The key clues to solving the characters inter-relationships and the storyline are dangled in front of the reader but not exposed until the end; a lazy author. This is especially annoying when the character in question is speaking in first person - they KNOW what they experienced and should be able to describe that event in detail.
Wow, what an ending. Enjoyed the three narrators. Each reflected a good sense of character(s). Especially the arrogance of the single focus police. This is one of Gardner's better efforts.
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I loved this book because it was narrated wonderfully from the view points of 3 characters and 3 different narators. It kept me guessing the whole time who was guilty. I recommend it.
I enjoyed this audiobook very much. Engrossing and entertaining. And without giving too much away, I could not at all forecast how it would end, or how the characters might unfold. I usually prefer one narrator with enough versatility to capture each character's voice and personality, but this book seemed to require different actors. Card's narration, as the young wife, initially seemed inexperienced or young but soon turned out to be my favorite, tenderly capturing her character beautifully.
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.
Thought this book had to much detail because by the time (the last hour of the book)it all came together, I had such high expectations that the ending was just okay.