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Touch & Go (Tessa Leoni series) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Gardner
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Book 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

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

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


Praise for Touch & Go:

“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

“Returning home after a date night meant to repair their marriage, Justin and Libby Denbe are abducted along with their teenage daughter from their glamorous Boston townhouse, leaving cops with no motive or ransom demand. The suspense crackles as the Denbes grapple with their captors’ bewildering brutality. But what gives the story heart is Libby’s dawning realization that her family may have been broken long before their kidnappers appeared.” --People

"This no-holds-barred stand-alone from Thriller Award–winner Gardner opens with the brutally efficient kidnapping of the Denbe family—father Justin, wife Libby, and 15-year-old daughter Ashlyn—from their exclusive Back Bay townhouse.…Gardner effectively alternates between the physical and emotional disintegration of the family under the pressure of their captivity and the efforts of [Invesigator Tessa] Leoni and company to dig into the secrets of Denbe Construction, its key employees, and its finances, as well as to locate the Denbes. The suspense builds as the action races to a spectacular conclusion and the unmasking of the plot’s mastermind."
Publishers Weekly

“[A] thrill ride... Even readers who figure out the ringleader long before [Investigators] Tessa and Wyatt will get behind on their sleep turning pages to make sure they're right."
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. Readers will want to see more of Wyatt, just as they grew to appreciate Bobby Dodge in Gardner’s earlier books."

Praise for Catch Me:

“New York Times best-selling author Gardner always plays in the big leagues, but this scare-your-socks-off thriller is a grand slam, packed with enigmatic characters (some good, some crazily evil), expert procedural detail, and superb storytelling.”
Library Journal on Catch Me

“Gardner has become one of the best psychological thriller writers in the business. The compelling characters, the shocking plot and the realistic atmosphere of how police operate make this a "must read" for any suspense aficionado.”
— Associated Press on Catch Me

“The creepy meter is off the charts—though not sensationalized—with children the target of physical, psychological, and sexual abuse at the hands of both strangers and parents. And, somehow, miraculously without any contrivance, Gardner’s conclusion delivers a welcome glimmer of hope.”
Booklist (starred review) on Catch Me

“Gardner’s sixth Det. D.D. Warren thriller grabs from the get-go.”
People on Catch Me

“A solidly enjoyable thriller that will keep you on the edge of your chair as you turn the pages and listen for any strange noises around you.”
Huffington Post on Catch Me

“Irresistible.” — Kirkus on Catch Me

Product Details

  • File Size: 1261 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00ERRYMCE
  • Publisher: Signet (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: #7,433 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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143 of 152 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Read! - Well Worth The Time February 5, 2013
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 123 people found the following review helpful
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Pain has a flavor,best quote ever! February 5, 2013
Read from January 15 to 16, 2013


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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4.0 out of 5 stars Unlike the other two Tessa books, it was obvious to me by the half way...
I read Gardner's latest Tessa book a few weeks ago and loved it giving it a five star review. I'd also read the first Tessa book and that was likewise 5 stars. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by carol irvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow what a book
I really didn't have any idea where this book was going. I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to all lady readers.
Published 3 days ago by millie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
decent read
Published 6 days ago by KatyCrombie
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed the book will read more about Tessa and hopefully ...
Really enjoyed the book will read more about Tessa and hopefully Wyatt!!
Published 6 days ago by Patricia A Caliva
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lisa Gardner is the best all of her books you can not put down
Published 7 days ago by Gizmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Kept. You In Suspense till the end
Published 9 days ago by laurada sedgwick
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Ok. But predictable
Published 9 days ago by warnder dennis kiewiet
2.0 out of 5 stars who touched what
the main character acknowledges that everything about this (theirs) story is nothing but a cliche; an acknowledgement taking place not once but several times through out the four... Read more
Published 12 days ago by NGT
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked the plot and how it unfolded!
Great read. Loved all the who done it scenarios and the twists and turns taken to get to an unexpected ending.
Published 16 days ago by Suzy
1.0 out of 5 stars Bore and bore
The most boring unimaginative book I have read in a long time
Boring story unimaginative ending
Could guess every turn
The characters were humourless and dull... Read more
Published 18 days ago by elaineb
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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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