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The Neighbor

(Detective D.D. Warren #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  29,750 ratings  ·  2,157 reviews
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,
Hardcover, First Edition, 373 pages
Published June 4th 2009 by Bantam
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May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This was a good and enjoyable read. It kept me turning page after page to see how things would play out. As a reader, I love the unexpected plot twists that hit me like a train. And this book didn't disappoint. The twist ending I didn't see coming in this one was totally mind-blowing. It was clever!

Recommended for all mystery/thriller fans.
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
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4.5 Stars

It's been several years since I read this book and didn't remember all the details, but the story was sooo good! Jason Jones comes home to find his twenty-three year-old wife missing, while their four year old daughter is tucked away in bed, sleeping. As the search begins we discover that Jason and Sandra aren't the picture perfect couple/family that they appear to be, but the secrets aren't as straightforward as you'd think. As the hours tick by and the suspect list grows, with Jason's
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
A husband arrives home late one night to discover that his wife is missing and their four-year-old daughter tucked safely in her bed. He doesn’t call the police for several hours, a failing which immediately raises red flags for Sergeant D.D. Warren. As Warren and Detective Brian Miller go through the house, D.D. feels that something is off. Something is too perfect. In Lisa Gardner’s third book of her D.D. Warren series, The Neighbor, Gardner takes us through a scenario that definitely is not ...more
The third book in the Detective D.D. Warren series and the first where D.D. comes out from Bobby Dodge's shadow and plays a prominent role in the series that bears her name. Finally!

D.D. receives a call from Detective Brian Miller on a crime that is sure to become a media frenzy. Jason Jones comes home from work to find that his wife, Sandra, is missing leaving behind their 4 year old daughter, Clarissa ("Ree"). Sandra is young, blonde, and beautiful. Jason is compared to "McDreamy" from "Grey's
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-donated
My first Lisa Gardner novel, which I was excited to read due to hearing good things from friends. Whilst I enjoyed this one, I wasn't bowled over. This author seems very on top of her research, which was evident in her detail of the horrible world of childhood sexual abuse, I left the story feeling like I knew a lot about the murky area of rehabilitation and parole, and how these offenders are expected to enter programs, and the vigourous expectations of the attendees. This was interesting ...more
Bobby Bermea
This strange, awkward little mystery starts off well enough. It's a compelling puzzle, and for a long portion I'm completely invested in finding out what's going to happen and am intrigued by the unusual behavior of several of the characters. But it goes on too long without any answers and after a while I'm wondering if the writer has dug herself too big of a hole that she's not going to be able to get out of elegantly.

Sure enough, when the the question we've been waiting to have answered is
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Brenda by: Michael
Wow! Detective DD Warren has her hands full with this one! Sandra, her cute little 4 yo daughter Ree and husband Jason, live a seemingly perfect life together in a cosy little bungalow. Jason is a reporter for the local paper, while Sandra is a school teacher. Between them they look after Ree, with no other family around at all.

Then Sandra vanishes without trace, while Jason is at work one night, and the only person in the house when he arrives home from work at 2am, is little Ree, sound asleep
Jammin Jenny
I really enjoyed this third book in the Detective DD Warren series. In this story, a housewife from a troubled childhood disappears during the night. The police suspect her husband, but there are other people around that could have done it. Great storytelling and character development.
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Reading this book was like having a 300+ page long conversation with an annoying friend who hints at something she knows that you don't know and is just DYING for you to ask, but you don't. So many overt allusions to "what happened on the vacation" blah blah blah that I really stopped caring to find out. If not for that little percentage bar on the bottom of my kindle mocking my struggle to finish this book, I would have given in to my disinterest and stopped about 1/4 of the way through.
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star-books
Wow what a great read and another classic from Lisa Gardner Detective D.D. Warren series. The story of a seemingly perfect family, the loving couple Sandra and Jason Jones and their four year old daughter Clarissa. Everything seemed fine with both parents working and with plenty of money life was good till one night Jason comes home from work to find his wife is gone.

Once D.D. Warren and her partner Brian Miller get the call for the case it seem's obvious Jason has killed his wife as he seems
Jul 09, 2009 rated it liked it
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Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A clever and extremely entertaining read! This one slapped me across the face a few times with all of the crazy twists. This series is just fantastic!
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, 2015
Beautiful school teacher Sandra Jones makes supper for her four-year-old daughter, gives her a bath, puts her to bed, and then disappears. Her husband comes home from work to find Sandra gone. Jason claims his wife would never leave their daughter unprotected in the house alone. Jason is not cooperating with the police. He will not let them see the family computer. He will not let them question his daughter. Sgt. D.D. Warren believes Jason killed his wife, but he isn't their only suspect. The ...more
First read: August 2010
Re-read: January 2018
Rating: 5/5 stars, best of 2018

The plot: an attractive young mother vanishes from her home one night while her husband is at work, leaving her young daughter tucked up in bed and no signs of foul play aside from a smashed bedroom lamp. Sergeant DD Warren is called in to investigate and discovers there is something sinister going on in this outwardly perfect little family.

The Neighbour was my first introduction to this series almost eight years ago when
Larry Bassett
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is my third Lisa Gardner book in a row. And it is also the third straight book that includes plenty of suspense mixed with many unlikely events that strain credibility. I have been captivated evidently by this series that undoubtedly began its life in startling covers on grocery store book racks. This book is part of the Detective D. D. Warren Series, a series notable for the fact that Detective Warren plays almost no role in the first two books and has a relatively minor role in this third ...more
Jenni Boyd
May 10, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars*
The story begins with: 'I’ve always wondered what people felt in the final few hours of their lives. Did they know something terrible was about to occur? Sense imminent tragedy, hold their loved ones close? Or is it something that just happens?'

Lisa had my attention, and the further I read into the book I found it hard to put down. Both the husband Jason, and the missing wife Sandy had secrets, subtle hints were revealed as to what they might be, which kept me turning the pages, as I
Lindsey Gandhi
Lisa Gardner, you know how to write a thriller!!!!! Man, this series just keeps getting better and better!!!!
Tara (bizzeereading)
Jun 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a good mystery and great twists
Recommended to Tara (bizzeereading) by: no one
Oh my goodness, this book had me guessing till the end. I could not put it down. Fantastic story.

This is the third book in the Detective D.D. Warren series. And my first time reading Lisa Gardner. Lately, I've always said that I wouldn't start a book in the middle of the series, always from the beginning but I had to read this. lol Glad I did. It was in the third person and not a lot of point of view from D.D. And I didn't get that much insight into who she was as a cop. Some I did but not
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well since I pretty much devoured this book, couldn't put it down, both read and listened to it whenever I can... that pretty much sums up a 5 star for me. This is where the series really took off for me. There were so many different pieces, angles, that I couldn't quite put together. I had ideas, but it all kept me guessing. Then I loved the way it brilliantly all tied to a previous book from Lisa's other series. My mood lately has been trending toward mystery and suspense and this completely ...more
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down!
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I couldn't put this book down.......from the first page, it grabbed me....

Mystery, tension-filled with twists and turns and I was stunned at the end , when all is even guessed or had a clue who the baddies where!!!!

I loved this author's writing get so engrossed in the plot and characters that gets you totally immersed.

Mahoghani 23
I don't think the name matches the story. Sandra is a 23-year old school teacher with a husband and a 4-year old little girl. From the outside, they appear to be a regular family but as we all know, looks can be deceiving. One Wednesday night, while her husband's at work, Sandra goes missing and the only witness to the incident is her daughter, Clarissa.

The narrative in the story is performed by each main character; her husband Jason, Shane the pedophile that lives down the street, Detective D.
Jennifer Girard

The main issue I had with this book is how many times I read it before... not the book itself but the plot.
Fred Forbes
Feb 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting to be reading this book in the season of "Gone Girl". Must be the year for the "wife goes missing, blame the innocent hubby" plot. Interesting plot twists and turns kept me guessing and skillful talent in keeping the suspense ratcheted up. A few less than credible resolutions toward the end but an enjoyable read.
Michael Turashoff
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great Mystery / Thriller from a great author. You won't be able to figure this one out till the very end. I tried mightily but that's OK that's what I look for in a great mystery. I recommend this book to anyone.
Sophie Hannah
Dec 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Another brilliantly gripping Lisa Gardner book - only the second I've read, but easily as gripping as the first! I guessed a couple of elements of the outcome, but there were still some big surprises!
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another winner and I'm enjoying each book in the series more and more. This one has some strange characters and DD Warren and her crew do not actually solve the crime. Now on to #4 in the series.
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, library
What a mind fuck. Originally published in 2009, three years before Gone Girl (which feels like a rip off now). It’s better constructed than Gone Girl which I figured out from the beginning. Though I had my theories with this one, I kept second guessing and changing my mind. This would make for a great movie or tv series. One thing I did guess correctly was the picture. That’s all I say for spoilers sake. I eliminated a possibility after that. Great book.
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
4.0 out of 5 stars What happened to Sandra Jones?, November 10, 2009

This review is from: The Neighbor (Hardcover)
This is an entertaining, fast paced mystery thriller that delves into possibilities surrounding the middle-of-the-night disappearance of a young, pretty wife and mother. Sandra Jones, a teacher, vanishes while her husband, Jason, is at work leaving her purse and cell phone on the counter and her precious daughter, Ree asleep in her room. When the police arrive for the investigation,
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