Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Neighbor

Book: The Neighbor
Series: Detective DD Warren #3
Author: Lisa Gardner

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?-Goodreads

Review: While this is the 3rd book in the series, this is the first where Detective DD Warren plays a main role. I wasn't overly impressed with her investigation skills but Gardner excels are sucking me in with her multiple narratives. So, a lackluster lead detective didn't hurt this for me at all. I literally could not put this book down and read it in one sitting. This was 5 stars until the very end. The conclusion wrapped up too quickly for my taste but this was still a great thriller. Another huge plus-I was convinced I knew the mystery but was surprised that I didn't have it all figured out. 

Grade: 4.5/5

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