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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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    Franki 02-11-13
    Franki 02-11-13
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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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    T. Menefee Alexandria, Va 02-11-13
    T. Menefee Alexandria, Va 02-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Love Lisa Gardner and really enjoyed this addition"

    As always, Lisa Gardner, did not disappoint. I loves how she is able to tell a story from various character perspectives and although I thought I knew who the mastermind was I didn't figure it out until the investigators did (which to me makes for a more exciting book!)

    Definitely would recommend to anyone who enjoys her other novels.

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    kathy jasper, GA, United States 02-11-13
    kathy jasper, GA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2010

    I started listening to audiobooks to help with my commute to work. I now listen to books while I sew and do my crafts.

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    "Touch & Go--- AND PAUSE and PAUSE!!!!!"
    What did you love best about Touch & Go?

    As a big fan of Gardner, I know before starting one of her books I need to take several deep breaths because I am about to get on a roller coaster!! I had to hit pause a few times just to take my mind out of the book and regroup. In Touch & Go, Gardner sets the stage, introduces the characters, places us in a setting, and left the reader and our imagination to figure out the plot. I was exhausted from the beginning when the BAD BAD guys ambushed the family at home, brought them to a far away place with no escape and proceeded to terrorize them.


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

    What seat? I fell off! Gardner kept shooting out clues and family character development to keep us wondering who the story was actually about. Can you say dysfunctional? The father runs a multi-million dollar construction company that was left to him by his father. His wife grew up poor and married well, runs the house and dabbles in jewelry art. The daughter, 15 (only child) is the love of their lives and does no wrong (oops)!The police are as confused as the reader, grasping at any information that will help them find this family, WHO has them, and why? The police start looking into the key members of the company - more development- who did it thoughts. The men in the company are ex seals and the women in the company are loyal to a fault.


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

    She read the book well, although it would have to be a horrible reader to take away from this book. I have listened to her before and she does a good job transferring accents to distinguish characters.


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

    GET READY- GET SET- GO!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    richard KNOXVILLE, TN, United States 02-11-13
    richard KNOXVILLE, TN, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful book!!!"

    I am a longtime Lisa Gardner fan and this book definitely did not disappoint. It seems like each of her books is better than the last one. I really enjoy Kirsten Potter's narration for Lisa Gardner's books, but this narrator was absolutely flawless!! Kudos to Elisabeth Rodgers!! I didn't want this book to end and I can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 02-10-13
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Worthwhile Listen"

    This is not a genre I pick often. Lisa Gardner is one of my favorites. This book kept my attention, great storyline, set, etc. Excellent narration. Really there were no negatives if you take a book in the segments we choose to review on. Totally worth the credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Fisher Pawleys Island, SC 02-10-13
    J. Fisher Pawleys Island, SC 02-10-13
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    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 02-09-13
    libgil 02-09-13
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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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