Everyone's looking for the perfect match, a life-long partner, and Lewis and Lindsay Thorpe have found theirs, thanks to hi-tech matchmaker Eden, Inc. But when the happy couple's life together ends in what looks like a double suicide, Eden Inc. has some explaining to do ..... and then another match ends in death.
This was a very attention-holding book. All of Child's book show wonderful imagination of plot, but not unreasonableness--in other words, it COULD have happened. I think this was one of his best, and a "must read" !!
Everyone's looking for the perfect match and Eden Inc has found a way to do that. But, the lives of their "perfect matches" are coming to an end. They hire a forensic psychological to figure out what went wrong.
The Child half of the Preston/Child duo offers a solid solo thriller that I couldn't put down. It had good characterizations, and the competent writing I've come to depend on from either of these authors. And I found the idea of a high-tech dating service both fascinating and chilling.
Great premise ... a bit far fetched ..., August 10, 2006
Reviewer: Book Junkie (Dallas, Texas)
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Child obviously has done his homework regarding computers and AI. The premise is an interesting one, the storyline is very well developed and proceeds at an exciting pace. The ending is somewhat far fatched though; the computer Liza being the culprit and all. I mean, if it is capable of tracking Lash's activites and realizing that he is a threat, how come it cannot figure out the plan by our hero and his friends in the end that results in its termination?
Also there are a few loose ends that seem to be storylines in themselves - the stalker, Lash's past life, the enigmatic employees of Eden who seem to be hiding secrets etc. Were they added just to distract and keep you guessing? If so, they were not brought to a satisfactory conclusion.
This book is certainly better than Child's other solo effort - Utopia, a monumental bore despite the lofty title. I am still waiting for the next Douglas/Child joint effort, sans Pendergast, of course. I think we have had enough of the Holmes/Mycroft alter egos.
Horror novel published in 2004 about computer matchmaking. A perfect match went awry when a double suicide occurred with one, and then another, of the "supercouples". I liked the technology and the psychology in the story.
This was another good techno-thriller from Child. The protagonist, forensic psychologist Christopher Lash, is hired by Eden, Inc. to try to find out why a perfectly matched couple committed double suicide. The couple was brought together by Eden as part of its highly-successful matchmaking business using high-tech computer matching techniques. The couple was a perfect match and had no predisposed tendencies toward suicide...so why did the suicides occur? And then as Lash starts investigating, another double suicide occurs with another perfectly matched couple. But did the couples commit double suicide or were they murder/suicides or were they homicides? As Lash delves into the possible reasons for the deaths, he seems to be implicated himself. The computer used by Eden is actually a form of artificial intelligence (AI) created by the firm's founder, Richard Silver, an eccentric who spends all of his time in the penthouse of the firm (a Howard Hughes-type character) and who only has contact with the computer who he named Liz. Overall, I would recommend this one.