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Touch & Go: A Novel | [Lisa Gardner]

Touch & Go: A Novel

Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.
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Publisher's Summary

This is my family: Vanished without a trace....

Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life.

This is what I know: Pain has a flavor....

When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted, with only a pile of their cell phones and electronic devices remaining. No witnesses, no ransom demands, no motive. Just a perfect little family, gone.

This is what I fear: The worst is yet to come....

Tessa knows better than anyone that flawless fronts can hide the darkest secrets. Now she must race against the clock to uncover the Denbes’ innermost dealings, a complex tangle of friendships and betrayal, big business and small sacrifices. Who would want to kidnap such a perfect little family? And how far would such a person be willing to go?

This is the truth: Love, safety, family . . . it’s all touch and go.

©2012 Lisa Gardner (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Deborah MOUNT CLARE, WV, United States 02-28-13
    Deborah MOUNT CLARE, WV, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A really good listen."
    What did you love best about Touch & Go?

    Kept my interest from the very start.


    What about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance did you like?

    Excellent job with all characters


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes, but I have to pace myself.


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    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 02-27-13
    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not a' WOW'..."

    Lisa Gardner is one of my favorite authors and I would love to talk her up to say what some others did. I found this book good, not mind blowing. Entertaining, not stunning. Completely disfunctional family, I really liked no one or have an empathy for any of them. Their lives were one mistake after another. I was able to figure out certain parts that I am assuming were supposed to be twists, so no surprises there. No one emerged the victor and found the pshyco 'Nick' , a little over the top. I did have the ending figured out or at least a probability half way thru, then 3/4 thru I was pretty sure.
    So decent enough, wasn't disappointed, but not high fiving Lisa Gardner either. Some of her other books will stay my favorites. Glad to see another from her tho.

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    Tania Saraland, AL, United States 02-27-13
    Tania Saraland, AL, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Lisa's Best Story By Far!!"
    If you could sum up Touch & Go in three words, what would they be?

    Suspense, Thrill, and Surprise!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tessa Leoni was my favorite. She was introduced in "Love You More," and it was a great treat being reunited with her again in this book. I love her role and how she evolves in this book with her new character.


    Have you listened to any of Elisabeth Rodgers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I have not heard her before, but she was really able to paint the perfect picture. I will look for her books again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book was so suspenseful and I thought I knew where it was going and then Bam! She took the book to a whole new level.


    Any additional comments?

    This was Lisa Gardner's best work yet!! Keep up the great work!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jerri 02-26-13
    Jerri 02-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Less "meaning" would be better, but GOOD story!"

    I really enjoyed the story and plot of the book, true Lisa Gardner quality! However the word "meaning" was WAAAYY overused, so much that I wanted to keep track of it. But I didn't. :o) The narrator has some context and pronunciation issues I've noticed in the last few books. Using "live" - as in "live concert" , instead of "live" as in "I live here." And lounge [lounj] like a cocktail lounge becomes "longe" [lonj] as in "longe line for horses". I am not a grammar cop but these things interrupted the story flow and were distracting for me. But the story was so good I'd just back it up 30 seconds, regain my thoughts and go on.

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    Robert 02-26-13
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    What did you like best about Touch & Go? What did you like least?

    Best: Anatomical references (to chemical dependency reactions, injury descriptions)
    Least: The redundant and tedious explanations of things that a reader would normally conclude on their own


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa Gardner again?

    Probably not. Perhaps if someone in the Simon Vance talent range read the book, I MIGHT give it a try.


    What three words best describe Elisabeth Rodgers’s voice?

    Monotonous
    Painfully-attempted accents


    Do you think Touch & Go needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It ended with a "twist" that anyone who has read a mystery before could see coming from the beginning. Because you suspect the ending in the first few chapters, you decide it must be a red haring, but the author does not develop other characters complex enough to solicit suspicion.


    Any additional comments?

    For a young adult (due to writing style, not content) who is in need of practicing synonyms, fears subtlety, and needs repetition for the easiest of points to sink in.

    Also, the reader's "New Hampshire" and "Boston" accents will make you think that Murder, She Wrote's Cabot Cove residents were watered down. Although this does wake you up from the monotony every once and a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    matt Jacksonville, Fl, United States 02-25-13
    matt Jacksonville, Fl, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Really good...But."

    This was a good one! If you liked Gone girl then you'll like this one. The one down fall I found with this book was the "who done it factor" was pretty obvious about 1/4 into the book and you spend the rest of the book listening to how they did it rather than trying to figure out who did it. None the less this was a good one. I'd give it 4.5 stars if audible gave us that option.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jan San Francisco, CA, United States 02-24-13
    Jan San Francisco, CA, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2009

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    "I thought she wrote Romance novels"

    No, I guess she writes mysteries. I really enjoyed this novel. It is a detective novel and the plot may be far-fetched although I read about similar plots in the newspapers.
    I am not one to try and figure out "who done it" before hand, I want to enjoy my reading. I did have a strong suspicion about half way through and then something happened that thwarted that suspicion. Good characters, good narrator whose voice you'll recognize.

    The Boston accents are a bit overdone - I have lots of friends in Boston, and they don't sound that bad!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. Ram St. James, NY United States 02-23-13
    B. Ram St. James, NY United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't put it down."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I deffinately recommend this book. I usually only listen in my car, but I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Touch & Go?

    I think these kind of questions lead to spoiler problems when answered.


    Have you listened to any of Elisabeth Rodgers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first one and I will listen to others now.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Riviting till the very end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Orlando, FL, United States 02-22-13
    Jenny Orlando, FL, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid audio book listener with over 1600 books in my library!

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    "Nobody does it like Lisa!"

    I don't think Lisa Gardner could write a bad story if she tried. The worst part about her books is that have to come to an end. She is one of the very few authors I actually go back and re-listen to. Even with the change in narrators this book was very well read and consistent with her previous narrators! Fabulous as usual Lisa!!

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    Kathryn United States 02-22-13
    Kathryn United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "One of her best!"

    Awesome story! Definitely one of her best! Other than Hide, I think this is my favorite. Kept me guessing. Pretty twisted. Great listen, I definitely would come home from the gym and listen in the garage, and while doing dishes, etc. Great listen. I really like the narrator too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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