Book review: Lisa Gardner’s ‘Touch & Go’ is a winner

  • By Jeff Ayers

    Associated Press February 9, 2013
“Touch & Go”

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.

Justin Denbe and his wife, Libby, return from a night out to discover intruders in their home. They witness their 15-year-old daughter, Ashlyn, being attacked with a stun gun before they are attacked as well.

The family is taken to a state-of-the-art penitentiary that Denbe’s firm built but was never put into use. As they wait to learn their captors’ motive, they struggle to be civil to one other. (Justin had an affair, Libby is addicted to painkillers, and Ashlyn has a secret boyfriend.)

Private investigator Tessa Leoni still lives with the aftermath of the horrible events that changed her life forever, as told in Gardner’s earlier novel, “Love You More.” She is hired by Denbe Construction to investigate the family’s kidnapping. Both Leoni and the authorities are surprised there is no ransom demand.

Why were the Denbes abducted? How do their kidnappers know so much about them? And is it possible for them to get past their grievances and escape from captivity?

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.

A character says in the beginning of the novel, “Pain has a flavor. The question is, what does it taste like to you?” “Touch & Go” is the opposite of pain; it’s a total pleasure.


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