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Cracking Crime: Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner

Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner

When a perfect family disappears where do you begin to look?

About the book

Justin and Libby Denbe have it all: a beautiful daughter; a gorgeous house; a great marriage, admired by all.

Arriving at the crime scene of their home, investigator Tessa Leoni finds no witnesses, no ransom demands or motive – just a perfect little family, gone.

But Tessa knows that flawless fronts can hide the darkest secrets. Now, she must race against the clock to uncover the truth. Who would want to kidnap such a family? And how far would they be willing to go?

It’s Dead Good because…

It’s a perfect example of deft plotting and structure, the tension is palpable from the very first chapter. The story is told from a variety of viewpoints and this adds depth and clarity. The characters deliver various clues as to their environments and what has happened but you are left to guess the outcome and kept in doubt by Gardner’s masterful twisting hand.

If you haven’t read Lisa Gardner we can highly recommend her. Having picked up the earlier book Live to Tell we were struck by the gritty realism of her family dramas – family seems to be a central theme in Gardner’s books – and you can’t help but be transported to an eerie and uncomfortable ‘what if’ scenario. Feelings aren’t spared when you pick up a Gardner!

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