The readers who follow my reviews know that I tend to be critical in them. It’s not done in a mean-spirited vein, but done as I would like it done to my writing. Every writer has their own style and voice and it bleeds through to each of their works. To that end, what I’m doing right, I will probably always do right, and what I’m doing wrong, I will continue to do wrong until someone points out my errors. That is probably why I tend to point out the errors first. In my simplified way of thinking, other writers want to hear what they’re doing wrong, not what they’re doing right.
Today, I finished Touch & Go, by Lisa Gardner. I had never read one of her books, but the blurb on the jacket flap sounding intriguing, so I bought it.
I’m not going to include spoilers in this review as I feel it would take away from the read – should you want to read it for yourself. All I am going to offer is my opinion. Excellent! Many of the books I’ve read recently have had such slow beginnings, I was fighting with myself not to put them down and go looking for a better read. This book grabbed me from the very beginning – right in the middle of the action – and never let go.
It is told in alternating first person and third person POVs, which is a little unusual, but it worked. I found each of the main characters believable and sympathetic. The story line was plausible, the ending not rushed, but climatic and there were no loose ends to leave me irritated. At first, there seemed to be too many characters to keep track of, but about midway, I realized why the author included so many and why it worked. All of the law enforcement characters were secondary and did not need much attention from the reader. The main characters and those close to them were many. This kept me from being able to figure out the good guys from the bad guys. Superbly written, it kept me guessing right until the end. Several times the plot looked pat only to learn another fact that changed everything.
This was a well-written book with no vocabulary boasting by the author. The ONLY thing I would have changed was the use of the word ‘mothballed’ throughout the book. The last book I read did the same thing with an uncommon word and for some reason, I find it annoying. ‘The mothballed prison’… I don’t have to hear that unusual word six times to get it. I would have switched up the description a little, vacant, empty, unoccupied.
I picked this title up at BAM for $6.97 in the bargain bin, but it would have been worth every penny of the cover price. 5-stars.