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Die for You by Lisa Unger
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Mar 30, 2012

did not like it
Read from March 30 to 31, 2012

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 at times dazed and confused. (And did anyone else notice how some of the flashbacks at the beginning didn't seem to accurately portray some of the events at the end?) In addition, I hated all the characters with the exception of the preteen niece and nephew and stepfather Fred. Everyone, and I mean everyone, is lying about something and then trying to justify those lies in context of past unhappiness versus present happiness. This leads to some serious problems with character development as each character is constantly acting against type. I would like to think the author did this on purpose to make some comment on adults (in a general sense) inability to ever be happy, but I'm not so sure it wasn't just bad writing. Isabel is the best/worst example of this as she insists she must find her "husband" and demand answers and her money back. Yet a huge part of the reason she is in this mess is that she routinely made bad decisions, against the advice of everyone, that allowed her to be in her current position. She is able to investigate and find Marcus halfway around the world in just a few days time while still making horrible decisions but insisting that it is "who she is?" I'm never able to join the two sides to her personality into a cohesive character. The TSTL moments are almost too numerous to count for her as well as several other characters. This is my first book by Lisa Unger, and I'm not sure I'll seek out another.
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03/30/2012 page 50
12.0% "Only 50 pages in and already annoyed with the heroine. I hope she improves."

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Eleanor Thompson Spot on review.

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