“I sat in the back pew and watched the only woman I would ever love marry another man.”
That quote above is the opening line of the book. I mean, come on! How could I not keep on reading after that? Mr. Harlan Coben sure does know to put his readers on a spell. This is actually my first read from him and already I’m looking up the rest of his other books so I could add them on my reading list.
I realized I actually missed this-reading a plain ole mystery thriller like I used to in the good old days when the only authors I knew were James Patterson, Dan Brown, John Grisham and David Baldacci. Add in Jude Deveraux and Danielle Steel even though these last two are romance writers. Lol. Mr. Coben’s style though is up-to-date. He has certainly kept up with the times because his narrative is relatable, believable (with the exception of that part where the hero dials certain phone numbers by heart-lol!) and hilarious. Take a peek.
“That’s the problem with falling in love. It makes you start talking like a bad country song.”
“Now my disguise is simpler: I’ve shaved my head. My dome gleams. If I wore a gold earring, you’d mistake me for Mr. Clean.”
Tell me those lines are funny. I find them really funny. The story is told by the main character, Jake Fisher, a professor so his narrative is a blend of smart, informative, instrospective, funny, sarcastic and a little bit (or a lot) cheesy. I don’t mind though because I completely enjoyed it. I was kept thinking hard throughout the plot. It was definitely mysterious-something I wouldn’t have easily predicted.
Amazing how the driving force to all Jake’s conflicts (involving a sort of secret society, a mafia, the police and the FBI ) is his undying love for his one true love-Natalie. Seems corny but I definitely bought it. I’m excited to see what else the author has to offer in his other books.