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Touch & Go

Touch & Go

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by Lisa Gardner

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The secrets of a picture perfect family are exposed in this “tour de force”* thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner.

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 secrets of a picture perfect family are exposed in this “tour de force”* thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner.

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…

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…

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 and go...

*Associated Press

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. Law enforcement officials who get quickly involved include corporate investigator Tessa Leoni (from 2011’s Love You More) and series lead Boston Det. Sgt. D.D. Warren (Catch Me, etc.). When the trail leads out of state, New Hampshire county cop Wyatt Foster and FBI special agent Nicole Adams get on the case. Gardner effectively alternates between the physical and emotional disintegration of the family under the pressure of their captivity and the efforts of 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. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Feb.)
Library Journal
What does a perfect life look like? On the surface, Justin and Libby Denbe seem to have found it: a gorgeous townhouse in a tony district of Boston, a thriving construction business, and a beautiful teenage daughter. But appearances can be deceiving. The Denbes’ lives are turned upside down when they are brutally abducted from their home and held at an abandoned facility. The family is forced to face their demons as they are trapped together in a single cell. The dark secrets they each harbor threaten everything they hold dear.

Verdict Best-selling author Gardner (The Perfect Husband) does not disappoint with this latest thriller as she introduces readers to PI Tessa Leoni and Sgt.Wyatt Foster who, along with the FBI, are in a race to find the Denbes before it’s too late. Readers will be gripped by the page-turning suspense that leads to a thoroughly satisfying conclusion. Expect great demand. [See Prepub Alert, 8/3/12.]—Cynthia Price, Francis Marion Univ. Lib., Florence, SC

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Kirkus Reviews
A team of hard-nosed professionals interrupts a troubled couple's tentative reunion by kidnapping them both, along with their teenage daughter, in Gardner's latest kitchen-sink thrill ride. Ever since Libby Denbe caught her husband, Justin, a handsome and wealthy Boston construction czar, cheating on her, their marriage has been on life support. Their experimental night out turns into a nightmare when they return to find three masked men in their Beacon Hill home terrorizing their 15-year-old daughter, Ashlyn. Swiftly overpowered and driven off in the kidnappers' van, the family can only wonder why they're being held in an unused prison in northern New Hampshire. At the same time, corporate investigator Tessa Leoni, whose firm had been hired by Denbe Construction to handle security problems, and New Hampshire county cop Wyatt Foster wonder why all three of them were kidnapped when Justin is clearly the one worth the most money--and why long hours pass with no ransom demand. The clues point to an inside job masterminded by one of Denbe Construction's top brass: chief financial officer Ruth Chan, chief operating officer Anita Bennett, or construction manager Chris Lopez. Alternating, as in Catch Me (2012), between third-person installments of the search for leads in the case and the beleaguered heroine's first-person accounts of her torment at the hands of the bad guys, Gardner generates such irresistible momentum that most readers will forgive the combination of cool-eyed professional investigation and heavy-breathing domestic soap opera as a family even Libby describes as "three mere clichés" begins to disintegrate still further under the grueling pressure. 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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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
“Frighteningly real.”—People

“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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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

Meet the Author

Lisa Gardner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty novels, including Look For MeRight Behind You, Find Her, Crash & BurnFear NothingTouch & GoCatch Me, and The Neighbor, which won the International Thriller of the Year Award. She lives with her family in New England.

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Touch & Go 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 318 reviews.
JennMcLean More than 1 year ago
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 to all of you, it is a fantastic read. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of action and plot twists. A great read. I couldnt put it down. Tess is one of my favorite characters. I hope this is the start of a new series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of twists in this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another winner by Lisa Gardner. She is such a talented writer. Her smooth style of writing and the sentences just seem to flow makes for an enjoyable read. Her characters are strong but not over powering and fit right into the storyline. A strong and surprise ending to a great story. Read this book, I strongly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read!!! Great book, didnt want to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i thoroughly enjoyed this book. I enjoy her style of writing. There were so many turns and twists as to how the plot was unraveling that i am still thinking about this book after i have finished it. I am not going into detail about storyline as other reviewers do. I just want to say it is worth the time to relax and just read the book!
Russ_Ilg More than 1 year ago
Lisa Gardner has always been one of my top 5 authors and I hate the wait for her next novel to come out. Over the past 5-6 years she has really taking her writing to a level so high very few authors will ever reach it. I have always loved reading because you are taking out of your everyday life and transported to a place and time that you could never imange. Also during this process you are able to see that book through you eyes and may and often do inject your own ideas and thoughts about what happens in the novel. Lisa has completely taking that away from me with her increadible writing style that brings every page to real life so rich in theme and caraters there is nothing you can change because you a pulled so deep into the thriller you become part of it. All of the people are so full and real they are your best fiends, your next door neibhors, the bullys that scared the hell out of you at different stages of your life.  In a way she has one of the most twisted minds I have had the honor to know because there are so many sub-plots and twist that you could not even imange happing that you are thrown around like a rag doll on a roller coaster trying like heck to hold on for your life. After over 50 something years of constant reading there are very few books that I do not have a far idea of the out come. It is the same with Lisa novel's I get to about the last 1/4 of the book and have a super idea of how this will play out. The pace is so fast that I find I can not put the book down for a minute I have to know what is happing next. I just can not wait even though I have figured it out. Then all hell breaks out and my world and the novel explode in my hands as everything I believed is twisted so up-side down I just sit there and stare for a long time and finally say WOW where the hell did she come up with this it is so far beyond anything I had seen. I have to go back and read the whole novel a second time hoping to find the clues I missed if there were any and the out come is still the same. Lisa in Touch & Go takes you on one of he really great thriller rides you could hope for the twist and turns are mind blowing and the pace so fast you will not get any sleep to you finish this lasted in a long line of the best reading you can find. I hope that you will take a chance if you have not yet read one of her novels you will be hooked so hard that you will find a trove of books that you have not read yet that will open a whole new world to the thriller fan.  Her book tour will be starting soon and you should check her site and she if she is close by so you have the chance to meet and hear her talk about how and what she writes and the really huge amount of time that goes into making it so real
RRPNC More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Book!!! I Recommend Very Highly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. I forget how much I enjoy her books until I start reading a new one. Great characters, great plot, great twists. I only wish she had another new book for me to dive into!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good! If you get this book: BEWARE YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN!!! When i got this book i could not put it down because it was too good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A liitle slow, but really got into the story. Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lisa Gardner has not lets us down again. Touch & Go is a great book. Keeps you fully engrossed. With a long line of family members working in the prison system. I could hear the gates slamming shut. I could see the guards sitting in the sally ports. Like i said very engrossing book. I also liked how even though Z, and Radar were the bad guys. They still did do something right by Libby and Ashlyn. Keep them coming lisa!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent, suspenseful read with a great twist/ending.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Lisa Gardner's books. She has a talent with the written word and a terrific imagination to go with it. Her plots are always twisted and have you guessing then changing your mind all through the book. Buy the book, you will not be disappointed!
bje_lakota More than 1 year ago
This was a book full of twists and turns....very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect story for a movie! Impossibly gripping every chapter brings more dark secrets of a perfect family and the evil is the person you least expect it to be!
gumbyBF More than 1 year ago
best ever , couldn't put it down . must read look forward to the next one !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never felt compelled to write a book review until now, but felt I needed to say WOW. The author has really outdone herself with this one. Twists. Turns. It keeps you guessing - and reading - until the end. One of those books that you can't put down, and are sad there isn't more when you're done. Great read. Loved it. This was one of Lisa Gardners best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seemed a bit long but turned into such a pageturner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real page turner.  I could not put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a diehard Lisa Gardner fan-This to me is one of her best ever! I could not put this one down-lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing and turning pages.You won't know what really happens until the end-I love how Lisa works her previous people into each of her book-you get to follow their lives as well. If you love Lisa you won't be sorry you picked up this book .the only thing to worry about is putting it down..
TravelerReader1 More than 1 year ago
Great book, I was taken in from the start and couldn't put it down. This is the first book written by Lisa Gardner I had read and won't be the last one. Suspenseful and exciting and twists and turns!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the fact that she brought D.D. Warren back in this one fantastic! Amazing suspense!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of Lisa Gardner's best. Lots of twists and turns. A real page turner.