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Blogher Book Review: Touch and Go

February 6, 2013

This is a paid review for Blogher Book Club, however, all thoughts and opinions are my very own. Not a robot’s. Or someone posing else posing as me. (That would be weird.)

While I’ve never read one of Lisa Gardner’s books before, Touch and Go started off with a bang (albeit, an unsettling bang with the whole discussion of how pain tastes like oranges to Libby…) The Denbe family, Justin and Libby, come home after dinner one night to find their front door open and before they can figure out what’s happening, both are brutally attacked with tasers. As their daughter, Ashlyn, comes downstairs she, too, is attacked. The rest of the story follows Detective Tessa Leoni as she struggles to put the pieces together. She doesn’t believe this was a random attack and as more and more of the story unfolds we learn that maybe the Denbe family wasn’t as All-American as they seemed and just might have been harboring some dark secrets of their own.

While a good part of this book was thrilling (the parts focusing on the Denbe family) some of it left a lot to be desired. It’s hard to actually give any details without revealing too much of the plot. I struggled to really care about Tessa and the details involving the investigation actually bordered on boring. I was much more interested in the Denbes. I believe that if suspense thrillers were really your cup of tea this book would be hard to put down but as it was, I had a hard time making myself finish it.

So, I don’t know. Maybe I was in a mood. Maybe this book would’ve been better had I been drooling at the mouth for some sort of detective story. As it is, I thought the book was well-written and it certainly had its twists. It’s just not necessarily a book I’d pick up to read again. But! Don’t let me sway you. You might love it! (Seriously. You could.) Regardless, you should still come hang out with us to talk about it if you’ve read it. Come on. You know you want to.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 6, 2013 1:33 pm

    I’m really sorry that I’m going to be “that girl” but I just can’t help this one. I believe you mean Lisa Gardner, right? I only know because I’m on Lisa Gardener’s email distribution and I recently read about this book being released.

    (feel free to delete this comment once you’ve read it because I hate know-it-alls and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Sorry for being that girl!!)

    • February 6, 2013 1:35 pm

      No, no! I’m glad you said something! I was doing something else that involved a Susan Gardner at work! Oops! :)

  2. sjbraun permalink
    February 7, 2013 7:02 am

    I’m glad to read this! I read/reviewed it as well, and felt a little party-pooperish not totally loving it, after all the enthusiasm it seemed to generate. Okay, but not great.

  3. justin permalink
    June 9, 2013 7:23 am

    I’m reading this Lisa Gardner Touch and Go right now, it’s 11pm and I’m half way through…I was so bored with it I thought I’d jump on line to see if anyone else thought the same…scroll scroll scroll..then your review came up. I feel exactly the same way,I’m not warming to any of the characters and the plot is BORINGGGG. I’ve been struggling with this book for 2 months now. I now only use it as a tool to go to sleep. And for the record I LOVE thriller detective books.

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