Six Years. Finished 12-22-13, rating 4.5/5, thriller, 351 pages, pub. 2013
Six years have passed since Jake Sanders 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 more than a decade, 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 – and 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 carefully constructed fiction.
I consider myself a Harlan fan, having happily read every one of his books, first falling in love with Tell No One and then the Myron series. I find his stand-alones hit or miss but this one was one of the most enjoyable of his that I’ve read in a while.
I liked the premise, the writing kept me turning pages and I really didn’t want to put this thriller down at all. Jake finds himself in some crazy situations and like all of Harlan’s main characters, he can take a beating, find more clues, cheat death again, find the answer he was looking for, and still manage to come out relatively unharmed. Considering I’m still suffering from headaches and some dizziness due to my car accident last week I think I’d like some of their durability!
This was from my personal library and I think it was one of his better standalones.