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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,537 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Gardner Narrator: Elisabeth Rodgers Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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 family? And how far would such a person be willing to go?

This is the truth: Love, safety, family, it’s all touch and 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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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