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Before She Disappeared – Lisa Gardner | A Book Review

Before She Disappeared - Lisa Gardner

Title: Before She Disappeared

Author: Lisa Gardner

Genre: Mystery Thriller

About the book: It’s the first in the Frankie Elkin series that follows a recovering alcoholic as she tries to find missing persons. She searches for Angelique Badeau, a Haitian teenager, who disappeared months ago from a Boston neighbourhood. When Frankie starts asking questions, she realizes someone doesn’t want them answered.

First impressions: I’ve read another book by Gardener and enjoyed it, so I was excited to read this one. The premise sounded right up my alley. I liked how the story started.

Characters: I think Gardner does a great job weaving Frankie’s backstory with her current life where she’s trying to find Angelique. I found myself invested in both narratives, and everything made sense in the end. There are several different characters but not too many that it’s hard to keep track of everyone. I also appreciated the representation because it made the events feel more real and relatable.

Quote:

“Resolve to do better, because that’s the best any of us can do.”

Writing: It’s a little over 400 pages and told in first person point of view. In my opinion, the pacing is good as it’s not too fast or too slow. I couldn’t predict most of the twists and turns, so the plot kept me guessing.

Final thoughts: I’m happy with the ending, and I’m curious to check out the next book in the series. If you’re looking for a thrilling read about an everyday person who searches for people who go missing, I recommend Before She Disappeared.


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The Neighbor – Lisa Gardner | A Book Review

The Neighbor - Lisa Gardner

Title: The Neighbor

Author: Lisa Gardner

Genre: Mystery Thriller

About the book: It’s the third book in the Detective D.D. Warren series. A young mother named Sandra Jones disappears one night, leaving behind her four year old daughter as the only witness and a secretive husband who becomes the primary suspect. When Sergeant D.D. Warren investigates the case, she learns that this family isn’t perfect and has its share of secrets.

First impressions: I love a good thriller, so I was excited to see where the author would take this story. Although I haven’t read any of the previous books in the series, I could follow along without a problem. I enjoyed getting to know more about the family at the start.

Characters: There aren’t too many or too few characters, so I found it easy enough to keep track of everyone. Some of them grew on me quite a bit. I appreciate the complexity of the main characters and their difficult pasts.

Quote:

“You can have everything you ever wanted, only to realize that you wanted all the wrong things.”

Writing: The chapters are short, alternating points of view. It’s over 450 pages, and I didn’t find the pacing to be too slow. The author explores some deep issues and mature themes like abuse.

Final thoughts: I had no idea how Gardner would wrap up all the loose ends, but the ending provides enough closure. I liked the various twists and turns, as I couldn’t predict some of them. If you’re a fan of thrillers about family relationships, check out The Neighbor.


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