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Before She Disappeared: A Novel (A Frankie…
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Before She Disappeared: A Novel (A Frankie Elkin Novel) (original 2021; edição 2021)

por Lisa Gardner (Autor)

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Título:Before She Disappeared: A Novel (A Frankie Elkin Novel)
Autores:Lisa Gardner (Autor)
Informação:Dutton (2021), 400 pages
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Gardner is one of my favorite mystery authors because I love her D.D. Warren series so much! I started smack dab in the middle of that one and haven't looked back since. So I jumped at the opportunity to read this one as soon as I heard about it. Let me just say that this is an author who writes books that are not to be missed if you are a mystery reader! From the very beginning, I found myself pulled into this new story with new characters. Frankie Elkin is one of those characters that I couldn't help but root for despite all of her perceived flaws. She is a recovering alcoholic who searches for women who have been gone missing for so long that no one is really looking for them any longer. As the reader, you know that she has more of a darker history that hasn't yet been shared with us. It just made her feel so darn real to me! The book was one that I just flew through the pages of. I couldn't put it down because I was so sucked into the story. And honestly I just really loved this book. I was so excited to hear after finishing this one that it is now going to be the first book in a new series. I cannot wait to read more about Frankie and see what types of trouble she finds herself in next.

Overall, this is a book and author that you definitely to check out if you are a mystery reader! I cannot recommend her D.D. Warren series enough - start with Find Her like I did and you will be in for a treat especially if you like darker mysteries. Now, I can also highly recommend this book for those readers who want to start at the beginning of a series because this one is really just as good. This book will easily be on my top reads list of the year and Gardner has become a must read author for me. Highly recommended!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley. I ended up reading a print copy from my local library. ( )
  samantha.1020 | Aug 26, 2021 |
Like many, I am a huge fan of Lisa Gardner's books (Quincy & Rainey, D.D. Warren, and even Tessa Leone), but this book was a major disappointment. Frankie Elkin is a recovering alcoholic who specializes in finding missing people, especially minorities, where the police have given up. Unfortunately, her success rate is high but in each of her 14 cases, she has found a dead body. She comes to Mattapan, to search for Angelique Badeau, who has been missing for 11 months, working as an evening bartender while she investigates during the day. Frankie seems to have a knack for asking the right questions and making friends. Unfortunately, I just could not suspend belief enough to think she could make all this progress when the solid detective made none. I also did not like the backstory of Paul, which kept disrupting the flow of the story. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
The Short of It:

So far, Gardner has not disappointed me. Loved the amateur detective in this one.

The Rest of It:

Frankie Elkin is just an ordinary woman who chooses to find the missing people others have forgotten. She asks the questions that others don’t and because she has no personal ties or even a steady job to hold her down, she can blend into the scenery and find the clues that everyone else seems to miss.

I really enjoyed Before She Disappeared. Frankie is one of those perfectly flawed characters. As a recovering alcoholic, she is constantly aware of her weaknesses which makes her so likable and easy to relate to. In this installment, because apparently this is Book #1 in the Elkin series, Frankie looks for a young girl who has gone missing. Her family has been holding onto hope for over a year but no new leads have been found. Frankie gets herself a bar job, yep, as a recovering alcoholic it’s what she knows, works out a deal for housing which includes a very hostile feline roommate, and digs into the case.

The pacing is really good and I found myself reaching for my Kindle every chance I had. That’s the sign of a good read. I’ve lost count but this was read for 10 Books of Summer.

For more reviews, visit my blog: Book Chatter. ( )
  tibobi | Jul 9, 2021 |
Fast-paced thriller with an unexpected and flawed heroine. Frankie Elkin is a middle-aged woman, recovering alcoholic with an addiction to finding missing persons. This book will grab you from page one!
When 15-year old Angelique, a Haitian immigrant, goes missing from her high school one Friday afternoon, and is still missing after 11 months, Frankie is drawn to the case. Frankie is running from her own demons, but is determined to solve the case. The police are not happy that she is jumping into their case, but when she starts making inroads, they begin to welcome her help.
I enjoyed how Frankie worked through the case, I liked the various characters in the book and the complexity of the mystery.
I hope there will be more Frankie Elkin books in the future! ( )
  rmarcin | Jun 26, 2021 |
I enjoyed the first half of this novel, but after that it all got a bit repetitive and unbelievable. Frankie never seemed like a wholly convincing character in ways I can't quite put my finger on, and she swung wildly between working closely with the police and shutting them out seemingly on a whim. I'm not sure I really buy the idea of an alcoholic who had no problems working as a bartender either.

A quick read. ( )
  pgchuis | Apr 30, 2021 |
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