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.
50 something, retired professional, mother, grandmother, wife.
I love Harlan Conan's books. This is another great one. I usually enjoy Scott Bricks narration but for some reason it bothered me in this book. It is just a bit too dramatic.
Mysteries like this seem to always have things that you can't believe in them. But from scene to scene this one seems true to form. Only near the end are you able to finally get the outcome. it keeps you reading and reading. One of his best.
(I'm wondering if i am alone in this thought. )
What I loved was that the story moved along at a nice pace and didn't linger too long trying to convince the reader of something they already accept. It kept me interested and I could barely stop listening! What I didn't love was the ending. No spoiler, but the ending was a bit of a let-down. For me anyway, it didn't have the same level of thought that the rest of the novel had. However, I am looking forward to reading more by this author and I'm sure most mystery /thriller readers will enjoy it.
A great suspense story. Keep me from wanting to do anything else but listen. Thank God for wireless headset. I can shop, cook, clean and never stop listening
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