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Touch & Go: A Novel

Touch & Go: A Novel

Written by Lisa Gardner

Narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers


Touch & Go: A Novel

Written by Lisa Gardner

Narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers

ratings:
4.5/5 (106 ratings)
Length:
14 hours
Released:
Feb 5, 2013
ISBN:
9781455847280
Format:
Audiobook

Description

How do you vanish a family?

Ten minutes after walking the elite Back Bay townhouse and investigator Tessa Leoni already doesn't like what she sees. Signs of an abduction. Clearly the work of professionals. At best, the entire family has been kidnapped. At worst…

How do you disappear a marriage?

The more Tessa learns about the Denbe family, the less she likes their chances. What might have looked like the perfect existence-a powerful CEO, his adoring wife, their angelic child-is not what it appears. Husband, wife, daughter-magazine perfect, but each hiding dark secrets…

How do you erase a life?

Tessa knows more than she'd like to about families riddled with lies. What she doesn't know is where the Denbes are and if any of them are still breathing. She'll have to climb over unbending feds and territorial local cops to find out, and if she's not fast, the Denbes' chances of survival will quickly become little more than…

Touch & Go

Released:
Feb 5, 2013
ISBN:
9781455847280
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Lisa Gardner is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including seven thrillers in the D.D. Warren series. With more than twenty-two million books in print, she is published in thirty countries and counting. Lisa lives in New England with her family, as well as two highly spoiled dogs and one extremely neurotic three-legged cat.

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  • (3/5)
    I would actually give this 3.5 stars. It was a good book not great but it was ok. It wasn't my favorite book of hers but it still had a lot of suspense, thrill, romantic interests and terror. Had no clue who the bad guy was until the end.
  • (3/5)
    actually not at all what I was expecting, but enjoyable, was a nice surprise.
  • (5/5)
    Lisa Gardner's books never disappoint and this one was no exception. The Denbe family has been kidnapped. It doesn't take long before the investigators know that it had to be someone that knew the family well; well enough to know the security codes to their Boston townhouse; well enough to know each members deepest, darkest secret. Just when you think you know where the story line is headed it makes 180 degree turn and leaves you guessing all over again.
  • (4/5)
    Exciting, well-paced, fast read, many characters with depth and likeable personalities, scary but not gory.
  • (3/5)
    Exciting, well-paced, fast read audiobook, despite it's 14+ hour length. It's about a kidnapping of a rich family and the resultant search and circumstances of the family. The characters are well described and believable. Gardner tells the story from the perspective of Judith, the woman victim. It makes her books. Our heroine, Tessa, serves as private investigator on the case with many competing LEO interests. Pretty good book, I'll read another.
  • (4/5)
    Once again, this is a terrific thriller from the pen of Lisa Gardner.The story begins with the kidnapping of "perfect" wealthy Boston family Libby and Justin Denbe and their fifteen year old daughter Ashlyn. They make look perfect on the outside but all is not happy chez Denbe. The plot twists and turns as all Gardner's books and Tessa Leoni is back, now as a corporate investigator. This time round she is paired up with New Hampshire sheriff Wyatt. It is an excellent partnership and looks as if it is here to stay for a while....something for Lisa Gardner's fans to look forward to.My only criticism is that the book is over long and a little predictable as it came to a conclusion...but I forgave it for that as it was such a page turner!
  • (4/5)
    Another solid entry by Gardner, definitely kept me reading. Many twists and turns, liked the new character Wyatt, hope we see him again, though I did miss D. D. Warren, who only made a token appearance. Liked the character of Libby also, she showed tremendous strength when it was needed. Would have given this a 4 but some of the action scenes were a bit far fetched, but as always await the next book by Gardner.
  • (4/5)
    Per usual Lisa Gardner kept me turning pages long into the night with her latest release Touch & Go. For those new to Gardner's works, she writes brilliant suspense thrillers and TOUCH & GO is no exception. Tessa Leoni is back and paired up with Wyatt Foster, a wonderful team I hope to read more about. The characters are well written and the plot will keep the reader thoroughly engaged which is why I highly recommend TOUCH & GO to all who enjoy reading an excellent suspense novel.
  • (5/5)
    Another fantastic read by Lisa Gardner.

    It took me ages to read it, but that is in no way a reflection on the quality of the book. I go through phases when I just can't focus on reading for more than a few minutes...the strength of this book is that it got me back OUT of such a phase and gripped me to the point where I couldn't put it down. I fell asleep while desperately trying to read a few more pages every night!

    The story grips you from the very beginning and the change of perspective from 3rd person when following the investigation to 1st person when following the ordeal the kidnapped family is going through, from the mother's perspective, adds to the great pace of the novel.

    As you would expect from Lisa Gardner, there are plenty of twists and turns in the plot, and she keeps you guessing until the very end.

    A must read for all Lisa Gardner fans and lovers of the crime fiction genre in general!
  • (5/5)
    This novel is my first introduction to novels by Lisa Gardner and without a doubt she becomes a favorite author for psychological thrillers. "Here is something I learned when I was eleven years old: Pain has a flavor. The question is, what does it taste like to you?"I had never thought of that question before and yet I've felt pain - both physical and emotional. It's one of those intriguing openings to a compelling story on the order of Linwood Barclay's "Fear the Worst: A Thriller" that begins "The morning of the day I lost her, my daughter asked me to scramble her some eggs" or to begin with "When Cynthia woke up, it was so quiet in the house she thought it must be Saturday." in "No Time for Goodbye" taking the ordinary, building unexpected twists and turns, highs and lows, to absorbing, page-turning, compelling and extraordinary novels.The Denbe family might be the neighbors next door of any elite neighborhood - the powerful CEO, the adoring wife, and the 15-year old daughter - dearly loved, independent but dependent, bored yet engaged in all matters of importance to teenage girls. And on an ordinary night, as the privacy and the sanctuary of what is known as home is intruded in a way none of them ever thought possible, their world changes individually and together, and the family become the flashing neon billboard sign that announces "You never know what goes on behind closed doors."The only way to understand what has happened is to learn the secrets and unveil the private life of the Denbe family. The question is with a few secrets of her own, can Tessa Leoni, former Massachusetts state police trooper and now in corporate investigations, unlock the mysteries of this case? Unraveling the secrets is a thrill-ride reading adventure that soars like a North American X-15 or a speedboat on the sunniest day in crystal clear, calm waters or the anticipated ride on the Formula Rossa roller coaster on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, part of the United Arab Emirates that reaches an astonishing top speed of 149.1 mph (240 kmh). [A hydraulic launch coaster manufactured by Intamin AG of Switzerland that accelerates from 0 to 100 km (62 miles) in 2 seconds, climbs 52m (171 feet), and generates 1.7 Gs).]I can't wait to add more Lisa Gardner novels to my "Wish List" of novels to read! There simply aren't enough adjectives to describe her writing and the way in which the reader is intrigued and engrossed within the book covers! It might be best to read her novels on vacation when the alarm clock doesn't ring so early in the morning for work. :)
  • (5/5)
    Excellent thriller...like all her books. Can't go wrong with this one!
  • (4/5)
    Lisa Gardner's latest thriller is a terrific page-turner with some real surprises. She kept me watching closely for hints, twists, nd character revelations which made for an interesting read. Sgt. Wyatt and Tessa Leoni are such good investigators, especially paired together, they are sure to make a showing in another Gardner book.
  • (5/5)
    I noticed that this book was one of the nominees for the thriller book of 2013 by Goodreads Choice and I thought that since I have it, why not give it a little attention and the result was that I got hooked from the first line.Not only I can't shake the story, I'm still digesting it in my head, I keep questioning why.This book is so far one of the best mystery/suspense/thriller that I have read. It keeps giving up hints and just when you're sure about your suspects, bam, it goes in another direction. It keeps you guessing the real motive, you get suspicious of everyone and you just keep on reading because you just want to know what happens next. And you'll be very surprised in the end...I loved Libby Denber and I know that she's going to be with me for a little while. I guess it's time to give Lisa Gardner a go.
  • (3/5)
    A great psychological thriller in which a family is kidnapped and Sgt. Wyatt and Tessa Leoni team up to solve the crime. A good mystery with lots of twists and turns.
  • (3/5)
    I would actually give this 3.5 stars. It was a good book not great but it was ok. It wasn't my favorite book of hers but it still had a lot of suspense, thrill, romantic interests and terror. Had no clue who the bad guy was until the end.
  • (5/5)
    I received this book from Goodreads First Reads.

    This book caught my attention quickly and never let it go. Each time I thought I had it figured out, there was another twist that kept me guessing again, which I loved, never being one for books that let me figure things out too quickly.
    I may have missed a previous book dealing with Tessa, the private detective, from parts of her past that were mentioned but never explained in a lot of detail, but I never felt like it took away from this story. Though it switches from first person with Libby's side and back to third person with Tessa, I didn't find it to be a determent. Normally I don't really like books that switch back and forth between the two, but this one did it well.
    Full of family secrets that come to light and twists that keep you guessing up until the end, this is an entertaining and suspenseful read that I didn't want to put down until the end.
  • (4/5)
    Fantastic whodunit thriller. I went between thinking I knew who did it, to deciding I had no idea, then thinking someone else did it and back again ... repeatedly. A great cast of characters and suspects that had me guessing right up to the end. Very little of Det. DD Warren in this book but focused more on a character from the last book, Tessa Leoni and newcomer, Sergeant Wyatt Foster, both of whom I hope we see some more of in the future. I think it would have been helpful to reread the last book before starting this one as I kept trying to remember all the details of exactly what happened with Tessa Leoni in the last book. Gardner gives a very light background but I struggled to remember more.
  • (5/5)
    I had the ultimate joy of being able to read this as an Advance Reader's Copy to review as a Netgalley read for Dutton Adult Publishing.

    First off, I want to start out by saying that I think this book was phenomenal!! This is by far one of the best books Lisa Gardner has written. I wouldn't dream of rating this anything other than 5/5 stars! I couldn't put it down and when I wasn't reading, that's all I wanted to do, was to pick it back up and continue!

    The story was such an interesting story from a few different perspectives, but not too many. There seemed to be a new twist and turn in each chapter that made you wonder and change your mind about what was going to happen. The writing was spectacular and insightful! It flowed very smoothly, and kept you wanting to read until the very last page, and even once you hit the last page, it left you wanting nothing but more, more more! I thought it would take me hours to fall asleep after finishing this book because my mind was racing so fast to grasp it around everything that was going on in the book. It was very complex and intriguing!

    I had many ideas throughout the story as to what the outcome would be. But even if you guessed at one time what the outcome was, by the time the next chapter rolled around, and you were sure that it was another scenario. It was definitely and edge-of-your seat kind of thrilling suspense novel.

    The characters were so in depth and easy to identify with and it was so nice to hear from Tessa Leoni again from Love You More. After reading the synopsis, I had wondered if Detective DD Warren would even be part of this story, but she was for a very short time! In the beginning, I was afraid that I would not be as excited about this book without DD in it, however, even after her last part in the story, I found that I had forgotten that she had even disappeared, and I also found that it didn't bother me. Touch & Go contained very rich and deep characters that were enjoyable to read about.

    Just as with any other Lisa Gardner book that I have read, this book has left me with a huge urge to read another great book. This author has completely mastered the ability to write a killer mystery/suspense novel and in my opinion, is one the the best in her genre. She never ceases to amaze me with her powerful writing abilities!

    There is not one single person that I would not recommend this book to. I honestly think this has become one of my all-time favorite reads! You can't go wrong with this nail-biting-till-the end story!
  • (5/5)
    This is typical of Lisa Gardner's books. Full of mystery and intrigue. In this one the disappearance of the Denby family leads to a search and the secret lives of the family become common knowledge. Why are they kidnapped? Who arranged it? Why were the entire family taken? Where is the place that they are taken, there is no one there but it seems to have been purpose built for a large number of people.
  • (5/5)
    Story kept your attention and had many twists. You both love and hate the characters.
  • (2/5)
    Very predictable and drawn out. Not worth the time it took to listen
  • (5/5)
    I loved it. My husband loved it. The whole family read it. Definitely a page turner.
  • (4/5)
    Interesting story line but a predictable ending. Very good read!
  • (5/5)
    This novel is my first introduction to novels by Lisa Gardner and without a doubt she becomes a favorite author for psychological thrillers. "Here is something I learned when I was eleven years old: Pain has a flavor. The question is, what does it taste like to you?"I had never thought of that question before and yet I've felt pain - both physical and emotional. It's one of those intriguing openings to a compelling story on the order of Linwood Barclay's "Fear the Worst: A Thriller" that begins "The morning of the day I lost her, my daughter asked me to scramble her some eggs" or to begin with "When Cynthia woke up, it was so quiet in the house she thought it must be Saturday." in "No Time for Goodbye" taking the ordinary, building unexpected twists and turns, highs and lows, to absorbing, page-turning, compelling and extraordinary novels.The Denbe family might be the neighbors next door of any elite neighborhood - the powerful CEO, the adoring wife, and the 15-year old daughter - dearly loved, independent but dependent, bored yet engaged in all matters of importance to teenage girls. And on an ordinary night, as the privacy and the sanctuary of what is known as home is intruded in a way none of them ever thought possible, their world changes individually and together, and the family become the flashing neon billboard sign that announces "You never know what goes on behind closed doors."The only way to understand what has happened is to learn the secrets and unveil the private life of the Denbe family. The question is with a few secrets of her own, can Tessa Leoni, former Massachusetts state police trooper and now in corporate investigations, unlock the mysteries of this case? Unraveling the secrets is a thrill-ride reading adventure that soars like a North American X-15 or a speedboat on the sunniest day in crystal clear, calm waters or the anticipated ride on the Formula Rossa roller coaster on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, part of the United Arab Emirates that reaches an astonishing top speed of 149.1 mph (240 kmh). [A hydraulic launch coaster manufactured by Intamin AG of Switzerland that accelerates from 0 to 100 km (62 miles) in 2 seconds, climbs 52m (171 feet), and generates 1.7 Gs).]I can't wait to add more Lisa Gardner novels to my "Wish List" of novels to read! There simply aren't enough adjectives to describe her writing and the way in which the reader is intrigued and engrossed within the book covers! It might be best to read her novels on vacation when the alarm clock doesn't ring so early in the morning for work. :)
  • (5/5)
    This is normally not a book that I would pick up to read. But something in the summary caught my attention and I had to start reading.

    I felt a little lost through most of the book, with the back story of Tessa, the independent investigator on the case of the kidnapped family and the who and why of the kidnapping. I felt that the story dragged on quite a bit, but after reading the entire book, I got why so many details were added.
    Justin, Libby and Ashlyn Denbe are kidnapped with a bang during the first chapter of the book. We are then taken on a wild ride as we follow the kidnapping in Libby's eyes. After being tasered, drugged, and finally forced to live three deep in a prison cell, the family starts to break down. Things come to light that you really wouldn't have expected.
    We also have Tessa Leoni's POV along with Wyatt, Sheriff in New Hampshire, pov. Seeing things from the pov of the police and investigators was a nice change of pace, though the constant switching of the povs was a little much for me; since I couldn't always tell who's pov I was reading.

    The kidnappers request a ransom, and once that is paid you would think that the story is over; everyone goes on their merry way and things are good.... Well in this case you would be wrong! There are even more twists and turns.

    This makes for one completely thrilling read, and while it took me a bit to really get into it, once I did I couldn't stop reading!
  • (4/5)
    This book was a real page turner I really enjoyed it. The Denby family is kidnapped. The only thing the police find our scuff marks that were left by the wife and confetti from the taser gun that was used. If you are a Lisa Gardner fan I highly recommend this book!
  • (5/5)
    Exceptional book, exceptional writing, fantastic plot, but most of all it had an incredibly satisfying ending.
  • (5/5)
    Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner“This is my family: Vanished without a trace…”This is a thriller and a fascinating look at a family falling apart, as well as how a family copes when they are kidnapped, beaten and forced to face some hard truths.This may not be part of a series but I think it might have helped had I read some of Ms Gardner’s earlier works since this book refers to earlier books. At this point, I loved this book so much I already have Tessa’s book on my wish list!The story was well written and the mystery was subtle enough so I don’t think you’ll be able to figure out what is going on too soon. The characters are well fleshed and believably written. The action may feel a little slow, since I don’t think this is an “action book” as some might, and that caused no discomfort for me as I was reading. Sometimes the story was a little slow, but this slowness was necessary. There are a myriad of characters and that may make it difficult at times to follow along.A family is kidnapped, beaten and held; not quit hostage at first but with that as a threat. We meet a wealthy father who is important in the large project building trades, a lovely mother who is a jewelry designer and a sweet, pretty and smart teenager that never causes her parents a moment’s despair. And each one holds within a dirty little secret. Some secrets are more deadly than others are though.I love the fact that for me, the mystery of who was who and what was what was so subtle that I didn’t catch on until I was nearly finished with the book. I really loved this book to the point that I must read some others of hers to see if this had been a lucky chance or not. *ARC SUPPLIED BY PUBLISHER*
  • (4/5)
    Looks can be deceiving. It looks like Libby and Justin Denbe have the perfect marriage. It looks like they have the perfect daughter. It also looks like the Denbe family's abduction was the perfect abduction. The only problem is that nothing is ever perfect. Tessa Leoni must help uncover clues that reveal just how imperfect this family is and who might be behind their abduction.Libby Denbe used to be a strong and independent woman. Her father died when she was a child and her mother died when she was only twenty years old. She made out of the tenements or projects, graduated from college and began her own jewelry business. Now she's married to a successful man, lives in a gorgeous home and has a beautiful daughter . . . the perfect life, or so it appears. Libby's husband has cheated on her, she's addicted to pain medication, and her daughter is harboring way too many secrets at age fifteen. Her perfect life is beginning to crack. Tessa Leoni is a private investigator, hired by the Denbe Construction company to perform an ancillary investigation into the disappearance of the Denbe family. All anyone knows is that the family disappeared on a Friday night and no ransom demand has been made. The Boston Police is initially on the case and there's a brief appearance by D. D. Warren. Once it is revealed that the abductors have crossed state lines into New Hampshire, the FBI and New Hampshire authorities are brought into the case. Wyatt Foster is a New Hampshire sheriff. Once he’s brought in on the case he quickly launches a plan to eliminate as much state land as possible in the search for the Denbes and the abductors. The investigation quickly reveals that the abductors must have had inside information given the security at the Denbe home and their knowledge of floor layouts and the Denbe's activities. Then the investigators are informed of the embezzling of millions of dollars over more than a dozen years at Denbe Construction. What exactly does the embezzling have to do with the abductions? Will the investigators be able to piece everything together and find the family alive?Touch & Go is filled with drama, hints of romance, mystery and suspense. Ms. Gardner does a fabulous job of bringing all of the characters to life, as well as creating scenarios that are all too believable. The story has quite a few twists and turns leading the reader from one assumption to another while cleverly revealing tidbits that provide the final clues to the mystery. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, but with some in law enforcement, others in the construction business and then the "bad guys," it is quite easy to keep them all straight. Don't know if it was just me but everything seemed to fall into threes. There are three abductors: Mick, Radar and Z; three family members: Libby, Justin and Ashlyn; three main players in the construction company: Anita Bennett, Chris Lopez and Ruth Chan; and, three main investigators: Tessa Leoni, Wyatt Foster and lead FBI agent Nicole Adams (former lover to Wyatt Foster). I doubt if the repetition of three means anything, but I found it interesting. I've enjoyed reading a number of Ms. Gardner's books in the past and Touch & Go was another well-crafted and enjoyable read. The story develops in layers and the mystery is then uncovered layer-by-layer with little surprises tucked inside of some of the layers. As I previously stated, there's a lot going on in this story, but it all comes together quite nicely in the end with a few surprises. If you enjoy reading mystery-suspense then you want to add Touch & Go to your list of upcoming reads.
  • (5/5)
    I was lucky enough to receive an early review copy from Netgalley & Dutton PublisherLisa Gardner cements her title as the queen of suspense this is another edge of your seat, keep you guessing, oh why didn’t I see that coming, kind of book.It was great to see Tessa Leone again (I would highly recommend reading Love You More before this book so you understand Tessa’s background) it was a nice follow up so we we’re able to see how her and her daughter are doing since the events in Love You More. Tessa is now working for a private security firm and one of their top clients seems to be missing and not just him, his whole family.As always with Lisa Gardner’s books it is very hard to review without giving anything away, but I will try…I really enjoyed Tessa in this one and her interaction with Wyatt a small town sheriff whom I also really liked and hope to see more of the two of them in future. We get a little touch of DD but that was all that was needed, I will admit to hoping when the FBI swooped in it might be one of the Quincy’s but no such luck! Then there is the kidnapped family who we get to know intimately flaws and all and you can’t help but hope everything works out for them. The kidnappers are interesting too she doesn’t give us cardboard cutouts but fleshed-out characters who we also get to know. As I said Lisa Gardner knows how to write a great suspense filled novel, I was up until 2 am for a few nights in a row and had to force myself to go to bed because I didn’t want to stop reading!Another hit for Lisa Gardner highly recommend!4 ½ stars