The secrets of a picture perfect family are exposed in this “tour de force”* thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner.
Ten minutes after walking the elite Back Bay townhouse and investigator Tessa Leoni already doesn’t like what she sees. Signs of an abduction. Clearly the work of professionals. At best, the entire family has been kidnapped. At worst…
The more Tessa learns about the Denbe family, the less she likes their chances. What might have looked like the perfect existence—a powerful CEO, his adoring wife, their angelic child—is not what it appears. Husband, wife, daughter—magazine perfect, but each hiding dark secrets…
Tessa knows more than she’d like to about families riddled with lies. What she doesn’t know is where the Denbes are and if any of them are still breathing. She’ll have to climb over unbending feds and territorial local cops to find out, and if she’s not fast, the Denbes’ chances of survival will quickly become little more than touch and go...
The somatosensory system is a part of the sensory nervous system. The somatosensory system is a complex system of sensory neurons and pathways that responds to changes at the surface or inside the body. The axons (as afferent nerve fibers), of sensory neurons connect with, or respond to, various receptor cells. These sensory receptor cells are activated by different stimuli such as heat and nociception, giving a functional name to the responding sensory neuron, such as a thermoreceptor which carries information about temperature changes. Other types include mechanoreceptors, chemoreceptors, and nociceptors and they send signals along a sensory nerve to the spinal cord where they may be processed by other sensory neurons and then relayed to the brain for further processing. Sensory receptors are found all over the body including the skin, epithelial tissues, muscles, bones and joints, internal organs, and the cardiovascular system. Somatic senses are sometimes referred to as somesthetic senses, with the understanding that somesthesis includes the sense of touch, proprioception (sense of position and movement), and (depending on usage) haptic perception.The mapping of the body surfaces in the brain is called somatotopy. In the cortex, it is also referred to as the cortical homunculus. This brain-surface ("cortical") map is not immutable, however. Dramatic shifts can occur in response to stroke or injury...
Surprising twists and turns. Lisa is way ahead of you and misleads you at every opportunity. 45
I loved this book. Loved the writing which at times was very sensual in describing moments in time, both from the past and present stories. I could feel the moment and in one line you could taste it: Pain has a flavor. But hope does, too. I loved the character of Libby and how she moved away from her role as a victim. We are awed by such a life of luxury as this family had and it can often blind us to the fact that all that glitters is not gold. The psychological back stories were intriguing and really did give me a feel for the characters. I felt like I had a vested interest in their outcome. The twists in the storyline are also great. One minute I felt fear, the next I was cheering and this up and down continued. This was the first book that I have read of Lisa Gardner’s. I have no idea how I could have overlooked this writer but I am so happy to have found such a good author with numerous books to her credit (which guarantees me some good reading material coming up). 55
I always enjoy the books written by Lisa Gardner, and this one is no exception. This story was imaginative and populated by interesting characters. One drawback, though a satisfying one, was my ability to ID the "bad guy" before s(he) was revealed by the author. This was due, I think, to the limited development and prominence of other viable characters. 45
Excellent book. Keeps you guessing right up to the end. 55
Kept me awake for a few nights. Leary of an author who says, "I've always wanted to kidnap a family." 25
Amazing thriller! Every time I tried to put it down, I couldn't! Each page led to a more twisted plot with fast paced changes and an end you won't imagine! 55
Twist and turns till the very end. You just think you have it figured out and then it turns a totally different direction. 55
Good plot, interesting characters! 55
Great book. Intricate plot keeps reader involved until the end. 55
Gave this book 4 stars because I hated the l-o-o-o-n---g drawn out ending which neatly tied up all loose ends into a neat little bow. Enough already! That being said, this was a great read and held my interest.....almost to the end, which was just silly. No spoilers, just read the book, it's hard to put down, except you can skip the last few pages. 45