Review: “Touch And Go” By Lisa Gardner

Touch & Go is a thriller by Lisa Gardner, NY Times bestselling author of fifteen novels, including the Detective D. D. Warren novels and the FBI profiler novels. She lives in New England.

A Brief Summary:

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.

Our Take:

This thriller, overall, has enough dose of intense drama to keep the reader interested and especially the fact that the story starts with a bang, makes the reader very intrigued. However, as the plot moves forward, the narrative becomes kind of repetitive. The bottom line, this novel will not disappoint Gardner fans although she could use a bit less fluff and make the ending more surprising.

Our Rating: 3.7

Note: See our review of Catch Me by Lisa Gardner here

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