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Death Match

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  9,069 Ratings  ·  451 Reviews
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, the high-tech matchmaking company whose spectacular succ ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Anchor (first published 2000)
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John G
Jan 19, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It picked up at the end but the first chunk was just so slow I had trouble getting into it. Plus listening to the audiobook made the scenes with all the number data extremely annoying.
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
Brian's Book Blog
Honestly one of my favorite books! About a computerized dating system that matches you to the 99th percentile to your mate. Excellent book!
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, techno_thriller
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
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
How do you make a uneventful novel even more boring? Find a monotone audiobook narrator . I'm convinced my GPS has more personality.

Couldn't finish
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
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Diana Barbosa
Dec 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chuck Noren
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
Mar 04, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft
i was hoping for some action with edmund wyre, but i guess he did his bit

p98: "you didn't bring along any mechanical devices, did you?" mauchly asked. "voice recorder, pda, anything like that?"
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.
Jennifer Boyce
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This was a quick and enjoyable thriller. A standard Lincoln Child read.
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!!! :)
Jul 26, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this author!
Monica Willyard
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was not at all what I expected. It is not a typical mystery. I’m still working out what to say about it because my responses are mostly emotional. It is a blending of two areas I always saw as distinctly separate, technology and love. This story melts them in a way that felt both creepy and hopeful. It is a very odd way to feel about a book, or a concept. When you add a shellshocked former FBI profiler, a psychopathic serial killer, A brilliant computer scientist, and an artificial int ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this audiobook. Christopher Lash is a psychologist who used to be profiler for the FBI. He is hired by an enigmatic company that is a highly sophisticated match-making business. When two couples who were deemed 100% perfectly matched end their lives unexpectedly the company is desperate to find out why. Lash is granted unprecedented access to the highly secret computer generated match making process to try to figure out why these "super couples" apparently committed suicide. This i ...more
I finished this book because Lincoln Child is a favorite author of mine, both in his stand alone books and in his collaborations with Douglas Preston. However, this book did not hold my interest as well as his others. maybe it was just too much tech information, or just too far fetched. A dating service set up by computer, goes awry, and this computer nearly kills Christopher Lash, the main character, and a host of others. Interesting in an eerie way, but the plot dragged to much to keep me read ...more
William Crosby
High tech Artificial Intelligence being used for dating/matching. Because of double suicides linked to the dating service, a forensic psych is called in (who has his own psych problems) to determine why.

Shows the power and danger of total information awareness and manipulation of data (e.g. credit cards, identity info).

Discussion of AI and philosophical issues of consciousness and being self-aware. Can a computer be envious of humans?

Sometimes goes on and on with the tech stuff at the expense of
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit predictable as to the killer in this tale. Almost wish the story had been drawn out more and the killer would go to court, now that would have been interesting.
Still, liked the premise of the computer dating scene as a source for stalking and serial killing.
Managed to say a lot there without giving too much away.
The fun part of this story was the evolution of the main character, Dr Lash, and how he managed to reclaim his life. There were a lot of gaps in the story and overt technical infor
Rui Moniz
Tenho que confessar que já tinha umas certas saudades de ler Lincoln Child.
O Dr. Lash é uma personagem interessante, mas não é muito aprofundada - até porque parece que o autor não o utiliza noutras obras -, nem sequer o seu passado, repetidamente referido ao longo da história, mas sempre de forma algo superficial.
A história é interessante e gira à volta de um tema original.
As cenas de acção estão bem escritas, mas algumas passagens e o desfecho final são um pouco rebuscados demais para o meu go
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Child writes an intense mystery / thriller revolving around computerized match making and the deaths, double suicides, of some of the 'perfect' couples. Christopher Lash, psychologist and profiler, formerly with the FBI, is hired to find out why these couples committed joint suicide, or did they?

While I figured out who did it, and how the story would end, it's worth the time if you like thriller and want to delve into a book on a quiet day.
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