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.
Oh the pain
Conversations where secrets are revealed drag on and on, the hero fails to call the police (or run away) when he ought to, and there's a substantial amount of soap-opera level hand-wringing over lost romance. But the reader does an absolutely amazing job given the material. There were a few unpredictable plot twists, and I did listen until the end. A decent piece of escapism, as long as you can make it through the long speeches of love lamentations, delivered with an admirable level of commitment by Scott Brick.
This was a good story, kept me guessing who was good and who was bad.
The ending is so cliche
Some hearts stop
This was our first experience of Harlan Coben. His descriptive power is innovative and colorful and the story is engaging from the start.
Unfortunately the narrator, Scott Brick, spoiled the book for me with a breathy, self-absorbed and pretentious delivery. Actually the narration was curiously uneven. At times his characterizations were spot on but then even lines written with a wry touch of humor got a heavy handed treatment of tedious overacting.
Maybe Brick was having an off book because I see that he has narrated hundreds of them.
Couldn't wait to download latest Harlan Coben... Now wished I hadn't acted so quickly. Boring, dragging and nearly ridiculous.
Performance was too dramatic for a far-fetched storyline.
One thing that is important about character construction is creating a character that you can relate with, and that is not quite the case with Pr. Fisher, the idea of man who cannot get over a girl for six years kept nagging me the whole story. He can sometimes become way too much melancholic to my taste, ans sometimes I could understand some decisons that made some situations much worst.
I must say that the main plot is interesting enough if not somewhat cliche in some parts.
The narrative is quite good and the author has a good flow. He can make the action scenes quite plausible for the situations and some quite remarkable characters, specially the supporting ones, but sometimes he could invest more in personality.
The narrator in competent and knows his business, he could just give little bit mote life to some characters.
I have been a Harlan Coben fan for many years but this book doesn't measure up. The story is a stretch and the tone "soapy".
He did but there were too many characters with only minor roles so at times I was confused.
I would not recommend this book one way or the other.
I have either listened to all of Harlan Coben's books. Until this one I loved them all. This one really dragged.
Scott Brick's performance was excellent as always.
I think the ending was complete and does not need another book added to it.
The book just seemed to drag on and on and on. The story line was good but there wasn't enough suspense to hold my interest.
it is one of my favorite that i have listened to in a while. the story was fantastic and keep me wanting more.
the final scene was my favorite
I love a good mystery. I thought that i had solved it early on in the story and was totally wrong towards the end. really keep me guessing the whole time. held my interest. I would strongly recommend this book
Really terrible. The narrator is awful, story line super slow. Don't waste a credit or you time.
Slowness of pace.
Better plot, having the main character be a hero. Faster pace.
Listening to this again will be a treat. This story had lots of nuances and story twists that I'll enjoy even more the second time.
The craft of writing was excellent; for audio books, however, even the best story can be ruined by a poor narration performance. In this case the performance was on par with the literature.
The scene that stands out in my memory was when Jake returned to Vermont, only to find out every trace of the place he remembered had vanished. At this point the reader would never suspect the real story...
This story relies on great storytelling, rather than action scenes (although there are some) or torrid love scenes (although there is a great love present). It is just satisfying experience that I look forward to enjoying again.
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