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Before She Disappeared

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner, a propulsive 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, a recovering alcoholic with more regrets than belongings. But she spends her life doing what no one else will--searching for missi
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 19th 2021 by Dutton
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Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner

Frankie Elgin is a recovering alcoholic with such guilt and heartbreaking memories that she lives her life like a death wish in action. For the last ten years she has been on a one woman mission to find the missing. She has succeeded in finding sixteen missing persons, all the cases that she has taken on, and she has no plans to stop looking for more missing people as long as she is alive. Frankie has no home, no friends, no possessions other than what she c
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What a completely enjoyable read this was!!!! I learned that this is Ms. Gardner’s first standalone novel in 20 years and what a treat it was!!

Our heroine, for she truly is, Frankie, is a recovering alcoholic with lots of regret and trauma in her past life. For the past decade she has been traveling from city to city working cold cases of missing young women. She looks for those that are sometimes neglected by the regular police or left to languish without much new in
Lisa Gardner was inspired by the wide range of people who commit themselves to helping find the missing in our world for no reward for this crime thriller. Here, our hunter of the missing is haunted, alcoholic bartender Frankie Elkin, raised in Northern California, a white, middle aged woman, driven and determined, owning only what she can carry, staying only for as long as it takes to succeed in her mission and moving on to the next missing person. She is not a private investigator, she takes n ...more
Michael David
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss

“I’m growing on you, I can tell.”

“Forget Detective Lotham. Maybe I’m growing on the entire population of Mattapan.”

“What I lack in discipline I make up for in my personality.”

That is just SOME of the praise Frankie Elkin gives herself while talking to other characters in Lisa Gardner’s first standalone novel in 20 years...and her dialogue is a HOOT!

Frankie is an alcoholic who has been dry for years. What does she do in her free time? Investigate cold cases of missing peop
Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! That’s why Ms. Gardner is one of the most brilliantly talented authors who creates broken but willful, fighter characters with tragic pasts.

We’re introduced to brand new character Frankie Elkin: a recovering alcoholic, a loner, survivor of tragic past, having no proper place to call her home, no peopl
I’ve been reading Lisa Gardner’s books for years, enjoying both her series stand-alone and options equally. Sadly this latest release fell short for me. Maybe I’ve just come to expect more from this author.💁🏻‍♀️

Frankie Elkin has devoted her every waking moment to finding missing children. Her focus is on those who may not have a voice heard through media, with no resources necessary to keep an investigation moving forward.

Her latest challenge brings her to a Boston suburb where a young Haitian g
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frankie Elkin is an alcoholic who moves across the country searching for missing people, chiefly from minority groups. She’s a restless soul, driven to help those perhaps to save herself from her inner demons. She makes her way to Mattapan an overcrowded and run down area of Boston, where she helps the Haitian family of Angelique Badeau, an excellent student, who disappeared eleven months ago. What unfolds is an intriguing case that places Frankie in danger.

The book starts really well and the c
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
"I am my demons, and my demons are me."

3.5/4 stars

Frankie Elkin is a recovering alcoholic and amateur sleuth. She spends her time (and her life) moving from place to place searching for missing people. She works as a bartender to earn her keep while looking for those the police cannot find.

Angelique Badeau, a Haitian teenager has gone missing from Mattapan, a Boston neighborhood. She is a studious teen with ambitions of being a doctor. She disappears after school one day and the Boston PD, h
Susanne  Strong
Review also published on blog:https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend...

Frankie Elkins is a troubled middle aged woman, who is on the run from her life. She is a recovering alcoholic who finds missing persons. It’s just something she has been doing for the last ten years of her life.

In “Before She Disappeared” Frankie finds herself in Boston, searching for teenager Angelique Badeau who went missing from her High School eleven months prior.

Though she has no experience or training, somehow, Franki
Catherine Woodward
**Many thanks to NetGalley, Penguin-Dutton, and Lisa Gardner for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 1.19!**

This was my very first Lisa Gardner book, and my first question could I have waited so long?

Frankie Elkin knows the meaning of heartbreak: several years sober, her past has compelled her to pick up where the police leave off, an ordinary civilian armed with nothing but her razor-sharp instincts and a yearning for the truth. Specifically, she deals in missing persons cold cas
J.D. Barker
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
With the skilled hand of a seasoned pro, Lisa Gardner peels back the layers of her first stand-alone novel in twenty years through the eyes of snarky Frankie Elkin - a recovering alcoholic hellbent on finding missing persons while dodging the demons of her past. Suspenseful, gritty, intense. Before She Disappeared is Gardner at her best.
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This is Lisa Gardner's first standalone in 20 years, so I was anxiously awaiting this read!

It was everything I’ve come to expect from Lisa!! The plot is gripping and there are enough twists to keep you turning the page.
Frankie Elkin, a recovering alcoholic, searches for people that the cops have stopped looking for and families have given up on. It is her life's work and she is good at it! Frankie follows her own set of rules which keeps the story very exciting. You get to know Frankie and all
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, edelweiss-2020
4 missing person stars -- this one is now available!

I first have to say that I really like the way Lisa Gardner writes! It might be a bit of a slow burn for some, but I like the way she sets the scene. She tells the story and draws me in with fighting crime and flawed characters. This time the story centers around a civilian, Frankie Elkin, who has a personal mission to try to find missing people. These are usually cold cases -- the people that the police have given up on, but families still hav
Frank Phillips
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars rounded up. The start of this novel was fantastic and I was completely enthralled on account of Gardner's magnificent character development. Frankie Elkin is a deeply flawed, middle-aged recovering alcoholic who is only good at one thing: finding missing people. People that society seems to give up on and forget about disturbingly quickly. Frankie travels from town to town investigating these disappearances and has successfully brought home 14 people, the only catch is none of them hav ...more
Theresa Alan
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is yet another wonderful mystery/suspense novel from Lisa Gardner. This time a stand alone.

Frankie Elkin is a recovering alcoholic who travels from city to city as a civilian who helps solve unsolved disappearances. Although she’s white and middle-aged, many of the people she helps find are young women of color. She has traded her hard drinking for another addiction—living out of a backpack and only staying in one place long enough to find the missing.

This time Frankie heads to Boston whe
Kat (Books are Comfort Food!)
I love Lisa Gardiner books and I have read most, if not all, of them and enjoyed them immensely. This, unfortunately, was not one of those books and I’m definitely in the minority with my opinion and review.

This book was a challenge for me to get through and forcing myself to keep moving was the only way I progressed. Publishers do themselves and the writer a disservice when they classify a story as a “propulsive thriller” when it’s not. To me this was more a character-driven mystery about one c
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2021
Before She Disappeared is an outstanding thriller (and hopefully the start of a new series!) that introduces Frankie Elkin, who specializes in missing person cold cases. And even though it's only January, this is definitely going on my best of 2021 list.

Frankie is awesome--complex, smart but yet aware of her limitations, a woman who cares deeply but can't bring herself to allow anyone in. She's also very, very good at her job. And in Before She Disappeared, she's in Boston, trying to find a teen
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Frankie Elkin has had some knocks in life. She’s now a recovering alcoholic and like many of our unsung heroes or heroines I got to be saddened and joyed by this woman.

Where Police have failed and life goes on but the missing remain missing she is determined to find them.
With just little possessions that fit into one bag, she uses any money she can get to aide her plight.

Of course, the best time for seeking missing people or those that don’t want to be found is at night.

A white scruffy looking w
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review published in: https://diagnosisbookaholic.blogspot....

Frankie Elkin is a recovering alcoholic whose life mission is to search for those missing people everyone else has forgotten. Her new case brings her to Mattapan, a rough Boston neighborhood, in search of Angelique Badeau, a Haitian teen who disappeared a year earlier. Soon she encounters resistance from Boston PD and the missing girl environment but nothing will stop her in her search for the truth.

Frankie is a flawed and vulnerable y
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved The Writing, Loved the Story


Frankie Elkin solves cold cases, cases the police have given up on. She is a middle-aged white woman, a recovering alcoholic and never stays in one place longer than it takes to solve a case. She works for free and travels with only a few belonging. She has resolved 14 cases, although none of the victims she has found thus far have been alive. Will the next one be different?

Her next case takes her to Mattapan, a Boston neighborhood with a reputation for d
Judy D Collins
Celebrating 20 years —one of the "best" crime thriller writers out today, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, Lisa Gardner delivers a killer standalone, BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED with the introduction of a new unstoppable heroine, Frankie Elkin.

If you are a fan of Gardner's Boston Detective D.D. Warren, FBI Agent Kimberly Quincy, and vigilante Flora Dane, you are assured to root for Frankie Elkin —an expert in missing persons. Frankie reminds me a big of Flora, in fact.

Frankie is not a polic
We meet Frankie Elkin, a not-so-young anymore woman with an addiction and a secret. As the story gets going, we will learn more about these two bits of darkness. Both are a big part of her, and both play a role in her current life.
Frenkie finds people. She is not a private detective, she has no experience in law enforcement, and she works for free. But she can find people that only the family cares about: the young, the strays, the vulnerable, and the unimportant.
Now, Frenkie finds herself in Bo
Vanessa Menezes
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 schoo
Frankie Elkin, a recovering alcoholic, with a tragic past has one thing she’s good at: finding missing persons.

Her newest case brings her to Mattapan, Boston where the case of a missing teenager, Angelique Badeau, has grown cold after eleven months. Her raking up the past quickly gets the attention of the original investigating officer, Detective Lotham. At first, he’s very suspicious of Frankie’s motives in the case, does she want money or fame? But when her questions bring fresh leads out Lot
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Incase you're wondering how this fits into Gardner's DD Universe, or various connected series, surprise! It doesn't. BEFORE SHE DIED is a standalone from this prolific author and stands apart (at least for now?) and in a sense our protagonist, Frankie Elkin, feels like a combination of all Gardner's other leading ladies.

What Frankie does is investigate missing persons cases, specifically people of colour, whose disappearances have remained unsolved, long gone cold. This definitely gave me a bit
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the new standalone thriller by Lisa Gardner featuring a great character Frankie Elkin. Frankie is a recovering alcoholic who has seen more of her share of problems through her life. Now for reasons she cannot explain spends all her time and money searching for missing people the police have stopped looking for.

Her latest case is searching for Angelique Badeau, a Haitian teenager who vanished from her high school months earlier. Angelique is from a Boston area with a rough reputa
Andreia ❤The Butterfly Lover❤ Amo Borboletas
DNF 40%. NOT invested in the protagonists + Bitter and somehow boring storyline + Unlikable ex-alcoholic main protagonist + Violence = Abandoned.
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Lisa Gardner book! Loved it! I can not wait to read all her previous works!

I loved Frankie who is a somewhat normal person, a recovering alcoholic traveling from place to place finding missing persons when police and other local resources have pretty much given up.

In this book, Frankie is looking for a girl in a tough Haitian neighborhood in Boston. She takes a job bartending and lives on top of the bar to infiltrate herself in the city and get to know the town.

There were a lot of twi
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
My name is Frankie Elkin and finding missing people is what I do. When the police have given up, when the public no longer remembers, when the media has never bothered to care, I start looking.

I flew through this standalone from Lisa Gardner like I was an elite runner in the Boston Marathon. Frankie is a flawed, but fascinating protagonist. She has come to Boston to help find a missing teenager. This is her fifteenth missing persons case. Maybe this will be the first one she finds alive. Frankie
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been a while since we’ve had a new standalone book from Lisa Gardner (her Detective D.D. Warren Series is a favorite) and Before She Disappeared does not disappoint. Set in Mattapan, an area in Boston with a large Haitian population, we meet Frankie Elkin. Frankie is a recovering alcoholic who is running from her past. She has failed in relationships and having stability in her life. But what she has succeeded in is finding missing people. Seeking no money or media recognition, she choose ...more
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Lisa Gardner is a #1 New York Times bestselling crime novelist. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure and twisted minds into a streak of twenty-plus thrillers. Her latest, BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED, is available January 19, 2021.

Meet Frankie Elkin, an everyday, average person who specializes in finding missing people. When the locals have given up, when t

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