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The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
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Jun 17, 2010

it was amazing
Read in November, 2009

When a mother of a four-year-old daughter goes missing without a trace from her South Boston home, the media is quick to pounce upon what might become an explosive story. Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren is called in to investigate the case and soon learns that husband Jason Jones is less than forthcoming in sharing information about his missing wife Sandra. With nothing to go on but a slightly bloodstained quilt and a daughter - who D. D. is certain has been coached, or threatened, not to talk about what she saw or heard - Jason Jones quickly rises to the top of her suspect list.

As the media and police converge to prove that Jason is indeed the guilty party, he begins his own singleminded and desperate campaign to destroy evidence and protect his daughter from prying eyes and police interrogation. D. D., in the meantime, is certain the soft spoken, unshakeable and devoted father is guilty as sin. All she needs is a single damning piece of evidence to link the tight-lipped husband to what she believes is more than likely a case of domestic abuse and murder. However, when a much needed break in the case finally does arrive, it brings with it a twist D.D. never saw coming and eventually proves more shocking than D.D. and her team of investigators could ever have imagined.

The Neighbor is an absolutely engrossing read. It offers a plot examining the horrors that might go on behind the closed doors of what seems on the surface an ordinary, loving family. The Neighbor is Lisa Gardner's most crafted and unsettling puzzler yet.

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