Hello friends. This post is a collection of quotes from the book - Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner. Before She Disappeared is a propulsive thriller featuring an ordinary woman who will stop at nothing to find the missing people that the rest of the world has forgotten.
I hope, through sheer guts, determination, and blind luck, I will find a girl the rest of the world seems to have forgotten already. I’m not a police officer. I’m not a private investigator. I have no special skills or training. I’m only me. An average, middle-aged white woman with more regrets than belongings, more sad stories than happy ones.
My name is Frankie Elkin and finding missing people - particularly minorities - is what I do. When the police have given up, when the public no longer remembers, when the media has never bothered to care, I start looking. For no money, no recognition, and most of the time, no help.
It’s always dangerous to make assumptions, and yet nearly impossible not to.
People all over really are the same. They want to fall in love. They’re glad to survive each day. They pray their children will have a better life than they did. These truths bind us. At least I like to think so.
A little bit of crazy never hurt.
I consider myself old-school. I talk to people, versus reading tweets. I ask questions, versus consulting forensic reports.
Memories sear. I have so many of them now. They’re not precious moments, but burning-hot coals I keep picking up and turning over in my mind. They hurt. I study them harder. They burn deeper. I come back for more.
So many think we must share the same beliefs to get along. In my experience, sharing the same fear is a far more effective strategy.
There’s power in humility. It’s one of the toughest lessons I’ve had to learn.
Funny, how any addict can spot a dealer. We are crazy-good judges of character. Just don’t ask us about ourselves.
Most people don’t realize what a financial luxury privacy is. An individual bedroom, time alone, designated workspace - these things cost money.
I’m simple when you want me to be complicated. And I’m complicated when you want me to be simple.
I love sex. The harder the better. A moment where I don’t have to think, where I can escape my own mind?
Opportunity isn’t given, it must be made.
I’m well aware of my strengths, and I’m well aware of my weaknesses. And I’ve designed a lifestyle that fits both accordingly.