- Expected 21 Jan 2021
From the #1 global bestselling author of WHEN YOU SEE ME
'Lisa Gardner has always been one of my favourite writers, and this time she truly hits it out of the park. Frankie Elkin is a heroine for the ages, a fierce female Shane who's out to save the world - one missing person at a time.' TESS GERRITSEN
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 ...
'To read Lisa Gardner is to put yourself in the hands of a master storyteller. In BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED, she gives us a crackling mystery, gritty atmosphere and an unforgettable heroine.' RILEY SAGER, New York Times bestselling author of Home Before Dark
Readers love Lisa Gardner's brilliant thrillers:
'A fabulous read with amazing, interesting, complex characters and I was absolutely hooked, from start to finish.'
'Once again Lisa Gardner delivers as one of my favourite crime thriller authors, she creates a complex and magnetic character in Frankie'
'Frankie is a wonderful character, full of grit and personality, and I love her inner monologues so much! I really hope we will get to see more of her in the future!'
'An entertaining and engaging thriller with a great central protagonist that I think many of Gardner's fans and other crime and thriller readers will love.'
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.