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Before She Disappeared – Lisa Gardener [Book Review – NetGalley]

Before She Disappeared

Title: Before She Disappeared

Author: Lisa Gardener

Audience: Adult Thriller/Mystery

Release date: January 19, 2021

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Synopsis: 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 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 her 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 could be her. 

My Review:

4 Stars

This is the first time I read this author, and I could not resist when I saw all of the wishes were being granted. I had no idea what to expect. I did enjoy this story, but it took me a bit longer to get through because it was slow at times.

Frankie is a recovered alcoholic who tries to help find missing people. She has traveled around to help families, and now she is Boston to help another family. A teen named Angelique has gone missing, and no one knows what happened. Her family says she was a good girl and would not vanish or run away. Frankie wants to find out what happened to her.

During the course of the investigation, she finds out this case may be more complex than she thought and she is trying to discern the best way to handle it. She is talking to the family and looking around the community to find answers, but it may not be as simple as she had thought. The more she looks into what happens, she thinks maybe why Angelique is gone may not just be a simple kidnapping.

This is a multifaceted book I was ver invested in. There were some slow parts, but it made up for it when all of the shocks came out. I had no idea how deep the story would go and how connected everything was.

I found this to be a very well done thriller, and it would be great for those who are interested in thrillers with a complex story and less than perfect characters.

A huge thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own,

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