108. Death Match (Lincoln Child)

Friday, September 10, 2010
It's early in the morning, I'm tired, and I actually finished this book three days ago so rather than tax my brain and try to put together a plot summary, here is the description from the official website for Death Match by Lincoln Child:

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 success, and legendary secrecy, has inspired awe around the world. The Thorpes, few people knew, were more than the quintessential happy couple – they were Eden’s first perfect match. A short time later, Christopher Lash, a gifted former FBI forensic psychologist, receives an urgent plea from Eden to perform a quick – and quiet – investigation into the deaths. Lash’s psychological autopsy reveals nothing suspicious, but inadvertently dredges up the memories of a searing personal tragedy he has kept at bay for years.

The situation changes suddenly when a second Eden couple is found dead -- by all appearances, another double suicide. Now Eden – particularly Richard Silver, the company’s brilliant and reclusive founder – has no choice but to grant Lash unprecedented access to its most guarded secrets if he is to have any chance of determining what is going wrong. The hidden world he discovers is a stunning labyrinth of artificial intelligence, creative genius, and a melding of technology that does indeed, to Lash’s surprise, deliver on Eden’s promise to its clients: the guarantee of a perfect, lifelong mate. But Lash’s involvement in the investigation becomes more personal and dangerous than he could have imagined, nearly as soon as it begins.

I'm beginning to become addicted to Lincoln Child's thrillers just as I have a bizarre addiction to James Rollins. Death Match was a fascinating take on the matchmaking business, with a 21st century twist. Singles searching for that perfect companion only to wind up dead alongside your soulmate. Once again, I found it surprising how hooked I was once I started reading. Child's writing is lively and energetic, and makes up for what was a fairly predictable plotline (standard Hollywood movie stuff here). No great work of fiction but makes for great end-of-summer reading. Keep it in mind for something to peruse on a long weekend (you'll finish it quickly) or save it for next summer's beach reading. Recommended.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's a really interesting premise, actually. I would read that, thanks for the introduction.

S.M. Elliott said...

Sounds like this book could put a major dent in matchmaking service sales... ;D

tweetey30 said...

I agree with SME.. Definately a dent in match making sales..lol.. Oh brother for those that need those services though.. I just hope they dont read this book first. But its a good book to keep in mind next time we go to the book store to look for.

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