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4.00022036139268 out of 54.00022036139268 out of 54.00022036139268 out of 54.00022036139268 out of 54.00022036139268 out of 5 4.00 (4,538 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Gardner Narrator: Elisabeth Rodgers Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9781455847280
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Sometimes even perfection has a price, which is painfully obvious the more Investigator Tessa Leone searches for the truth in the brilliant story of Touch & Go.

At first glance, the common outsider would look at the Denbe family and think that they had everything a family would need to be happy. Justin and Libby were happy in their marriage, they had a beautiful teenage daughter, and they seemed to be thriving in their little Boston suburb. However, perfection isn't always everything it seems, which is what Tessa finds out when she finds that the family has disappeared.

It doesn't make any sense. A happy family, living the American dream...just gone? Tessa suspects foul play, especially when their abductors seemed to have left nothing behind that resembles any sort of demand. With only a pile of electronic devices and an experienced sense of intuition, Tessa sets out to uncover this great mystery with trepidation. What sort of secrets will she uncover about this picture-perfect little family? What have they been hiding all these years? And is Tessa ready to find out the answers to her many questions?

As Tessa begins wading through the family's darkest secrets and uncovers their sordid past, she's continually reminded that time is ticking away. Will she get to the truth before it's too late?

Incredibly enough, author Lisa Gardner began her working life in jobs in the food industry. However, it didn't take her long to realize she needed to focus on writing instead. She has worked as a research analyst, which only served to fuel her fire for policework. Her various thrillers have spent weeks topping the New York Times Bestseller list, and her fans are always eagerly awaiting her next book release. If there's one thing that Lisa does well, it's suspense novels. You'll find no shortage of thrills that will keep you on the edge of your seat with her latest audiobook, Touch & Go: A Novel.

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

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lisa Gardner, the master of the psychological thriller, has delivered another tour de force with Touch & Go, which exposes the raw nerves of a family imploding, and an investigator trying to escape her past…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.”

    Associated Press

  • “Gardner effectively alternates between the physical and emotional disintegration of the family under the pressure of their captivity and the efforts of Invesigator Tessa 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.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A thrill ride…Even readers who figure out the ringleader long before Investigators Tessa and Wyatt will get behind on their sleep turning pages to make sure they’re right.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Twigsy | 4/3/2017

    " I love Lisa Gardner's work, and many of her books have accompanied me on long ugly commutes. Tessa Leoni, now a private eye and not a cop, is still as interesting. Now that she isn't confined to things like pesky rules of evidence, she can really work to find a missing family. An idyllic family life is not... old story. But this one has twists that will keep you up at night and even look at your own family life to see if it's real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 2/13/2014

    " My favourite author, loved it, even though I guessed the ending, still kept second guessing it, and last surprise was the best, love new Wyatt character as well! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee A | 2/11/2014

    " one twist after another; a real page turner! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cetta Hartman | 2/7/2014

    " This book was ok - kept me guessing - but it just seemed so LONG! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/7/2014

    " I felt it was slow going in beginning. I will not give away the ending but OMG. Loved this book. Can't wait to read more of her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee | 1/29/2014

    " Lisa Gardner always delivers ..... another page turner with many twists. Keeps you on the edge of your guessing game. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane Brewer | 1/24/2014

    " Really liked the book BUT I figured out who the "mastermind" was about halfway into it - which for me is a bummer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jorjann | 1/18/2014

    " one of lisa gardner's best. i was riveted till the end. i enjoyed the style and each of the characters stories were amazing. i really did not know what was going to happen and just could not put it down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia Winfield | 1/14/2014

    " Great story. It had me fooled a few times as to who was responsible. Sorry that people can go through some of what they went through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie Simmons | 12/28/2013

    " All of Lisa's novels keep you fussing until the very end, and this one was no different. I found myself mad at anything that took me away from reading this book, like my family and job. A breakneck pace, awesome characters, and a twist that delivers like a physical blow. Who could ask for more? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise Horrocks | 12/20/2013

    " 4 and 3/4 - was a super read and had trouble putting it down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 12/6/2013

    " Completely loved this story! Totally engrossed, did not want to stop reading. Well done. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 12/1/2013

    " fairly predictable but a quick, entertaining read. as much substance as people magazine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndi Webster | 12/1/2013

    " Favorite Author! Awesome!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie Cook | 11/23/2013

    " This was really good, although I'm not sure that is would rank as one of my fave Lisa Gardner books. I do like Tessa Leoni, and Wyatt seems to be ok too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 11/22/2013

    " If I could, I would rate this book with more than 5 stars. Touch & Go is a page turner with some twists and turns along the way. Lisa Gardner is my favorite author. I have read all of her books and I consider this to be one of her best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryellen | 11/16/2013

    " I really enjoyed this story; though, some of the story line seemed a bit far fetched to me. Still, it was a solid "who done it" mystery up until the end. I liked the characters and their resilience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 9/14/2013

    " Great book!! Best book I've read in a long time! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joann | 9/11/2013

    " Extremely predictable! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 8/19/2013

    " A whoppin' good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 8/18/2013

    " This was my first Lisa Gardner book...loved it. I am now working my way through her D.D.Warren series from beginning to current and enjoying everyone of them. Happy to find a new author I really like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise MacDonald | 8/12/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and I was hooked from the first page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayna | 8/1/2013

    " Adequate amount of suspense. Complex characters that were likable. Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aly | 3/20/2013

    " Loved the continuation with Tessa. For some reason, I just like her more than I like D.D. Some of the story features seemed a bit far-fetched, i.e. the setting for most of the novel. But, overall, another quick, enjoyable read from Gardner. I hope she gives Tessa another appearance as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 3/1/2013

    " Somewhat predictable but worth reading "

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About the Author
Author Lisa Gardner

Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. Since then she has become a #1 New York Times bestselling crime thriller novelist. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure, cutting edge forensics, and twisted plots into a streak of thirteen bestselling suspense novels, including, The Killing Hour. With over 22 million books in print, Lisa is published in thirty countries. Her success crosses into the small screen with four of her novels becoming movies (At the Midnight Hour; The Perfect Husband; The Survivors Club; Hide.)

About the Narrator

Elisabeth Rodgers is an actress and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. After graduating from Princeton University, she completed a two-year program at William Esper Studio, where she studied with Maggie Flanigan. Her audiobook narration training came from Robin Miles, who has also directed her in several productions. She has recorded dozens of books for a multitude of publishers.