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 have 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.
With tremendous imagination and skill, master thriller writer Lincoln Child renders a setting too frighteningly believable not to be real. Infused with relentless suspense and a riveting pace, Death Match is Child at his best.
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Death Match Disappointment
This didn't feel worth the time invested. I love this author when he is writing with writing partner, Preston.
Initially, it felt like Dr. Lash could have been an intriguing character. I was intrigued by his psychiatric perspective and thought it might go somewhere interesting.
Liza, the artificial intelligence.
I'll be more cautious in selecting authors.
Though the book started out as if it might be interesting, it felt to me like the story got 'out of control' and the author didn't know what to do with it, which led to the story
getting more outrageous and unbelievable as the book went on. I kept with it, hoping
it would take a reasonable/interesting turn. The scenes of running for safety in the secured building's vents, being shot at seemed silly. Very implausible that someone with Lash's training and professional background would have hung in there doing his investigating and assessing as long as he did. Even sillier was an ending where the company offered him an extra $l00,000 for the trouble they'd put him through and his turning it down!
- Susannah French