Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd.
But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie. Whoever the mourning widow is, she’s been married to Todd for almost two decades, 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, 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 a carefully constructed fiction.
Harlan Coben once again delivers a shocking novel that deftly explores the power of past love and the secrets and lies that such love can hide.
©2013 Harlan Coben (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
True love, soul mate...blah blah blah. I usually enjoy Coben's novel, but this, frankly, is a load of tripe and overly dramatic, both the text and the narration. Professor at a minor college can't get over his TRUE LOVE leaving him so he uncovers conspiracy. Interesting premise but not executed very well. I'm not a quitter so forced myself to finish the book, was a tough go. The only redeeming quality was that I bought the book on sale.
I loved the plot concept and thought I would enjoy this. I am easily entertained, however, even I couldn't suspend disbelief enough for this one. Everyone is against him in this story. No one believes him. I find it impossible to believe that any conspiracy includes everyone from the bakery owner to the college president to the church pastor, etc. This story needed more realistic reactions, more characters who trust the main character isn't an idiot, and more clues early on into why this mystery is happening. Make us care and believe enough to stick with it.
Maybe a narrator who read this less dramatically would help. Maybe the novelist could have introduced one or two characters who supported and trusted the main character more. It's an unbelievable "him against the world" set-up.
Everyone has their favorite narrators. I have enjoyed Scott Brick in other books, but this time he came off as melodramatic and dripping with fake suspense tone.
Not sure but probably one of the ones who is unbelievable as conspiring against the main character.
I rarely write reviews because I am easily entertained and listen to audio books almost all day every day. I found this so bad that it compelled me to write a review warning others against selecting this one. Sorry to the author and narrator. I know you both have other great work out there but this one was a waste of my Audible credit.
JAKE WAS SO PATHETIC !!!! ARE MEN VERY PATHETIC REALLY ABOUT L O V E ???
I HOPE MEN ARE NOT THIS ANNOYING ABOUT THEIR LOVE
IT IS VERY DISTURBING AND REALLY UNREALISTIC.
I WANT TO PUKE SPECIALLY WHEN JAKE TALK ABOUT HER??????? AND HIS LOVE FOR HER AND TALK TO HER.
ALL OF IT
I WANT TO RETURN THIS BOOK
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I can see from the reviews that some have taken the narrator, Scott Brick to the woodshed on this one, and I must admit at the beginning of the book some of the drama was really not called for. But all in all, I do love Scott Brick, and as the story progressed, so did the urgency. I really liked the actual story, and so what if it's a love story? It was that, but so much more. And it was anything but predictable. Excellent writing and kept me listening until the wee hours . . .
No. There are other forms of torture that I would find preferable to slogging my way through that drivel.
The characters are unrealistic, the writing is terrible, the story drags on & on. It was like a poorly written and performed Raymond Chandler novel. Old fashioned, one dimensional, trash.
It was overly dramatic, his attempts at reading the female-spoken dialog was hideous. I listened for quite some time, trying to figure out if it was poorly written or poorly read and finally decided it was both.
I kept listening for a while because I wanted to know what happened, so there was a good mystery for the first few chapters. Then I stopped caring and when I found myself yelling at the book I realized there was no point in continuing.
I really hoped they killed both Jake & Natalie. Horribly.
Skip this one. Stupid, stupid, stupid. It felt like SIX YEARS just trying to force myself through to the end. Ridiculous. If I could rate it 0 stars, I would.
Someone who is dumber than the main character.
Give the University professor main character more brains. Even after he figures a lot of it out, he still goes ahead and puts people in danger. He doesn't run when given a chance;
just sits there while another person sacrifices himself so he can get away. What a waste.
I don't have a choice because he reads too many of my favorite authors. I'd rather listen to Will Wheaton or nearly anyone else.
First off, if you read the summary, you can skip the whole first hour of the book. The rest of the book goes that slow, too. Even after things are explained, they get explained again. I kept hoping for a twist, but it was so easy to see the ending. Sometimes, he thinks something for us to 'hear" and then says it out loud to the other character. Dumb, slow, boring.
Not by this author. This book was like a bad movie that keeps getting more implausible and melodramatic. I have no desire to listen to another book by Coben.
Something not written by Coben.
The book was my larger issue, but his performance only added to the overly dramatic nature of this book.
Disappointment. The subject of the book was right in my wheelhouse. However, I hated everything about it. I kept listening just to see how much more ridiculous it could possibly get. It didn't disappoint in that regard! Every time I didn't think it could be more dumb, Coben would take the story in an even more implausible direction.
This book is just bad. Download something else. Like anything else.
This is a great mystery! It hooked me from the first sentence and it just kept reeling me in! The narrator is excellent and I can't say enough about his voice! It is read like a story should be read with all the emotions (and longings in this case) that the author intended. I have not read much of Coben (maybe one many years ago) but I would recommend this one to any mystery lover... Highly Recommend...
If I were asked to describe this novel, I would have to say this is about an OCD Poly Sci professor who gives into his whiney nature who also is skilled in fighting because he is an ex-bouncer. Jake has a "thing" for Natalie. Jake's feelings for Natalie are akin to self-flagellation. Jake, looking for her, gets into a pickle. I picture Jake looking into the distance, being confounded at each turn. After seven hours, I give up. I don't want to know the end. I don't like Jake or Natalie. He is a total wuss and the only person I like is Jakes Secretary Mrs whateverhername is.
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