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.
A Perfect Thriller
Great and unpredictable plot
Great voice, well narrated
It moved me and had me on the edge of my seat!
Just when you think you have figured out who the "bad" person is, another twist to the story happens. Harlan Coben has a way with leaving you hanging on for that next sentence to be read.
The plot was so good that at times I would just sit in my car with the book playing to hear the rest of the story.
The narrator, Scott Brick, is by far my favorite person to listen to when reading a suspense book. He is able to take you there with his voice and leave you hanging on his every word as if he really was the character he is portraying at that very moment. He is an awesome, awesome reader.
I didn't want it to stop when it did. I was excited to get to my car every morning, noon, and night just to hear the rest of this story.
Harlan Coben has yet to let me down with any of his books, and I think I have read them all.
Exciting, and different turns the whole way. Just when you think you figured it out, it makes a U turn. His best writing so far. I listened to it twice in a row!
The scene with Otto and Bob in the van.
Determined to find out the truth!
I enjoyed this so much, that I can not wait to see what the next Coben brings.
Yes indeed. Because he will like it.
It did because it was well written and a very good story.
I am an Rn who drives about 1 hour each way to work and Audible has been a life saver. I love mysteries and romance stories. Big fan of Sue Grafton JD Robb and Denise Swanson
I love Harlan Coben's books and Scott Brick is a fantastic narrator so put them together and you have one great read. This book has more twists and turns than a roller coaster. It was so good that I had to grocery shop with ear phones to hear the end
This story is (finally!) not another Mylan Bolitar run on sentence, but stands alone in its characters and theme. Jake Fisher is a man pining for a love lost six years prior, but he has kept his promise to leave Natalie and her new husband alone. When Jake comes across the obituary of the husband, he is compelled to contact Natalie and find out why the relationship he valued came to an abrupt end.
An intriguing thriller and heartfelt story of longing and dedication, you won't be disappointed by this book!
The main character was believable and made a great storyline. I didn't know what to expect
The Reader seemed pretentious and sluggish. Every word seemed very over dramatized and made the first quarter of the book easily something that was able to be turned off. I'm glad I didn't though.
I loved the narration and the writing. The prose was unobtrusive, clear, direct, and moved the story along quickly. Dialog was very natural. The mystery - where is Natalie and what happened to her - was incredibly enticing! Well done!
Absolutely! I could not wait to listen to more of this book every time I had to stop - I simply loved it.
Jake Sanders was the main protagonist and my favorite - well drawn and real. I loved his devotion to Natalie, even after six years of... nothing!
I would have done so if I could stop life and get off for a while - yes, it was that good!
This was my first Scott Brick (narrator) novel, and I found myself completely enamored with his style and interpretation. Bravo! It also was my first Harlan Coben novel - I will be after more books in his stable shortly!
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