Touchstone is an average book to read. There were no surprises and everything was pretty much spelled out as the story went along. Houston and Rachel are luke-warm characters and I couldn't seem to get into what Rachel was all about. Character development was at a minimum in this book, with Rachel being cast as the stereotypical, self-absorbed person. This selfishness was too blatant to garner much sympathy from the reader. She lives her life under the premise of: life-has-been-so-hard-on-me-and-you-are-the-only-good-thing -that-happened-to-me-so-I-am-leaving-you, and that logic escapes me.
Literary-wise, everything that happens seems to be just the next step to further the plot. There were very few extraneous events, and those that do happen, come across as wholly unrealistic and contrived. The choices that Rachel makes would land her in jail, or homeless somewhere. With no money, no job, no portfolio, no apartment, and no friends, she would never survive more than a few days in New York City. The circumstances that she finds herself in stretch the realm of credibility a little too far.
Unlike other criticisms that I've heard about this book, I like the time we spend in the villain's point of view. Psychology is not my strong point, so I do not know how accurate the ideas, thoughts and actions of this person were, but they added spice to the story and kept my interest keen. What is this person going to do, and why are they thinking that way? Once again, though I liked some of the characters, and the plot had some redeeming factors, overall, I felt that everything which happened was a little too convenient and a little too unrealistic to be a great read.