Die For You by Lisa Unger
Finished: Jul. 13 2009
First Published: Jun. 02 '09
Genre: thriller, international intrigue
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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