As it turns out, this is a sequel to Say Goodbye, but it takes a while to discover that fact.
The Neighbour is every bit as good as Say Goodbye -- the plot twists are perhaps even more unexpected. Trying to figure out whether the characters are good or evil or deceptive or honest will keep you on your toes all the way through the book.
The narration is expertly handled -- one person is the voice of the missing wife (albeit slightly nasal in places), one is the voice of the neighbour, and the main narrator covers the rest of the story.
The action in The Neighbour spans a relatively short time -- only about a week, but it is never plodding or dull.
There is a cast of potential suspects, and even at the end of the novel the story is not predictable.
This is a great read and highly recommended.
Suspenseful- kept my interest until the middle where it became repetitious in plot and character development. I learned some interesting facts about investigation work, computers and child abuse. The resolution came suddenly, in the last five minutes, and all too neatly tied up in a bow. Still, kept me walking at a great pace when listening on my hikes.
I stayed up all night just to finish this. It was so tantalizing and intriguing. One word of warning; to demo why the detective is so hard boiled - there are heart wrenching references to horrible child abuse.
I usually migrate towards books that have had a good review by previous listeners, but I have to vote against the majority on this one. It was a huge waste of time. The author took a few story lines from today's headlines, threw it together and there's her book. I disliked the topic and the whole book just did not gel.
My first novel by Lisa Gardner. Wow, what a clever plot. For most of the story I thought What the heck is going on with these people? The subject matter is potentially quite ugly but I just had to find out what was going on here. It's all revealed eventually and it's...well I won't spoil it for you. The unusual 3-person narration worked very well.
Excellent thriller! Good narration. Kept me guessing until the end. I read Gone, but this is much better.