This is a good story even though some of its secrets and lies were easily predicable early on....Betrayal is the overarching theme of this story with fraud, pediophilia, drug abuse, kidnapping, and teen pregnancy in its subplots. There are three threads that the author weaves together in an easy to follow way. It's a mystery within a mystery within a mystery.....
Overall, I enjoyed the story.... It held my attention and I was entertained. However, it is not a page turner or hard to put down listen. As one reviewer noted, it's a story "that's easy to pick up, get lost in but just as easy to put down." Too many of the characters were not developed enough even though they played key roles in the plot.
I did not like parts if the ending because it was too contrived.... and it showed just how underdeveloped the characters were. The contrivance did not suit the story in any way. It made no sense to me that a man would risk getting caught after receiving his cut of ill-gotten dollars... why take the risk? the author did not set-up this "plot twist" well enough so that the man's actions flowed naturally with the storyline.
The narrator, Elizabeth Rodgers was good. Some of her "gruffier" male voices was less than stellar but doable.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
This was a fairly good till end, where the author cops out and goes with a "typical" conclusion where everything has to be wrapped up in a neat package. I guessed how it would end and the major plot line halfway through the book because the author tries so hard to divert the readers attention from the true suspect. Good listen on average but not much suspense. I like to listen to books that keep me guessing outcome. If you like the genre and can't guess outcome early on then you will enjoy it.
I love books!
This is my 7th Lisa Gardner novel and I've enjoyed them all. She writes taut thrillers set mainly in the Boston area. My overriding goal in any book is to be entertained and this was entertaining. It had a kidnapping, murder, fraud, a family falling apart, good police wrok, and at different times in the story 4-5 characters that could' have been the "whodunit".
I was interested in trying out Eva Gardner's books for a while and finally decided to start with Touch & Go. I'm pretty speechless about the quality of its content. The writing quality is clearly above Romance level but the content... - not much! Super humans without much depth. The muscular, toned, sensitive body of perfect (cheating) Justin and the relentless moaning of the lonely housewife finally got to me: after two thirds I couldn't handle it anymore. All I was constantly hoping was that Libby would stop talking and that we could get back to a scene without her.
The other lead characters in the drama have a bit more diverse characters. It's still pretty mindless reading but decent entertainment and not quite as offensively over the top as the main family drama.
I was anxious to "Touch & Go" for I really enjoyed the Tessa Leone character in a previous book. I was able to pick it up during an Audible sale. I'm glad I waited awhile to get this because frankly I was underwhelmed.
This book centers around a corporate kidnapping of a CEO's family. The book flows well while there is action. The problem is that it drags more than it should, like there when laying back story. Gardner's best suit is the situations she creates. I thought many she created in this book were inventive, but honestly when was the last wealthy family kidnapped in the United States? Where was the press? In reality, no one would have been able to sneak in and out of so many houses for the press would have been camping out.
I too wish there were more of the Tessa character. It seemed like she was a background character in this book. I did enjoy the entrance of the New Hampshire County Sheriff. I especially enjoyed Elisabeth Rogers rendition of his accent. I can see him being in presented in a future book and will look forward to reading it.
This is an absolute must! Every time I thought I knew who was behind the kidnapping there would be a twist and then a turn and then another twist. I was in knots by the end. This was my first Lisa Gardner novel and it won't be my last. I loved it!
The characters in this novel are very well rounded, with believable traits and responses to the danger they face. Gardner does a great job of directing suspicions to different suspects, each with a logical motive. It is told from the point of view of the wife, but it stays true to the plot without becoming maudlin.
I would compare this book to the others written by Lisa Gardner. Characters with depth, and a good believable plot.
Elisabeth Rodgers does a great job of narrating the plot from the wife's point of view, but it could be greatly improved with the addition of a good male reader for the more threatening antagonists.
Like all of Lisa Gardner's books, she keeps the pace up, with builds and twists that really captured my interest.
It was time spent working on household tasks while listening to a good book. Well spent!
I don't know.
Deedee the detective.
Maybe...I don't know.
The story had a melancholy start and was difficult to get in to, but as the story unfolded it became much more interesting and compelling to listen to.
I really enjoyed the accents, they added to the narration. The story line is fun, you get glimpses of who the "bad guy" could be so you are never truly sure who it really is. I had a hunch toward the end of what was going on, have to keep this as general as possible to avoid giving anything away, and in the end my hunch was right but that didn't detract from the way the story progressed and I didn't feel disappointed or unfulfilled.
I liked that they drew in stories and background on all the characters, it helped story development but also gave more suspense to the who done it aspect.
Overall I enjoyed all aspects and would recommend to a friend looking for a detective mystery.
I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.
I love Lisa Gardner and thought this was a bit of a let down after "Love You More".
The story starts out with a family being kidnapped and is fast paced as they go through all the macinations of being held hostage, ransom etc. but I had figured out who the culprit was about a third of the way into the story.
There were a lot of very intense parts but there were also quite a few where Libby, the main female character, was rather whinny and annoying as was her daughter.
I was glad to see Tessa Leone back as an investigator. She was a great character in "Love You More". I did find the narrator's performance of Tessa to be quite grating in that she, and several other characters, kept slipping in and out of very poorly done New England accents. The thing was, sometimes they had the accecnts and sometimes they did not.
Overall I enjoyed it but it was not at the level I have come to expect from Lisa Gardner.