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Death Match

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  4,579 ratings  ·  283 reviews
Everyone’s looking for the perfect match, a life-long partner, and Lewis and Lindsay Thorpe have found theirs, thanks to hi-tech matchmaker Eden Inc. But when the happy couple’s life together ends in what looks like a double suicide, Eden Inc. has some explaining to do. So they hire forensic psychologist Christopher Lash to figure out what went wrong. And then another perf...more
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Published October 31st 2006 by Anchor (first published 2004)
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John G
Jan 19, 2007 John G rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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
Patrick Gibson
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
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...more
Jaiman Fisher
*****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...more
Jaime
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...more
Diana Barbosa
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...more
Katie
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 Lash´s 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.
Chad
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...more
Joyce
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
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!!! :)
Lesli
This reminds me of Child's Utopia. The computer-y stuff in this book is a match to the engineering stuff in Utopia. There's a lone male troubleshooter (like in most of his stand alone titles). There's a reclusive genius (like in Utopia). I even knew the who and why well before the halfway point in the book. I also knew how most of the ending would go. None of this detracts from the pace and excitement of the book. Ok, yes, this isn't exactly a brain-bending mystery; but that's sort of why I read...more
Susan Bright
Who needs Match.com, Harmony or JDate, when there is Eden? Eden’s sophisticated hi tech computer Liza did all the work for you. Yes, the computer had a name! For $25,000. Liza would find your perfect match. Guaranteed! No scrolling through pictures, no emailing back and forth and no painful first dates. Sure, you had to endure a thorough physical, as well as psychological examination, answer a multitude of personal questions, but who wouldn’t do that in order to find their soul mate?

Lewis and Li...more
Adam Wilson
Death Match by Lincoln Child is a very fast read, or at least it was for me. The story of trying to find a perfect romantic match is intriguing to me, and when Child starts telling us about a new match-making program called Eden Incorporated and how successful they are, the feeling of unease begins to settle in. The company is incredibly secritive and Christopher Lash, our protagonist, finds this out when he begins to investigate the double-suicide of Eden’s first 100% matched couple. The Thorpe...more
Jorge
Apesar de o livro ser de 2004, e de já uma vez ter iniciado a sua leitura mas por força de outros assuntos o ter deixado de parte, decidi no passado Sábado agarrar em mais uma história de um dos meus autores favoritos e acontece que não me voltei a desiludir.

"Death Match" ou "Até que a Morte Não Vos Separe" em português, cativou-me desde o primeiro capítulo, desde aquele grande acontecimento. O mistério em redor de tal, todas as variáveis cujas quais o autor não deixa escapar e, mais ainda, torn...more
Samantha
Eden is a high-priced match making service where, for a mere $25,000, you will go though a grueling matching process to find your perfect life-mate. Thousands of testimonials proves it is well worth the money, and in fact, the rigorous process has yielded several PERFECT matches...couples who are 100% compatible. There's a serpent in Eden, however, or at least that is the fear when one of the perfect couples commits suicide. Enter forensic psychologist Christopher Lash. Eden wants to know why a...more
Paul Hamilton
For someone who devours Preston & Child's (basically Pendergast-exclusive) novels, I've been surprisingly picky about their solo work. I picked up Death Match on a whim from the library because I needed something breezy along the lines of Christopher Pike's Falling to go along with the end of summer while I trudge through Crime and Punishment on DailyLit.

Death Match is the story of Christopher Lash, an ex-FBI profiler who has moved into private practice following a life-shattering encounter...more
Chibineko
One thing is absolutely certain- Child & Preston both do their best work when they are writing together. That's not to say that their individual works are terrible, but it's pretty clear that they seem to complement each other & make up for the other's shortcomings. That factor is slightly apparent in this novel, even though it's one of my favorites by Lincoln Child as an individual writer.

Death Match is about a matchmaking company named Eden. Eden's not just any type of matchmaker compa...more
Ian
Pleasantly surprised!

Having recently felt the urge to read thriller novels that would keep me awake all night, I tried a few novels by some authors I had not read before. Most of these books I did not even finish, since they bored me so much that I felt I would rather sit and watch the grass grow. I must add that they were real insomnia-busters (I'm not going to name them, though!).

Then I picked up Death Match. I have actually delayed reading the book, since the cover on the paperback version th...more
Deanna
Dec 11, 2012 Deanna rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Not many
Recommended to Deanna by: Library
Shelves: audiobook, library
The beginning concept was fascinating. The story surrounded Eden - the perfect match making company - was well explained while still leaving you wanting to know more. It brings you in and make you wonder, would you spend the several thousand dollars for the service? Yeah, definitely.

As for the main character, I'll be honest: I don't even remember his name. And his background story? Why was that even in there? All it did was confused and it was never completed, was it? I don't even know.

The endin...more
Steffy
(Ich hab keine Ahnung wieso ich auf Deutsch schreibe, doch ich tu's jetzt einfach.)

Den Partner zu finden, der lebenslang einem zur Seite steht und zu einer hohen Prozentzahl zu einem passt, ist das größte Geschenk, das ein Mensch erhalten kann. Dank Eden Incorporatet, ein Dating Service, der es möglich macht, diesen Partner zu finden werden Menschen zusammengeführt. Dr. Christopher Lash, forensischer Psychologe und ehemaliger FBI Angestellter, wird von der bekannten Firma gebeten, bei einem Fall...more
John
I enjoyed this book but I didn't love it. I'm not entirely sure what kept me from connecting with this book, but I suspect that it was little things rather than major deficiencies. For instance, (view spoiler)...more
Rossrn Nunamaker
I hadn't read any work or co-written work by Child, so this was my first experience with his writing.

The story was about a reclusive computer genius Richard Silver who founds a matchmaking service, Eden, which has incredibly successful outcomes.

People matched using the service find unimaginable long-lasting happiness. There are even six people who are perfectly matched - the supercouples.

When the first super-couple commits double suicide, the company calls on Dr. Christopher Lash, former FBI age...more
Silvia
To my surprise, I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. It takes a different perspective on the notion of the "ideal relationship", pushing the myth of the "perfect match" to an extreme through the use of computers and artificial intelligence. It was a pretty good read for geeky social work academic wanting some light reading, in how it addressed the intersection of technology and relationships, even though neither the writing nor the mystery plot were anything exceptional.

I was in...more
April Hochstrasser
I usually don't like science fiction because it is so out there. However, inventing artificial intelligence isn't really out there anymore and this book was very plausible. I didn't see the end coming but it was very compelling and realistic. The age of computers can have it's scary side, especially if you know how to manipulate data and track people through their interactions with computers everyday. The story was about a super computer that could match compatible couples with 95% accuracy. Som...more
Mónica Silva
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Este é um thriller tecnológico imperdível, que se passa num futuro em que a tecnologia domina o mundo (ainda mais do que na atualidade). A temática principal é a tão polémica inteligência artificial. Neste caso é usada para unir casais perfeitos: os super casais. Mas, tal como é discutido atualmente, será que nos devemos tornar totalmente dependentes de uma máquina para determinar as nossas vidas, o nosso futuro?

A escrita de Lincoln Child é...more
Betsy Ashton
I was definitely in the mood for a thriller last week when I picked Lincoln Child's "Death Match" from my TBR pile. It didn't disappoint.

I've read almost all the books Child writes with his partner Douglas Preston, but this way my first stand-alone by Child. The premise appears simple: for every person there is a perfect match. We just have to find it.

When a perfect super couple is found slain, and when it is call a double suicide, retired forensic psychologist Christopher Lash is asked to inves...more
Benjamin Wretlind
I'm a big fan of both Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I'm also a fan of their work when they're not working together. As for Child, Utopia was neat. Deep Storm was a joy to read (and the first work I read that put me on a path to reading everything they wrote). Terminal Freeze was great, especially since I lived at a radar site in Alaska for awhile and I could easily relate. I'm really looking forward to Third Gate.

However, Death Match was, well, boring. My wife and I listened to it in the ca...more
Tom O'brien
I'm giving it three stars rather than 2 just because the author(s) were quite prescient in projecting a world where some computer knows all. Turns out it was the NSA, but in any event.

I have also worked in the speech recognition technology business - and found the descriptions of computers and AI compelling.

It went off the rails at the conclusion. That's all I'll say.

@tomob
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