Title: The Neighbor
Author: Lisa Gardner
Genre: Mystery Thriller
About the book: It’s the third book in the Detective D.D. Warren series. A young mother named Sandra Jones disappears one night, leaving behind her four year old daughter as the only witness and a secretive husband who becomes the primary suspect. When Sergeant D.D. Warren investigates the case, she learns that this family isn’t perfect and has its share of secrets.
First impressions: I love a good thriller, so I was excited to see where the author would take this story. Although I haven’t read any of the previous books in the series, I could follow along without a problem. I enjoyed getting to know more about the family at the start.
Characters: There aren’t too many or too few characters, so I found it easy enough to keep track of everyone. Some of them grew on me quite a bit. I appreciate the complexity of the main characters and their difficult pasts.
“You can have everything you ever wanted, only to realize that you wanted all the wrong things.”
Writing: The chapters are short, alternating points of view. It’s over 450 pages, and I didn’t find the pacing to be too slow. The author explores some deep issues and mature themes like abuse.
Final thoughts: I had no idea how Gardner would wrap up all the loose ends, but the ending provides enough closure. I liked the various twists and turns, as I couldn’t predict some of them. If you’re a fan of thrillers about family relationships, check out The Neighbor.