Before She Disappeared

Before She Disappeared


Your Next Obsession ... 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.


'I just read Before She Disappeared in a day and a half. It was that gripping.' SHARI LAPENA
'Sharply-written, tension-filled yarn full of twists readers are unlikely to see coming.' DAILY MAIL
'This time [Lisa] truly hits it out of the park. ' TESS GERRITSEN
'A crackling mystery, gritty atmosphere and an unforgettable heroine.' RILEY SAGER

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 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!'
***** 'I have always loved Lisa Gardner's books and her new Frankie Elkin series is just as intriguing and exciting as all the others I have read.'
***** 'This is yet another wonderful mystery/suspense novel from Lisa Gardner.'
***** 'An outstanding thriller.'

'Original, chilling and so gripping I had to remind myself to take a breath' Clare Mackintosh
'A first-class crime novel by a master of the thriller genre' David Baldacci
'A rocket-fuel-propelled thriller that will leave you breathless' Gregg Hurwitz
'Tense and immersive' Booklist
'There's only one thing to ask for by the time the book ends: please, please, a sequel and a series!' New York Journal of Books
'A sharply written, tension-filled yarn full of twists readers are unlikely to see coming' Associated Press


  • In this rare standalone, the prolific Gardner has come up with one of the most original characters in recent crime fiction, a woman readers can care about even while not being entirely sure of what to make of her
    Washington Post

About the author

Lisa Gardner

Lisa Gardner started her writing career aged seventeen. Having caught her hair on fire while working in food service, crafting a novel seemed a safer bet. A mere ten years later she became an overnight success with the publication of her first thriller, The Perfect Husband.

Now an internationally bestselling author and winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for best suspense novel, Lisa lives in the mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

When not glued to her computer, she can be found hiking the mountains with her dogs and/or researching new and interesting ways to get away with murder.
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