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Touch & Go (Tessa Leoni) Paperback – November 5, 2013
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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 --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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...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
More praise for #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner
“No one owns this corner of the genre the way Lisa Gardner does.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child
“Nerve-shattering suspense.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author of Tami Hoag
“For years Lisa Gardner has been one of the best in the thriller business, but Find Her is something new: taut psychological suspense, an intricate mystery, emotionally devastating, ultimately empowering—a novel that should not be missed.”—#1 New York Times bestselling Harlan Coben
“Lisa Gardner’s work has the chills and thrills to excite, and the heart to draw you in.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown
“Lisa Gardner is one of my favorite authors. Her fast-paced and exciting novels twist when you expect a turn and turn when you expect a twist. I cannot recommend her more.”—New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter
“Lisa Gardner is the master of the psychological thriller.”—Associated Press
“No one writes this kind of modern horror tale better than Gardner, no one.”—The Providence Journal
“A psychological thriller both chilling and emotional. Her narrative thrums with heart-pounding scenes and unexpected twists that have you furiously flipping pages.”—USA Today Happy Ever After
“The line between mysteries and thrillers and so-called literary fiction has always been a thin one, but contemporary writers like Lisa Gardner make that sort of arbitrary distinction seem especially foolish.”—Connecticut Post
“When it comes to author Lisa Gardner, the tales she writes are always extreme gems in the literary world, and this is no exception.”—Suspense Magazine
“From the captivating first sentence to the shocking conclusion, this is addictive reading entertainment at its finest.”—Brit & Co
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Being married to the alpha male, Justin Denbe, who inherited his father's construction business, Denbe Construction, at the tender ager of 27-years old, made his father's business grow twice the amount after his father's untimely death. But there are some things that money certainly can't buy, which the Denbe family soon found out after three very powerful men, stormed upon their home taking the entire family from all that they knew.
Libby starts off telling the reader what her pain tastes like. Her flavor of choice, oranges. The ordeal she and her family journey through is one hell of a roller coaster ride, with all the twists and turns one suspecting reader can handle. This was an outstanding book, and needless to say, will most definitely keep you turning the pages.
What you think is happening, may not be what you expect. One thing the Denbes soon learn is that the family life they share, with all its money and power, and love, isn't exactly what their family was truly about. Excellent read, and you'll enjoy the suspense!
Dangerous and uncertain in nature or outcome; precarious; delicate '
The Granite State, that strong image of New Hampshire, is the image that resonates throughout this novel. Though the crime is initiated in Massachusetts, much of the action takes place in New Hampshire. Libby Denbe, a woman who has everything, a wealthy husband, a beautiful loving teenaged daughter, lives in the Back Bay of Boston. This is an exclusive area of the city known for it's magnificent homes and buildings. It is here in this home that the crime takes place. Ashlyn, their daughter, home alone, while Libby and her husband go out to dinner , the first step in repairing their marriage.
Tessa Leoni, a former Mass.State Trooper, is now working as a detective for a security firm. She had a disastrous end to her marriage, and now she is trying to make money to support her daughter. She is called early on a Saturday morning to assess the activities that have taken place at the Denbe home. When she arrives she finds DDWarren, the detective in charge of major crimes and her colleagues. It seems the family is missing and through extraordinary means they discover the family is in northern New Hampshire. The local Authorities are notified, and we meet Sherrif Wyatt. Both of these new characters, Tessa Leoni and Sherrif Wyatt, are characters we will meet again, strong and attractive, each in their own way.
This story has more twists and turns than a roller coaster. It is filled with some violence, but most of it has to do with relationships. Relationships that failed and are remembered. The Denbe Construction Firm plays a huge part in this novel, as do the people who work there. What we have is not always what we see, and in this novel that is true in spades.
As always, Lisa Gardner writes an extraordinary novel. This may be one of her best. I had a hint to the outcome, but didn't come close. That, to me, is the clue to a book that is one of the best.
Recommended. prisrob 11-12-13
Justin & Libby Debe, along with their 15 year-old daughter have been kidnapped, but at first, there doesn't seem to be a reason. Justin owns a very successful construction business, and is loved by his wife, daughter, and just about everyone else in his life. So when Tessa Leoni(a character from another of Gardner's excellent novels) is hired to find the Debes, she hits a wall of loyalty that's hard to get over. Whoever kidnapped the Debes, had access to their top security alarm system in their million dollar town home, and knowledge of both the layout of the home, and of the family's whereabouts. Those are the basics to a plot where the tension never lets up until the last 3 pages of the book's wrap up.
I don't know how Gardner does such an outstanding job of keeping up the suspense, while still involving the reader with her characters, but she certainly keeps me reading. Once I read the first few pages of a Gardner novel, I'm hooked and can't stop reading, or thinking about the story until I hit the last page. Even then, it still takes me days to work out the wonderful twists and turns of the plotting, and the satisfying conclusion.
Touch & Go examines the workings of family, of love, of fidelity with unflinching honesty. They say that all families are alike, but all dysfunctional families have their own, unique story to tell, and the Debes have a fascinating story, told against the backdrop of having their world ripped apart by an abduction that appears perfect. It would seem that the kidnappers have thought out every detail. As the story says, these three men are hired muscle with a brain. The men are trained and execute their jobs perfectly, but who are they working for?
Libby is a great character. Having worked her way up from the projects and a set of weak, addicted parents, Libby goes to college on an art scholarship. She ends up making beautiful jewelry and is just getting her start when she meets the handsome, charismatic, and rich Justin Debe. When they marry, Libby believes she's won life's lottery. All of the misery of her upbringing is over and she can now live happily-ever-after. But life never works out as we expect it to, especially in novels, because no one is interested in reading a happy book. It would be too boring.
Lisa Gardner is my go-to author for pure pleasurable reading. She takes you on a delicious ride of 'who-done-it', thrilling you with every clue she allows you to uncover. She's a perfect author, but I do wish she'd learn to write faster.