Thursday, March 7, 2013

DNF Review: Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner

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. (Goodreads)

I was extremely excited about this one when I received it but it didn't hit me like her others did.

I didn't care for the family so I guess I wasn't really interested in what happened to them. That sounds harsh but I am a character gal. I need to feel some investment in them to care.

I did like Tessa's character so I'd be willing to give another book with her a shot. I've got nothing against Lisa Gardner's writing. She knows how to whip it all together and dish out plenty of twists. This one was no exception. 

I ended up getting about 3/4 of the way through it and lost interest. For fans of Gardner, you get what you get. It is another suspense filled tale. Maybe you will like the characters a bit more!

Author Website
Lisa Gardner

Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


8 comments:

BookBelle said...

I like the premise of the book a lot. I've never tried one of her books though and I don't know why. I'm very tempted to look a little closer at this one except for the fact that you lost interest. I probably would too.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Oh No....waiting for my turn with the audio from the Library. I tend to like her books, but I am a "character gal" as well...LOL so.....

Ryan said...

I haven't read one of her books yet. Which one is your favorite?

Teresa said...

I can see how you wouldn't like this one. You read a lot of mysteries, right? This was my first Gardner and while I wouldn't say that I loved it, I did enjoy it. The family definitely had issues! Had you figured out the culprit and why by the time you gave up? I'd guessed the culprit, but there were a few surprises for me at the end.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I'm a character girl too so I can relate.

Audra said...

Too bad -- that's how I felt about Rosamund Lupton's Afterwards -- I so loathed the main character I DNF'd it around 100 pages.

Nise' said...

I didn't like the family either. I did like Tessa and Wyatt and hope they return in future books.

Nise' said...

I didn't like the family either. I did like Tessa and Wyatt and hope they return in future books.