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Touch & Go (Tessa Leoni series) Kindle Edition

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Libby Denbe is smart, pretty, and talented. Her husband, Justin, owns a successful Massachusetts construction company. Both are devoted to their 15-year-old daughter. But their marriage is falling apart. After an evening out, supposedly to repair their broken relationship, Libby and Justin return home to find three men waiting for them. With the touch of a taser, their lives change. When they awake, they find themselves and their daughter captive in an abandoned prison built by none other than Justin himself. As they struggle to come together during their captivity, long-held secrets are revealed. But one big question hangs over their heads. Why were all three taken? That’s definitely not the usual kidnapper’s agenda. It also bothers private cop Tessa Leone (Love You More, 2011). Nor does it seem logical to Wyatt Foster of the local sheriff’s office, who becomes involved when the kidnappers cross state lines. Gardner pulls readers right into Libby’s personal and family drama as she bears witness to the horrific captivity her family undergoes and reprises the circumstances of her failing marriage. At the same time, Tessa, Wyatt, and a group of other law-enforcement officers piece together a surprising story that leads to an equally surprising conclusion. Gardner’s depiction of a woman in the midst of emotional chaos is spot on, as usual, and she proves herself just as capable when it comes to creating intriguing men. Readers will want to see more of Wyatt, just as they grew to appreciate Bobby Dodge in Gardner’s earlier books. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Gardner’s previous thriller, Catch Me, debuted at number two on the New York Times best-seller list; this one is likely to follow suit. --Stephanie Zvirin

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Praise for Touch & Go

“The suspense crackles.”—People

“Lisa Gardner, the master of the psychological thriller, has delivered another tour de force with Touch & Go, which exposes the raw nerves of a family imploding, and an investigator trying to escape her past….Gardner does an amazing job of creating realistic situations and characters with emotional resonance. The constant surprises will shock even the most jaded thriller reader.”—Associated Press

“No-holds-barred…suspense builds as the action races to a spectacular conclusion.” —Publishers Weekly

“[A] thrill ride.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Gardner’s depiction of a woman in the midst of emotional chaos is spot-on, as usual, and she proves herself just as capable when it comes to creating intriguing men.”—Booklist

And for Lisa Gardner and her novels

“Frighteningly real.”—People

“Lisa Gardner always delivers heart-stopping suspense.”—Harlan Coben

“No one owns this corner of the genre the way Lisa Gardner does.”—Lee Child

“The Mozart of thriller writers.”—Tess Gerritsen

“Riveting, hold-your-breath suspense.”—Iris Johansen

“Nerve-shattering suspense.”—Tami Hoag

“Emotionally true, harrowing, and unputdownable.”—Lisa Scottoline

“Gardner keeps us guessing….She also keeps us on the edge.”—Los Angeles Times

“Gripping.…The pages turn with speed.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Gardner continues to break ground no other writer dares to tread.”—The Providence Journal

Product Details

  • File Size: 1261 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00ERRYMCE
  • Publisher: Signet (February 5, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EKMAH4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,936 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

New York Times #1 bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure, cutting edge forensics and twisted plots into a streak of thirteen bestselling suspense novels, including her most recent release, Catch Me.

Readers are invited to get in on the fun by entering the annual "Kill a Friend, Maim a Mate" Sweepstakes, where they can nominate the person of their choice to die in Lisa's latest novel. Every year, one Lucky Stiff is selected for Literary Immortality. It's cheaper than therapy, and you get a great book besides. For more details, simply visit Lisa's website.

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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144 of 153 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Mclean on February 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book solidified in my mind just what a terrific mystery writer Lisa Gardner is. Touch & Go is all about the mystery. It's the breathless chase, jam packed action and multi layered whodunit that catches the reader. It's the best of late night, under the covers reading into the wee hours of the morning kind of book. I strongly recommend it, it is a fantastic read. In fact, it's even better than the first book of hers that I read, Catch Me.

The very basics of the story is outlined on the back of the book and on Gardner's website, let me paraphrase:
An entire family disappeared without a trace, with no witnesses, no motive and no ransom demand. Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life that looks good in the pages of a glossy magazine, with their gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street, their seemingly perfect marriage and their beautiful fifteen-year old daughter, Ashlyn. But when the entire family disappears without a trace, PI Tessa Leoni must discover their innermost secrets and race against the clock to try and rescue them before their perfect life goes up in smoke.

In conclusion, let me say that this mystery kept me guessing up until the last dozen pages. This is really unusual for me. Mystery is my genre, I love to figure out what's going to happen significantly before it happens and I don't mean to sound boastful but I'm very good at it. It is so refreshing to read a whodunit and not actually know whodunit, lol. If you love mysteries like I do then go and buy Lisa Gardner's new book, you won't be disappointed, I promise.
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110 of 124 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Lisa Gardner is one of the reigning queens of domestic drama. She places families in pressure-cooker situations, and we watch as they struggle to survive physically and emotionally. In "Touch and Go," Justin Denbe, his wife, Libby, and their fifteen-year-old daughter, Ashlyn, are all under duress. Justin is "a man's man," attractive, charming, ambitious, and the heir to his father's multi-million dollar construction business. The Denbes live in a luxurious Boston town house. One evening, after Justin and Libby return from a romantic dinner, three men invade their home, abduct both parents and their child, and spirit the three of them away to a hiding place in northern New Hampshire.

Former Massachusetts state trooper and single mom, twenty-nine year old Tessa Leoni, is an employee of Northledge Investigations. She is hired by Justin's firm to "assess the scene and conduct an independent analysis of the situation." (Boston Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren makes a brief appearance and catches up with Tessa, whom she encountered during a previous case.) Also involved in the investigation are a pair of FBI agents and Sergeant Wyatt Foster of New Hampshire, who soon has his eye on Tessa. In the chapters that Libby narrates, she recalls her difficult childhood, the whirlwind romance that led to her marriage, and the immense joy that she and Justin felt when Ashlyn was born. Unfortunately, the past six months have not been easy, since Libby and Justin's marriage has started to deteriorate. Now, she fears that they all will die at the hands of their brutal captors.

Gardner opens her novel with a bang and keeps us guessing for several hundred pages. As it progresses, however, the overly long narrative becomes increasingly repetitious.
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47 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Burris on February 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Read from January 15 to 16, 2013

BOOK SYNOPSIS

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 fifteen-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

My Thoughts

Favorite quote: Pain has a flavor. But hope does, too.

Favorite scene: Libby making her version of homemade cinnamon rolls for her family and their kidnappers, you could smell the gooey richness and feel the roll melt in your mouth it was described so well.

The story of a "perfect All American family" living the "American Dream" of excess, wealth, privilege and lies!
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