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A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.


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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

125. Die For You by Lisa Unger


Die For You by Lisa Unger

Pages: 352
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jul. 13 2009
First Published: Jun. 02 '09
Genre: thriller, international intrigue
Rating: 4.5/5

First sentence:

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


Reason for Reading: Well, we all know by now I love a good thriller and a missing person case is always a good read. The plot intrigued me and I hadn't yet read the author but had heard of her. I received a review copy from Random House Canada.

Comments: Isabel Raine, famous bestselling author, is married to Marcus Raine, successful software designer and company owner; they've had five fairly blissful years of marriage and after a particularly pleasant morning Marcus sets off for work and never returns. After waiting, and making phone calls, all through the night, Isabel heads for his office where she meets his partner on his way up to work. Barely after arriving the office is swarmed with men and women in FBI jackets taking all the computers and files. They lock her in an office and she sees her husband's partner in handcuffs. After banging on the door a woman who Isabel has determined could not be FBI comes into the office and kicks her in the head. When Isabel wakes in the hospital, she's told that the office was ransacked by these people (not the FBI) and all three employees were found dead in the office with her still alive, albeit unconscious. And so starts the tale of Isabel learning some frightening facts that Marcus Raine was a man who disappeared ten years ago and while also from Czech and looking slightly like her husband, is in fact not the man she is married to. Her whole life as she knows it falls apart by Isabel is not the type of woman to lay down and cry, oh no, she is going to find out why he's done this to her.

The incredible fast pace of this novel takes place over a short period of time and has our heroine in New York, remembering the past in Paris and on the run in Czech. Her rich, luxuriant life is now filled with NYPD detectives, Russian and Albanian mobsters, and other unsavouries who'd simply prefer she be dead. But Isabel has a dark past where she was once left before and never had the question why answered and she'll not rest, even if it kills her, to let the man she loved get away from her without this simple answer. Determination runs through the book so hard, that you feel your teeth clenching as Isabel often kicks caution to the wind to try to find her answer.

This is not my typical type of book. I'm usually your serial killer, or at least "let's have a few dead bodies" thriller type of reader but this book sucked me into a new sub-genre I can see myself really enjoying. I certainly love these types of movies. There is a suspense that starts to tickle you on the first page only to grab you a couple pages later and just doesn't let go until the final pages. A complete whirlwind of compulsive reading. I read the first 3/4's all in one day. Then unfortunately real life intervened and I had to wait a bit to get back to finishing it but this can certainly be set aside to read in day. When you have one of those lazy Saturday's coming up spend the day with Die For You and you might find your pulse rate quickening and even burn a few calories while you read. Recommended!


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3 comments:

  1. I didn't want to read too much of the review because I have this book on my list to read. I need to get finished with the 999 Reading Challenges first. I LOVE Lisa Unger's books. This will be my 4th one. She is awesome to me. So glad you enjoyed it.

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  2. I've never read a thriller before. I've always meant to, but I'm really bad at handling suspense. Thanks for the review.

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  3. I am glad you enjoyed this one. I've been wanting to read something by Lisa Unger. I've heard such great things about her books.

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