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Touch & Go | Lisa Gardner

Where have I been… I know. Lol. It’s been a while. But I can tell you one thing. I am back on a reading schedule. So for the month of March, my choice for Books & BFFs was Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner.

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Barnes and Noble Overview

#1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner, author of Catch Me and Love You More, returns with a heart-thumping thriller about what lurks behind the facade of a perfect family.

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

This is the truth:  Love, safety, family …it is all touch and go.

So let me start off by saying I FREAKING LOVE THIS BOOK! For once it was a book that didn’t have an irritating hero/heroine. It was dynamic and kept me thinking, “Oh it has to be this person!” That my friends, is really rare. I thought in the beginning it was going to be about Tessa Leoni, but really it was about Libby Denbe and the relationship between her family, and how Tessa Leoni can relate to Libby in the end.

We all have skeletons in our closets. Some more than others. When the Denbe family gets kidnapped by professional mercenaries, the skeletons start to unravel and a family thought to be torn apart by the recent events were actually torn apart long before then.

“Because I didn’t want it to be tomorrow. Tomorrow was too scary a proposition. An unnamed deadline where I’d have to make major life decisions about my marriage, my family, my future. And maybe, tomorrow was just too sad.” pg. 54

Libby Denbe’s character is someone that I think many people will relate to. We all feel for her… she had the perfect life, but perfect lives are not always as they seem. There’s the devoted love to her husband even if he did cheat on her. The sadness of not knowing her daughter anymore because they all just started drifting apart from one another. Three people occupying the same space but none really there as a family. Her want for the old, only to realize that those moments are just the past. The thought of seeing someone, I mean, really seeing them in the beginning… only to kind of lose that sight as moments passed by and life just became a charade.

I don’t want to give out any spoilers. Just take my word for it, you HAVE to read this book. No wonder when I had picked it, it was on the B&N Top 100! It’s a little pricey, $12.99 eBook for Barnes and Noble. I think that hardback was $15! But again, such a great book, it will not disappoint! I can not wait to get more Lisa Gardner books, if any of them are like this one I’m in for some trouble with my wallet. lol.

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