The Neighbor - D. D. Warren, Bk 3 Author:Lisa Gardner 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 mo... more »ment Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren arrives at the Joneses' 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?« less
Beautiful school teacher Sandra Jones makes supper for her four-year-old daughter, gives her a bath, puts her to bed, and then disappears. Her husband comes home from work to find Sandra gone. Jason claims his wife would never leave their daughter unprotected in the house alone. Jason is not cooperating with the police. He will not let them see the family computer. He will not let them question his daughter. Sgt. D.D. Warren believes Jason killed his wife, but he isn't their only suspect. The neighbor down the street is a convicted sexual predator with no alibi. Sandy's estranged father shows up in Boston claiming he should have custody of his grandchild. And a 13-year-old computer genius may hold the key to the whole mystery.
This book grabbed my attention from the first sentence. I spent my time reading the book and wondering what exactly happened to Sandy Jones. There are a number of suspects, but I felt like each of them were being railroaded to look guilty. There are also a ton of secrets between Jason and his wife. What exactly happened in the past? Why are all the doors and windows kept locked? What does Jason look at on his computer at night? Where did their money come from? I did figure out Jason's secret, but I couldn't even imagine what happened to Sandy. When it finally became clear what was going on (in the last 25 pages), it felt like a hurried conclusion that wasn't thought out too well. I'm still left asking questions about one character in the book. So after reading the ending, I deleted a star from what could have been a 5 star book. My rating: 4 Stars.