Touch & Go - Lisa Gardner

Touch & Go – Lisa Gardner

Justin and Libby Denbe have it all: a beautiful daughter; a gorgeous house; a great marriage, admired by all. 

Arriving at the crime scene of their home, investigator Tessa Leoni finds no witnesses, no ransom demands or motive – just a perfect little family, gone.

But Tessa knows that flawless fronts can hide the darkest secrets. Now, she must race against the clock to uncover the truth. Who would want to kidnap such a family? And how far would they be willing to go?

I thoroughly enjoyed Touch & Go, the latest adventure in the D.D. Warren and Tessa Leoni series. I last met Tessa when she was up to her neck in trouble after allegedly shooting and killing her husband. That was two years ago and although she is often reminded of that fateful evening, both in memories and law enforcement official quips, she has moved on along with her daughter Sophie.

The book is incredibly well written and the structure and plot is truly fascinating. This is an edge of your seat thriller right from the very first chapter and although I guessed the ending a little over halfway through I was never confident enough to shout it from the rooftops and put any money on it – I liked that. Gardner keeps you on your toes and keeps playing with your mind.

Characterisation is key to any book and in Tessa Leoni, more so than D.D. Warren, Gardner has a terrific protagonist. I love her sassy nature, her get up and go, her drive, determination and her overall personality. Her past has made her stronger and more determined, she is the complete package. Not too soft, not too hard – a little bit like the three bears – just right.

Along with Leoni’s perspective we discover a number of key events through the eyes of Libby Denbe, in the first person narrative, and I found her storytelling pleasurable and informative. It was a very strong addition to the main storyline and gives the reader a first hand account of the harrowing captivity the family suffered.

This incarceration is very well told and the imagery of their prison wonderfully taut. I felt as if I was discovering the compound with every sentence, it was like being on a guided tour like no other. It’s not somewhere I’d like to visit but it was captivating stuff.

The storyline unfolds quickly and before you know it a number of suspects show their hand, talk about red herrings and misdirection, the book has it all! Another superb book from Lisa Gardner, and although only my second, I’m hooked! I can’t wait to find out where the author takes Tessa Leoni. I know where I want her to take the protagonist but only time will tell! That’s the beauty about books! Excellent.


  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (24 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755388291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755388295
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