Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner

touchandgoGenre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: February 2013

Justin and Lisa Denbe appear to have it all — a beautiful daughter, a dazzling home, money, and prestige. They live the life most only dream of. One evening, the family disappears from their home. At the scene, police find signs of a struggle, but nothing to indicate the whereabouts of the missing people.

Investigator Tessa Leoni soon discovers that behind closed doors the Denbe’s picture-perfect world is little more than an illusion. Each family member hides dark secrets—some of which might give someone a reason to want one Denbe or another out of the way. However, Tessa can’t find anyone with a motive to abduct all three. The police are only further baffled as the hours pass and no ransom demands are made.

Lisa Gardner’s Touch and Go is an intense, nail-biting thriller that hooked me from the very first line. A suspense-filled plot, strong writing, and complex characters made putting this book down sheer agony and had me running back to it as quickly as I could. The novel powerfully illustrates the impact our decisions have, not only on us, but also on those around us.  An intricate cast made this especially effective. Despite their major flaws, the author made sure the readers care enough to keep them flipping the pages. I constantly alternated between hating and empathizing with the people in the book, even the kidnappers. At times, I even hoped for a way to redeem the latter.

Gardner piles on one twist after another, keeping her audience guessing as a story of betrayal, love, and survival unfold. While the mystery stands alone, Tessa Leoni previously appeared in Love You More. Not having read that book, I felt like I missed a lot when it came to understanding Tessa and what drove her. Though none of it was necessary to follow the plot, I like knowing as much as I can about the characters and wished I’d read the other book first.

Due to strong language and mature themes, I wouldn’t recommend this novel to a young audience. Touch and Go is good for readers looking to immerse themselves in edge-of-the seat suspense.

Review copy provided by publisher. Thanks!

**Originally posted on Fiction Addict

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