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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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    Gayle 02-06-13
    Gayle 02-06-13 Member Since 2008

    Avid reader (listener) and Audible Fan!

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    "WOW--What a Story"

    I am a huge Lisa Gardner fan but this story was fabulous--IMHO, her best so far. I literally could not stop listening, the twists and turns just kept coming, and the narration was perfect.

    37 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 10-03-13
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 10-03-13 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Who Would've Thought?"

    Excellent mystery/thriller story from Lisa Gardner . . . my second from her . . . and just as good as the first . . . Things are never as they seem, are they? And I didn't figure this one out up until the end . . . I got very attached to Libby and Ashlyn . . . and also like Tessa Leoni, from the first Lisa Gardner book that I listened to (Love You More). Lots of grit, stamina, and relationships that aren't what they seem . . . I finished in two days . . . I HAD to!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. Shaw Atlanta, GA 05-22-13
    K. Shaw Atlanta, GA 05-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Oh what tangled webs we all weave"
    What other book might you compare Touch & Go to and why?

    Love You More by the same author and some of the same characters


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    Oh what tangled webs we all weave! Wow this was a great thriller that kept you guessing and if you think your family is screwed up just wait until you read about the Denby's. In this book the Denby family, mom, dad and 15 y/o daughter are taken hostage out of their own home. Tessa Leoni, from Love You More (which is a great read too), is hired by Denby Construction to investigate what happened to the family. Tessa works with the FBI and local law enforcement to find this family. What on the surface appears to be a large construction family run by a close knit group, ends up being anything but. About the time you think you have figured out who kidnapped them there is another wrench thrown into the mix to keep you guessing and trying to figure out the who and why. You don't need to read Love You More before this book even though some of the same characters play a role but the storyline is not effected either way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 05-06-13
    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2015

    Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.

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    "FABULOUS! Buy and listen now"

    This one was one of those books that made me want to listen instead of doing anything else! I started it just before a 4-day trip and was happy to stand in lines at airports because it gave me time to listen. Very intriguing and cleverly plotted. Original in so many ways. Loved the characters and am looking forward to Lisa Gardner's next book. The narrator was outstanding! SO many different voices and she made the story that much more interesting.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    twyla 02-26-13
    twyla 02-26-13
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    "Entertaining Book! Page Turner"

    This was my first Lisa Gardner book. I very much enjoyed it. I enjoyed the story and the narration. The first half was a little slow but still interesting. The 2nd half was a page turner. I was able to figure out the 'who done it' 3/4 of the way through, but it was still intriguing to finish the book. I've read other reviews for Lisa Gardner and most seem to really like her books but I saw lots of complaints about the narrators. This narrator was pretty good. I recommend this book!!
    I am looking for other Gardner novels....

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 02-11-13
    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted to Audible.

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    "BRAVO!"

    Without a doubt the best thriller I have ever heard. I will admit I have been slow to love Lisa Gardner's work but this book is so totally admirable both in the story and in the writing I have become a diehard fan. The whodunit portion of the story is tense and will keep you in suspense at least until near the end. But the personalities, strengths and weaknesses of the main characters will keep you totally involved as well. It was not the ending I was hoping for but still a satisfying book. An excellent use of time and credit.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    PAM ONEIL Las Vegas, NV United States 02-11-13
    PAM ONEIL Las Vegas, NV United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    If you could sum up Touch & Go in three words, what would they be?

    Couldn't stop listing


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

    OMG YES!, All of Lisa Gardner audible keep you on edge it's the way she writes gets you thinking.


    What about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance did you like?

    She was perfect I know which character was speaking throughout the audible.


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

    No, I just didn't want it to end, I like knowing about Tessa, I hope Lisa Gardner keeps on this story for another book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed all of Lisa Gardner's audible but this one has to be up on the top. Way to go Lisa Gardner.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 09-03-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2015

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Wow! What a fantastic listen!"

    I don't typically read books in the mystery/thriller genre but this one was on sale and recommended by a friend (the same person that convinced me to read Gone Girl). All I can say is WOW! This had me hooked from the very first chapter and I could not put it down! There were so many twists and turns and shocking moments to this story. I loved it. I can usually figure out the "whodunit" in most books but this one had me almost until the very end.

    This was my first Lisa Gardner novel but it definitely will not be my last.

    4.5 stars

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 09-17-14
    John S MA 09-17-14 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Author cops out in end."

    This was a fairly good till end, where the author cops out and goes with a "typical" conclusion where everything has to be wrapped up in a neat package. I guessed how it would end and the major plot line halfway through the book because the author tries so hard to divert the readers attention from the true suspect. Good listen on average but not much suspense. I like to listen to books that keep me guessing outcome. If you like the genre and can't guess outcome early on then you will enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 07-02-13
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    This is my 7th Lisa Gardner novel and I've enjoyed them all. She writes taut thrillers set mainly in the Boston area. My overriding goal in any book is to be entertained and this was entertaining. It had a kidnapping, murder, fraud, a family falling apart, good police wrok, and at different times in the story 4-5 characters that could' have been the "whodunit".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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