January 18, 2021

Before She Disappeared

by Lisa Gardner

Published date January 19, 2021
by Penguin Group Dutton

Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: General Fiction (Adult)/Mystery & Thriller

Frankie Elkin is an average middle-aged woman, a recovering alcoholic with more regrets than belongings. But she spends her life doing what no one else will–searching for missing people the world has stopped looking for. When the police have given up, when the public no longer remembers, when the media has never paid attention, Frankie starts looking.

A new case brings her to Mattapan, a Boston neighborhood with a rough reputation. She is searching for Angelique Badeau, a Haitian teenager who vanished from her high school months earlier. Resistance from the Boston PD and the victim’s wary family tells Frankie she’s on her own–and she soon learns she’s asking questions someone doesn’t want answered. But Frankie will stop at nothing to discover the truth, even if it means the next person to go missing could be her.

Kitty’s Review:

This is Lisa Gardner’s first standalone in 20 years, so I was anxiously awaiting this read!
It was everything I’ve come to expect from Lisa!! The plot is gripping and there are enough twists to keep you turning the page.

Frankie Elkin, a recovering alcoholic, searches for people that the cops have stopped looking for and families have given up on. It is her life’s work and she is good at it! Frankie follows her own set of rules which keeps the story very exciting. You get to know Frankie and all her past mishaps which makes her real and very likable. Her new case brings her to a rough neighborhood outside of Boston and the search to find Angelique Nassau before it’s too late!!

Lisa Gardner has to do a sequel to this book! I need more of Frankie! If you like mysteries and crime fiction, you will love this book!

Patricia’s Review:

Lisa Gardner has once again written a book that will stay with you.

It took me a while to embrace Frankie’s character, a loner who goes around the country solving missing persons cases for free. But as Gardner revealed all her flaws, soft spots and sense of humor, I fell in love with her.

This is a well-researched book with a lot going on. Where to start? The descriptions of the Boston neighborhood where the story takes place are gritty and raw. It was like looking out through a GoPro fastened to Frankie’s head as she walked through the dangerous streets (at night!). There was a great awareness of technological innovations that formed the basis for multiple paths the story might have taken. The missing girls, the bar owner with a heart of gold, and the cop who comes to respect Frankie’s skills, as well as the rest of the characters are well developed, and each is slotted into the narrative perfectly. While there were many times, I had to suspend disbelief, I still very much enjoyed the story, the dialogue and the total immersion in the culture and environment of one Boston neighborhood.

Thank you Edelweiss, PENGUIN GROUP Dutton, NetGalley and Lisa Gardner for an Advanced Reader Copy of this book for our unbiased reviews.

Linda’s Review

This book was a slow burner for me, although the pace really did pick up the towards the end.
I liked Frankie as a character, she really grew on me more and more as I got to know her. I would definitely read more books about her if this was to become a series.
I enjoyed the storyline, and was keen to keep reading to work it all out.
This was my first book by this author and I would like to read more.

Thank you to to Lisa Gardner, Random House Uk and Netgalley for the advanced review copy.

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