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The Neighbor

A Detective D. D. Warren Novel
Written by: Lisa Gardner
Series: Detective D.D. Warren, Book 3
Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Thriller Award Winner, Best Hardcover Novel, 2010

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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Lisa Gardner Never Disappoints!

Not only is the story phenomenal, the narrating is award winning!

I cannot get enough Lisa Gardner books!!

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  • KSK
  • 2009-08-09

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!

71 people found this helpful

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  • Scott
  • 2009-07-16

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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  • Rancher
  • 2013-12-18

Heroine's unpleasant attitude is beginning to wear

DD Warren is a lady detective who carries this huge chip on her shoulder. After seven books, she's worn me out...makes her hard to cheer for. I'm starting to hope the bad folks get the best of her. Stories are still worth reading, but having trouble putting up with her.
Cheers, Ken

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  • Chuck & Shana Almon
  • 2009-06-27

AWESOME!!!

One of my favorite authors, Lisa Gardner strikes gold again! I love the use of previous characters. It is suspenseful and will leave you wanting more! Awesome book! Keep it up Ms. Gardner!!

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  • April
  • 2009-08-31

Did I read the same book as everyone else??

Dont get me wrong, this book was ok throughout...BUT the ending was just silly and predictable. It was like I was driving up a hill then dropped right off the edge, no surprise, no excitement. The story line was great, the characters were good, but no unexpected mystery, suspense or thrill.

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  • Linda
  • 2010-09-23

Absolutely strange.

This is one of the strangest books I have ever read. The wife who disappears evokes little sympathy. I don't think I could have stood listening to any more of her adultery. The husband was strange, as well. I don't think his reactions were natural at all. Detective Warren gave us too much information on her sex life (or lack thereof). Who cares? And she jumped to the wrong conclusions based on nothing. The women in this book were not likable at all. But then the men weren't likeable either. Everyone had such far-out thoughts and actions that it was quite off-putting. I found the part of the story about the sex offenders offensive and I didn't want to know that much about their thoughts. The most interesting person was the 4-year old but I thought her dialogue was not realistic or natural. All in all, I could not recommend this book.

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  • Terri
  • 2009-07-02

Great Listening!

I could not stop listening to this book. It was my first Lisa Gardner novel and now I am great fan. I am downloading my next Gardner book right now! It had great twists and turns.

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  • Pavel
  • 2009-11-20

Good and surprising

Although it starts as a kind of ordinary crime book, it develops in nice thriller. Deceptions, unclear relations...

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  • Laurie
  • 2010-02-21

I'm moving

Sorry, but I would never call Lisa Gardner a "master of suspense", especially after this dud. Every character had a secret, (some creepy) making the plot so ridiculous that by the end, I really didn't care "who did it." A complete waste of time and credits.

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  • Em
  • 2016-12-16

This really isn't a good book

I've never read/listened to Lisa Gardner before but I had some credits and wanted a 'thriller' and sorted through Audible's "thriller" list and this popped up near the top. I have no idea why this is classified as a thriller. It's a really boring, cardboard cop procedural. Everyone in it is boring and drawn really vaguely. We have a female cop, we have a male cop. We have a pretty missing woman with a suspicious looking husband and cardboard cute 'precocious' kid. The female cop looks for the missing woman in the basement. The female cop looks for the missing woman in the garage. Oh let's look on her computer. Has anyone checked her ATM account. Nothing happens. The back stories of the husband and wife are cliches. The only interesting character is the local sex offender, and the most interesting part of his story is when he describes how much paperwork goes into being a registered sex offender. When that's the most interesting part of the story, something is wrong.

Also, the narrators are fine, but why do they switch between chapters? Two of them inhabit their own character, one of them inhabits the female cop character and the third person narrator - it's really weird and makes no sense. I listened to it all day and then I saw I had 7 hours left just when I was thinking that surely the book is almost done? But the wife has only been missing 24 hours? When does the story get started? I can't even tell you a single character's name. This book leaves me filled with the mehs.

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