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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 24, 2023
I have read my fair share of suspense novels and what I liked best about the main character in this book is that she ,Frankie, is an ordinary person with her own set of baggage. It is a refreshing change from the beautiful and rich heroine that are so often portrayed.
I am a very big fan of Lisa Gardner! Enjoyed this book, but it didn’t get my attention like her others. The book’s heroine was a little hard for me to like, and the story itself was different from what I expected. Not the usual very surprising ending that I have come to expect from a Garner book, but still very good.
The book was well written and interesting. Good characters. The reason I gave only 4 stars is because I personally struggle with books that are dark and sad, and this novel and the main character are both. I will need a break before starting the second one in the series.
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.
Frankie Elkin brings a down-to-earth vibe to Before She Disappeared. As the first person narrator, she invites us into her world and her thoughts, and I felt right at home with her.
I enjoyed following her along as she searched for the missing teenager, and attended some AA meetings with her, too.
As she stood up against the official detectives, bringing her unique insights to the search, I applauded her efforts and her abilities. She gave us a peek into the world of the family members and the missing individuals, adding something extra even as she revealed more about herself.
I enjoyed her journey as she pieced together the clues that might lead to the missing girl, and then still another one, and the pursuit kept me intrigued throughout.
The book was long and winding, but I couldn’t stop turning the pages. 4.5 stars.
Absolutely loved Before She Disappeared. Gardner is a fave of mine and this one just added to the abundance of goodies she releases. Love the flawed and damaged Frankie and look forward to more of her finding the missing.
Another winner by Lisa Gardner! In her new series, Gardner introduces us to Frankie Elkin, a woman who dedicates her life to finding missing girls. As a recovering alcoholic, Frankie feels she has amends to make and she has a penchant for lost causes. She cannot explain why she feels compelled to do it, she just does it. She travels around the country, choosing one missing persons case to focus on at a time, staying in town just long enough to find the missing person and then moves to the next. Unfortunately, in her first fourteen cases she has found the missing girl a little late and they were already dead when she found them. She could use a little luck in her current case in Boston. In her current case, a fifteen year old girl has disappeared and Frankie is determined to find her before its too late.
I enjoyed this book as I love reading mysteries in the fall and winter of each year. Then I become a beach lover's books that embrace the ocean. The second half of this book had me hooked. The beginning was a little harder to get hooked on. Once I figured out the purpose in the book, I would find myself waking up at three in the morning to read until I hit myself in the head with my Kindle. I have read many of Lisa Gardner's books, and I will read book two in this series.