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'I just read Before She Disappeared in a day and a half. It was that gripping. Highly recommended!' SHARI LAPENA
'Sharply-written, tension-filled yarn full of twists readers are unlikely to see coming.' DAILY MAIL
'Lisa Gardner has always been one of my favourite writers, and this time she truly hits it out of the park. ' TESS GERRITSEN
'[Gardner] gives us a crackling mystery, gritty atmosphere and an unforgettable heroine.' RILEY SAGER
A gripping 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 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 ...
'Original, chilling and so gripping I had to remind myself to take a breath' Clare Mackintosh
'A first-class crime novel by a master of the thriller genre' David Baldacci
'A rocket-fuel-propelled thriller that will leave you breathless' Gregg Hurwitz
'Tense and immersive' Booklist
'There's only one thing to ask for by the time the book ends: please, please, a sequel and a series!' New York Journal of Books
'A sharply written, tension-filled yarn full of twists readers are unlikely to see coming' Associated Press
PRAISE FOR LISA GARDNER ...
'Lisa Gardner's fast-paced and exciting novels twist when you expect a turn and turn when you expect a twist. I cannot recommend her more.' Karin Slaughter
'For years Lisa Gardner has been one of the best in the business.' Harlan Coben
'No one owns this corner of the crime genre the way Lisa Gardner does' Lee Child
'Lisa Gardner is at the top of her game' Kathy Reichs
READERS LOVE BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED ...
***** 'I'm shaken, slowly crying, barely gathering right words to tell how I wholeheartedly loved this book and how deeply affected me with its resonating, realistic, deeply layered character portraits!'
***** 'I have always loved Lisa Gardner's books and her new Frankie Elkin series is just as intriguing and exciting as all the others I have read.'
***** 'This is yet another wonderful mystery/suspense novel from Lisa Gardner.'
***** 'An outstanding thriller.'
Recovering alcoholic Frankie Elkin, the narrator of this outstanding crime novel from bestseller Gardner (When You See Me), has found purpose, if not peace, in channeling her addictive personality into finding missing women no one else bothers to search for. Newly arrived in Boston, Frankie sets out on the trail of 16-year-old Angelique Lovelie Badeau, who seems destined to beat the odds in her tough Haitian community. What would drive Angelique, a girl with such a bright future, to simply disappear one day? Frankie's search leads her through a thicket of gangs, traffickers, and institutional racism. The mystery's solution is a neat twist on the obvious dangers that might destroy a talented girl's dreams. Frankie, who describes herself as an "average middle-aged white woman," is a nuanced character whose unflinching honesty and lack of self-pity allows the reader to empathize, if not completely sympathize, with her struggles. And cat lovers are sure to fall for Piper, Frankie's equally dysfunctional feral companion. Gardner pulls no punches in this socially conscious standalone.
Not my favourite...
I love Lisa Gardner and have read all her books. Frankie is a brilliant character and I want to read more about her. I also hope Lotham will make an appearance in another book. Sadly this story didn’t grip me the way the others have. I suppose it’s my morbid fascination with the terrifying serial killers and foes in the previous books that now make any lesser villain seem a little boring. I’ll forever be a fan, but this book isn’t my favourite.