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Author Harlan Coben Talks New Book ‘Six Years’

'Six Years' by Harlan Coben

‘Six Years’ by Harlan Coben

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Did you ever pick up one of those books where you said. “I’ll just read for 20 minutes.” and you look up and it’s two in the morning?

Well, that’s how we can describe the latest Harlan Coben book, called “Six Years”.

The opening line of the book is “I sat in the back pew and watched the only woman I would ever love marry another man.”

WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack spoke with the author Thursday morning.

“It opens with heartache,” Coben told Farnack. “The man’s at the wedding of the woman he loves, all of the sudden she says to him at the end of the wedding, ‘Promise me you’ll leave us alone and you’ll respect my decision.’ and the last line of the prologue is ‘I kept my promise for six years.'”

After six years, he sees her husband’s obitiuary and he goes to the funeral, but when the wife stands up and turns around, it’s not the woman he loved. She never married him. No one knows where she is. No one at the chapel remembers them.

“And there we go,” said Coben.

What does he think about the reading scene now. Does he think that his audience will grow because of it?

“I hope so,” he said. “As a writer, I pay very little attention to the industry side of things and I’ve learned that if I write a good enough story, you’re going to read it. It doesn’t matter if it’s on stone tablets, e-book, paper, audio, you’re going to want it. So, I will be okay as long as I concentrate on the one thing that do well – tell the story.”

Paramount already has the rights to the book and plans to have Hugh Jackman star.