On a warm summer night, Boston artist and gallery owner Frankie Elkin disappears without a trace. The only clues left behind are the paintings she was working on in her studio—paintings that seem to hint at something darker hidden beneath the surface. Homicide detective Jackie Robinson is called in to investigate and soon realizes that this isn’t just a simple missing person’s case. As he digs deeper, piecing together the weeks leading up to Frankie’s disappearance, he uncovers numerous troubling details about Frankie’s life. She had been receiving strange phone calls, her bank account had been drained, and there were fears that she may have been suicidal. But despite all these warning signs, no one could have guessed what would happen next… Now it seems as if history is repeating itself; another young woman has gone missing after exhibiting similar behavior right before vanishing into thin air. Except this time Jackie knows there won’t be any easy answers waiting for him—because the latest victim happens to be his own daughter… I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book.
For who is this book for ?
If you are a fan of suspenseful mysteries with lots of plot twists, then Before She Disappeared is the book for you. Boston gallery owner Frankie Elkin mysteriously disappears one summer night, leaving behind only her unfinished paintings as clues. As Homicide detective Jackie Robinson investigates her case, he soon realizes that this isn’t just a simple missing person’s case – there may be something darker hidden beneath the surface. With echoes of his own personal tragedy haunting him, Robinson races to find out what happened to Frankie before it’s too late… This novel was fast-paced and thrilling from beginning to end. The author did an excellent job creating complex and intriguing characters who kept me guessing until the very end. I would highly recommend this book to fans of Lisa Gardner or thrillers in general!
- The suspenseful plot will keep you turning the pages
- The characters are well drawn and realistic
- The author does a great job of building tension and keeping readers in suspense
- The book was difficult to follow because it jumped around in time.
- The author included a lot of details that weren’t relevant to the story.
- The ending was unsatisfying and left many questions unanswered.
Learn more about the author
Lisa Gardner is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two novels, including fourteen featuring Detective D.D. Warren. Her FBI profiler series has been optioned for television by Warner Bros. and her novel The Neighbor was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel from the Mystery Writers of America. Lisa lives with her family in Massachusetts.
“Gardner’s latest is a gripping, finely tuned thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. The complex plot and well-drawn characters make for a tense, unpredictable read.”
“Before She Disappeared is an intense, page-turning thriller that had me guessing until the very end. Lisa Gardner does a fantastic job of creating complex and compelling characters—I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series!”
“This novel is spellbinding, creating a page-turning mystery. It kept me guessing until the very end.”
“This is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. The characters are well done and the plot flows smoothly.”