“Before She Disappeared” By Lisa Gardner Review

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. 

With this book being read I think that I found my favourite female author and my second favourite author right after Stephen King. And the reasons for this will come below. But before we get into the reasons just know that this book was my last read of 2021 and im just super slow with reviewing it because I wanted my hype to settle a little bit before I’ve got to writing this review because I didn’t want this review to be me yapping for 3 hours about how great this book was. And with that being side lets get into the review.

First of let me start with talking about the main character here which of course is the amazing Frankie Elkin. I love her so much because she felt like a such real and likeable human being. She didn’t feel like a fictional character, she all the time felt like a real human being like you and me. You could feel her struggle, you could feel her obsession with searching for missing people, you could feel what she was going through and you could feel her passion for bringing missing people back home. She was also super relatable which made her even more real to me, if she was a real human being I felt like I would have become good friends with her. The decisions which she made in this book also felt so real, they were or at least felt like very logical choices which not enough authors now on days gives us. 

The side characters in this book are as amazing as Frankie. They also feel like real human beings because they aren’t just bad or good just as in real life people aren’t just good or just bad. There were character who were bad but did good things at times and there were characters who were good who did bad things at times. All side characters were very good but my favourite side character was Frankie’s roommate and Detective Lotham. And I gotta say that Frankie and Detective Lotham were a very good due of deceives even thou Frankie is just a civilian with the passion. 

This book is the definition on how the characters in mystery book should be written as. Because Lisa Gardner made the characters super real and super relatable which makes you care for them and really wish them all the best. Every single character in this book was interesting. Of course some characters were more interesting than others but still everyone in this book were at somer level interesting. 

When it comes to the plot here, I gotta say that its fucking brilliant. Ive read 269 books in 2021 and this one is in the top 3 books of the year. Which really speaks for itself. And in December 2021 I’ve began to be very picky and very harsh for the books I’ve was reading and this one got through it and I’ve gave it 5 stars which really means something here doesn’t it? 

The plot was super interesting and it sucked me into it from the first page. And I just couldn’t stop myself from reading it and if I wasn’t reading it I couldn’t stop myself from thinking about it. And while reading this book I’ve could see everything I was reading I about. The plot was super enjoyable and it was for sure the best mystery book I’ve read for at least 2-3 years. 

The writing style here was fucking good, there is no other words to better describe it. It was so good that it felt like the author was in my head and just knew what word to put next so that I would complete love this book. And which I did. 

By the writing style Lisa Gardner became my second favourite author right after Stephen King. And if the rest of her books are so good as this one then I think that she might beat Stephen King and get first place as you favourite author. 

There were so many layers to this book, there were so many things which you didn’t notice until the very ending were everything got unfolded and revealed. 

The ending itself here was fucking good, and the twist at the end was even better. The ending was truly the ending which we deserved even thou it wasn’t the ending we have hoped for. There are couple of deaths at the end but come on it would be very boring if everyone survived.

I give this book 5 / 5

“Wild Geese” By Mary Oliver Review

This poem is about the expresses what one must do in order to lead a good life

And yet again we are talking about a poem which I truly enjoyed and also really liked. 

The writing style was amazing it really sucked me into it and this happens really rarely especially with poems. And the old English really also set the mood for the poem which I also loved.

The plot in this one was good and it sort of reminded me of Jordan Peterson which im a huge fan of. And because of that I giving this poem extra points for. 

I give this poem 5 / 5

“Invictus” By William Ernest Henley Review

This poem is about courage in the face of death, and holding on to one’s own dignity despite the indignities life places before us.

I gotta admit that this poem is one of very few poems which I really liked and really enjoyed.

This poem was interesting because of the plot which about having the courage when you are facing death. Yes, dead is a very generic plot for poems but this poem had a really unique and very interesting take on this generic plot for poems. 

The writing style was also very good because it felt like something I would think. Which I’m giving this poem a lots points for.

This poem have only four strophes, but these four strophes says much more than that. 

And while reading this poem I’ve for whatever reason read it in Morgan Freeman voice because this poem for whatever reason suited his voice.

I give this poem 5 / 5

“To a Skylark” By Percy Bysshe Shelley Review

This poem is an ode to the “blithe” essence of a singing skylark and how human beings are unable to ever reach that same bliss. The poem begins with the speaker spotting a skylark flying above him.

I gotta say that this poem is actually a poem which I truly love. Because it sort of compare birds with humans. 

The plot here was amazing because the beginning is about the bird flying above the author and then the plot goes onto comparing humans to birds.

The writing style here was amazing and super fun to read. I think that the writing style in this poem really added a lot to the poem. And made me like the poem as much as I did. 

And I gotta say that this poem is also kind of unique which I’m giving it points for. 

It has also this old time vibe to it which I’m really a big fan off. And it has some very gothic vibe to it which I also love a lot.

I give this poem 5 / 5

“An Enigma” By Edgar Allan Poe Review

To find her name, use the first letter of the first line, the second letter of the second line, the third letter of the third line, and so on.

This poem had the potential to get the full score but Edgar Allan Poe didn’t use that potential for whatever reason.

The plot itself was super interesting but it could have been much better if only Edgar Allan Poe had put some more work into this one. 

The writing style was amazing in this one. I shouted Edgar Allan Poe vibe which I truly loved in this one.

I give this poem 5 / 5

“Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life” By Max Ehrmann Review

This poem is a kind of long commentary on how one should consider their day to day life.

The writing style in this one was amazing, and it was super easy to read. 

The entire plot in this poem was amazing, and I had so fun time reading this poem. I don’t think that I’ve before enjoyed a poem as much as I enjoyed this one.

This poem is open minded which is good. But this poem is also inspiring, I’ve read it last year when I was in a month long reading slum, and this poem got me out of reading slum. 

This poem also has quite dispenses significant insight in it. Which i give it extra points for.

I give this poem 5 / 5

“Fire and Ice” By Robert Frost Review

It discusses the end of the world, likening the elemental force of fire with the emotion of desire, and ice with hate. It is one of Frost’s best-known and most anthologized poems.

Again im doing the same mistake of reading a poem even thou I now super well that im not a poem person and I don’t understand the hype with poems. However this one wasn’t half bad as many other poems I’ve read.

The writing style was pretty decent but nothing extraordinary.

The theme of this poem was beautifully and really fun to read about.

I give this poem 5 / 5 

“Memory” By H.P. Lovecraft Review

This story takes place in the ancient valley of Nis, in vegetation-covered stone ruins described by Lovecraft in great detail. These crumbling blocks of monolithic stone now serve only for grey toads and snakes to nest under. Interspersed in the ruins are large trees that are home to little apes.

And again we are talking about the goat himself, of course I mean H.P Lovecraft.

This short story was amazing. One of these things which makes this short story great is that it uses many of Lovecraft’s common images and ideas. Like the recalling of the deep past mixed with the unknown things.

The writing style here was amazing, and it really proves why H.P Lovecraft is one of the most important writes who every lived. And it also shows why he has so many fans today. 

The story is what you imagine a short story by H.P Lovecraft would be like. It got something to it which makes it scary and it gives you goosebumps. And the story in this one feels like a mix between Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock. 

The entire short story has an eerie vibe to it and the atmosphere in this one a scary vibe to it.

This short story has amazing delightfully and haunting depiction of memories which are of the fall of civilisation.

I give this short story 5 / 5

“Nothing Gold Can Stay” By Robert Frost Review

This poem explores the idea that nothing good or precious can last forever by using nature and The Garden of Eden as metaphors for cycles of life and death and the loss of innocence.

This poem is a 8 line poem written by no other than Robert Frost the master of poems. There is only one guy who writes better poems than Edgar Allan Poe and it is Robert Frost.

The entire uses throughout the entire poem the imagery of sunrise’s impact on Nature. Just as a metaphor for life and the loss of beauty and innocence as time goes by. And I truly loved that. 

The writing style is hard to review in poems because they are short and poems have a specific tactic they are written in. But if we compare the writing style with in this poem with other poems than we will see that the writing style here was amazing and extremely good.

This poem sort of connects the dots between the concept of Experience in every aspect of its being. And the fact that this poem explains the mysterious and even fantastic transformation which happened within the hour that sunrises come and go really makes this poem very unique and good.

And the mood which this poem has really makes you think about these simple moments like seeing sunrise or sunset and how fast they actually pass. 

This poem has also a very good underlying message in it which you realise after you have read the poem and thought about it for a while. 

This poem gets 5 / 5

“Sonnet — To Science” By Edgar Allan Poe Review

Science is peering, destructive and interested only in cold realities. It will not allow the poet to soar in fantasy or even to sit peacefully dreaming beneath a tree. 

This poem is sort of a  beautiful poem to science, which I personally loved. I need to say that it is one of the best poems written by Edgar Allan Poe I have read so far. 

The writing style here is mixed with the beauty and the gothic and dark. Which is why Edgar Allan Poe is known from and so loved for. 

The poem is definitely one of the most classic poems out there which you can find. 

This poem is for sure one of the must read poems by Edgar Allan Poe and from the 1800 era. 

This poem is also an easy and quick read which makes this poem to read. 

This poem will for sure stick with some of you as it did in my situation. 

This poem is for sure one of the most interesting poems written so far at least.

I give this poem 5 / 5