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.
©2009 Lisa Unger; (P)2009 Random House
"Unger has proved herself to be a master of pacing and suspense and DIE FOR YOU is no exception; in fact, it is the most nerve-wracking, hand-wringing book I've read by her to date. This truly is edge-of your-seat action and my whole body was tense while I read. BUY THIS BOOK!" (Crimespree magazine)
I can understand Ted's feelings about the story unfolding slowly, but for me this was the very quality that made it a satisfying story. Some books are driven by the speed of action, others - like Unger's - dig deep into what is being experienced by the characters. If you are an introspective kind of person, I suspect you will like the book.
And, I found the story line believable enough. After all, it was not as if the main protagonist was imbued with unusually great skill, intelligence or strength. Pig-headed persistence was all.
The pace of this book was annoyingly slow. It was held back by the author's need to tell you about every character's thought processes, rationalizations etc. The premise of the story is also significantly unbelievable - an ordinary untrained female author takes on a murderer/criminal and chases him on her own, and without help, around the world while avoiding the police, in order to gain insight into his betrayal of her.
Use of first person and third person narrative in the book .... what the hell? Choose a point of view and stick to it.
Story not as engaging as some of Unger's other books.
The performance was fine.
Remove the story line of the sister, or at least make it relevant somehow to the main plot.
It felt very much like a Franken-book - two stories meshed together that didn't really have any business being in the same book, particularly with the constant switching between first person and third person. This really bugged me. The story line with the sister is completely irrelevant to the major plot line. I also found I didn't care much about the protagonist as she continues to make one stupid move after another. I didn't buy that she could be so blindly fixed upon finding someone who has screwed her over so badly and is obviously a dangerous man involved with dangerous people. I'm a fan of Lisa Unger, but the story just didn't interest me as much as her earlier books have.
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