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ISBN13: 9780553807233
ISBN10: 0553807234
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Staff Pick

Secrets, lies, mystery, and mayhem in a quiet Boston neighborhood rise to the surface in The Neighbor. Detectives race frantically to save a young, kidnapped mother, but every clue leads to more questions and time keeps ticking away for the victim. This is one of Gardner's absolute best novels — with a "never saw it coming" ending!
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Publisher Comments:

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' 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?

Review:

"In bestseller Gardner's gripping 11th thriller, Sgt. Det. D.D. Warren, last seen in 2007's Hide, looks into the curious disappearance of Sandra Jones, a sixth-grade social studies teacher, from her South Boston home: Sandra's keys and purse were on the kitchen counter, nothing was disturbed, and her four-year-old daughter, Ree, to whom she was devoted, was asleep upstairs. The missing woman's reporter husband, Jason, becomes an immediate suspect because he refuses to answer questions and appears to have destroyed evidence. As a media frenzy envelopes the case, Warren's investigation reveals the couple's life as anything but perfect or normal. Full of inventive twists, this highly entertaining novel delivers a shocking solution as well as a perfectly realized sense of justice. Fans will appreciate the deft way Gardner weaves in a key character from 2008's Say Goodbye. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

When a young wife and mother disappears from her suburban home, it's not long before the cops have their first suspect: the missing woman's husband, whose behavior is distinctly suspicious.

About the Author

Lisa Gardner is the New York Times bestselling authors of ten novels including Say Goodbye and Hide. She lives with her husband and daughter in New England. She is currently at work on her next thriller, which Bantam will publish in 2010.

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OneMansView, August 2, 2009 (view all comments by OneMansView)
Computer geeks versus abusers (2.75*s)

This mystery set in the south side of Boston involving improbable and unappealing characters in events that strain believability seems to be below the author’s usual efforts. The reader is asked to accept a lot: a marriage of a cute twenty-three year old social studies teacher Sandra to a Boston reporter Jason of great, but secretive, wealth that is strained way beyond normalcy; a succession of egregious abusers and victims, much of it flying under the radar for years; and several computer geeks with extraordinary powers of manipulation and sleuthing.

It is the disappearance of Sandra one night that sets the story in motion, though just barely. Sergeant DD Warren of BPD is constantly rebuffed by the impenetrable Jason and sidetracked by the hapless, convicted statutory rape perpetrator who lives five doors down. The story primarily unfolds through the interspersed flashbacks of Sandra, not police work.

Mysteries unanswered, given the traumatic childhoods of Sandra and Jason, are their rather quick rise in their professional worlds, not to mention the respectful façade maintained by Sandra’s father, a judge in the state of Georgia.

A series of misunderstandings finally get played out in a rather happenstance manner with both the innocent and guilty being harmed, leaving many questions unanswered, and with the implication that a new page has been turned for the principal characters. The author does generate a certain amount of interest in what makes some of these characters tick.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553807233
Author:
Gardner, Lisa
Publisher:
Bantam
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Boston (Mass.)
Subject:
Suspense
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090616
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.8 x 6.3 x 1.25 in 1.35 lb

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Product details 384 pages Bantam - English 9780553807233 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Secrets, lies, mystery, and mayhem in a quiet Boston neighborhood rise to the surface in The Neighbor. Detectives race frantically to save a young, kidnapped mother, but every clue leads to more questions and time keeps ticking away for the victim. This is one of Gardner's absolute best novels — with a "never saw it coming" ending!

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In bestseller Gardner's gripping 11th thriller, Sgt. Det. D.D. Warren, last seen in 2007's Hide, looks into the curious disappearance of Sandra Jones, a sixth-grade social studies teacher, from her South Boston home: Sandra's keys and purse were on the kitchen counter, nothing was disturbed, and her four-year-old daughter, Ree, to whom she was devoted, was asleep upstairs. The missing woman's reporter husband, Jason, becomes an immediate suspect because he refuses to answer questions and appears to have destroyed evidence. As a media frenzy envelopes the case, Warren's investigation reveals the couple's life as anything but perfect or normal. Full of inventive twists, this highly entertaining novel delivers a shocking solution as well as a perfectly realized sense of justice. Fans will appreciate the deft way Gardner weaves in a key character from 2008's Say Goodbye. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , When a young wife and mother disappears from her suburban home, it's not long before the cops have their first suspect: the missing woman's husband, whose behavior is distinctly suspicious.
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