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.
I am a long time fan of Coben, but I started with his Myron Bolitar series, which is light and a very amusing series with more with than terror. This however is a seriously well played novel with characters that are well developed. The narrator is excellent (maybe a little over dramatic sometimes but very good nonetheless.) Don't expect Myron and Win, but I am sure he'll write about them again. I don't know how to describe it without spoiling it but there are a number of unexpected but very believable plot twists. It deserves the 5 stars.
I was so excited that Harlan Coben had a new book that I pre-ordered it. I wish that it had fulfilled my expectations for a suspenseful story with fascinating twists and intriguing characters instead of being a sappy, somewhat predictable romance novel with characters I didn't really care about. What a letdown.
Mainly disappointment in the author, but also frustration because I continued to listen with hopes that the book would get better.
Like many other reviewers, I've read all of Coben's books and this is the worst. Dr. Jake sounded more like a ditzy high school girl than a highly educated professor. I agree with Malia that Scott Brick made the character sound worse--sorry Scott, you are one of my favorite narrators. Archer is a master at character development and story telling. Have I given up on Coben? Probably not, but I'll wait to read the reviews and not pre-order. A good way to get beyond this experience would be to listen to the first two volumes of Jeffrey Archer's series--Only Time Will Tell and The Sins of the Father. Part three is due out next month.
yep!! Very good story with lots of twists and turns. Kind of a stretch how someone could get that infatuated over someone they knew such a short amount of time...and have it continue for six years of absence... but if you can get past that, you'll enjoy the story.
The story line is great and so many surprises.
This book is by far the best by Harlen Coben. I kept looking forward to my next opportunity to continue listening.
I like every one of Scott Brick's performances. He is a master story teller. Absolutely the best.
The whole book.
A great book. Definitely worth the credit. I wish all stories were like this. I am not sure my wife would appreciate my absence as I listen to the stories.
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I am usually a big Harlan Coben fan and a huge Scott Brick fan (narrator) as well...the story line was so predictable and well....sappy! Does a man ever, truly ever, pine for a woman for 6 yrs?? That is basically the point of the story. I was very disappointed and couldn't believe this is the same author who wrote "Tell no one" and "The Woods". Scott did his normal performance but the story line took away one of his stars based on the melodramatic acting.
A Great Story
Jake. He loved Natalie unconditionally and was willing to do whatever it took to find her.
Whiny - shaky - distracting
Loved the story. Nothing extreme though.
Nobody can tell a story like Harlan Coban. His books contain, for my money, the best combination of mystery story and wise cracking humor. This story lived up to his best so far, but the always-close-to-tears voice of the narrator nearly obscured the "lighter" side of the tale. Bring back Jonathan Marosz!
I would listen again to pick up details I missed the first time.
My favorite character was Jack. He was a romantic and a "real" guy who knew how to love.
I felt I really heard Jack's voice. I liked his performance.
I laughed several times at the humor Coben included to break the tension. I couldn't stop listening which is the result of great writing. This wasn't just a book with a suspense plot but with emotion, too. That's the type of book I enjoy the most.
I loved the opening act which set up this sappy book. I liked the ending act even if it wasn't the usual super duper wild ride we expect. Oh my, the middle is muddled. Too many underdeveloped characters, too many obvious hints, too many fights, too many needless deaths and too much whining. When I think of a book about academia I expect a ride with "Indiana Jones". I believe the abridged version would have been better.
I kept saying would you like some cheese with the whine Jack which is as silly as the endless pining of the main character.
Coben never developed the underlying question of what I thought was his intent. Should I act in a black or white world or one that grey permeate throughout. Idealist or Pragmatist?
I expected more. I liked the ending. It's unusual to read a novel that gives closure to a story and avoids questioning the authors typical need for the big surprise.
Harlan Coben is an amazing author, I love his work but I hope its Sixty Years before he pens another like this one.
How about one more hit of Myron and the gang please? Pretty please!
The story was good and interesting but the narrator was not. I was not able to concentrate on the story due to his performance.
It was interesting and I put up with the narrator to get to the end.
Narrator could have been different. Or, instructed to perform differently.
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