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.
But if you've read other stories by this author, then this plot will be waaaaaay too familiar.
The story was ok, although it seemed to drag on in spots but maybe it was the horrible narrator.
The man was reading this story as if it was Shakespeare or poetry; in whispered dramatic almost British accent. Harlen Coben is humorous and this narrator could not pull off the humor because he was trying to be too dramatic. We almost could not continue after we began the story because we could not stand his tone/voice. He didn't have a terrible voice, it just did not match the tone of Coben. He seemed to make the parts that were draggy even worse. I can't even finish the book. It wasn't just me either - there were three of us listening in a car on a road trip and finally we had enough and had to cut it off.
Jake Fisher's fight and flight scenes.
Jake Fisher because he was tough and smart. But a bit too obsessed with Natalie.
Have a different reader. I find Scott Brick too slow and dramatic. I had to listen to the book at 1.25 or 1.5 speed most of the time.
The fight scenes were very exciting.
It seemed like the author had to add a lot of unnecessary detail to make the story book length.
The main character of this book is way too dumb to be a college professor - come on, give me a break!! Hated this book and stopped listening several times. Finally quit for good before it was over. Kept thinking it would get better and it never did - UGH!! Bitter disappointment from Harlan Coben - read others of his I really liked.
Not really - perhaps the mystery was catching - I would like to know what happened to Natalie! But no way am I subjecting myself to the continuing stupidity of the main character!
Doesn't merit being in your inventory - I'm shocked it was published!
Scott Brick has the whiny, urgent, at-the-end-of-my-rope voice down pat. It perfectly fit this overly long and unbelievable story. By the end of the book I was thoroughly sick of Jake, and hoped that when he found Natalie she'd permanently put him out of his misery. Meh...
Manager of a mortgage banking division in San Luis Obispo, CA.
This book was totally unrealistic and boring...and the narrator talked so slow, I thought I would scream before it ended!
I bought this book with a buy one get one free sale of and am sorry I picked this one. I have listened to over 30 audible books and this is the first disappointment. The writing is poorly developed and sophomoric. The story is written entirely in the first person with the protagonist uttering every single mundane thought that enters his mind. I thought I was going to pull my hair out if I heard the narrator say "What to do?" one more time or the answer "I don't know" an equal number of times. The narrator made matters worse by beyond tedious with a sing songy tempo punctuated with overtly dramatic exclamations. It was like he was trying to puff up drama or tension through his voice because the writing boring and flat. The grating performance just makes a bad book even worse. I could not finish it.
live and learn . . . on to the next one!
This felt a little overly dramatic. The narrator was great, but it felt a little too complicated for a love story.
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