance are among my favorite novels of all time balancing fast paced action with unbelievable plot twists and turns.
In his most recent novel, Six Years, which releases in the United States on March 19, 2013 Harlan Coben has again given us a world class thriller. This standalone surrounds Jacob Fisher, a professor at a college in the Northeast. Six years ago, Fisher had his heart broken by the lovely Natalie who apparently chose an ex-love over Jacob and made him promise not to contact her again. While sitting in his office, Jacob Fisher stumbles upon an obituary for the man who married his dear Natalie. Displaying more than a little vulnerability, he attends the man’s funeral only to discover he is married, but not to Natalie, and his death was of a violent and unusual circumstance. Initially driven by a newfound hope that he could regain his beloved Natalie, Jacob embarks on a dangerous mission to find Natalie and unravel the mystery of the last Six Years.
Code 451 Rating: 8 (Excellent Read)