Happy April everyone! I recently finished reading the latest Harlan Coben novel. It’s a thriller/mystery called Six Years. I’ve long been a fan of his and I’m pretty darn sure that I’ve read every novel he has out there.
This story opens with a college professor who fell in love six years prior with a woman he considered to be the love of his life. She breaks up with him and marries another man. On her wedding day, she asks him to respect her decision and to promise to leave them alone. He makes the promise but thinks of her often over the next six years.
He sees her husband’s obituary on the college website and decides to go to the funeral to see her again. He thinks he’s being tacky for that but he wants to see her. He’s stunned at the funeral to find that the man he watched the love of his life marry is actually married to someone else and has been for twenty years. He even has two teenage children with his wife. There’s no sign of the woman he loves.
The remainder of the story is this man’s quest to discover the truth of what happened six years ago.
This is a wonderful story. I love the way Mr. Coben can make even serious and tense scenes witty. He seems to have a knack for a light touch. His protagonists are always sharp and quick with the repartee. This is what I enjoy about his body of work.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a smart mystery mixed with a thrilling chase and a dash of lightheartedness.