There are times when you need a break from serious reading, when you just want to lose yourself in a book which has no great intellectual depth, no reason to struggle through characterization, no claim to literary greatness. Over the last few years Harlan Coben has fulfilled this need for countless people, given them something they can wander through without the need to think. Six Years is no exception, it is brain candy of the finest brand. Where once a reader might have been surprised by a well-plotted story with a true surprise twist at the end, today all the reader gets is time off from reality, time off from anything which makes their brain work overtime.
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I am convinced Harlan Coben has a place in crime fiction, he has worked hard to gain his following, but the plots are wearing thin, the stories seem to run from the first page to the last without anything remaining at the end. Six Years is no exception to this trend. It follows, as usual, a single person placed in an awkward position, trying to get to the truth of something that has happened and wandering, seemingly without purpose, from one event to the next. For anyone who enjoys something which fills a bit of time, this is the book to pick up and read.
- Viktoria Michaelis.