Six Years in Three Hours (or less)

Six YearsHarlan Coben's new thriller might be titled "Six Years" but I doubt it took me even three hours to get through it. I love a good page-turner, even if it does cut into my sleep and make me (almost) late for work! Coben's novels are almost always good, but this one was especially hard to put down. The story of Professor Jake Fisher and the trouble he gets into when he tries to look up the ex love-of-his-life is one of those that draws you in and keeps you guessing until the very end. Here's a brief synopsis to whet your appetite:

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 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.

For most thriller readers Coben is probably a very familiar name. Once you work your way through all of his books might I suggest a lesser known alternative that I recently discovered myself? Search our catalog for titles by Andrew Gross to get a list of a number of good thrillers. I recently finished "Eyes Wide Open" and it was another that was hard to put down. Gross also is the co-author of several books penned with the über-prolific James Patterson, the man who can't seem to let more than a month or two go by without putting out another best-seller.