Feb 13, 2014

Book Review: Touch & Go

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 fa├žades 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.

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First off, let me tell you that I didn't actually read this book.  Instead I listened to it in audio format which happens to be one of my secrets for when I am either in my studio (or my body is rebelling). I do find however listening rather then reading a book does make for a different experience because the narrator is also part of the mix.  Oh and this is a book that I purchased myself through Audible.com.
I both enjoyed and was frustrated by this book.  Ms. Gardener is very good at subtle hints but I find it rather frustrating how she then feels the need to point out the obvious later.  I also felt that the pacing was slightly off.  I always felt removed from the action so I didn't feel any real tension as I was listening to it.  

I did say that I enjoyed the book and I did.  I love how deep Ms. Gardner plumbs into her characters, or at least the ones she chooses to focus on.  I really feel that I know Tessa and Libby.  Both women who are strong in some ways and weak in others.  I loved watching Tessa's quiet competence as she works so save the Libby's family.  And I could relate to both which tends to draw me into a book.

Would I pick up other books by this author?  In a heartbeat.  A good portion of whether I will enjoy a book has to do with the characters.  I plan on looking for more books featuring Tessa. 
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