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Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner
About The Book
Frankie Elkin is an average middle-aged woman with more regrets than belongings who 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 Frankie 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 will be her …
I have only good words about this book, it captured me since the first page. I don’t know if this will be a series in the future or it will stay like a standalone novel, but I really liked the main character; Frankie Elkin, a woman with a very interesting background that devotes her life to find missing people. She is not a detective or does it for money, as she says her “clients” are the missing ones and she devotes to them, no one else.
I’ve read a lot of books where there’s a missing person and a detective tries to find them or a private investigator that has a case; but never someone that does it as a way to redeem herself, because this is the point of Frankie, she is trying to stop her guilty conscience by finding missing people. In none of the previous cases she had participated in, she was able to find the missing person alive, so she is hoping that this case will be different.
The case is interesting too, there’s a girl who has been missing for almost a year, the police doesn’t have any clue but the family still believes that something fishy happened and that there’s something more behind the mysterious disappearance. I will not say more about the case, there are so many secondary plots and characters that make this story so full and amazing that I don’t want to spoil it.
But you have to know that Frankie is not a rich woman, in every case she moves to the neighborhood where the victim lived, near the family/friends. She searches for a job and a place to live when she is investigating, it doesn’t matter if the neighborhood is dangerous, it doesn’t matter if she risks her life for the missing person, she only wants to find them.
I enjoyed every page of this book, it was so addictive and I can’t stop recommending it; if you are only reading one book this month, believe me, this is the one! It will be on my top ten this year, don’t doubt it.
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About The Author
New York Times #1 bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure, criminal minds and twisted plots into a streak of bestselling suspense novels. Her 2010 novel, THE NEIGHBOR, won Best Thriller from the International Thriller Writers. Most recently, she was honored with the Silver Bullet Award for her work with at-risk children and homeless animals. Lisa loves to hike, travel the world, and yes, read, read, read!