Six Years by Harlan Coben
I happened to read the synopsis of this book while looking at the upcoming books (http://www.vjbooks.com/Books-Coming-Soon-Bestsellers-s/1.htm) and I knew right away that I had to read it. For the majority of the book you have no idea what is going on, but that’s ok because neither does the main character. Six Years is full of mystery, danger, and utter confusion.
Six years ago Natalie, the love of Jake Fisher’s life married another man. For six years he’s kept his promise to stay out of Natalie’s life although he has never stopped loving her. When Jake comes across the obituary of Natalie’s late husband he can’t stop himself from going to the funeral if only to catch a glimpse of the one that got away but when he goes to the funeral he discovers that Natalie is nowhere to be found.
As Jake begins to unravel the mystery that is Natalie, he seems to be the only one who remembers them or the places and time they spent together. No one has seen Natalie in years and Jake’s search soon puts his very life in danger.
Virginia and I each took a copy of Harlan Coben’s newest novel, Live Wire, when they arrived last week. She finished first, with me right behind. Live Wire is the tenth book to feature Coben’s most popular character, Myron Bolitar. In this book we learn more about Bolitar than we ever knew, his family, his roots, and the skeletons hidden deep in his closet. Both Virginia and I found this to be a fast read. As the different plotlines were revealed the pace quickened. In the final breath Coben ties it all together with his trademark suspense and classic style.
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Gabriel Wire is the prettyboy frontman for the chart topping Australian rock band HorsePower. Myron’s client Lex plays number two in the act, or as Coben puts it, “the John Oates to Gabriel’s Daryl Hall.” As the story revs up we learn that Lex’s former tennis star wife, Suzze T, is also one of Myron’s clients. Eight months prenant, she calls for Myron’s help in finding the missing Lex. As he searches for Lex, we get our first glimpse of Kitty, Myron sister-in-law, who disappeared some 15 years earlier along with younger brother Brad. The story weaves in-and-out of now and then, as we learn of Myron’s early years, the injury that kept him from playing for the Celtics (he was a #1 draft pick), how he formed his agency, and how his first clients fell into a scene of fame, complete with drugs, sex, murder and revenge.
Coben takes Bolitar on an lifetime journey that reveals to the reader unknown sides of the character. Coben delicately juggles strong character analysis with a suspense filled storyline that keeps the reader fully engaged.
Those reading Coben for the first time will find “Live Wire” a great starting point, while longtime fans will be wondering how Coben maintains his surperb quality from one book to the next.
VJ Books celebrates bestselling writer Harlan Coben as March 2010 Favorite Author. Coben is the bestselling author of sixteen previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Long Lost and Hold Tight.
Winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the first author to win all three – international bestselling author Harlan Coben’s critically-acclaimed novels have been called “ingenious” (New York Times), “poignant and insightful” (Los Angeles Times), and “superb” (Chicago Tribune).
His most recent novels, The Woods, Promise Me, The Innocent, Just One Look, No Second Chance, Tell No One and Gone For Good have appeared on the top of all the major bestseller lists including the New York Times, London Times, Le Monde, Publishers Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and USA TODAY — and many others throughout the world. His books are published in thirty-seven languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in nearly a dozen countries.
In his first books, Coben immersed himself in the exploits of sports agent Myron Bolitar. Critics loved the series, saying, “You race to turn pages…both suspenseful and often surprisingly funny” (People). After seven books Coben wanted to try something different. “I came up with a great idea that simply would not work for Myron,” says Coben. The result was the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller Tell No One, which (more…)