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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Lisa Unger provides an engaging tale of spousal deceit

Novelist Isabel Connelly and high tech game designer Marcus Raines have been happily married for five years and seem deeply in love. Marcus leaves their Manhattan apartment for work after telling Isabel he loves her. He never made it to work nor comes home. Panic str...
Novelist Isabel Connelly and high tech game designer Marcus Raines have been happily married for five years and seem deeply in love. Marcus leaves their Manhattan apartment for work after telling Isabel he loves her. He never made it to work nor comes home. Panic stricken, when she finally receives a call that she assumes was from him, she hears a terrified man screaming. She rushes to the police, but they offer nothing as they insist it is probably a nasty prank by her spouse.------------

Isabel rejects the official position as she believes her Marcus loves her and would not desert her. She goes to his office only to find the FBI raiding the place; in the melee she is knocked out. She regains consciousness in a hospital where she learns all of Marcus's associates are dead and he remains unaccounted for. She checks their finances only to find zero in their accounts. Police Detective Grady Crowe digs deeper into the background of Isabel's husband only to be shocked that Marcus Unger died years ago.---------------

Mindful of the Goldie Hawn movie Deceived, DIE FOR YOU is an exhilarating thriller starring a fascinating heroine who after the initial shock needs to know who her husband really is and why the deception. When the story line stays focus on disappearances and reactions to it, this is a super tale. However, when the plot contains unnecessary cul de sacs especially about the personal lives of support players, it loses momentum. Still overall Lisa Unger provides an engaging tale of spousal deceit.-----------

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on May 19, 2009

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

More Plot - Less Prose

At the heart of this book, Lisa Unger has crafted a very good, potentially great, mystery - what would happen if one day, you realized that the person you were married to was a mirage. But while the whodunit winds its way through the book, it is slowed down, and too of...
At the heart of this book, Lisa Unger has crafted a very good, potentially great, mystery - what would happen if one day, you realized that the person you were married to was a mirage. But while the whodunit winds its way through the book, it is slowed down, and too often stopped in its tracks, but the author's unending need to be deeply poetic. Despite being caught in what could and should be a rapid and breathtaking mystery, Unger's characters spend pages at a time navel-gazing, lamenting their fate - going on for so long that by the time they step out of their heads and return to the action, you've forgotten where they were. Indeed it seems that sometimes so have they.

Also bringing the action to a grinding halt is the completely unnecessary sub-plots. Neither of the sub-plots really add anything to the main action, and neither of them get resolved in any meaningful way, so I am at a loss to explain their presence. It is almost as if two, or more, books were merged together by accident.

The characters varied from those that were so very interesting (and almost without exception, completely underdeveloped) to the so very unnecessary. The only consistency in the character development seemed to be that the men playing the good guys were completely and utterly inept and at the mercy of every woman who came their way - and not in a good way.

On the whole, I wouldn't recommend it for others. However, I bought it as a vacation read (i.e.: quick and easy), and it filled that requirement admirably. It's a decent plane read, if you're on a long flight (nearly 500 pages)

posted by ciaralin on August 16, 2010

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