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*BLOG TOUR* Before She Disappeared Lisa Gardner ★★★★★

Blurb; Frankie Elkin is an average middle-aged woman, a recovering alcoholic with more regrets than belongings. But she 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 her 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 could be her.

My Review; My second five star read of the year. What a beauty. I devoured it in two days. I could not put it down! I just needed answers. The beginning drags you in straight away thinking what is going on here… Gripping. Thrilling. Tense. Fast paced. Deadly. Dark. This is going to be a bestseller for sure.

The story is about Frankie a white woman among a 99% black community. So she stands out. Is a target. Isn’t wanted. She’s there to find a missing girl. What starts out a simple girl missing case soon turns into something much bigger. Huge. Where her life is at risk so the whole thing is kept hidden. It’s a book you won’t want to put down. She is a one woman team who knows the right questions to ask and the right people to trust. She’s also an alcoholic.

Frankie is one strong, independent and determined lady and she does not give up. Got to praise her for that. Can she find the girl before it’s too late? A very clever story one that I didn’t know much about to be honest. Very clever. Highly recommend. A huge five stars from me. Brilliant read!

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*BLOG TOUR* When You See Me – Lisa Gardner ★★★★

Blurb; FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy and Sergeant Detective DD Warren have built a task force to follow the digital bread crumbs left behind by deceased serial kidnapper Jacob Ness. And when a disturbing piece of evidence comes to light, they decide to bring in Flora Dane who has personal experience of being imprisoned by Ness.

Their investigations take them to a small town deep in the hills of Georgia where something seems to be deeply wrong.

What at first seems like a Gothic eeriness soon hardens into something much more sinister as they discover that for all the evil Jacob committed while alive, his worst secret is still to be revealed.

Quincy and DD must summon their considerable skills and experience to crack the most disturbing case of their careers – and Flora must face her own past directly in the hope of saving others.

My Review; This was technically my first read of 2020 and what a way to start the year. Very impressed. Brilliant. I don’t think I’ve read anything by this author before. So a great find of a new author too. Anyway…

When You See Me is non stop, never a dull moment. There is always something going on. Action packed! It is chilling, tense, creepy, thrilling, edge of your seat, page turner of a reader. I was flicking through the pages for fun. It all heats up towards the end which is shocking, jaw dropping and I just couldn’t believe the outcome of the whole case. How a case from fifteen years ago turns into an active present case too where things turn dark and deadly.

This is one great team working together all with their individual specialities and talents. There was two characters that stood out to me. Flora – The victim. She turned out to be a massive help to the case. Then… Bonita – A girl. Another victim. Voiceless. Cannot speak or communicate well. But she has eyes and ears that see and hear all. Can she find a way to communicate to help solve the case?

The story is told through each of the characters and my favourite parts had to be towards the end and all Bonitas chapters however, she didn’t have a name until towards end. Her chapters were heartbreaking but turns out underneath she is a strong, determined and angry little girl. Loved her.

A brilliant story. Absolutely loved it. Highly recommend. One I won’t be able to forget for a long time. A well deserved four stars from me.

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