Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Before She Disappeared
Before She Disappeared: A Novel | Lisa Gardner
28 posts | 24 read | 15 to read
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 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.
LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
blurb
BoleyBooks
post image
43 likes2 stack adds
review
swishandflick
post image
Pickpick

Ooh, this was excellent! Frankie Elkin is a recovering alcoholic who never stays in one place long and devotes her time to finding missing people. She's not law enforcement and has no formal training, but has a knack for asking the right questions even when local cops are less than enthusiastic at the prospect of her "amateur" help. I was hooked from the beginning, off balance the whole time, and never guessed the ending. 4.5⭐️

74 likes3 stack adds
review
ScientistSam
post image
Pickpick

I did not guess whodunnit and certainly got drawn into the story.

A sober alcoholic tries to bring meaning to her life by working to find the missing. In this case, she is searching for a teenage girl who seemed to vanish from a Boston neighborhood almost a year ago. Why? And how did she seemingly vanish into thin air, not to be seen on any security camera near her school?

49 likes1 stack add
review
tracey38
post image
Pickpick

Just finished this suspense book. Definitely a good one. I always enjoy this author. This story focuses on a recovering alcoholic who travels the country to find missing persons when the police have all but stopped looking or moved on. This book brings her to a very rough part of Boston to find a teen who has been missing for 11 months. It's gritty and raw and hard to put down.

review
BookishBelle
post image
Pickpick

I had a lot of time to read today which doesn‘t happen often. So I finished this #LMPBC pick. It was so good! I didn‘t love the MC but I don‘t think you‘re supposed to. She‘s a recovering alcoholic who moves around and searches for missing persons. She definitely has an addict-type personality. It was very well done and I didn‘t figure it out before they told us what was up. Kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat until the end!

25 likes1 comment
blurb
BookishBelle
post image

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

“The water feels like a cold caress against my face.”

review
MyNamesParadise
post image
Pickpick

This is the 1st book I‘ve read of Gardner‘s. If this is the start of a new series by her, I will read the future books. It made for a good listen, to follow Frankie as she searched for Angelique. The suspense was good. The prose was a bit repetitive at times but it was still well paced. I didn‘t know people living nomadically searching for missing people was a thing. I wonder where the next one will take Frankie.

blurb
BookishBelle
post image

I‘m lounging this early (for me on a) Sunday morning before getting ready for church. Have only read a few pages of this #LMPBC (round 11) book but it‘s really good so far! @Pogue @LiteraryinLititz @Annie1215

blurb
Pogue
post image

Today is that good kind of day. #LMPBC

Moonprismpower Hey it‘s your birthday today! Happy Birthday! 6mo
Pogue @Moonprismpower thank you! 6mo
bookworm92 I loved this book. I just finished it about a week ago. It was different from her D.D. Warren series but still good! 6mo
22 likes3 comments
blurb
Read4life
post image

#BookSpinBingo update: 2 Bingos in April & I finished my #DoubleSpin book (tagged book). Migraines were really bad last month. So much so that I didn‘t even want to listen to audiobooks on several days. Here‘s hoping May brings better reading days. 💙

DivineDiana Wishing you a healthy May! 🙏🏻 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Hopefully you are feeling better this month!! 7mo
bookworm92 I bought the book by Lisa Gardner a while back. It's gonna be my next book. 7mo
33 likes1 stack add3 comments
review
LiteraryinLawrence
post image
Pickpick

With Fitz keeping me company in case I got scared, I finished up this round‘s #LMPBC mystery last night! It was good, and I hope the rest of my group likes it too. I enjoyed reading your comments, @Annie1215 ! I felt a little distracted during parts of it, which I‘m chalking up to my ever-present job search. But overall Gardner did a solid job and some of the plot points were really clever! I liked Emmanuel and Lotham best.

Off to @Pogue now!

Brooke_H My cat is named Fitz also! 😸 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😽📚❤️ 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Brooke_H mine is Felix! Lots of cats with awesome names that start with F 😽 8mo
98 likes3 comments
review
DarkMina
post image
Pickpick

58 of 2021. Day 3 and book 3 for #awesomeapril. Frankie is a woman with a messy past looking for redemption by looking for missing people. She travels to Boston to investigate the disappearance of a high school girl. There are plenty of twists and suspense to keep you engaged in the story. Great read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#readathon

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 8mo
15 likes1 comment
blurb
DarkMina
post image

#thoughtfulthursday

Thanks for the tag @mandarchy @TheNeverendingTBR !

1. Lestat. Can‘t stand that brat Claudia! Lol
2. Tough one. I will pick something from the last couple of years. The Lunar Chronicles

Wanna play? @Crazeedi @Elizabeth2 @EadieB

Crazeedi Thanks Joey!☀️ 8mo
DarkMina You‘re welcome Diane! 8mo
MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🌸☺️📖 8mo
10 likes3 comments
review
Booknerd2
post image
Pickpick

Another amazing book by Gardner, this ones a stand alone with a strong female protagonist and layers of intrigue and plot twists! 💜💜💜

review
WonderlandMind
Pickpick

I finished this book in about two days. I was very interested in the plot line and I actually loved the character dynamics. The only let down for me was the ending. It felt predictable and lackluster. Overall, a very good mystery book.

review
Annie1215
post image
Pickpick

After a challenging month of no reading time, it feels great to post a review! 😆

This round for #lmpbc I am in a group reading mystery, which is new for me.

I thought this one was very engaging and a great intro to mystery for me. I often found myself so engrossed I forgot to take notes.

It feels good to get a book off my #bookspinbingo board

blurb
Annie1215
post image

In honor of World Book Day, here‘s a peek at what I‘m starting next! #lmpbc

review
suzie.reads
post image
Pickpick

Another brilliant book by Lisa Gardner, seriously haven't read a bad book by her. I loved Frankie such a good main character.

review
jenniferajanes
post image
Pickpick

This was a satisfying read. It was a different type of thriller for me. It had plenty of action, but there were a lot of scenes where the reader received information about the narrator through her conversations with others and her own musings. Her addiction and recovery were treated respectfully, and I appreciate the fact that all the characters were “real” people, with good and bad character traits. #Libby #Kindle

LiteraryinLawrence I‘ll be reading this with my #lmpbc this round and I‘m really looking forward to it! 10mo
jenniferajanes @LiteraryinLititz Oh, I hope you enjoy it! I would love to know your thoughts when you finish it. 10mo
37 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
Annie1215
post image

Ready for #lmpbc Group O!

We‘re taking on some mysteries. It‘s new ground for me so I‘m excited to get started 😃

BookishBelle Yay! Can‘t wait! 🎉 10mo
LiteraryinLawrence I‘m super excited! Thanks for making this graphic! 10mo
70 likes2 comments
review
manirudh2000
post image
Pickpick

This is a MUST READ! Frankie Elkin roams around the US, looking for missing persons who everyone has given up on. The cops have moved on, the media never bothered and even their families have given up hope!
Frankie asks questions nobody's asked before. She's now looking for Angelique Badeau, missing from Mattapan, Boston, since 11 months. Can she find her?
Please read my review here https://rb.gy/mmh3xb Like, Comment, Share
#lisagardner #novels

47 likes4 stack adds
review
BlueStockingReviews
post image
Pickpick
33 likes1 stack add
review
TrishB
post image
Pickpick

I was surprised to find this was a stand alone as it felt like the first book in a series, where you start getting all the clues of a past life etc.
I enjoyed it and it had a good plot. Just wasn‘t vintage Gardner. Author even mentioned how difficult it was to write during the pandemic, I guess pandemic brain gets to us all.

blurb
TrishB
post image

#weeklyforecast
Reading Before She Disappeared now. The other 2 are looking interesting for the rest of the week.

Cinfhen I‘m not a fan of Samantha Irby but that‘s just me...the other book looks really interesting ♥️ 10mo
TrishB @Cinfhen I have to admit I don‘t really know who she is except she pops up on Litsy and this was 99p 🤷‍♀️ 10mo
AlaMich Irby is not everyone‘s cup of tea, but she‘s definitely worth a try because IMO she is hilarious. 10mo
See All 7 Comments
Cinfhen Lots of Littens really like her humor @AlaMich - definitely worth the 99p Trish 😘 10mo
squirrelbrain I‘ve seen Irby a lot on here, but never tried her. I did see the Kindle deal and resisted (for once!) but I‘d be interested to hear your thoughts. 10mo
MicheleinPhilly I love Irby and I loved loved LOVED that book. I laughed so hard, I cried. 10mo
TrishB @Cinfhen @AlaMich @squirrelbrain @MicheleinPhilly that‘s made it even more interesting! I could definitely do with one of those laughs Michele! 10mo
93 likes7 comments
blurb
TrishB
post image

#currentread
Hopefully will get some time between work stuff to get some of this read.

JennyM So do I, Trish. You must be exhausted. Hoping you definitely get some time to yourself today. Hugs xxxx (edited) 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm 🤞😙 10mo
TrishB @JennyM @erzascarletbookgasm emails from senior management stop at 7ish Friday night and start again at 8.30 Sunday morning. I can‘t turn my phone off as I‘m on call so can just see them pinging in!! I‘m going for a read in the bath 😁 10mo
85 likes3 comments
blurb
Bookbinger
post image

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED BY LISA GARDNER!!!

review
Godpants
post image
Mehso-so

Thank you Net Galley and Dutton Publishing for this ARC. Maybe my expectations were too high, but this didn‘t feel up to the quality I normally expect from Gardner. It‘s definitely a page turner but Frankie doesn‘t feel like a fully flushed out character and there are some weird plot decisions. The first chapter is also so bad that I almost quit before the story even really started.

12 likes1 stack add
blurb
Godpants
post image

I‘m so lucky to have gotten approved for an advanced copy of this, the first stand alone Gardner thriller in 20 years. I‘m so pumped to start.