Friday, July 24, 2009

ARC review of Die for You by Lisa Unger

Die for You

Lisa Unger

on sale now!

from the back:

In this breathtakingly paced novel, Isabel Raines embarks on a mightmare journey from bustling, glamorous New York City to the murky, twisted streets of Prague, seeking the answer to the bone-chilling question: What if she really never knew the man she married?

Isabel and Marcus Raines are the perfect couple. She is a well-known novelist; he is a brilliant inventer of high-tech games. They've been married for five years and still enjoy a loving romance.

One morning, Marcus says he loves her, leaves for work, then disappears into thin air.

After he doesn't return home, Isabel relentlessly tries to reach him. But when his call finally comes, she hears only a man's terrified scream. The police are of no use: The screams she heard may be a television show or a prank, they tell her. Men leave. They leave all the time.

Isabel races to Marcus's office to find some answers - instead, she finds herself in the middle of an FBI raid, during which she is knocked unconscious. When she awakes in a hospital, she learns that everyone Marcus worked with is dead.

She returns home to find their apartment ransacked, and the police are there. They ure her to check her bank accounts. Her money - their money - is gone.

Then thepolice discover that Marcus Raines is a dead man. Long dead. Years dead. Isabel has been married to a stranger.

And now the chase is on, because Isabel will not rest until she finds out the truth about the man she loved, who he was, where he's gone, and how he was able to deceive her so completely.

my review:

this book was fast-paced and exciting to read. the heroine, isabel, was smart and reckless and relentless. the minor characters - her sister and brother-in-law, her friend jack, and the policeman in charge of her case - all had personal problems and a life outside of her drama, which seemed very realistic. since isabel is a novelist, she is used to researching and digging and putting pieces of a story together, which come in handy as she tries to figure out the puzzle of who her husband really was and what has happened to him. she finds out good things and bad things, has several run-ins with unsavory types (i was really surprised she made it out alive), and adventures all the way to europe to find her answers.

you would find this book in the "thriller" section - the story revolves around a mystery but there is so much drama and excitement (and guns!) surrounding it that it is definitely thrilling! (side note: i was reluctant to pick it up while i am staying here by myself but it wasn't too scary, as long as jeremy is not a crazed killer who will steal my money and run away.)

the ending was wonderful and i loved the piece of mail she received at the end.

how well do you know your loved ones, or really, anyone at all? this book really makes you think about people and how one could completely reinvent one's life.

check it out - if you like mary higgins clark or tom clancy (or maybe what i imagine their love-child book would be) then you might like this book.

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