Monday, September 28, 2009

I Just Read…

The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner (FIC GARDNER NEIGHBOR) currently on the New Adult Fiction shelf. For me this book is the definition of a “page-turner.” It kept me guessing (and therefore, turning and reading pages) until the very end of the book.

Lisa Gardner writes very dark, suspenseful novels, and this latest one is no exception! The book jacket says: “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.” The twists and turns start there and don’t let up until the end of the book.

As time passes without a resolution to the mysteries that have developed, the book jacket says: “ 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?

What role does the neighbor, who is a registered sex offender, play? How about the young student with a serious crush on Mrs. Jones? And, why does her father mysteriously appear on the scene after years of silence?

If you enjoy suspense fiction like The Neighbor, the Copper Queen Library has several other books by Lisa Gardner. Check our fiction shelves under Gardner for The Other Daughter, The Next Accident, The Killing Hour, Gone, Hide, and Say Goodbye.
--by Hanje Richards