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.
What a great story and great listen! This book had me guessing all the way to the end. Really a great suspense mystery.
Unexpected, exciting, and enjoyable
This was my first Harlan Coben book, but it wont be my last!
We enjoyed this book, loved the premise, the plot twists and the characters, however the narration was too slow. We increased the narration speed up 2x and stuck with it. This is not classic literature, or heavy in any way; just a story my husband and I could agree on to kill time on the road.
This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.
There is a hint at the beginning of the book that tells you what is going to happen, but I don't catch these things very often. There are so many things that Jake has to do in order to get his love back. She is not even a big part of the story. She is not a fully developed character. The twists were not predictable to me and I enjoyed each one. Jake is a good guy, caught up in a really deep secret and no one knows the answer.
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As a rule I tend not to like thrillers because they’re all more or less the same; predictable, overdramatic, and nonsensical - you really have to suspend disbelief in order to go along with the almost always preposterous plot! This book followed right along those lines.
It came as no surprise to me that “the best friend had secrets and was not what he seemed” and that “the police won’t believe our hero’s story so he feels compelled to solve the mystery on his own”. Nevertheless, I found the story pretty good and I was genuinely interested in what would happen next. Unlike most thrillers, I could not guess the twists in advance.
Saccharine happily-ever-after ending aside, it was quite a compelling read!
Scott Brick is excellent as usual. I gave him and the story 5 stars but the overall score only 4. Perhaps not logical but while I enjoyed my first foray into Harlan Coben's work and even recommended it to others, I have one minor quibble: The main character's heart breaks, turns to dust, shatters or whatever just a little too much.
That being said, it is still a fun ride that will keep you guessing to the very end. It is a unique thriller that won't disappoint.
Odd question, but possibly. I thought it was performed well and played out like a movie in my head.
Yes. I went through the book very quickly because I didn't want to put it down. The plot thickened constantly and just as I thought I had it figured out, I learned quickly I didn't.
I have not.
An extreme reaction? Nope. It was just entertaining read.
I would definitely listen to this story again. It was an amazing story. I was hooked from the very beginning.
The moment the main character finally accomplished what he had set out to do.
Mr. Brick's performance was simply amazing. His voice, the emotion the intensity...it was what helped the story come to life.
The moment when even the main character's best friend was connected to all of the drama.
I could not stop listening to this story. I carried my phone around with me to keep listening to see what would happen next. Scott Brick delivers a wonderful performance. The story is one twist after another. Why four stars? The ending. The epilogue. It was too easy. I really like this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys nail-biting suspense.
I did get annoyed with the main character for continuing in the quest even though he kept getting beat up and putting other's lives in danger. He was very selfish with his love and determination for Natalie. It got a bit annoying but, without it there would be no story from half-way through the book.
Not my favorite Harlan Coben story but I will continue to read/listen to his stuff because he is a great story teller.
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