Title: Die for You
Author: Lisa Unger
Release Date: June 2, 2009
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 4 out of 5
From the publisher’s website:
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 finally receiving a call from his cell phone in which all she can hear is a man’s terrified cry, Isabel calls the police. But they aren’t interested. Men leave, they tell her. They leave all the time. Desperate to find her husband, Isabel races to his office. But instead of finding him, she finds herself in the middle of an FBI raid. Hours later, she awakens in the hospital with a severe concussion and a homicide detective by her bedside waiting to question her about Marcus Raine–the real Marcus Raine.
Now the only thing Isabel knows for sure is that her husband of five years is gone. Where is he and who is he are questions no one seems able to answer. But Isabel will not rest until she discovers the truth about the man she loves, even if it means risking everything–including her own life.
Lisa Unger has become one of my favorite mystery/thriller authors. She writes suspenseful and engaging books that keep you up late into the night. Though sometimes they aren’t the most realistic of books, they are meticulously crafted and ridiculously fun reads. Die For You is no exception – Unger has written a very appealing novel that is very enjoyable to read. Though it isn’t quite as engaging as her other novels, it is more realistic.
The best part of Die For You is Isabel. Often in books such as this, I don’t understand why the heroine has to “go it alone,” why she can’t just try to work with the police to figure out what is going on. In this case, I knew. First, the affront was personal – it was her husband, her life, her marriage that had been a sham. She needed to understand why. Also, she didn’t totally cut out the police officers, which I also appreciated. She actually was pretty smart about the whole thing.
There was a lot going on in this novel, but it wasn’t really hard to follow. That being said, I had no idea where it was going. Lisa Unger is incredibly creative with an exceptional imagination. I also loved how she managed to build suspense, especially with the disjointed storytelling. It was enough to spur the story on, but not so much that the reader became annoyed with foreshadowing.
Die For You is a worthy entry into the mystery/thriller genre. If you are a fan of Harlan Coben or Laura Lippman, give Lisa Unger a chance. She definitely does not disappoint!
Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book to review.