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 - a 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?
©2009 Lisa Gardner; (P)2009 Random House
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
DD Warren is a lady detective who carries this huge chip on her shoulder. After seven books, she's worn me out...makes her hard to cheer for. I'm starting to hope the bad folks get the best of her. Stories are still worth reading, but having trouble putting up with her.
Sorry, but I would never call Lisa Gardner a "master of suspense", especially after this dud. Every character had a secret, (some creepy) making the plot so ridiculous that by the end, I really didn't care "who did it." A complete waste of time and credits.
Once again, Lisa Gardner does not disappoint. Excellent story, interesting characters. Narration was excellent as well. I have all of the audible books by this author, and look forward to the next.
This was a good choice, some days I have trouble connecting to a title and have taken books that just fall short. I took this one just because.. it was there. Good luck!! Would recommend it.
First off, the multiple-voice narration is great and adds to enjoyment of listening. The plot line kept me interested, but Detective Warren became quite irritating, leaping to unwarranted conclusions on the flimsiest, or even absence, of any real evidence. I found her becoming "whiney", bemoaning at one point that she "just wants to arrest someone". In contrast, Gardner does a good job laying out some issues related to sex offenders, and our tendency to overlook the varying severity and nature of the wide range of offenses that can cause someone to be labeled as a sex offender. The plot was compelling enough to flirt with 5 stars, but ultimately the irritating Detective knocked this down to 4 stars for me.
Usually pick books based on other listener's reviews, which I also did with this one. It's a good and interesting book, but there are lots of others out there that's more worth your time. The characters are quite shallow, and the story is dragged on, not realy letting you know anything, and then towards the end everything's told in 3 minutes.
If you've got a lot of time: Listen to it. Otherwise pick something else!
I stayed on the treadmill longer just so I could listen to this book. This is one of the best books I have ever listened to.
Too many books I listen to are so bogged down with tedious details, wherein we have to hear about way way too much. Too many details can often take away from the flow of the book, and can make my attention wander, and make me bored. Well, this book did that.
The ending was a bit absurd, and I didn't really like any of the characters. They were not sympathetic characters, for whom I am willing to extend a break for their bad behavior.
I got so frustrated with the droning on and on that I went to the library and checked out The Neighbor just so I could hurry up and get to the end.
I've never read/listened to Lisa Gardner before but I had some credits and wanted a 'thriller' and sorted through Audible's "thriller" list and this popped up near the top. I have no idea why this is classified as a thriller. It's a really boring, cardboard cop procedural. Everyone in it is boring and drawn really vaguely. We have a female cop, we have a male cop. We have a pretty missing woman with a suspicious looking husband and cardboard cute 'precocious' kid. The female cop looks for the missing woman in the basement. The female cop looks for the missing woman in the garage. Oh let's look on her computer. Has anyone checked her ATM account. Nothing happens. The back stories of the husband and wife are cliches. The only interesting character is the local sex offender, and the most interesting part of his story is when he describes how much paperwork goes into being a registered sex offender. When that's the most interesting part of the story, something is wrong.
Also, the narrators are fine, but why do they switch between chapters? Two of them inhabit their own character, one of them inhabits the female cop character and the third person narrator - it's really weird and makes no sense. I listened to it all day and then I saw I had 7 hours left just when I was thinking that surely the book is almost done? But the wife has only been missing 24 hours? When does the story get started? I can't even tell you a single character's name. This book leaves me filled with the mehs.
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