Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner

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22 Critic Reviews

Even readers who figure out the ringleader long before Tessa and Wyatt will get behind on their sleep turning pages to make sure they’re right.
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Synopsis

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
 

About Lisa Gardner

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Lisa Gardner is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels. Her Detective D. D. Warren novels include Love You More, Live to Tell, Hide, Alone, and The Neighbor, winner of the International Thriller Writers' Award. Her FBI Profiler novels include Say Goodbye, Gone, The Killing Hour, The Next Accident, and The Third Victim. She lives with her family in New England.
 
Published February 5, 2013 by Dutton. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Touch & Go
All: 22 | Positive: 19 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Above average
on Dec 03 2012

Even readers who figure out the ringleader long before Tessa and Wyatt will get behind on their sleep turning pages to make sure they’re right.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Dec 10 2012

The suspense builds as the action races to a spectacular conclusion and the unmasking of the plot’s mastermind.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Dec 10 2012

The suspense builds as the action races to a spectacular conclusion...

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All About Romance

Good
Reviewed by Maggie Boyd on Feb 12 2013

I am so happy to be able to give this book a whole-hearted recommend. Even as you see the end coming there is so much to keep you reading. You will find yourself staying up way past your bed time to reach the big finale. It’s worth the ride.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by John Valeri on Feb 05 2013

Ultimately, it’s readers who are taken captive – and Gardner who is holding the reins, every step of the way…

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Feb 08 2013

Some may guess the purpose of the abduction early on, but even if so, such knowledge will not spoil the wild ride or the revelations that unfold throughout the book as it spirals to an exciting conclusion that is satisfying on several levels.

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RT Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Jill Smith on Mar 05 2013

The plot intricacies and layers of emotional devastation in this high-stakes story are immensely riveting.

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All About Romance

Excellent
Reviewed by Maggie Boyd on Mar 05 2013

You will find yourself staying up way past your bed time to reach the big finale. It’s worth the ride.

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Huffington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Jackie Cooper on Feb 01 2013

... it is definitely not up to the high standard she created with the much more involving Love You More.

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The Big Story

Good
Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Feb 04 2013

A character says in the beginning of the novel, "Pain has a flavor. The question is, what does it taste like to you?" ''Touch & Go" is the opposite of pain; it's a total pleasure.

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BlogHer

Good
Reviewed by Karen Ballum on Feb 06 2013

The Denbe family may touch your heart, but the kidnappers will make your blood run cold.

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Monsters and Critics

Good
Reviewed by Angela Youngman on Feb 10 2013

The tension throughout is palpable, and you just have to carry on reading to find out what happens next. I could not put it down.

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Shots

Below average
Reviewed by Judith Sullivan on Mar 05 2013

This book is not much touch and go as touch and go on and on and on and on...just a tad leisurely in the telling. Nigh on 700 pages to cover a kidnapping that plays out over a few days do seem a bit generous.

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Fiction Addict

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Olmedo on Feb 02 2013

Touch and Go is good for readers looking to immerse themselves in edge-of-the seat suspense.

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TCPalm / AP

Excellent
on Feb 24 2013

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.

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azlememoriallibrary

Good
on Feb 08 2013

I stayed up way too late last night finishing Lisa Gardner’s Touch and Go...I’m so glad I did!

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Always With A Book

Good
Reviewed by Kristin on Dec 30 2013

This story pulled me in from the beginning and held me captivated the whole time. Alternating from three of the main character's points of view, the story moves at quite a fast pace and is full of twists and turns throughout the book.

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Milo's Rambles

Good
on Apr 07 2014

The storyline unfolds quickly and before you know it a number of suspects show their hand, talk about red herrings and misdirection, the book has it all! Another superb book from Lisa Gardner, and although only my second, I’m hooked!

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red headed book child

Below average
Reviewed by Michelle on Mar 07 2013

I ended up getting about 3/4 of the way through it and lost interest. For fans of Gardner, you get what you get.

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Books I Think You Should Read

Good
Reviewed by Elizabeth Parker on Feb 07 2013

The point of view is third person omniscient, but works for the novel, as we get to experience both the pursuit of the kidnappers from Tessa's point of view and the terror of living with the kidnappers from Libby's.

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Novel Heights

Good
on Apr 10 2013

I didn’t actually like the character of Libby very much – she came across as weak and I did find the navel gazing a bit self-indulgent, but this was a really good story.

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What Now and Why

Good
Reviewed by ARNEBYA on Feb 07 2013

The book touches on so many things, but the reader isn’t left feeling overwhelmed or unable to keep up. Marriage, parenting, coping mechanisms, life choices, crime, lies, sex — Lisa Gardner covers all this and more in Touch & Go...

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