Friday, June 05, 2009

Die For You

Title: Die For You

Author: Lisa Unger

Date Finished: June 5, 2009

Personal Book Count: 41 out of 100

Rating: 4 out of 5

Genre/ Subject: Fiction/ Thriller

First Line: A light snow falls, slowly coating the deep-red rooftops of Prague.

Summery: from the jacket-

“Isabel Raine thought she had everything–a successful career, a supportive family, and a happy marriage to the man she loved. Then one ordinary morning, her husband, Marcus, picks up his briefcase, kisses her good-bye, and simply vanishes.

That day, all her calls to him go straight to voice mail; the messages she leaves at his office go unreturned, too. Panicking after finally receiving a call from his cell phone in which all she can hear is a man’s terrified cry, Isabel calls the police. But they aren’t interested. Men leave, they tell her. They leave all the time. Desperate to find her husband, Isabel races to his office. But instead of finding him, she finds herself in the middle of an FBI raid. Hours later, she awakens in the hospital with a severe concussion and a homicide detective by her bedside waiting to question her about Marcus Raine–the real Marcus Raine.

Now the only thing Isabel knows for sure is that her husband of five years is gone. Where is he and who is he are questions no one seems able to answer. But Isabel will not rest until she discovers the truth about the man she loves, even if it means risking everything–including her own life.

Bestselling author Lisa Unger takes us on a nightmarish journey from bustling, glamorous New York City to the murky, twisted streets of Prague, seeking the answer to one bone-chilling question: What if the man you love, the one sleeping beside you, is a stranger?”

Why did I pick this book? : I am a long time Lisa Unger Fan.


Lisa Unger is one of my favorites, and this time she did not disappoint. This one took me a little longer to get into, but once I did, it was a rollercoaster ride right through. This one was a little different from her other books, as we knew who the bad guy was all the way through, and the bad guy was her husband. I found I had trouble reconciling myself to this at some points through the book. Unger has a cast of interesting, on the most part well developed characters. There are so many stories to follow (and yet, I didn’t get lost, much, except for a minute in the beginning. Was she TRYING to throw us with Erik and Rick?), sometimes I got so into a side story, I forgot about the main plot. My one criticism, would be that it is a little formulaic, in the way that I didn’t know what was going to happen next, but I knew how it would happen. I have read all of Unger’s novels, so I knew we were going to start with a chunk of climax. Then we go back to the beginning, tell the story from there, with jumps to the characters pasts, build up to the climax, play it through, and end with some wrap up and closure of any lose ends. In a way it is comforting. Knowing before you start the style that an author is going to use. And in another, it felt a little repetitive. I did like that this one we knew who the bad guy was, and so to some extent had the opportunity to follow him through as well. There were still enough plots and twists to keep it exciting, I didn’t feel like it was missing the ‘mystery’ aspect. I think I did prefer Black Out over all, but that did not detract from this one at all. I am just as eagerly awaiting her 5 novel as I was this one. =D

Agree? Disagree? Recommendations? Any insights, suggestions, or comments on the book or format, or blog at all are most welcome. If you have read this and/ or review it yourself, please let me know. Can you think of any books like this? Give me a recommendation! =D

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