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The Neighbour - Lisa Gardner
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The Neighbour - Lisa Gardner
Disadvantages: I do not have all her novels!
I have never written a book review as I personally believe reading is a very personal experience and also that I wouldn't want to spoil the story line!
I am a prolific reader and will read all sorts of Genre a friend passed this on to me and well I couldn't put it down indeed I finished it in a day staying up well past bedtime!!
Cost and stockist
I have to firstly advocate the library where of course the book will be free however if you wish to purchase it is available from Amazon at £4.99 www.amazon.co.uk
This is the bit I will struggle with as how much to tell you without ruining the story well here goes!
The story begins with "I've always wondered what people felt in the final few hours of their lives" which immediately grabs your interest and to be honest this book keeps you guessing and keeps shocking you to the very last page.
We are introduced to the Jones family a lovely couple who appear the perfect family but then Sandra disappears leaving her daughter behind and suddenly everything changes and the police cannot find what has happened to her and they discover everything is a little too perfect but underneath nothing is as it seems and the Husband seems intent on destroying evidence.
Throughout the story we are introduced to alternative views of the leading characters and introduced to additional facts about them which keeps making the reader change their mind about how they see that particular character I changed from feeling great sympathy for Sandra and believing her to be a great mother to considering her as a terrible mother but also feeling sorry for her.
Each character has their own story within the main story and these stories also challenge us for example the young paedophile who at 16 had a sexual relationship with a 14 year old as a mother of two young girls I immediately felt disgust however later this reaction becomes challenged .
I cannot recommend this book enough and I already have read two further books by this author and I have enjoyed both immensely I believe you will enjoy Lisa Gardner if you have enjoyed books by stieg larrson, Jo Nesbo, Harlen coben, rosamund lupton and if you are not a thriller fan then this is a great book as a standalone start it is very well written it challenges you, keeps you guessing and explores lots of angles.
I have already ordered my next one from the library and cannot wait to get stuck in as I followed this with The perfect Husband and the other Daughter both of which exceeded my expectations in short a brilliant author.
Summary: A truly gripping, twisting , emotional, shocking rollercoaster that will keep you guessing