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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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    J. Fisher Pawleys Island, SC 02-10-13
    J. Fisher Pawleys Island, SC 02-10-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Who did it?"
    Where does Touch & Go rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I could NOTut this book down. Ms Gardner has you on the edge of your seat until the very end!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn Hernando, FL, United States 02-18-13
    Evelyn Hernando, FL, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Lifeless...Very dull..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It's not a 4 or 5 star book.


    What could Lisa Gardner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Add some suspense and mystery to it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    She should have use her magic...


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not at all!


    Any additional comments?

    I was very disappointed. The whole book was a waste of time and money.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    libgil Kingwood, TX, US 02-09-13
    libgil Kingwood, TX, US 02-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Lisa Gardner disappoints"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different story. It was simply boring.....and very predictable.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure


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

    I guess Libby, the mother.....though the character was not very likable....


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment....and anger that I had used a credit for it.


    Any additional comments?

    Have always enjoyed Lisa Gardner....but will have to put serious thought before I purchase another of her books after this one.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    ghada Conshohocken, PA, United States 07-27-13
    ghada Conshohocken, PA, United States 07-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story bad narration :("
    If you could sum up Touch & Go in three words, what would they be?

    Never love someone more than it deserves.


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

    Cant remember a comparable book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Elisabeth Rodgers?

    Julia Whelan or Orlagh Cassidy


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

    No because the bad narration


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Snellville, GA, United States 07-19-13
    Cindy Snellville, GA, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Swearing was distracting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would not recommend this book to a friend because of the swearing in the book. In my opinion the swearing detracts from the story. I'm sure the logic behind the author using that language is to add authenticity to the criminal element and a stressful situation- to make it more realistic but in my reality I wouldn't speak like that even in a stressful situation.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the end where Libby, the main character, got on with her life.


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

    I thought it was profound when Libby and Justin were talking about whether it was right to blame each other for their decisions of infidelity and abusing drugs or to take responsibility for their own actions- admitting that when you live with someone they have an influence on you.


    Any additional comments?

    In general, I believe that there is an untapped market for books where the swearing is edited out. I know that would be my choice.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carlene Grayson, KY, United States 04-15-13
    Carlene Grayson, KY, United States 04-15-13
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    "If you love Key West you will love this book."
    What made the experience of listening to Touch & Go the most enjoyable?

    The author was factual about Key West and used locations and characteristics that were authentic to Key West. It made the story seem real.


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

    It kept my interest - not on the edge.


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

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristy Rodsho The Bay, California 04-09-13
    Kristy Rodsho The Bay, California 04-09-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Just Okay"
    Would you try another book from Lisa Gardner and/or Elisabeth Rodgers?

    I would not go in search of another book by Lisa Gardner. I did like the narrator. The book was just okay for me. Started out a little rocky with the 'pain has a taste' or whatever that opening line was. From there it did pick up and I listened all the way through- so that says something at least.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I definitely wouldn't have had the odd scene with the daughter's medical issue (without giving a spoiler) in their hide out place. It didn't play out well at all, didn't add up and I was surprised to see the book was written by a female after reading that scene.


    What aspect of Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing, thought she did a great job.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I wouldn't pay for it. But, I'd probably watch it on Lifetime.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good summer read or airplane listen. Nothing spectacular but not bad either. The people that reviewed it as the best mystery they've read must not get out much.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary WACO, TX, United States 02-15-13
    Mary WACO, TX, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Absolutely Brilliant"

    I'm a huge Lisa Gardner fan. This is her best story yet.

    Her ability to tell the story from a unique point of view. The way she includes characters from previous books, but with a different perspective, and most of all her ability to just tell a damn good story. These are the things that keep me always anticipating the next book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Hensens North Carolina, USA 02-14-13
    Linda Hensens North Carolina, USA 02-14-13 Member Since 2009

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    "OMG! What can I say about this incredible book?"
    What did you love best about Touch & Go?

    The thrill of it, the taste of it, (figuratively speaking), how it grips you by the throat and you never see the ending coming..


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

    Keeping with this author, I would compare it to Catch Me or The Neighbor. Same reasons as above. This author has always written a gripping story, even in her very early days. Recently, within the last 6 years or so the tension has mounted from the 1st page. I could not put this book down long enough to get anything substantial done!


    What about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance did you like?

    She has an authentic Bostonian accent. I have friends that live in this part of the US, and her voice sounded SO much like they do when I speak to them on the phone or see them in a visit. In Love You More, the narrators didn't have the authenticity that this narrator does. I look forward to seeing what other books she has narrated.


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

    Pain has a flavor...


    Any additional comments?

    If you have been sitting on the fence wondering whether or not to use your credit to buy this book, waste no more time! You won't be disappointed.

    I can usually figure out who the perp is in most of the thrillers that I read. I usually get it right, even in some of Gardner's earlier works. In this one and in Catch Me, I guessed who it was probably 7 times at different places in each book, and I had it wrong every time.

    I finished listening to it last night, 2/13/13, and I didn't know who the mastermind was until she revealed it. I have to say that it didn't shock me, but then I am very familiar with this author and her hooks that make you want to read her work over and over.

    This book will hook you in the prologue.. and keep you hooked and entertained for hours! My only regret is that I have to wait until this time 2014 to read another book by Lisa Gardner..

    Unless of course I cycle back through the books that I have.. Hmmm..

    Now, THAT is an idea! It has been long enough that I may not remember who the perps are..

    Say Goodbye, anyone?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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