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Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner

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Book Summary

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner, a propulsive thriller featuring an ordinary woman who will stop at nothing to find the missing people that the rest of the world has forgotten

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.


Condition: New

Hardcover, Published January 19, 2021

ISBN: 9781524745042


1 review for Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner

  1. Chandra

    A little birdie told me this was Gardner’s first standalone – WHAAAAAAT.. but then I looked back and realized the last five books I’ve read by her were series books! Either way, she is absolutely one of my favorite authors! As usual, this is an addictive and moderately paced read and she brings us another flawed but very lovable MC with Frankie Elkin.
    Finally, instead of a protagonist woman being drunk all the time and wondering why she can’t remember things, we have Frankie who is a recovering alcoholic, standing strong in her sobriety. She travels from town to town to solve missing person cases. She has very few possessions and works mostly as a bartendar because she’s damn good at it, and it actually keeps her straight, even if it can be tempting at times.

    We get a little peep into her past but it’s secondary to the case at hand… or so it seems.. because I didn’t realize how invested I was until those last couple of pages and then OH MY HEART. That wasn’t the added emotional tugging scene I needed right after the tearing up at her and Stoney. Gardner, you got me.

    Readers: while this isn’t a police procedural, it does tend to read like one at times and is character driven. While I was absolutely curious as to what was going on with missing girl, Angelique, I found myself more drawn to Frankie’s story. She’s worth getting involved with and I hope she pops up in one of Gardener’s other books.
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