Dan­ger­ous Love

Some se­crets won’t stay buried

Bonita & Estero Magazine - - DEPARTMENTS - BY DOUG GAL­LO­GLY Doug Gal­lo­gly lives in Fort My­ers with his wife, Jackie.

What if the girl you loved more than life it­self sud­denly mar­ried an­other man and made you prom­ise never to con­tact her again? And what if, six years later , you saw his obit­uar y? This is Jake Fisher’s dilemma and, af­ter a brief strug­gle with his con­science, he goes to the man’s fu­neral. What he learns leaves him ques­tion­ing ev­ery­thing he’s be­lieved for the last six years.

Six Years (Dut­ton, 2013, $27.95) is just one in a se­ries of bestsellers from ac­claimed au­thor Har­lan Coben. It is a story of a pas­sion­ate love af­fair in­ex­pli­ca­bly ended and a prom­ise bro­ken, with life threat­en­ing re­sults. Jake broke the prom­ise he made to Natalie, and with each step he takes in search of the truth, he finds his life in dan­ger. Vi­o­lent men are search­ing for his old flame, and they are will­ing to tor­ture and kill in fur­ther­ing their quest. Jake is just a col­lege pro­fes­sor, thrown into a world he has no ex­pe­ri­ence with, but driven by a love that he can­not for­get.

With each clue he fol­lows, he is be­ing drawn in­ex­orably to the re­al­iza­tion that even his clos­est friends are part of this con­spir­acy, and his per­sis­tence is plac­ing them in harm’s way. Why did Natalie dis­ap­pear, and why are so many fright­en­ing people so in­ter­ested in find­ing her?

Six Years is clas­sic Coben. It grabs the reader from the first words: “Why had I come?” Once you start read­ing, be pre­pared to set ev­ery­thing else aside—even sleep—as you fol­low Jake to the end of his jour­ney.

Har­lan Coben lives in New Jersey and is the in­ter­na­tion­ally best­selling au­thor of more than 20 nov­els. If you en­joy Six Years be sure to check your book­store for Miss­ing You, Coben’s new­est thriller.

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