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Death Match

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,553 Ratings  ·  388 Reviews
When a perfect couple commits double suicide, alarms go off in the offices of the high-tech matchmaking company. Investigation into a second couple's double suicide reveals a stunning labyrinth of artificial intelligence, creative genius, and a melding of technology that does indeed deliver on the company's guarantee of a perfect, lifelong mate.
Paperback, 388 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Anchor Books (first published 2000)
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John G
Jan 19, 2007 John G rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: mouth-breathers
I generally pass on novels with multiple authors. However, the Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child partnership is a mystery to me. Together, their trashy airport thrillers are actually not bad at all for the genre. Yet on their own, these guys deserve a special section in the Dan Brown wing of the Museum of God-Awful American Writing. I assumed after Douglas Preston's word-poop "The Codex" (listened to this driving up to Yosemite) that Lincoln Child was the decent author in the Preston/Child partnersh ...more
Jaime
Dec 26, 2012 Jaime rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, 2012
This is going to be quick because I listened to this book a while ago and can’t remember a lot of the details! I do remember that I enjoyed it. I found the concept more interesting than I expected. Basically, couples who are deemed “perfect matches” by the high-tech matchmaking company, Eden, are committing mutual suicide at an alarming rate. Lash, a psychiatrist, is brought in to find out why people who have no known suicidal tendencies would do it. Eden is panicking, desperate to show that the ...more
Elizabeth
I listened to the audio version of this. I thought it was pretty good for the genre. I had an inkling early on as to the nature of the killer, but a good number of red herrings made me doubt my conclusion for a while.

*** SPOILER****

My one big gripe with the plot was the fact that Dr. Lash ignored the disruptions and weird things going on with his accounts; that seemed like a pretty big clue. After one or two of these things happened, it seemed extremely suspicious and he kind of blew it off - e
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Achira
Jun 28, 2015 Achira rated it liked it
This is the first Lincoln Child book I picked up on mom's recommendation (Yeah, really). And I think I was enjoying it pretty much up until 80% when the big reveal happened and I had to somehow drag myself through the rest of the book, skipping words and lines, sometimes paragraphs, to get it over with soon.

Okay, so it starts with Dr. Christopher Lash, who's a forensic psychologist, being invited to Eden Incorporation to investigate the mysterious double suicide of a "Supercouple". The plot intr
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Karthik Parthasarathy
I have always been intrigued by the amount of data that the dating sites crunch and the algorithms behind these sites in coming up with a perfect match. When I read the blurb of this book and realized the theme of this book was based on a similar Concept, I had no hesitation in picking this book up.

Plot: Eden Inc is a company which is primed towards matching and making their customers happy. Those candidates who get through the initial screening at Eden, more often than not, find a match and on
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Dan
Feb 05, 2016 Dan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I liked this book very much; but Lincoln Child is one of my favorite authors. Anything written by Child I would like, even if he was to explain the science of tiddlywinks, I would still be interested.
OK, about this story I just read. "Death Match" is a good read, one that I could not put down. It was a book that talked to me, as if the story was written just for me to enjoy.
A brief synopsis of this book: Match-making is big business and Eden Inc. is a good example; for a sum of $25,000, you will
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Patrick Gibson
Dec 30, 2010 Patrick Gibson rated it it was ok
The last of Child’s solo efforts for me to read, "Death Match" is first-rate brain candy when it's compared to other plot driven thrillers that seem much more screenplay than novel - James Patterson's and Iris Johansen's recent factory driven voluminous output comes to mind. But by comparison to the rather high standards that have been self-imposed by his own previous work - the Pendergast canon in conjunction with his partner, Douglas Preston, and his first, “Utopia” - "Death Match" falls well ...more
Chili_666
Oct 22, 2009 Chili_666 rated it it was ok
Well... read it the seccond time around - and still think it is an OK read. Not the best book out there, not the worst. It might even be a really decent book for a nice sunny, lazy day on the beach, if you are into that kind of fiction.

Granted, there is heaps of psychological mumbojumbo, one dimensional characters that react purely to their environs without any motivation/instincts for themselves and loads of weird computer-science-we-have-to-explain-something-or-make-an-escape-possible reality
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Jaiman Fisher
Apr 06, 2013 Jaiman Fisher rated it it was ok
*****Spoiler Alert*****

A book that started out well written and engaging but seriously unraveled at the end. I felt like the plot had been lifted from a mediocre 80s movie that was trying to be a cautionary tale about technology. Between "the computer did it" and the conflicted genius/maker who chooses to die with his creation rather than face the consequences, Death Match winds up being a bad cliche. Throw in the fact that the heroes can only be saved because a young woman of today, who unders
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Diana Barbosa
Jan 08, 2012 Diana Barbosa rated it really liked it
Shelves: leituras-de-2009
Para mim enquanto licenciada em Psicologia e interessada na vertente criminal/legal/forense ler um livro em que um ex-psicólogo forense é uma das personagens e tem de investigar caso de duplo suicídio de um casal aparentemente perfeito só podia despertar a minha atenção.

Gostei muito da história. Na minha opinião está bem escrita e com personagens bem desenvolvidas.

E tal como The Washington Post afirmou é "uma história hábil e sofisticada. Que também é um grito de alarme sobre os perigos da inte
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Chuck Noren
May 25, 2014 Chuck Noren rated it it was ok
Predictable. Agonizing slow plot. When done, I felt like I wasted my time. Unsatisfying. I figured out who did the murders very early in the book, way before learning the motive. This is a techno-thriller. The author uses 1980s computer technology, garbed in 1990s language, and it's clear he has read about some AI stuff, but has a shallow understanding of AI and neural networks. He throws the buzz words around in a semi reasonable fashion, but the gaps are humorous. Lots of standard techno adven ...more
Jennifer Boyce
Apr 24, 2015 Jennifer Boyce rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
This was a quick and enjoyable thriller. A standard Lincoln Child read.
Emma
Jul 07, 2015 Emma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-not-kept
Took a while to get going with this and nearly put it down. I stuck with it but I've read better from this author.
Arliegh Kovacs
Jun 02, 2016 Arliegh Kovacs rated it really liked it
This is on my "26 Books" list as 'a book that is over 10 years old' [copyright 2004]. I always enjoy Lincoln Child's books. This one is about a prime dating service where the applications are more thorough and exclusive than any other [they use psych evals, personality tests, a physical, a thorough background search, and vetting by a professional used by the service]. Along with the other success- ful matches, there have been 6 perfect matches -- "super couples", as the company calls them (those ...more
Brenda Mcallister
Mar 19, 2016 Brenda Mcallister rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite authors, alone or writing with Douglas Preston. Never fails to interest, inform and entertain.
This story involves a central theme of many books. If you could create an AI that could teach itself, how would you explain emotions to it, or the concept of right or wrong? Would you go with the dictionary definitions, the moral values of the person inputting the data, the creator, or how to choose between harm to one or benefit to another? Would it be better with no knowledge of em
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Lisa
Mar 19, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it
An intriguing premise considering that online dating has become so popular. It starts off quickly and gains the reader's attention as they try to solve the mystery. Once a pattern starts to emerge and a special investigator is brought in, things start to fall about. One is left wondering how an investigator would not follow up when his own security issues and how a genius software/AI inventor would not realize what was happening. It all seems rather convenient. The security involved with the off ...more
Pamela
A technology company, Eden, matches people's profiles so accurately that everyone matched as been a great couple. No mis-matches. A few unique couples were 100% perfect personality matches that are called super couples. The story begins when one of those couples are found dead by apparent suicide. A forensic psychologist is called as a consultant in to help solve the mystery of why they would kill themselves. Then another super couple is found dead and it's a race to solve this mystery before th ...more
Farhan
Oct 22, 2014 Farhan rated it it was amazing
Okay, maybe I am a bit too excited about this novel; maybe it should have received a 'Very Good' rating from me, instead of my highest. But it was one fun ride. Eden Inc. is a matchmaking company that makes every other one in the business look downright primitive. Their candidates are thoroughly analyzed physically, genetically, as well as psychologically, and then their data is input in a super supercomputer which is powerful enough to shame even the computing prowess of NASA. The supercomputer ...more
Bill Mackela
May 28, 2014 Bill Mackela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After I finished The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston, I went to look for a solo book by the other member of the Preston & Child writing team, Lincoln Child. I found this audiobook from 10 years ago, and it also had a computer program as a character in the book. Since it was written a decade ago, some of the technology seems kind of quaint, but that doesn't get in the way of the story.

The story has good pacing and works really well in the audiobook format. I like to listen to audiobooks in
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»jαу
May 05, 2014 »jαу rated it really liked it
Can you imagine paying $25,000 to find your perfect match? There are so many online dating websites like okCupid, eHarmony, POF, and only lord knows what else out there. In Death Match, Dr. Richard Silver is the owner of the company Eden, Inc. While the work of Eden is nothing less than extraordinary, something strange is starting to happen -- 2 of the supercouples have died by double suicide. Dr. Lash, an ex-FBI agent, is brought as support to try and figure out why these couples committed suic ...more
Frank
Dec 05, 2015 Frank rated it really liked it
This was another good techno-thriller from Child. The protagonist, forensic psychologist Christopher Lash, is hired by Eden, Inc. to try to find out why a perfectly matched couple committed double suicide. The couple was brought together by Eden as part of its highly-successful matchmaking business using high-tech computer matching techniques. The couple was a perfect match and had no predisposed tendencies toward suicide...so why did the suicides occur? And then as Lash starts investigating, an ...more
Beth
May 23, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it
Love this author!
Katie
Mar 10, 2009 Katie rated it did not like it
I read this book solely because it was in my bookshelf. English language books find their way there, whether or not I choose them. This one was left behind by a visiting professor. The writing style was poor, the deep glimpse into Lashs past unconvincing, and the plot thin and predictable. I now feel like I need to read something literary just to redevelop the intellect lost in reading this book. ...more
Shannon
Sep 26, 2014 Shannon rated it it was amazing
A really great read. I liked it more than I thought I would. The pacing was just right and several times I thought I knew who the "bad guy" was, but then a new piece of evidence would come up and my opinion would go in a different direction. It really kept be guessing, though looking back I feel like I should have known sooner. I'm quite impressed with this book. Highly recommended.
Ginger Smith
Nov 05, 2015 Ginger Smith rated it really liked it
I wasn't expecting much from this book based on the reviews and ratings but I was presently surprised. The only thing I didn't like was that it seems like there was a story that came before this one - that of the former FBI agent, Dr. Cash - which I didn't get to read about. Is there a series I missed? Also, the epilogue indicated there would be a continuance of the story. I have found no other books relating to this one, at least not from my search via Goodreads.

Although I found the ideas of A
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Chad
Mar 03, 2014 Chad rated it liked it
Eden is not you average dating program. They are able to find your perfect match. Their methodology is top secret, but it appears it really works. However, when one of the perfect couples commits a double suicide,Eden wants to know what happened. So... they call in a specialist.

I not a big drama/mystery reader, but I have enjoyed his novels in the past. This one is overall good, but a bit slow in parts. In addition, it is pretty clear who the killer is fairly early in the book (at least it was
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Taniza
Jul 17, 2015 Taniza rated it liked it
Death Match by LichoIn Child is a fast read, a psychological suspense novel which I enjoyed until i finished 2/3rd of the book.
3.5/5 stars

Lewis and Lindsay Thorpe were the perfect couple: young, attractive, and ideally matched. But the veil of perfection can mask many blemishes. When the Thorpes are found dead in their tasteful Flagstaff living room (having committed double suicide), alarms go off in the towering Manhattan offices of Eden Incorporated. A short time later, Christopher Lash, a fo
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Joyce
Aug 01, 2008 Joyce rated it liked it
Well written and very well plotted. The cast of characters was well rounded and the basic premise complex and well developed. It was not a quick read, but was worth the time put into reading it.
Ralph McEwen
May 13, 2012 Ralph McEwen rated it liked it
No real suprises. Glad this wasn't my first book by Linclon Child, because I would not have read much else by him and missed some of his wonderful work.
Ângela Costa
"Até que a Morte não vos Separe" é um livro muito bom, gostei e recomendo. Porquê só 3*? Falta-lhe o "Factor surpresa", já são muitos anos a ver filmes!!! :)
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