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#1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner, author of  Catch Me  and  Love You More,  returns with a heart-thumping thriller about what lurks behind the facade of a perfect family. This is my family:  Vanished without a trace… Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life that looks good in the pages of a glossy magazine. A beautiful fifteen-year old daughter, Ashlyn. A gorgeo #1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner, author of  Catch Me  and  Love You More,  returns with a heart-thumping thriller about what lurks behind the facade of a perfect family. This is my family:  Vanished without a trace… Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life that looks good in the pages of a glossy magazine. A beautiful fifteen-year old daughter, Ashlyn. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s elite Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by friends and family.  A perfect life. This is what I know:  Pain has a flavor… When investigator Tessa Leoni arrives at the crime scene in the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and Taser confetti in the foyer.  The family appears to have been abducted, with only a pile of their most personal possessions remaining behind.  No witnesses, no ransom demands, no motive.  Just an entire family, vanished without a trace. This is what I fear:  The worst is yet to come… Tessa knows better than anyone that even the most perfect façades 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 is all touch and go.


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#1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner, author of  Catch Me  and  Love You More,  returns with a heart-thumping thriller about what lurks behind the facade of a perfect family. This is my family:  Vanished without a trace… Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life that looks good in the pages of a glossy magazine. A beautiful fifteen-year old daughter, Ashlyn. A gorgeo #1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner, author of  Catch Me  and  Love You More,  returns with a heart-thumping thriller about what lurks behind the facade of a perfect family. This is my family:  Vanished without a trace… Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life that looks good in the pages of a glossy magazine. A beautiful fifteen-year old daughter, Ashlyn. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s elite Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by friends and family.  A perfect life. This is what I know:  Pain has a flavor… When investigator Tessa Leoni arrives at the crime scene in the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and Taser confetti in the foyer.  The family appears to have been abducted, with only a pile of their most personal possessions remaining behind.  No witnesses, no ransom demands, no motive.  Just an entire family, vanished without a trace. This is what I fear:  The worst is yet to come… Tessa knows better than anyone that even the most perfect façades 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 is all touch and go.

30 review for Touch & Go

  1. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    I've read quite a few books by Lisa Gardner and have really enjoyed them. As I read a lot of books from this genre I sometimes get the authors and the books they have written mixed up. I am forever getting Lisa Gardner and Lisa Jackson confused. In fact I think I was talking about this book the other day and gave the correct title but wrong author. Oops! Many of Justin and Libby Denbe's friends and family think the Denbe's have the perfect life. Happy marriage, a beautiful teenage daughter, a bea I've read quite a few books by Lisa Gardner and have really enjoyed them. As I read a lot of books from this genre I sometimes get the authors and the books they have written mixed up. I am forever getting Lisa Gardner and Lisa Jackson confused. In fact I think I was talking about this book the other day and gave the correct title but wrong author. Oops! Many of Justin and Libby Denbe's friends and family think the Denbe's have the perfect life. Happy marriage, a beautiful teenage daughter, a beautiful house, and financial stability. However, not everything is what it seems, and the entire family disappears without a trace. Investigator Tessa Leoni is hired by Justin's company to find the Denbe family, to work along with the local police and the FBI. With virtually no evidence, no witnesses, and no ransom demands it seems like an impossible task. As Tessa investigates, the facade of the perfect family begins to crumble. So many secrets.... Tessa Leoni is determined to find out what has happened to them. She knows that they don't have a lot of time...will they find them before it's too late? Told in both first person and third person it took a little bit to get used to, but I got into the groove of it quite quickly. The story started out with a lot of action but I did find a few parts were a bit dragged out. However, I was still interested and fully invested in the characters and the story. This was a good thriller with many twists and turns that kept me guessing. This is book #2 in the Tessa Leoni series. I also liked the first book in the series, "Love You More". As there is quite a bit of back story in regards to Tessa Leoni's life, readers may want to read "Love you More" first. However, the main story itself is new and very interesting so in my opinion it could still work as a stand-alone. "This is the truth: Love, safety, family…it is all touch and go."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    An absolutely satisfying continuance of this series. Tessa is a likeable brave lady to have as our protagonist, and it was a pleasure to watch as she has picked up the pieces of her life from the previous life shattering experiences that she and her daughter faced in book number one. She's not a show off, quietly and methodically getting on with her job. Sophie (Tessa's daughter) has some wise and heart-warming advice for the kidnapping victims that Tessa is searching for in her new role as priv An absolutely satisfying continuance of this series. Tessa is a likeable brave lady to have as our protagonist, and it was a pleasure to watch as she has picked up the pieces of her life from the previous life shattering experiences that she and her daughter faced in book number one. She's not a show off, quietly and methodically getting on with her job. Sophie (Tessa's daughter) has some wise and heart-warming advice for the kidnapping victims that Tessa is searching for in her new role as private security for a multi-million-dollar firm. She’ll never be a trooper again, but the new hours are conducive to her family situation, and the lovely lady that looked after Sophie as a baby continues to do so. Tessa isn’t the main focus here, the entire family that has been kidnapped is, and this was a good storyline. The family was an interesting one and it was entertaining watching their terrifying ordeal and the reasons behind this. I did a lot of guessing and to-ing and fro-ing which I enjoyed. Lisa Gardner is a talented author which I enjoy very much and will quickly look forward to the next chapter of this exciting series. Wyatt was the very capable and possible love interest, who was an enjoyable character and the chemistry and easy working nature between these two made me look forward for more. This series is a very easy to read and captivating in equal measure. Highly recommended. Love this series so far, almost as much as Detective D.D. Warren, and that’s a big call!

  3. 4 out of 5

    MissSusie

    I was lucky enough to receive an early review copy from Netgalley & Dutton Publisher Lisa 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. T I was lucky enough to receive an early review copy from Netgalley & Dutton Publisher Lisa 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

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    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? - Libby Denbe in Touch & Go To all outward appearances, Libby Denbe has a perfect life. She has a perfect husband, a perfect daughter. She lives in a beautiful home. They have money. What would she know about pain? Lisa Gardner’s Touch & Go , the second book in her Tessa Leoni series, begins with Libby and Justin, owner of a multi-million dollar construction business 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? - Libby Denbe in Touch & Go To all outward appearances, Libby Denbe has a perfect life. She has a perfect husband, a perfect daughter. She lives in a beautiful home. They have money. What would she know about pain? Lisa Gardner’s Touch & Go , the second book in her Tessa Leoni series, begins with Libby and Justin, owner of a multi-million dollar construction business that he inherited from his father, are in a fancy restaurant for date night. We immediately know that for Libby, something is not perfect. Nor will it be perfect for Justin or their fifteen-year-old daughter Ashlyn, for who knows how long. Because, when the couple arrives home, they get the surprise of their lives. Or I should say, “Shock.” Three men with Tasers have disarmed the alarm system, greeted Ashlyn, and are taking the entire family hostage. Tessa Leoni is called in as a private investigator to locate the abducted Denbes, As D.D. Warren makes a cameo appearance, I was a bit baffled as obscure references were made to the death of Tessa’s husband, since it has been three years since I read the first book in that series. I wish Ms. Gardner had recapped that instead of beating around the bush with vague remarks. Tessa is a former cop, but does she have what it takes to take on a case of this magnitude? I think my favorite cop in this saga is Wyatt Foster, the detective sergeant from northern New Hampshire who gets involved in the case early on. He’s understands people – the good, the bad, and the ugly. We also get the FBI, which gives us another female, Special Agent Nicole Adams, aka Nicky. Seems she and Wyatt had a “thing” in the past. Sigh – Wyatt’s, not mine. The point-of-view switches between Tessa and Libby. In Tessa, we see a woman who has been through some things, a tough-luck childhood, a woman who lost her parents, her husband, her job, and almost lost her child. Libby had a hard childhood too. Her perfect marriage was dealt a terrible blow six months before, and she has been coping in an unhealthy way. Now, she might lose everything, including her life. The entire story is like a tennis match, or maybe more like a chess match. Back and forth, one side trying to outplay and outthink the other. Only the stakes are much, much higher than any game. Through it all, the reader wonders who could be so cruel? Who set this up? Why? I went back and forth thinking I knew. Then I changed my mind. No one was really totally unlikeable or totally likable (except Wyatt), although I did like Ashlyn’s spunk. Oh, wait, one of the kidnappers is pure evil Eventually, I quit trying to figure it out and just kept on reading. Ms. Gardner saved a few heart-stopping moments for the end! 4.5 stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    Touch & Go haunted me for several days after I finished. It took me well over two weeks to get through this audio book, with it being over fourteen hours long and listening to it only on my commutes. But every time I started again I was consumed and listened with rapt attention wishing my commute was much longer! The time in between “readings” didn’t diminish this story at all, and part of that was due to the excellent performance of the narrator, Elisabeth Rodgers. This story was told in Libby D Touch & Go haunted me for several days after I finished. It took me well over two weeks to get through this audio book, with it being over fourteen hours long and listening to it only on my commutes. But every time I started again I was consumed and listened with rapt attention wishing my commute was much longer! The time in between “readings” didn’t diminish this story at all, and part of that was due to the excellent performance of the narrator, Elisabeth Rodgers. This story was told in Libby Denbe’s voice in first person but also alternating in the perspective of Tessa Leoni, a corporate private investigator, and Wyatt Foster, a County Sheriff. I “met” Tessa a while back in another book where she was actually a murder suspect and State Trooper; one of the reasons Tessa is now in the private sector. That was a suspenseful read and amazing read! The story opens up in Libby’s voice. She’s a wife and mother, married for the last eighteen years to Justin Denbe, the love of her life. Justin is every woman’s dream: gorgeous, owner of a multimillion dollar company, doting father and take charge sort of man. His family is his whole world, or so Libby thought until she found out he was cheating on her, six months ago. This is when Libby’s life slowly started coming apart and her little perfect family is barely keeping it together. Never did she suspect that things were going to get a thousand times worse when she’s abducted with Justin and their fifteen year old daughter out of their family home. I went through a range of emotions and feelings throughout this story. My stomach was in knots, my heart alternately breaking, and then filling with hope, and then I’d be enraged and indignant! I have to say most of my anger was directed towards Justin Denbe! No good, rotten cheating %&*$ (insert many angry curse words here)!! But then he was all about keeping his family safe, he was remorseful, and I’d have hope in him and their family’s future all over again. Libby reveals their history to us in flashbacks and the love and passion they shared makes you want to scream “Why, Justin?!! Why?” I finished this almost two weeks ago and my heart still aches over them! Let’s not forget the horror of being a hostage. I think I worried more over what could happen than what actually did. This is where the investigation came in with Tessa and Wyatt main players here. I kept guessing and trying to figure out who was guilty. There were many red herrings and just when I thought I had it figured out, Lisa Gardner bitch-slapped me something good with the truth!! Oh man!! There was a romance/attraction brewing between Tessa and Wyatt throughout, but it was very subtle. This is the way with Lisa Gardner’s novels. She gives us a set of characters that solve various mysteries in each story but there’s a continuing story arc in regards to the main character’s personal lives. Tessa and Wyatt’s story took a backseat to Libby Denbe and her story, but I would’ve liked it more evenly divided between them; although, this may not have had the same emotional impact on me if it went that way. I can’t wait for the next Tessa and Wyatt mystery. I’ve been a huge fan of Lisa Gardner for some time. She’s writes some very dark mysteries usually with a little bit of romance thrown in. If you love a well plotted mystery and are not scared off from some darker topics, I highly recommend picking up one of her books! This audio book was amazing and the narrator did an excellent job inflecting a subtle Boston accent when called for. Libby’s POV was haunting and emotional! There were only two secondary character voices that made me cringe a little. Both were male and didn’t have lengthy talking parts. I did originally receive this from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! I also bought it in audio-book version after Audible was having a sale, so I ended up “reading” it that way. You can read this review and more at The Readers Den.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Three members of a wealthy family - Justin and Libby Denbe and their teenage daughter Ashlyn - are kidnapped and an assortment of law enforcement personnel, including state police, FBI, and a private security agent work day and night to try to locate them. Justin has been unfaithful; the Denbe's have marital problems; and Ashlyn has secrets. The book's POV alternates between the wife Libby.....and Tessa, the private security agent. I didn't enjoy the book much and had to push myself to finish it. Three members of a wealthy family - Justin and Libby Denbe and their teenage daughter Ashlyn - are kidnapped and an assortment of law enforcement personnel, including state police, FBI, and a private security agent work day and night to try to locate them. Justin has been unfaithful; the Denbe's have marital problems; and Ashlyn has secrets. The book's POV alternates between the wife Libby.....and Tessa, the private security agent. I didn't enjoy the book much and had to push myself to finish it. Kidnapping themes are my least favorite suspense theme and a lot of the characters in the story were unsympathetic or downright unlikeable. The ending is probably supposed to be a shocker but it doesn't totally pan out that way. Just not my kind of story. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Pretty darn good! I like how steadily Lisa Gardner kept pulling bones out of the ol' family closet, enough to make three skeletons. Justin, Libby and Ashlyn seem like the perfect family (99% of all mysteries start out this way). Justin owns and runs one of the biggest construction companies in the country, and Libby and Ashlyn want for nothing. When the entire family is kidnapped and tucked away at a very secluded (but pretty obvious) location, everybody tries to figure out what the bad guys are Pretty darn good! I like how steadily Lisa Gardner kept pulling bones out of the ol' family closet, enough to make three skeletons. Justin, Libby and Ashlyn seem like the perfect family (99% of all mysteries start out this way). Justin owns and runs one of the biggest construction companies in the country, and Libby and Ashlyn want for nothing. When the entire family is kidnapped and tucked away at a very secluded (but pretty obvious) location, everybody tries to figure out what the bad guys are after: the family, the cops, the company... the readers. It isn't until Libby brings up the opportunity for a fortune in ransom money that things go south for everybody involved. And I do mean everybody. Okay, I suspected what was really going on around the time the family arrived at the hideout. It wasn't too hard to see the why/how. But the nicely spaced, regularly occurring reveals kept the plot interesting and moving forward. There were a couple of lesser but associated twists that snuck up on me. I had a lot of fun with Touch & Go, and I'm looking forward to reading Crash & Burn.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    4.5 stars really. Although I figured certain things out, Gardner created bad guys that were professionals rather than just bad guys. They had a job. They were good at their job. They were getting paid for a job. That meant that the barrier that you normally have with bad guys is different. They aren't' personally invested, they just want to be paid. As for the perfect family, the Denbe's, perfection is overrated. Even in art what you think is perfect is rarely perfect when you look up close. Jus 4.5 stars really. Although I figured certain things out, Gardner created bad guys that were professionals rather than just bad guys. They had a job. They were good at their job. They were getting paid for a job. That meant that the barrier that you normally have with bad guys is different. They aren't' personally invested, they just want to be paid. As for the perfect family, the Denbe's, perfection is overrated. Even in art what you think is perfect is rarely perfect when you look up close. Justin and Libby are living a first class life but behind the curtain he's sleeping around and she's addicted to pain pills. Their 15 year old daughter hasn't been innocent since she discovered her prince had feet of clay. So when they are abducted they have to decide if old hurts trump the new threat to their lives. On their side is Tessa Leoni. We met Tessa when she was the suspect in a DD Warren case. She was accused of killing her husband. Tessa is no longer a cop, she's a private investigator and her firm has been hired to find the Denbes. She's flanked by the FBI, they're running the case, and a NH Sheriff who looks and acts like he knows what he's doing. Tessa's no fool, she works with people who get results. It's a fascinating psychological ride until the very end. One of her best except that it took a while to figure out the point of view in some of the early chapters. But once the roller coaster starts, it's impossible to want to get off.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ~IreneOust~

    It’s official: I am OBSESSED with Lisa Gardner’s work. She writes movies, for crying out loud!! I mean, her stories literally jump off the pages. Not to mention THE WAY SHE WRITES ... good God! Her characters are perfection. Flawed. Real. Just the kind of characters I love to read about. And the way she keeps you guessing!! You don’t know whodunnit till the last few pages ... these kinds of books, to me, are worth every penny. P.S. As one of THE pickiest people when it comes to leading ladies, I It’s official: I am OBSESSED with Lisa Gardner’s work. She writes movies, for crying out loud!! I mean, her stories literally jump off the pages. Not to mention THE WAY SHE WRITES ... good God! Her characters are perfection. Flawed. Real. Just the kind of characters I love to read about. And the way she keeps you guessing!! You don’t know whodunnit till the last few pages ... these kinds of books, to me, are worth every penny. P.S. As one of THE pickiest people when it comes to leading ladies, I am THRILLED to discover an author who gave me two kickass females leads to add to my very short list of ultimate favourite heroines: D.D. Warren and Tessa Leoni. I can’t get enough of these ladies and want to read every available book featuring them. IMMEDIATELY!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    La-Lionne

    Loved it! One night, parents come home from their date, open the door to their house and walk into a nightmare. Three armed men kidnaps the parents and their 15 year old daughter. When the police starts the investigation, some things doesn't add up :-). The main parts of the story is told from Libby's (she is the wife and the mother), one of the private detectives, and a policemen's point of views. PD's and policemen's point of views gives you the insight into how investigation is going, and Libby Loved it! One night, parents come home from their date, open the door to their house and walk into a nightmare. Three armed men kidnaps the parents and their 15 year old daughter. When the police starts the investigation, some things doesn't add up :-). The main parts of the story is told from Libby's (she is the wife and the mother), one of the private detectives, and a policemen's point of views. PD's and policemen's point of views gives you the insight into how investigation is going, and Libby's point of view gives you the truth about her family and who they really are behind closed doors. On the outside they appear to be your regular suburban family, hard working father and a good husband, beautiful and smart wife and a mother, and a 15 year old who almost never talks to her parents, texts a lot and hangs out with her friends. Norma, right? But as you get to read more of Libby's monologues, you see how [email protected] up they all really are. It turns out that their marriage is falling apart, parents are sleeping in separate rooms, doesn't talk much, haven't had sex in ages, Libby is popping pills like candies, Justin (the husband) works long hours, almost never home, cheated on his wife with some skank, and they know absolutely nothing about their daughters life outside the house. On the night that they got kidnaped, they were coming back from a date, they haven't had date in a long time, they both have had enough and wanted to work things out and make it right. But that is not even a half of the story. After questioning some witnesses, Justin's coworkers and even his mistress, police, detectives and FBI suspects that it was an inside job. It is pretty clear for the readers as well. But the one thing they can't figure it out is if they are doing it for the money or is it something personal and someone wants a revenge. Kidnappers know absolutely everything about the family, their history, which includes some pretty personal information, and their financial situation. And the weirdest thing of all is that kidnappers tell to Libby and Justin that they don't want the money. Hours and days go by, and there is no ransom demand. According to the police is not a good sign. While Libby's family is being held captive, they are finally forced to talk, put their own bull sh!t aside and come up with the plan how to get out of there. But it's not easy, because they find out that it's Justin's company who build a security system for the place their are kept in, and to their misfortune, he is the best in the country at what he does. Escape is impossible. They need to come up with another plan, and they do. But before that, all kinds of [email protected] up things happen to them in there. It was pretty difficult to read through it. Then it turned out that their plan wasn't as brilliant as they thought it would be. In the mean while, police, detectives and FBI discover all kinds of weird things about their family, and at this point, anyone and everyone is a suspect. Not only I suspected a lot of his coworkers and board members, I thought that at times, both Libby, Justin and their daughter, were being full of sh!t. But every time I was sure I knew who did it, there was a small part that was told from one of the kidnappers point of view, that completely threw me off track :). The ending was brilliant, very [email protected] up, but brilliant. I wouldn't say it was a happy ending for anyone who was involved. Maybe for few people, but that depends on who's side a reader is on ;-). Good writing, fast paced and a very interesting story. Can't wait for L. Gardner's next book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Monnie

    Sometimes I think if I open yet another book in which centers around a disgraced police officer turned private investigator, I'll throw up. Surely, I think to myself, there's got to be a new and different kind of hero (or heroine) out there. So when I opened this one, which is about investigator Tessa Leoni (yes, a former cop with a "background"), almost immediately my stomach felt like I'd eaten a pair of pliers and a couple of sheets of sandpaper. But there's also something to be said for if it Sometimes I think if I open yet another book in which centers around a disgraced police officer turned private investigator, I'll throw up. Surely, I think to myself, there's got to be a new and different kind of hero (or heroine) out there. So when I opened this one, which is about investigator Tessa Leoni (yes, a former cop with a "background"), almost immediately my stomach felt like I'd eaten a pair of pliers and a couple of sheets of sandpaper. But there's also something to be said for if it ain't broke, don't fix it; after all, some of my all-time favorite characters fit that description, warts and all - and Lisa Gardner is a favorite author. So I fought back my "I really don't want to go here again" feelings and dove in. The whole thing starts with the apparent kidnapping of a very wealthy Boston family (dad, mom and a 15-year-old daughter). For all intents and purposes - at least for the first couple of chapters - it appears they lived the perfect life. But soon, Jackson reveals that trouble's been brewing in paradise, both at home and at the husband's extremely successful construction business, for some time. Add that to the fact that there have been no ransom calls or notes, and Tessa - who's been hired by the company to investigate - as well as local police and the FBI - begin to question what's really behind the family's disappearance. They're also keenly aware that, sans ransom demands, it will be much more difficult to find the family and far more likely that even if they are found, it won't be alive. More than anything, the book is a study in people - how the characters interact with each other, especially as they deal with stress. Tessa, for instance, almost lost her own 8-year-old daughter so has a special reason to relate to the kidnapped family; the three family members, who have at best lost touch with each other over the past few years, must come to terms with those feelings as they fight to stay alive. The chapters shift from the different perspectives, from Tessa and the investigation to the wife's "take" on what her world was like in the past and coping with the reality of her present dire circumstances. If there's a negative, it's that some of the "action" that takes place is less than totally believable, and most of the characters really aren't that likable all things considered. All the whining by the wife about how awful she's been treated by her dastardly husband and the waffling over what to do about it reminds me of one of my favorite expressions (cleaned up a bit for publication): Hey, lady, either do your business or get off the toilet. Needless to say, there are some psychological twists and turns as the plot moves along. One of the biggest "surprises" was one I'd guessed quite early on, but I couldn't be sure until near the end. But honestly, it didn't matter; even suspecting the why, I wasn't able to deduce the how. And, just reading about those aforementioned people interactions (now you like a character, now you don't) was more than enough to hold my attention page after page.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Best Crime Books & More

    I am a pretty big Lisa Gardner fan, especially of her DD Warren series. Her newest release Touch and Go is due for release in February 2012 but I was fortunate to receive an early reader copy. Her latest book features Tessa Leoni (who also appeared in Love You More) who is called in after the Denbe family are abducted. Upon arrival at Justin and Libby Denbe’s home, there are no signs of a break in, and there is no ransom demand. It seems like the couple and their teenage daughter have vanished i I am a pretty big Lisa Gardner fan, especially of her DD Warren series. Her newest release Touch and Go is due for release in February 2012 but I was fortunate to receive an early reader copy. Her latest book features Tessa Leoni (who also appeared in Love You More) who is called in after the Denbe family are abducted. Upon arrival at Justin and Libby Denbe’s home, there are no signs of a break in, and there is no ransom demand. It seems like the couple and their teenage daughter have vanished into thin air. The more Tessa digs, the more it seems a little too perfect. To the outside world they are the perfect couple, with Justin running a very wealthy and successful company and a beautiful home. As usual the pace is pretty frenetic from the very beginning. Justin and Libby are on date night when then enter their home and are taken by surprise. As the reader we see both sides of the story, both from the family’s perspective and the Detectives as well. As the story progresses we also meet Sergeant Wyatt Foster who participates in the case with Tessa. Having read the book Love You More I was familiar with Tessa’s history, however if you haven’t read it there is certainly enough background for readers to understand her past. I really loved Tessa and Wyatt working together and thought they made a good team From the very early stages, although we see what is happening to the family (can’t say too much for fear of spoilers) we also see the police trying to solve the puzzle. With no clear cut motive it means examining every person who is close to the family. I found myself constantly changing my mind on who I thought was culpable, and thankfully it only became clear towards the very end (which is always a bonus in my eyes). The family were easy to read about and part of that attraction was seeing them crumble under the immense strain they are put under in their kidnapping situation. Layers are peeled away to reveal a family far from perfect and this makes the story even more interesting than the bog standard murder novel. When I got to the end I was not entirely shocked at the outcome but thought that the book was another great read by Lisa Gardner. Admittedly I still favour DD Warren, but I think Tessa Leoni could be the star of another series. If she is I can only hope that Wyatt Foster goes along for the ride. Not my favourite Lisa Gardner book, but an awesome read that will keep you guessing until the end.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Freda Malone

    After reading the first in this series of Tessa Leoni, I had to get me some more of that mama bear attitude. Nothing is what it seems in this kidnapping of a wealthy construction tycoon and his family. Tons of secrets and finger-pointing who to blame had me reeling there for a bit. Tessa Leoni, who is now a hired assessor, is on this case, along with the FBI and other outside law enforcement agencies. Tessa's role is subtle when it needs to be and then suddenly packs a punch as this mama bear wr After reading the first in this series of Tessa Leoni, I had to get me some more of that mama bear attitude. Nothing is what it seems in this kidnapping of a wealthy construction tycoon and his family. Tons of secrets and finger-pointing who to blame had me reeling there for a bit. Tessa Leoni, who is now a hired assessor, is on this case, along with the FBI and other outside law enforcement agencies. Tessa's role is subtle when it needs to be and then suddenly packs a punch as this mama bear wraps up the solve with a few of her own tactics. I sure do enjoy Tessa's character. The crime itself seemed like a typical kidnapping and became anything but typical. Loved it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    To the outside world Justin and Libby Denbe seem to have it all. A beautiful fifteen year old daughter and a wonderful house with all the lucturies to go with it. Justin is the head of his own construction company and with a loving wife and a lifestyle to die for all seems good. But now they are gone with little reason as to why. For private investigator Tessa Leoni (last seen as a police officer in Love You More) hired by Justin's construction company after the families disappearance this will b To the outside world Justin and Libby Denbe seem to have it all. A beautiful fifteen year old daughter and a wonderful house with all the lucturies to go with it. Justin is the head of his own construction company and with a loving wife and a lifestyle to die for all seems good. But now they are gone with little reason as to why. For private investigator Tessa Leoni (last seen as a police officer in Love You More) hired by Justin's construction company after the families disappearance this will be a really tough case to solve. Not only is there no witnesses but there is also no ransom note and no real motive. Working with local authorities and the FBI Tessa will look into the families past wich is one that far from rosey is infact one of greed' misguided trust and secrets. There is clear signs of the family being forcibly taken with scuff marks and taser confetti all over the home but the question of why they were taken and who was behind the kidnapping linger to the very end. Lisa Gardner has done it again with another wonderfully written crime thriller. Reviving Tessa Leoni is a master stroke and prooves to be a strong and intelligent investigator. The rest of the characters are equally impressive including local law enforcer Wyatt and the Denebe's who slowly show there true selves with one revalation after another. The story just like others from Lisa Gardner is inventive and unpredictable. I thought i had the mastermind for the families disappearance worked out a few times only to be proven wrong and the ending with Libby is both suprising but satisfying. Not just for fans of the author but for anyone who enjoys reading the odd crime thrillers this books is a great read. Hopefully we will see more of Tessa in the future.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenni Boyd

    I know I'm the odd one out here, by only giving this book 3stars, but Touch & Go just didn't hold my attention as I would have liked it to, unlike the Det.D.D. Warren series. At times I found it repetitious, and as for those involved in the search for the missing family, I think D.D Warren would have fired the lot of them, aside from perhaps Wyatt. Unlike her other books, which kept me guessing who the perpetrator was almost until the last page, I'd figured it out fairly early in the story, which I know I'm the odd one out here, by only giving this book 3stars, but Touch & Go just didn't hold my attention as I would have liked it to, unlike the Det.D.D. Warren series. At times I found it repetitious, and as for those involved in the search for the missing family, I think D.D Warren would have fired the lot of them, aside from perhaps Wyatt. Unlike her other books, which kept me guessing who the perpetrator was almost until the last page, I'd figured it out fairly early in the story, which could be partly why it wasn’t the page-turner for me. Aside from this, it was an enjoyable enough read, but not that 'edge of your seat' thriller, which Lisa Gardner usually delivers.

  16. 5 out of 5

    John

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I did find this book a page turner and enjoyed it. The author knows how to craft a story. However, it read a bit mills and boon for me in places. Libby grew up in the tenements in poverty met Justin a construction millionaire and fell madly in love. They live in a great house with their daughter with on the surface everything wonderful. Dig a bit deeper and we find a Justin having an affair with a woman a few years older than his 15 year old daughter. His wife hooked on painkillers and his daugh I did find this book a page turner and enjoyed it. The author knows how to craft a story. However, it read a bit mills and boon for me in places. Libby grew up in the tenements in poverty met Justin a construction millionaire and fell madly in love. They live in a great house with their daughter with on the surface everything wonderful. Dig a bit deeper and we find a Justin having an affair with a woman a few years older than his 15 year old daughter. His wife hooked on painkillers and his daughter also with her own secret. They are kidnapped, put in a prison recently built by Justins company in a remote area of New Hampshire. Apparently a mothballed prison in America with a prison population of 2 million a mothballed prison? Tessa enters the scene and meets Wyatt the potential new love of her life and together they solve the case. Essentially follow the money or embezzlement. Justin turns out to be a greedy manipulative man. No real big surprise. Then it gets far fetched when at the end the bad guys save Libby and Radar gives her bank codes to access her husbands stolen money. I mean why embezzle you’re own money why not just simply set up a secret account and pay in to it rather than the complicated way Justin did it. It makes no sense much like Radar not taking all the money himself! The FBI is so bad it’s laughable. Saying all that the writing is very readable and I enjoyed the story. Laughing at some of the situations and characters albeit in parts the writing is repetitive.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ninette Swann

    Don't let the stars deceive you, this thriller by Lisa Gardner is good! It had me in tears several times as the author went through the private lives of the victims, perpetrators and investigators of a kidnapping in the Boston area. I really enjoyed the use of first person for Libby Denbe's character. As the wife of Justin Denbe, she gave the reader a very personalized view of the family's home life before the abduction. Gardner's choice of voice was strong throughout, using accounts from private Don't let the stars deceive you, this thriller by Lisa Gardner is good! It had me in tears several times as the author went through the private lives of the victims, perpetrators and investigators of a kidnapping in the Boston area. I really enjoyed the use of first person for Libby Denbe's character. As the wife of Justin Denbe, she gave the reader a very personalized view of the family's home life before the abduction. Gardner's choice of voice was strong throughout, using accounts from private investigator Tessa Leoni, NH Detective Wyatt, and the kidnappers themselves, to wind the story around. I was utterly ensnared not only by the action and motives of each suspect and character, but also by the relations between them. I really loved Z, his whole character development. The killer with no morals yet high respect for how the game is played and high regard for those who stand up in the face of danger. Radar, too, with his subtle helping, here and there. However, the plot had some major holes for me. First, the prison in which the family is kept. Really? The state of New Hampshire is going to build a prison and not use it (which I could believe) but then have it completely electrically hooked up and ready to go? The thermostat always set at 77 degrees? Really? That's a lot of money to waste, isn't it? And at first, I thought the lights were always on, but at the end, the kidnappers shut the lights off. The power company isn't going to notice a huge spike in output from that location? I think they just might. The rest of my problems involve SPOILERS, OMG, SPOILERS, FOR REAL I WILL GIVE AWAY THE WHOLE FREAKING BOOK RIGHT HERE SO STOP READING, JUST KNOW IT HAS HOLES, OKAY?! (view spoiler)[I didn't find the fact that Radar gave Libby that slip of paper with important stuff and things on it plausible. And why would it only be good for 12 hours? And how did he know the code? I also had a problem with Justin hightailing it back to Kathryn. After a break like that (I'm trying not to give away too much), he's going to waste time collecting her and running away with her? He would have said something to her first, no doubt, and she would have said something to Tessa. And like he wouldn't have found out about his daughter screaming at her? He would have. Also, that scene makes all the prison dialogue worthless, though I see how you don't need to be sympathetic and maybe he really could lie all that much. Still... And one of my biggest problems was with Tessa's storyline. Mainly, WHAT HAPPENED? There's this beautiful set up, she has shot her husband, or maybe didn't? But pleaded guilty to doing so, but they thought she killed her daughter too, but she somehow found her daughter by going outside of the law, and WHAT?! That's it. Just left like that. I care so much less about her date with the detective than I do about what happened two years before. What happened to her daughter, how was her husband involved, what did she actually do or not do? TELL ME. Tessa was the main character in my mind, so this was really a killer for me (so to speak, haha) (hide spoiler)]

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Pain has a flavour. What does it taste like to you? Libby had learned early the pain of loss…loss of her father who refused to wear a helmet and was killed on his motor bike…loss of her mother from smoking and not coping…Libby was determined her life would not end up the same as her parents’ lives. She was determined her child would never know the loss of a parent, would never know the pain of being hungry and alone. So when Libby fell in love with Justin Denbe, she knew intense happiness. Justin Pain has a flavour. What does it taste like to you? Libby had learned early the pain of loss…loss of her father who refused to wear a helmet and was killed on his motor bike…loss of her mother from smoking and not coping…Libby was determined her life would not end up the same as her parents’ lives. She was determined her child would never know the loss of a parent, would never know the pain of being hungry and alone. So when Libby fell in love with Justin Denbe, she knew intense happiness. Justin was a man who owned his own construction business, and had built the company up to be very wealthy after his father had died and left it to him. On their marriage they had moved into a gorgeous home in the posh neighbourhood of Back Bay in Boston, and three years later were blessed with a beautiful daughter Ashlyn…their happiness was complete. Eighteen years after their wedding, the façade was crumbling. When Tessa Leoni was called in the early hours of one morning and met first respondent, Detective DD Warren at the Denbe household, she wasn’t to know this would be her first intense, dangerous and complex investigation after becoming a PI when her police life had fallen apart two years prior. The taser confetti which was scattered in the foyer, the personal items which were stacked on the bench top, the marks of a scuffle; all these told Tessa and the FBI team who joined her that something bad had happened. The Denbe family were missing, no sign of forced entry, no witnesses. As Tessa began to unravel the lives of Justin, Libby and Ashlyn, she discovered there were layers and layers of secrets. And time was running out if they wanted to find them alive. With Wyatt and his team from New Hampshire assisting, the many arms of the FBI and Tessa all working around the clock, would they find the family alive? I really enjoyed this latest instalment from Lisa Gardner. She has done it again…the suspense and fast pace of the novel kept me turning the pages, and I liked the two narrators and the different perspectives throughout. It was intense and gripping, a read I would highly recommend.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer McLean

    I was so thrilled to receive an advanced copy of this new thriller by Lisa Gardner. It was spectacular. I'm an avid mystery reader and I tend to be able to figure out many mysteries before they end. With this one, I was on the edge of my seat until the end. I'll be reviewing this book on my blog later in December but let me just say here, this is worth the read! I was so thrilled to receive an advanced copy of this new thriller by Lisa Gardner. It was spectacular. I'm an avid mystery reader and I tend to be able to figure out many mysteries before they end. With this one, I was on the edge of my seat until the end. I'll be reviewing this book on my blog later in December but let me just say here, this is worth the read!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Brown

    Good story. The end had a little twist that I thought might happen but wasn't 100% convinced until it actually did. I can't say I'm a huge fan of Tessa Leoni but I am trying to read all the books in the Gardner Universe series which includes her. Good story. The end had a little twist that I thought might happen but wasn't 100% convinced until it actually did. I can't say I'm a huge fan of Tessa Leoni but I am trying to read all the books in the Gardner Universe series which includes her.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Patrice Hoffman

    Another great book by the infamous Lisa Gardner. It is no secret that I'm a fan of Gardner's. She always manages to keep the suspense at a high level and the unforseen twists coming until the last page. Even though I knew whodunit as I read this book, I was unsure of the motivation and that's what kept me hooked. Gardner introduces us to the Denbe family. They are the quinessential upper-class family. Living in the part of New Hampshire that most can only dream about. Justin Denbe is an heir to a Another great book by the infamous Lisa Gardner. It is no secret that I'm a fan of Gardner's. She always manages to keep the suspense at a high level and the unforseen twists coming until the last page. Even though I knew whodunit as I read this book, I was unsure of the motivation and that's what kept me hooked. Gardner introduces us to the Denbe family. They are the quinessential upper-class family. Living in the part of New Hampshire that most can only dream about. Justin Denbe is an heir to a successful construction company. Libby, the artsy, devoted mother of Ashlyn. They are seemingly the picturesque family but under the facade is the truth. The three are abducted and Tessa Leoni is on the case. Tessa is from one of Gardner's previous D.D. Warren (who also makes a short appearance) novels. Gardner does a great job at revealing the family dynamic when it is under the most extreme of stress and how they crumble or thrive. This family seemed real enough with their secrets and lies that I found their actions throughout to be pretty believeable. I actually cared about this family. I felt most connected to Libby, who also acts as narrator in some chapters. If I had to say anything negative about this novel it's that I found the culprit had a huge flag waving the whole time "It's me!" but it did not stop me from reading on. The motivations behind the actions and layers of information given made me guess until the end why this person holding the flag was doing this. I believe Gardner needs no introduction and fans of mysteries and thrillers should already know who she is. For people who haven't yet read any of her books, I'd compare them most to Harlan Coben. In conclusion, another great read by Lisa Gardner.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sherri Thacker

    Another great book by Lisa Gardner. She sure knows how to pull you in and keep you on the edge of your seat with lots of twists and turns along the way!! Can’t wait to read #3 next. I already have it here from the library!! Lol

  24. 4 out of 5

    Perri

    After reading some shaky thriller books, it's nice to be in the hands of a master storyteller. Gardner had me glued to the action and guessing what the heck was going on. I especially liked how she alternated between the POV of the Mom kidnapped with her family for murky reason, and the detectives on a stressful deadline to free them. Great read! After reading some shaky thriller books, it's nice to be in the hands of a master storyteller. Gardner had me glued to the action and guessing what the heck was going on. I especially liked how she alternated between the POV of the Mom kidnapped with her family for murky reason, and the detectives on a stressful deadline to free them. Great read!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    This book keeps you guessing and second guessing yourself pretty much from the get-go - or at least it did for me. A family is kidnapped! Is it for ransom? Or something else entirely. Who is behind it? A co-worker, employee, or family member? I'm liking this Tessa Leoni character, flawed as she is but as least she is getting past her past! Tessa is able to relate to the victims and comes across as one of the more sound investigators. We meet a couple of new characters - one or two that I like, one This book keeps you guessing and second guessing yourself pretty much from the get-go - or at least it did for me. A family is kidnapped! Is it for ransom? Or something else entirely. Who is behind it? A co-worker, employee, or family member? I'm liking this Tessa Leoni character, flawed as she is but as least she is getting past her past! Tessa is able to relate to the victims and comes across as one of the more sound investigators. We meet a couple of new characters - one or two that I like, one not so much. You can tell that Lisa Gardner has done her research on the prison systems and she puts it to good use. 4.5 stars and 2 thumbs up!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    I"m a huge fan of Gardner's DD Warren series - but this latest release (although not featuring DD, does include her to a degree) is proving to be a huge disappointment! I'm plodding along, hoping she finds the groove I so admired.. I'm no expert, but I have also found at least three editorial errors! I"m a huge fan of Gardner's DD Warren series - but this latest release (although not featuring DD, does include her to a degree) is proving to be a huge disappointment! I'm plodding along, hoping she finds the groove I so admired.. I'm no expert, but I have also found at least three editorial errors!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    The Denbe family are a good family. They live a normal life. Justin and Libby Denbe return home from a night out to find their front door unlocked. Before they can comprehend what is happening, Justin and Libby are attacked. The last thing Libby sees before passing out from being tased is her daughter, Ashlyn screaming. Tessa Leoni is now an investigator for Northledge Investigations. Denbe Construction hired Tessa’s company to investigate the kidnapping of the Denbe family. Tessa realizes that The Denbe family are a good family. They live a normal life. Justin and Libby Denbe return home from a night out to find their front door unlocked. Before they can comprehend what is happening, Justin and Libby are attacked. The last thing Libby sees before passing out from being tased is her daughter, Ashlyn screaming. Tessa Leoni is now an investigator for Northledge Investigations. Denbe Construction hired Tessa’s company to investigate the kidnapping of the Denbe family. Tessa realizes that there has to be more to the story then just a normal kidnapping. What dark secrets are the Denbe family hiding? It has been several books since I have read one from author, Lisa Gardner. So when I saw Touch&Go, I thought now is a good time to pick up this book. While, I would say there were no real secrets or twists, I still had a good time reading this book. It was a really, quick read. The only downfall I had with this book was that I found the detectives story as they tried to piece together the investigation to be boring some and it moved along slowly. In fact, after a while, I would skip some of these chapters and go straight to the ones involving the Denbe family. Libby Denbe turned out to be a person that I could connect with. She started out weak but as the story progressed, she got stronger. The ending went by quickly but was tied up nicely. I enjoyed how it ended. Touch&Go is a thrill ride that will have you passing the time away in a good way. ”

  28. 4 out of 5

    ✨Susan✨

    This is my second book by Lisa Gardner and even though they were both part of different series they both could stand alone. This story was about the owner of a 100 million dollar business and how he, his wife and his daughter were abducted from their very secure, upperclass home, leaving virtually no evidence to follow. The board of his company hires an independent investigator and she starts to gather information while trying to work with the local PD and the FBI, who can be less than helpful t This is my second book by Lisa Gardner and even though they were both part of different series they both could stand alone. This story was about the owner of a 100 million dollar business and how he, his wife and his daughter were abducted from their very secure, upperclass home, leaving virtually no evidence to follow. The board of his company hires an independent investigator and she starts to gather information while trying to work with the local PD and the FBI, who can be less than helpful to a private entity. When there is a break in the case and they find a locator jacket that the man was wearing, layers of the suspects deception start to unravel. The owner has a reputation with the ladies, the wife has a drug addiction and the daughter has a deep secret that if discovered will tear everything apart. When there is no ransom demand the investigators start to wonder if this is a rescue or recovery mission. Many suspects with different motives make it hard to dig through what is and isn't relative to the abduction. The continuous story changes kept me guessing until the end. A great, action packed suspense drama that will bring me back to more of Lisa Gardner's mystery thrillers and the great narration of Elizabeth Rodgers.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Yasmin

    Touch & Go is the second book I've read by author Lisa Gardner. Gardner is a steallar writer and her storylines pull me in immediately. Touch and Go was an enjoyable read...but...yes there's the but or buts...this family was FREAKING CRAZY! Every last one of them had issues and problems...and the wife...she was just too annoying for me...wanted her to wake up and smell the coffee...get a grip...get a life...grow a backbone! Jeez...okay that's out of the way...lol...I went along with the outrageo Touch & Go is the second book I've read by author Lisa Gardner. Gardner is a steallar writer and her storylines pull me in immediately. Touch and Go was an enjoyable read...but...yes there's the but or buts...this family was FREAKING CRAZY! Every last one of them had issues and problems...and the wife...she was just too annoying for me...wanted her to wake up and smell the coffee...get a grip...get a life...grow a backbone! Jeez...okay that's out of the way...lol...I went along with the outrageous, suspense belief scenes, but seriously the state of New Hampshire...is it really as stupid as portrayed in this book?!?! About 25 percent into the book, I figured out who the culprit was...and can I say what a sleeze ball! And then there was the story about Tess...so do my comments appear to be all over the place...hmmm...that's because Touch & Go appears to be the same at times. Nevertheless, I like Gardner...I listen to her books while I'm jogging and they help to pass the time a little faster...so I'm vested in checking out her other books.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    I really like this spinoff focusing on Tessa, who first appeared in the D.D. Warren series. It was nice to get an update on where she was in her life. As has become the normal for a Gardner book, we have three different POVs, and from the moment we got Wyatt's POV, I had ideas of where that could lead... and I was so happy it did. That worked well for me on many levels. It can usually take me some time to enjoy the POV from the people involved in or victims of a crime, but it didn't take me too I really like this spinoff focusing on Tessa, who first appeared in the D.D. Warren series. It was nice to get an update on where she was in her life. As has become the normal for a Gardner book, we have three different POVs, and from the moment we got Wyatt's POV, I had ideas of where that could lead... and I was so happy it did. That worked well for me on many levels. It can usually take me some time to enjoy the POV from the people involved in or victims of a crime, but it didn't take me too long in this book. I found myself attached the story of this family. Early on, I had some strong suspicions of what was going on and why, and I was mostly right but it never detracted from the story because it was written in such a way that I was never sure and often doubted myself. And the final 30-40% of the book was so intense, I read that all in one sitting. I'm glad there's at least one more Tessa book in this series, but I hope there is much more to come.

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