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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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    ~AudioBookaHolic~ 02-17-13 Member Since 2011

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    "VERY VERY GOOD!!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Touch & Go the most enjoyable?

    Elisabeth Rodgers is an AWESOME narrator!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    that Mick Got what was Coming to him!! And that Libby & Ashland were ok.


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

    Not that I can remember....But she gave an excellent performance in this book!!


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

    I cried during Some parts. Don't want to give anything away So won't say which parts.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED this Book! the Storyline is Awesome! you can't put it down! keeps you on the edge of your Seat!!

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    Deborah Castaic, CA, United States 02-17-13
    Deborah Castaic, CA, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Edge of my seat!"
    Where does Touch & Go rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    All? I would have to say top 50%.


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

    Yes!! For the past two days, I had an ear bud in one ear.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first book I listened to by Lisa Gardner. I now have several in my "wish list".

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    J Price Cochrane, Alberta, Canada 02-17-13
    J Price Cochrane, Alberta, Canada 02-17-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A little Slow & Fat"

    The story was slow and bulky and at times had spurts of energy. Not typical of the authors writings.

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    Judy Kalsipell, MT, United States 02-16-13
    Judy Kalsipell, MT, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2007
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    Congratulations, you did a great job on this story and kept my interest in the characters. By the way loved the end!

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    Danielle st paul, MN, United States 02-15-13
    Danielle st paul, MN, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "SO glad I didn't give up on Lisa Gardner!"

    The story is very well written as it offers a glimpse into the secrets that are kept within a family and sometimes from ourselves. This is fast-paced thriller with several characters but even with the constantly moving story line it is easy to keep everyone straight (as far as who is who) and leaves you REALLY wanting to know what can happen next!
    Sometimes characters from previous novels confuse or even bore a reader/listener but this was so well written that it can be read by someone who has never heard of Lisa Gardner (are there any left out there?) so I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fast and fabulous read!
    Also, I must add that this narrator is extremely talented and I hope she is used for further work- previous LG books weren't quite as enjoyable in audio format due to the narration. Elisabeth Rodgers even makes a fine story even better! Enjoy!

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    Amy Masontown, PA, United States 02-14-13
    Amy Masontown, PA, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Will keep you guessing..."
    If you could sum up Touch & Go in three words, what would they be?

    Worth The Credit.


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    This is a fantastic story. The narrator was great--easy to follow and nice tone and inflection for each character. I am a huge mystery fan, and I'm very, very good at figuring out the end of a story. I deducted one star because I did end up guessing the "mastermind" about two-thirds into the story. Don't let this dishearten you. This novel is well worth finishing. In fact, I'll probably listen to it again. Very much worth my credit.

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    Alicia LYNN, MA, United States 02-14-13
    Alicia LYNN, MA, United States 02-14-13
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    "The Story was terrific!! The accents... HORRIBLE!!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story was great... I struggled to enjoy it as much because of the accents that the performer chose to use.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tessa - Strong supunky lady who used her heart as well as her head to guide her.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Elisabeth Rodgers’s performances?

    Only if she doesn't massacre the accents that she attempts to do.


    Was Touch & Go worth the listening time?

    50/50


    Any additional comments?

    As a New Englander I can be pretty particular about the accents that actors/actresses try to use... (Ben Affleck, a former Boston native, admitted to screwing it up in the movie "The Town"), but this was awful!!!!

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    Dianne New Bern, NC, United States 02-14-13
    Dianne New Bern, NC, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about Touch & Go?

    Kept in the dark until the end


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

    Yes....Lots of unknown factors


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

    The cheated wife


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

    Prison scenes


    Any additional comments?

    Lisa Gardner out did herself this time. Best mystery I've read in a while.

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    William Amador MOORPARK, CA, US 02-13-13
    William Amador MOORPARK, CA, US 02-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Well written and engaging"
    Where does Touch & Go rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best whodunit I've heard on Audible...so far. I'm a recent member.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed that the story moves back and forth from first person Libby to third person following the investigation.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many memorable scenes...


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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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