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The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
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Oct 24, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, new-york-times-best-seller, read-in-2009, reviewed, series, thriller
Recommended to Michael by: Enjoy the author's writing.
Recommended for: mystery fans, fans of strong female characters, readers who enjoy a unique plot.

4 1/2 Stars!
Sandra Jones puts her daughter, Ree, to bed and goes to her own bed. Then she hears a sound coming from the stairs...When her husband, Jason, comes home from his night shift job at the newspaper, Sandra is gone.

Sgt. Detective D.D. Warren, last seen in Gardner's 2007 novel, "Hide" knows that the spouse is always the prime suspect when the other spouse goes missing or is killed. Now, when she attempts to interview Jason, he is uncooperative, almost nonshalant.

Is it the husband who is guilty of doing whatever happened to Sandra?
Is it the neighbor, Adrian Brewster, whose room overlooked the Jones' bedroom and is a registered sex offender? Could it be Ethan Hastings, a 13 year old high school student who has a crush on Sandra? Or, could it be a late comer in the story, Wayne Reynolds, a state police computer analyst who had met Sandra at a basketball game and had been meeting her for the weekly school basketball games?

The story continues with Sandra's father, Judge Maxwell Black, entering the scene and demanding he be given visitation priveleges to his granddaughter. Sandra had no relationship with her father and had accused him of mistreatment.

As the story continues, the reader is privileged to know the various character's thoughts and it is difficult to see who might be the guilty character.

It is obvious that the author enjoyed writing this book and her sense of having fun with the plot comes through. "The Neighbor" is a well written, fast moving story that would have made Alfred Hitchcock proud in the old TV days.
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