It had been a while since I had read a book by Harlan Coben. I don’t know why, because I have always enjoyed his work. I obtained this novel when my local library were giving away some books that they had taken off their shelves. FREE BOOKS! Don’t they know I already have a huge pile of books to be read!
Six Years is a stand alone novel in which the protagonist, Jake attends his ex-girlfriend’s wedding. He is inconsolable that Natalie marries Todd but when she asks him to make her one promise he agrees that he will keep away from her.
Jake keeps his promise, but never forgets Natalie.
Six years later, Jake sees an obituary for Todd and decides to attend his funeral in order to see Natalie again, albeit as a widow burying her husband. He has decided that six years is long enough to keep his promise.
However, Natalie is not the widow. She is nowhere to be seen. Jake sets out to find his love, but that quest has deadly consequences.
With over 60 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben’s last seven consecutive novels, MISSING YOU, SIX YEARS, STAY CLOSE, LIVE WIRE, CAUGHT, LONG LOST and HOLD TIGHT all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world. His books are published in 43 languages around the globe.
The author is the winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the first author to win all three – and he has received an eclectic variety of honors from all over the world. His novel TELL NO ONE has been turned into a hit French film of the same name. His essays and columns have appeared in many top publications.
Harlan was born in Newark, New Jersey. He still lives in New Jersey with his wife, Anne Armstrong-Coben MD, a pediatrician, and their four children.
This is a fabulous novel. Fast paced, interesting and clever. I highly recommend it to those who enjoy mysteries, crime novels and thrillers.
I was first introduced to Ian Rankin novels many years ago when my daughter mentioned that her form teacher’s name was used in his books. That was so many years ago that said daughter is a form teacher herself. Sorry Ian!
Most recently I read Rather be the Devil and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Here. I think the author has blended the characters of Rebus, Siobhan and his newer character, Malcolm Fox with expert skill to create a really cracking read.
In Rather be the Devil, the unification of Police Scotland and the establishment of specialist units is also tackled. Fox has moved to the Serious Crime Unit in Gartcosh making the daily commute from Edinburgh. Siobhan is bitter because he received the posting over her and Rebus continues to act as if nothing has changed.
Rebus, although retired from the force, can’t stop wondering about the death of glamorous socialite Maria Turquand. Her brutal murder, forty years previously was never solved. Rebus won’t rest until her killer is found and both Fox and Siobhan become involved in his quest.
The arch villain, Big Ger Cafferty also makes a welcome return, but his position as Edinburgh premier crime baron is being challenged by young Darryl Christie. When Christie is attacked, Cafferty seems to be the likely assailant. But nothing is ever simple in the world of John Rebus.
Rather be the Devil was an excellent read. Well crafted, exciting and I think it is Ian Rankin’s best work for a few years. It is a great read for holidays, books clubs or just because you enjoy reading the undisputed king of tartan noir.
I very much enjoy the easy read of a Hamish Macbeth story by M.C.Beaton. Ms Beaton is an inspirational writer. She still produces two books a year: one in her Hamish Macbeth series and another in her Agatha Raisin series. Her books, The Death of a Kingfisher https://bookreviewstoday.info/2014/03/26/the-death-of-a-kingfisher-by-m-c-beaton/ and The Death of a Travelling Man https://bookreviewstoday.info/2013/11/27/the-death-of-a-travelling-man-by-m-c-beaton/ are reviewed on this site.
Death of a Policeman starts differently to any of the other Hamish Macbeth stories I have read in that there is a very bloody murder of a policeman early in the book. Thereafter the novel reverts to a familiar romp through the beautiful Scottish Highlands with Hamish, his friends and enemies until the crime is solved.
The author adds extra tension to the story by introducing the threat that the little police staion in Loch Dubh may be closed and Hamish re-assigned to a bigger town, perhaps even to Inverness. Our hero wants to avoid this at all costs!
I also enjoyed the vignettes where the dog, and cat (a wild cat) are taken for walks or out to play in the countryside. That made me laugh.
All in all, I really did enjoy The Death of a Policeman by M.C.Beaton and I highly recommend it. It would be an excellent book club read.