Don’t read BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED by Lisa Gardner before bedtime. I’m serious here. Each time I started reading before bedtime, I tell myself, read for only an hour. Two hours pass, and I’m still reading. I have to force myself to close the book and get some sleep. A futile endeavor. As I’m attempting to fall asleep, Lisa’s voice is in my head, asking questions. Why? Who? What happened? I can’t sleep until I get some of the answers, so I haul myself out of bed. Just one more chapter to quell the Lisa voice/questions in my head. Yeah right!
BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED is sheds light on missing people who the police and media give up searching for various reasons. Frankie Elkin is an everyday person who searches for those people. What a character she is: a recovering alcoholic and loner tormented by her past. This line from the book sums her up “I am my demons, and my demons are me.” What drew me to Frankie, besides her determination, grit, was her wry, sarcastic sense of humor. It made a story that could be so dark have those moments of light from some of the things Frankie said. Add in a great supporting cast, learning stuff about drivers licenses (shout of thanks to Lisa for reminding me I need to get my REAL ID before I fly), and a mystery that isn’t all that seems, and well, you can see why I couldn’t sleep until I finished this book.
Lisa Gardner has knocked another book out of the ballpark!