The Touch by Lisa Olsen (Review by Stephenee – #NerdGirlSteph)


Title: The Touch

Author: Lisa Olsen

Published Date: July 7th 2011

Genre:  Mystery / Paranormal / Romance


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Lexi Morgan has always had The Touch; the ability to pick up an object and ‘see’ its past. Doomed to wearing protective gloves at all times, she learned to accept it as equal parts gift and curse. When her brother in law Neil disappears, she’d rather tell her sister to celebrate than try to help find the jerk. But after her young niece vanishes as well, it’s time to put her gift to good use and help track her down, especially when handsome Detective Gabriel Ryan takes over the case. When the investigation leads them to the restless spirits of long dead children, they must work together to keep history from repeating itself before it’s too late.


***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
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***Stephenee – #NerdGirlSteph Review***
Let me first start by admitting that “The Touch” is the first of Lisa Olsen’s books that I have read, but is most definitely not the last.  I enjoyed this book from the very start and couldn’t put it down, I was hooked. The opening paragraph drew me in and I was torn between wanting and needing to know what was going to happen next.  At times I thought it was going in one direction, and it ended up going somewhere completely different!  This book was filled with suspense, murder, and creepy ghost children, as well as amazing characters that you can’t help but like and relate to on a personal level.
Lexi is such vibrant character. I loved her colorful vocabulary and her inner monologues, as well as her no nonsense attitude.  I loved Lexi’s character, and many of the lesser characters were very engaging and fun in their own way (even Cooper). Lisa’s characters are realistic in a sense that you can picture yourself hanging out with them, talking to them on the phone or just spending time with them as people that would be your friends.  The “un-relatable” part of them was the paranormal aspect, but that was just as fun and exciting to read about and wonder how you would react if a friend were to tell you that she could “read” you by touching something of yours.  I am not sure how I would handle it, but I like to think that I am pretty open minded.

The paranormal twist just pushed a great book over the edge into an amazing book. The reason that I gave this book a 4 star instead of a 5 star rating is because of 2 things.  The first being that there were a few grammatical and spelling errors throughout the story.  They didn’t detract from the story, but they did stand out as I was reading.  The second being the ending.  It felt rushed.  The author did such a great job throughout the book with the details, the scene setting and the build-up that the end seemed like it was a let down.  As soon as  I finished reading I looked for the next book about the same characters and there was none, so it really left the reader with a lot of unanswered questions.  Perhaps the author is planning another book based on these characters, but until then I was left to wonder what happened to them next.  Add this book to your TBR list and you won’t be sorry, it is a perfect summer/beach/pool read and just like I think that I have found an amazing new author, you will too. I look forward to reading more from Lisa Olsen!


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