The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner is a book that I bought at my local library’s book sale some time ago. I actually think that I owned this book previous to that, and gave it away at some point. I do remember reading it a long time ago, but thankfully when I re-read it this past week it had been so long that it was like I read a whole new book. I’m finally starting to get out of my book slump, and since I am done with school- that’s right I graduated!!!- I am ready to delve back into the world of reading.
This story is ever-twisting and ever-changing, and I love it. Sandra Jones is a mother of a little girl, and the wife of a local newspaper reporter named Jason. They live a quiet life, almost too quiet at points, and when Sandra goes missing one night-Jason is the first suspect. Even though Jason has claimed his innocence, he isn’t really cooperating with the police like they want him too, and they can’t figure out why.
While you turn the pages of this book, you will flip flop back and forth between who you believe could have harmed Sandra, and who you believe is the innocent person in this party. Not only that, but you will find out many things about Sandra’s past that are devastating, and realize that she was suspicious of her husband before she went missing. Does this mean that Jason was the one who made Sandra disappear, or is it the registered sex offender that lives down the street? Could it be someone completely different and the police are looking in the total wrong direction? For a thriller, this one was written very simply-but yet intrigued me very much. I enjoyed this book quite a lot, and flew through it. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, the only reason I didn’t give it 5 was because some of the characters seemed pointless at times, but it all comes together when it counts.