Book Review : Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner


The Denbe family is picture perfect. A beautiful daughter, a mansion in an elite Boston neighborhood where streets are lined with trees. A perfect marriage. A perfect life.

At least that is what picture is painted to outsiders.

On the inside is a life full of lies and secrecy. No one is who they appear to be.

And that is what makes their abduction from their home even more complexional to authorities as they arrive in the home to find signs of not only a struggle, but confetti from a stun gun in the foyer.


1. Who knew stun guns shot out confetti? That's cool. Well, unless you are being stunned by a taser, I s'pose.

2. Strong language in the book. Very, very strong language. We know how I feel about strong language in books. Sigh. Is that kind of language actually used so frequently in the "real" world? But, for realz. Is it?

3. While reading this book, I felt like I was reading an awesome episode of Snapped. {Never seen Snapped? Maybe ya oughta.} My mind was racing to figure out whodunit. I went from person A, convinced they did it. Then to person B, C, D and back to A and B ... I loved not having the predictability there.

4. The location of where the family was abducted to - awesome. In fact, so many details of the book were so well thought outSpoiler: the location the family is taken to is actually a building that Mr. Denbe's construction company built. Tricky, tricky, Lisa Gardner. 

5. My absolute favorite part! One character talks about pain and how it has a flavor. She references back to this a handful of times in the book, including the very last lines:

Pain has a flavor.
But so does hope.

Definitely a good read ... if you can get past the strong words. :|

If you want more discussion on this book, go here.

Lastly, this was a paid review by Blogher Book Club. However, the opinions expressed are my own.

And happy readings to you, whatever it is you choose! :)

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/02/04/3833481/review-lisa-gardners-touch-go.html#storylink=cpy


The Suzzzz said...

The answer to #2 is probably yes, but depending on the social settings you find yourself in. Many places I've lived and people I have associated with have lent themselves to extreme profanity. In Ireland people used the f-word as a verb, adjective, and noun...and as often as humanly possible. Same goes for my time spent around musicians, artists, Marines, Sailors, and off duty cops. Not to mention all but one australian that I've ever met.

Susan said...

I just finished the book as well, and a big "agree!" on the language. I don't think I'd ever choose it to begin with based on language alone. Nobody in my life talks that way ... I wish novelists would clean up the language. Sigh ... end of my rant :)

Meg said...

Sadly, many people in this world do use such language regularly, as commenter #1 noted. Here it is not unusual for such language to be so common many people don't even try to clean it up around kids. It bothers me a lot.

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