Friday, May 3, 2013
Conundrum. Harlan Coben delivers a lot of suspense in his novel, Six Years. Protagonist Jake Fisher is a college professor who reads about the death of the man who stole the love of his life from him six years earlier. Jake fell quickly in love with artist Natalie Avery, but she suddenly married Todd Sanderson. When Jake reads of Todd’s death, he decides to attend the funeral in hopes of seeing Natalie again, despite his promise to her that Jake would never try to locate them. In the course of more than 350 pages, Jake tries to unravel the mystery of Natalie. The intricate plot was entertaining, but I never quite understood Jake’s love for and obsession with Natalie, especially their quick attachment, then how Jake could have spent six years less obsessed and then consumed anew. My willing suspension of disbelief faltered from the beginning, and I was left not caring much about what happens. Readers who like suspense novels as well as Coben diehard fans are those most likely to enjoy this novel. Rating: Three-star (It’s ok) Click here to purchase Six Years from amazon.com.