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Frankie Elkin is a woman who travels light at least as far as possessions are concerned. The mental scars she carries guide her every waking moment, haunt her dreams each night and can only be temporarily warded off by her life's goal to find those the police have stopped searching for.
Angelique Badeau was 15 when she disappeared without trace leaving only her backpack and bewildered family behind. Eleven months later the leads have dried up, time has moved on, and Frankie, arriving in the Boston neighbourhood of Mattapan, knows she is the Haitian teenager’s last hope.
It's fair to say female, white, middle-aged, recovering alcoholics are not spotted that often in Mattapan but Frankie's used to being in the minority. Having found herself a job and somewhere to sleep she begins her task, but there are things happening which put all those involved in far greater danger than they can imagine and finding Angelique could be the least of their problems.
Lisa Gardner is a first class thriller writer and this very good standalone novel is an excellent example of her craft. Frankie is likeable, believable and motivated. Gradually her back story is revealed and adds so much to her character. This isn't a fast moving story, it doesn't hurtle rather it evolves slowly until everything is satisfactorily dealt with. Both Frankie and the reluctantly helpful police detective Dan Lotham would definitely warrant another outing sometime in the future.
I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. I enjoyed this very much, it is a good read.
I love all her books until this one. It didnt appeal to me this depressed lady that goes around looking to find missing persons.and the plot was not great all sad and boring. Dissapointed.not a bad read but not what i would expected from Lisa Gardner.
I preordered this book as Lisa Gardener is one of my favourite authors. Delighted when it finally arrived on my Kindle. What a disappointment. I did not enjoy anything about this book in fact I skim read most of it because it was so boring. If this is the start of a new series I will definitely not be buying the book!
I am a lover of crime and of course James Patterson and Lee Childs. I started to look for another author as I have just about read all their books. I chose Lisa Gardner and oh am I glad I did. I am nearly finished "Before she disappeared" Can't put it down. Will be buying more pof her books.