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The Neighbor Audiobook

The Neighbor: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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 - 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

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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 02-21-10
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 02-21-10 Member Since 2012
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    "I'm moving"

    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.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    07-03-09
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    "Another winner from Lisa Gardner"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gert Glenden, Australia 02-10-10
    Gert Glenden, Australia 02-10-10
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    "Very good"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline 10-30-09
    Jacqueline 10-30-09

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    "Unrealistic and ridiculous"

    I said what a lot of people are probably thinking- the book just went in too many directions. Characters thrown in just to try and build some tension, and the police actions were comedic. I can't believe anyone reading this would think it is plausible. The lead female voice sounds like a 12 year old. If I could have rated this book with a zero- I would have.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 08-22-09
    Paul 08-22-09
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    "Plot Succeeds Despite Irritation"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Halifax, NS, Canada 08-17-09
    Jennifer Halifax, NS, Canada 08-17-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Creepy"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Orange Monkey CA, USA 07-31-09
    Orange Monkey CA, USA 07-31-09

    Idea lover.

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    "Not as good as it seems from previous reviewers"

    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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Becky Mt. Pleasant, SC, United States 07-08-09
    Becky Mt. Pleasant, SC, United States 07-08-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book!"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dottie B. Washington DC 08-08-13
    Dottie B. Washington DC 08-08-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Editor please!"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dan kansas city, MO, USA 07-26-09
    Dan kansas city, MO, USA 07-26-09 Member Since 2001
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    "fell apart"

    The ending is preposterous thus dissappointing.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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