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Publisher's Summary

From a master of suspense comes a chilling new novel that explores the dangers lurking closer than you think. Because even in the perfect family, you never know what is going on behind closed doors. This is what happened...
It was a case guaranteed to spark a media feeding frenzy: a young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect.
In the last six hours...
But from the moment Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren arrives at the Joneses - a snug little bungalow, she senses something off about the picture of wholesome normality the couple worked so hard to create. On the surface, Jason and Sandra Jones are like any other hardworking young couple raising a four-year-old child. But it is just under the surface that things grew murky.
Of the world as I knew it...
With the clock ticking on the life of a missing woman and the media firestorm building, Jason Jones seems more intent on destroying evidence and isolating his daughter than on searching for his beloved wife. Is the perfect husband trying to hide his guilt, or just trying to hide? And will the only witness to the crime be the killer's next victim?
©2009 Lisa Gardner (P)2009 Random House
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5 out of 5 stars
By KSK on 08-09-09

Listen to "Say Goodbye" first

I really liked this book, so much so that immediately after finishing it I downloaded and listened to "Say Goodbye", also by Lisa Gardner. "Say Goodbye" is well written and well narrated, so I recommend it with a caveat: it does deal with child sexual abuse, and includes some truly horrible and heartbreaking scenes, so the listener should be forewarned.
One thing I didn't see mentioned in the overview of "The Neighbor" or in any of the other reviews, is that one of its key plot points is a continuation of one of the key plot points of "Say Goodbye". I figured this out pretty early on while listening to "Say Goodbye", so parts of the book weren't as suspenseful or surprising as they might have been otherwise. Bottom line, I recommend both books, but definitely recommend listening to "Say Goodbye" first. Just know what you're getting into, because it can be hard to take!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Scott on 07-16-09

First Rate Thriller

I've heard Gardner's name for years, now I know why. I'll definitely get whatever else is available. First she turns the tables by making it a "who-didn't do it?" with too many suspects. She is able to add some mild eroticism with character thoughts and clothing without typical bodice ripping "play-by-play" specifics that many wish (as Gardner does) to leave to the reader's imaginations to fill in.
I could only put this book down long enough to let my device recharge! The characters are not cardboard (for a thriller).
One character voices an opinion about how we lump "sex offenders" together unlike ANY other crime... EVEN murderers who we sort into 1st, 2nd and 3rd degrees. Some pay their debt and are forgiven. (The book elaborates better than I.)
To be clear I agree that any sex offense, especially against a child, is a very heinous crime indeed.
Back to the book, the book is extremely well produced with three narrators smoothly edited, (a true audio treat) lending the "third person" realism. If this is typical Gardner give me more! Wow!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth on 08-05-09

Excellent listen

Full of suspense, different and compelling storyline. I couldn't wait to listen to the next chapter.

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5 out of 5 stars
By CateA on 03-19-15

You won't be disappointed

What did you like most about The Neighbor?

Whilst you automatically liken the story to Gone Girl, it is much better and has you guessing until the end. Like other Lisa Gardener books, I didn't want to get to the end and have to find another brilliant book ...

What did you like best about this story?

The cast were just brilliant.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Without a doubt.

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