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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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    Paige 02-13-13
    Paige 02-13-13

    Listening to books is the way I separate from the stress of being an attorney. I enjoy fiction, mystery thrillers, an occasional romance, and books about cutting edge medicine and science. I was a History major so that is always interesting too.

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    "Gardner and Grisham should write a book together!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it is not as predictable as most mystery/thrillers, and it's hard to turn it off..I really like this female protagonist. I read the previous book too and it was also excellent. I honestly didn't know if the writer could possibly do better, but this one was an even match for her last.


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

    The scent of oranges...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene at the end where Mother and Daughter got unexpected help. (Can't say more, or will give away too much.)


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

    "Hold on, because this plot doesn't just twist and turn, it's like being on a roller coaster in the dark!"


    Any additional comments?

    This book reminded me of The Racketeer with all of its unpredictable turns, only written by a woman's brain. Seriously, as far as not being predictable, this author and John Grisham should write one together. I might not be able to put it down till I'm finished!!!

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    Erin 02-13-13
    Erin 02-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "a true gripper!"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The story is great...lots of twists, and LOTS of action. The narrator and the story together made me feel as if I was actually part of the story. Emotional swings along the way left me tired and spent at the end. Whew! what a ride!


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

    The mother-daughter relationships...both Tessa and Libby...were really great and well written....lots of emotion


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    Sharon United States 02-13-13
    Sharon United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic Lisa Gardner!!!"

    You can't get much better than Gardner. She is one of my favorite writers. I've read all of her books, and as usual, she doesn't dissapoint! Great who done it. Just when you think you've got it figured out, she throws you another curve ball. Thank you Lisa Gardner for consistantly writing amazing mystery/thrillers. My only complaint is having to wait for her next masterpiece.

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    Gail ONEONTA, NY, United States 02-12-13
    Gail ONEONTA, NY, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Very good could not put down"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Touch & Go to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely I get so much more out of listening if the narration is good. I was a bit disappointed in the beginning because Kirsten Potter did not narrate Det DD Warren but being she had such a small part in the book it worked out fine.


    What other book might you compare Touch & Go to and why?

    Well of course "love you More" where we first met Tessa Leone. I was glad to see her return in a different role. I just hope this doesn't mean Det DD Warren is on her way out because I absolutely love her character.


    What does Elisabeth Rodgers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This was the first book I listened to read by E Rodgers, she didn't dissapoint
    She read the characters and I could tell which character was speaking at most times


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

    when the daughter lost her baby but also when Radar gave Libby the medicine she needed
    he showed himself not to be the monster they thought


    Any additional comments?

    I had a hard time getting into some of Libby's character with all that money and beautiful home and not having to work. I was able to get past that but felt at times she was very naive or just selfish. she definetly needed to grow up and stop looking at the world through rose colored glasses. The daughter was a typical teen spoiled, defiant and definetly not stupid. The father was a total slime ball. I did enjoy the book and story very much, it was emotional at times and like Lisa Gardner's other books there are many twists and turns and you just have to finish the book to find out what happens and how it comes together in the end.
    I would highly recommend this book.

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    Edie Grangeville, ID, United States 02-12-13
    Edie Grangeville, ID, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Could not stop listening to"
    If you could sum up Touch & Go in three words, what would they be?

    Best book I have listened to in along time. Could not stop. Exercised, so I could be alone and listen. Yeah!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Libby, Ashlyn, Radar, Z - Tessa and company


    Which character – as performed by Elisabeth Rodgers – was your favorite?

    Libby


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not laugh or cry - Just keep me interested and listening


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    Brooks Krabousanos Murfreesboro, TN, US 02-12-13
    Brooks Krabousanos Murfreesboro, TN, US 02-12-13 Member Since 2013

    I walk 7 miles a day and listen to about 3 audiobooks a week.

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    "Good Solid Book, and great performance."
    What made the experience of listening to Touch & Go the most enjoyable?

    The Performance was great


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes , many twists and turns.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end where she gets the Money.


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

    Kidnapping, was hard thing to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Book was great, (a tad on the man bashing side), but overall a wonderfull story.

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    Betsy brooklyn, NY 02-12-13
    Betsy brooklyn, NY 02-12-13 Member Since 2015

    I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.

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    "Stop! Read Love You More first!"

    Don't know why this isn't D.D. Warren #7. Probably because she is such a minor character, but it does fit in chronologically.However, it should be Tessa Leone #2.Too much happens to Tessa in that book that you should know about before reading this one.
    I walked an extra 2 miles listening to the end of the story.....couldn't stop.
    The narrator's voices are spot on.

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    Laura Sanford, FL, United States 02-12-13
    Laura Sanford, FL, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "loved it, loved it, loved it."
    Where does Touch & Go rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my first time reading anything by this author, but it won't be my last. I could not stop listening to this book. Excellent story, great narration. Lots of twists and turns. I won't say I didn't suspect the ending, but getting there was oh so fun!!


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

    yes and I pretty much did.


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    Franki 02-11-13
    Franki 02-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Lisa's best one yet!"
    If you could sum up Touch & Go in three words, what would they be?

    over too soon


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes


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

    I had to make myself turn off my iPod so I could get other things done, and also to draw out the enjoyment.


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    Tangled 02-11-13
    Tangled 02-11-13
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    "Exceptional story, ridiculous Boston accent"
    If you could sum up Touch & Go in three words, what would they be?

    Couldn't stop listening


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I grew up in Boston, and the only people who talk with that exaggerated an accent are Hollywood actors. And you certainly wouldn't hear it on someone from New Hampshire. I'm not denying we have an accent, and can certainly turn it on for the benefit of tourists, but I've never met anyone who attended high school who talked like that. It was comical at times.


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

    Absolutely, couldn't stop. Stayed up until the wee hours of the morning listening, got all the laundry done, washed the windows and floors, scubbed the bathroom, dusted, restored the top of an old dresser, took the dogs for a walk four times, and finally ran out of things to do, so I just wandered around the house so I could keep listening. Amazing what you can get done in 14 hours.


    Any additional comments?

    Just in case you were missing hearing anyone say the word "hence", the characters in this book say it an astounding 21 times. Again, not a word normally heard in Boston.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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