Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which we  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56D and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists! What a great way to spend a Friday!

Today’s feature is a new book from Lisa Gardner:  Before She Disappeared.


Book Beginning:  The water feels like a cold caress against my face.  I kick deeper down into the gloom, my long hair trailing behind me like a dark eel.  I’m wearing clothes.  Jeans, tennis shoes, a T-shirt topped with an open windbreaker that wings out and slows my descent.  My clothing grows heavier and heavier till I can barely flutter my legs, work my arms.


Friday 56:  I plop down in the seat beside her, handing over my now wrinkled printout.  She eyes it carefully, then hands it back.


Synopsis:  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.


I am excited about each and every book by this author, and can’t wait to dive into this one.  What do you think?



  1. I haven’t read anything by Lisa Gardner, but I have heard a number of good things about her books. Before She Disappeared looks like a good one. Enjoy your current read!

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  2. I haven’t read anything by Lisa Gardner yet, but one of my closest friends says that I really need to. So I will start looking at her work and start reading! This does seem good….

    Happy weekend!

    Elza Reads

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  3. I haven’t read any of her books but I see them a lot. I’m always worried about trying a new mystery author because I fear they will be too scary — I don’t like grisly murders, serial killers, or icky sex crimes. Which I why I end up reading vintage mysteries!

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  4. As I started reading the opening it seemed innocent enough, but as I kept reading I began to worry! I hope you enjoy this one, Laurel-Rain! Have a great weekend.

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