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Isabel Raine thought she had everything–a successful career, a supportive family, and a happy marriage to the man she loved. Then one ordinary morning, her husband, Marcus, picks up his briefcase, kisses her good-bye, and simply vanishes.

That day, all her calls to him go straight to voice mail; the messages she leaves at his office go unreturned, too. Panicking after final...more
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Published June 2nd 2009 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Elizabeth Scott
I admit, I went into this one with some trepidation--I'm not a huge fan of books about authors (unless the author in question is in academia--go figure!)--but I really enjoyed this.

Isabel Raine has breakfast with her husband, Marcus, and then he never comes home. When she tries to find out what happened to him, she finds out that Marcus never existed. That, and he's taken everything--all of the money she's made, and the company he was so proud of turns out to have been nothing but a way to con...more
Jeanette
Three-point-five stars

What if you discovered that you knew nothing about the person you were married to? Creepy stuff. It would seem far-fetched, except that I've read several of Ann Rule's true crime stories about women who married dangerous men. These men fabricated life stories for themselves and the women fell for it, to their detriment. The main character in this book, Isabel Raines, is like those women. She's relatively happily married, wealthy, and has a successful career as a novelist. B...more
Lauren Fidler
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Gina
Isabel is a famous writer married to a successful video game developer, Marcus Raine. Their lives seem perfect until one day Marcus doesn't come home. This begins a mixing bowl of betrayal, affairs, suicides, the Albanian mob, stolen identity, stolen money, and a whole lot of other WTF. I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. The plot intrigued me and continued to do so from start to finish. Unfortunately, the constant change in voice and jump between present day and flashbacks left me...more
Sarah
I'd actually probably give this a 2.5 stars rating... in all fairness though, this isn't a genre that I read frequently - I read it because I needed a "U" author for my ABC Challenge.

Okay... here are some of my dislikes;

- Okay, so the main character, as is described on the jacket blurb, is betrayed by her husband, who is not who she thought he was. I get that she's upset and all... but I really didn't understand her motivation for trying to find him after he disappears. And "because that's who I...more
Linda C
I am probably being overly generous with the stars (probably 3.5 would be a fairer rating) as I usually reserve four stars for books with either exceptional writing or books that appealed to me on a deep level, but this book is a strong example of suspense/crime drama. Ergo, it earned four stars.

Although you knew from the beginning that Isabel's husband was not who he said he was, this was a tight, entertaining book to read. Of course, I wanted Marcus to redeem himself and come back for Isabel,...more
Jenn
Contains spoilers!!!!

Okay, to start with, normally when you read a book you like the main character or at least understand him/her. I very much disliked Isabelle. Her every decision was stupid, naive and completely selfish. She puts her family in jeopardy just because she wants to know why? I could understand, disagree with but understand her putting herself in jeopardy, but to risk her family?? Even after her stepfather is almost killed, it doesn't stop her. Her own husband, her love, points a...more
Lisa Kay
★★★★✩ Needed this book to fulfill an A-Z Author challenge and I'm glad I stumbled across it. Interesting thriller. Lots of adultery (which is not my thing). Great narration by Ann Marie Lee; I’ll definitely listen to another of her books and read or listen to another of Lisa Unger's books.
Keri Neal
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Matt Schiariti
what a fantastic read! From the early pages till the very last, this book grabs you and just doesn't let go.

Izzy Raine has a seemingly perfect life. Great husband, great immediate family, successful job as a novelist, wonderful apartment, excellent love life. Everything seems to be perfect. At first and on the surface. Then one day, her husband doesn't return from work. What she gets involved in next will change not only her life, but the lives of those closest to her as well.

What I really enjoy...more
Erica
There are a bunch of things about this book. the storyline is great if not intriguing, however the writing style in the first 1/2-3/4 of the book is such that it moves slow. As a result it took me a while to really get into the book. The first portion of the book contains a lot of unclear shifts between current story/flashbacks/different characters/introspective thoughts. There wasn't much dialogue or action and it made the book hard to follow. I spent much of this time confused as to what was h...more
Maggie Boyd
Isabella Raine has her life crash around her in a 24 hr. period. Her husband is missing, dead or willingly abandoning her is unclear. Unwilling to let things be handled by the police and lawyers - that's not who I am - she sets out on a dangerous quest to find out what exactly is going on with Marcus.

The book is edge of your seat thrills but when the roller coaster ride is over we are left with lots of questions. Why was the villain doing what he was doing? Shouldn't his initial kill have yielde...more
Christine
Just a so-so thriller. I found the constant switching between the main character's first person POV and the other characters' third person POVs interrupted the flow. So did the timeline - it jumps around quite a bit. The writing also tends to veer off into moments of, well, philosophical reflection on might call it? Although that might be a bit too strong a term - the characters ruminate on the meaning of the situation or experience they're currently engaged in, which don't add much to the story...more
Christine
An interesting concept, although it does require a total suspension of disbelief. I found myself forgetting who some of the people were, but overall enjoyed the book. Could have used another copy checker though, one who wouldn't be thrown off by homonyms (bare/bear, for instance)
Samuel R. Colletto, Jr.
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Bridgette Adams
Love is what we do, not what we say. That not everyone has the strength or the ability to love another, or even himself. And that some of us have a secret heart that cannot be shared.
Erin Ashley Tanner
There were a few things in the book I didn't need to enjoy it such as her sister's marriage problems, but I really enjoyed this novel. When I finished this novel, the author left me feeling a mixture of confused feelings. Although the antagonist in this novel did horrible things such as cheating on his wife, using women, stealing, and committing murder I found myself feeling sorry for him. Yes. I couldn't believe it. When an author has written something that leaves you so emotional, then they ha...more
Becky
This is a story of betrayal, forgiveness and suicide. The incredible love that Isabel has for her husband, only to find out that he's not who he says he is, is almost unbearable. Even for the reader.

There are so many characters in this story. I found that I liked many of them, and of course disliked the villains. Detective Grady Crow is an awesome character. He's even keel, even in the most bizarre of circumstances. He keeps his head, and still has his own life going on in the background of the...more
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Πόσο καιρό έχω να διαβάσω ένα ψυχολογικό θρίλερ? Πολύ! Πόσο καιρό έχω να διαβάσω ένα καλογραμμένο, ωραίο ψυχολογικό θρίλερ? Πάρα Πολύ!

Λοιπόν, αν δεν είχα τη θεία μου να μου δίνει κανένα καλό βιβλίο μια στο τόσο, φοβάμαι ότι θα έμενα για πάντα κολλημένη στους βρυκόλακες και τους λυκάνθρωπους. Όχι ότι είναι άσχημα αυτά τα βιβλία, απλά δεν σου δίνουν αυτή την εσωτερική ευχαρίστηση ενός καλογραμμένου θρίλερ.

Αν έβλεπα αυτό το βιβλίο σε ταινία, ομολογώ ότι δεν θα μου άρεσε το ίδιο. H αρχή του μου προκ...more
melissa
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Michelle
To be honest this book has left me totally confused. I finished ‘Die for You’ a few days ago, but thought I should wait to see if I could gain some perspective about this story before attempting this review. But here I am a few days later, and I’m still not sure about this one.

I’m not a new reader to Lisa Unger, having read ‘Black Out’ last year and really enjoying it. But ‘Die for You’ was a complete struggle to get through after the first few chapters. At first I sympathized with Isabel’s cha...more
Alannah Davis
Isabel "Izzy" Connelly Raines is pretty much an ordinary woman who's made a successful career on her own, but love aludes her. She finally finds it with Marcus Raines. She's come to terms with her difficult but loving family, too. So just when she thinks she has it all, her husband Marcus leaves for work on a normal day and never returns. When she looks at him at his office, she is knocked unconscious during what appears to be an FBI raid. But then, apparently, nothing has been as it's appeared...more
Jennifer
My first Lisa Unger book and actually I was very pleased with it. I did find it hard to stay connected to the book - I didn't put it at the top of my priority list of things to do, so it took me awhile to get through it. However, I felt completely connected to the characters and was interested in their stories. I placed myself in Isabel's place a lot, trying to think how I would feel if my husband up and disappeared one day. I just felt so much empathy for her.

Sometimes the book would flash back...more
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What if you discover that your husband turns out to be someone you know nothing about? That's basically what Isabel Connelly, the best-selling fiction author, went through. Isabel's husband leaves one day and disappears on the woman who loved him and chose to marry him (and give up having kids for him too). Later, Isabel discovers her husband's real identity and secret dealings that leaves her world shattered.

Die for You is a thriller/crime novel following Isabel's hunt to find her husband and g...more
Katy Brandes
Maybe I should have read this book instead of listening to it on CD, as the narrator's voice drove me nuts most of the time throughout. Every line of dialogue was enunciated as if the speaker was either (#1) in serious physical pain or (#2) distraught for some imagined dramatic effect.

The story was interesting enough, although I couldn't buy the fact that some seemingly "with it" woman such as Isabel was totally daft in letting her husband control every monetary aspect of her life (especially a...more
Amy Meyer
Publisher: Isabel Raine thought she had everything. A successful career, a supportive family, and a happy marriage to the man she loved. Then one ordinary morning, her husband, Marcus, picked up his briefcase, kissed her goodbye, and simply vanished.



That day all her calls went straight to voicemail; the messages she left at his office went unreturned too. Panicking after finally receiving a call from his cell phone in which all she could hear was a man’s terrified cry, Isabel called the police....more
Laurel-Rain
From the streets and neighborhoods of Manhattan to the cobbled pathways of Prague, the author skillfully leads the reader—sometimes along circuitous routes—until finally, as the story comes to a close, the pieces fall into place.

Alternating between the third-person narrative of several key characters, as they are spotlighted, and the first-person voice of Isabel Raine, the tale is woven together in a back-and-forth fashion, beginning at the end of the story with a brief prologue. We meet Isabel...more
Alexia561
A bestselling writer and her software designer husband are living the ultimate urban dream. With a beautiful home in Manhattan, skyrocketing careers, and an extravagant lifestyle, they seemed to want for little. Except that when it came to Isabel Connelly and the man everyone knew as Marcus Raine, nothing was as it seemed.

Isabel and Marcus seem to have the perfect life until one day Marcus goes off to work, but doesn't come home. This sets Isabel on a quest to discovering who the man she married...more
Maddy
PROTAGONIST: Isabel Connelly Raine, author
SETTING: New York, Prague
RATING: 4.25

All of us have parts of ourselves that we'd prefer to keep hidden, even from those who we love the most. But one doesn't expect to find that their spouse of five years is not the person that he claimed to be at all. Isabel Connelly Raine is an author who is married to a very successful inventor of high-tech games, Marcus Raine. But one day, Marcus leaves for work and never returns. She later answers a call on her cell...more
Diane
n Lisa Unger's DIE FOR YOU, Isabel thought she knew her husband, until the night he didn't come home. Married to Marcus for five years, and except for one brief indiscretion by her husband, Isabel thought they were happy. After alternating between anger and panic all night, she finally gets a phone call from his cell phone- and hears a violent struggle and a man scream on the other end of the call.

A call to the police goes nowhere, as a husband who doesn't come home is not high on the priority l...more
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