Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner

I’m thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour today for the latest Lisa Gardner release, Before She Disappeared, with thanks to Rachel Kennedy for my invite and review copy of the book.

A gripping 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 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 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 will be her …

I’m such a fan of Lisa Gardner that I always preorder her books as soon as they are available, even if they are still without a blurb! She’s a must read for me and so I was really looking forward to Before She Disappeared-and I wasn’t disappointed!

Before She Disappeared introduces us to Frankie Elkin, a woman with a traumatic past who searches for missing people when everyone else has given up. Her latest “case” is searching for a young Haitian girl who disappeared into thin air one day after school but moving into the rough neighbourhood where Angelique lived means that she is fighting against pretty much everyone to get any information about the girls life…

I love a flawed character so Frankie was a total gift for me! What has happened to her in the past has severely damaged her and she is fighting her demons every single day but her determination to find the missing people she seeks and bring closure to their families gives her what she needs to get up in the morning. Well, if she could without injury! A new flat mate means that the dangers she faces are much closer to home than expected! The characters Frankie meets on her journey are memorable-some likeable, others not, but all have a story to tell.

This is a powerful thriller with some topical subjects at the forefront of the plot delivering a believable and relatable storyline. Lisa Gardner has once again kept me on the edge of my seat with her vividly described and atmospheric setting and a protagonist that I took my heart. A brilliantly conceived idea for a novel that was carried out to perfection!

New York Times #1 bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure, criminal minds and twisted plots into a streak of bestselling suspense novels. Her 2010 novel, THE NEIGHBOR, won Best Thriller from the International Thriller Writers. Most recently, she was honored with the Silver Bullet Award for her work with at-risk children and homeless animals. Lisa loves to hike, travel the world, and yes, read, read, read! 

Readers are invited to enter the annual “Kill a Friend, Maim a Mate” Sweepstakes, where they can nominate the person of their choice to die in Lisa’s latest novel. Readers have nominated themselves, spouses, bosses. It’s cheaper than therapy and twice as much fun! For more details, visit Lisa’s website,

Her latest, BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED, is available January 19, 2021. Meet Frankie Elkin, an everyday average person who specializes in finding missing minority children. When the locals have given up, when the media has never bothered to care, Frankie takes on the challenge. Her latest mission has brought her to Mattapan, Boston to find a missing Haitian teen. Eleven months later, Angelique Badeau’s disappearance remains a mystery. What happened to the quiet, studious teen? Frankie learns quickly the dangers of asking too many questions, but that won’t stop her from discovering the truth behind what happened BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.