This is actually my first Lisa Gardner book and it certainly will not be my last. Frankie Elkin is a recovering alcoholic who has stumbled into a new addiction. Finding missing people, no matter what the cost. Based upon real people who search for the missing for nothing other than to give families answers, Gardner has created a compelling story.
Frankie’s newest investigation leads her into the heart of Boston, specifically into the lives of Haitian immigrants. In a place where she stands out completely, Frankie sets out to find missing Angelique Badeau. What starts as a single missing person’s case turns into two and Frankie may just uncover one of the biggest secrets the Mattapan neighborhood has been hiding.
Though Frankie has flaws, she is a very likable narrator. Her history with addiction is a focal point within the story is a fairly accurate depicts of the daily struggles a recovering addict goes through. The pull to relapse is massive and I really enjoyed getting inside of Frankie’s head, with her introspective views.
I also felt I learned a bit with this story. I had no idea that Boston had taken in quite so many Haitian refugees after the Earthquake. I found it very interesting to learn about the 10 year visas many held, and it actually made me do a bit a research into the current issues with this 10 year anniversary coming up.
This is a perfect read for mystery fans but besides the mystery, Gardner’s depictions of an addict’s struggle while educating readers a bit about the Haitian population that came to the states post the 2010 earthquake. The inspiration behind this story is also incredibly intriguing. I can only hope Gardener will turn this into a series because I would love to read more about Frankie! All the stars!
Before She Disappeared is out now. Huge thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Minotaur Books for my advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion. If you liked this review please let me know either by commenting below or by visiting my instagram @speakingof_books.
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