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One Step Too Far

Series: Frankie Elkin #2

ISBN: 978-0593185414

Publisher: Dutton

Publication Date: 01/18/2022

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: 5 Stars +++ (ARC)

Worthy of 10 STARS!

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner, a thrilling new novel that sends Frankie Elkin into the woods in search of a lost man—and the shocking truth about why he went missing in the first place.

Frankie Elkin, who readers first met in Before She Disappeared, learns of a young man who has gone missing in a national forest. Law enforcement has abandoned the search, but a crew of people led by the young man’s father are still looking.

Sensing a father’s desperation, Frankie agrees to help—but soon sees that a missing person isn’t all that’s wrong here. And when more people start to vanish, Frankie realizes she’s up against something very dark—and she’s running out of time.


Hilary Swank To Star In & EP ‘Before She Disappeared’ Series Adaptation From eOne

EXCLUSIVE: Entertainment One has acquired the rights to bestselling author Lisa Gardner’s novel Before She Disappeared with Oscar winner Hillary Swank set to star and executive produce via her Film Bandits banner.

Gardner’s novel, published by Penguin Random house in January, follows Frankie Elkin, a recovering alcoholic who travels light and is obsessed with locating missing people whose cases have been dismissed, overlooked, or marginalized.

Swank and Phillip Schneider will executive produce for Film Bandits along with Guymon Casady and Justin Grey Stone of Entertainment 360, Rene Rigal and Nuno Bettencourt of Atlantis Entertainment and David Thwaites of Ember20.

Gardner is the author of more than 20 suspense novels, published in more than 30 countries. She began her career writing romantic suspense under the pseudonym Alicia Scott, before the publication of her breakout domestic thriller, The Perfect Husband, in 1997. TV and movie credits include CBS’ At the Midnight House and The Survivors Club, TNT’s Hide and Instinct to Kill. The second book in Gardner’s Frankie Elkin series One Step Too Far will publish January 18, 2022 from Dutton. READ MORE


“It’s not often that a thriller so deeply casts us into the darkness of both nature and the human heart…Terrifying, primal, and very, very tense. Read it with your heart in your throat—but read it.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Gardner’s latest series continues to excel; instinctual, tragedy-driven Frankie is one of crime fiction’s most intriguing new sleuths.”

—Booklist (starred review)

“The appeal of Lisa Gardner’s second Frankie Elkin mystery lies mainly with the meticulously researched science and lore on surviving in the wilderness — and with the endearingly strange Frankie herself.”

—The Washington Post

"Gardner's gripping sequel to 2021's Before She Disappeared...winds toward a surprising conclusion."

—Publishers Weekly

"An authentic Wyoming setting, a tantalizing mystery, and a Labrador named Daisy. What’s not to like?"

—C.J. Box, #1 NYT best-selling author of Dark Sky

"Master storyteller and avid hiker Lisa Gardner has written the book she was meant to write, an immersive, propulsive, utterly chilling, and yet deeply moving wilderness thriller in which her intimate knowledge of and love for the rugged Wyoming backcountry shines through on every terrifying page. Without a doubt, the best book I’ve read all year.”

—Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King’s Daughter

"Visceral, unpredictable, and terrifying. You’ll never hike into the woods again without thinking of Lisa Gardner’s One Step too Far."

—Robert Dugoni. #1 Amazon Best Selling Author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series

"Propulsive, adrenaline-fueled, terrifyingly real."

—Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of Hostage

"And Then There Were None meets Deliverance. Gardner’s latest will have you flipping pages at breakneck speed, guessing, and gasping."

—Linwood Barclay, author of Find You First

My Review

“A KNOCKOUT!” Frankie Elkin steals the show for the best female heroine and series for 2022! One of my favorite authors, Lisa Gardner returns following BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED where we met Frankie Elkin #1. We fell in love with the tough but compassionate sleuth in an urban setting, and now she returns in ONE STEP TOO FAR (Frankie Elkin #2) —to the remote mountain wilderness of Wyoming.

Fact Sheet

Name: Frankie Elkin Loner. Introvert. Addict. Alcoholic. Sober 10 yrs. Driven. Street smart. Compassionate. Tough. Intuitive. Haunted past. Leads a nomadic high-risk lifestyle. Occupation: Find missing people. Solves cold cases. (dead or alive) Everything she owns fits in one suitcase. Owns an old flip phone. No iPhone, computer, tablet. No car, office, home, or family. Old school, An unpaid position. No recognition is desired. Setting: Ramsey, Wyoming Shoshone National Forest | Devil’s Canyon Missing Person: Timothy O’Day 6’2” 180 lbs. Age 33 | Went missing 5 yrs ago mountains/bachelor party camping trip. Hike/Search Team: Who will survive? Martin O’Day (father) Nemeth (experienced hiker-leader) Daisy (Cadaver dog-yellow lab) Luciana (handler) Bob (bigfoot hunter) Tim’s friends (former groomsmen) Scott, Neil, Miguel. Josh, in hospital. Too drunk to go Frankie Elkin (least wilderness experience) After the last book, Frankie spent time in the inner-city neighborhood of Boston; many cases and families have called out to her to find their sons or daughters. One case that she has read about intrigues her. She was not invited but showed up. She is not prepared with the proper equipment or the fitness training for such an expert wilderness hike for a 7-day trek into the Shoshone National Forest | Devil’s Canyon. She gets on a bus and heads to Ramsey, Wyoming. Timothy O’Day has not been seen since he went missing 5 yrs ago in these mountains at his bachelor party camping trip. The dad, Martin, organizes a search party each year on the anniversary. His wife is dying of cancer at the moment, and her last wish is to find her boy so she can be buried next to him. Eight people, including Frankie, are part of the search team and Daisy, the Cadaver dog-yellow lab. Frankie winds up taking Josh’s place and his equipment. Even though she is the least experienced in the wilderness, she has determination and tenacity. Frankie is intelligent. She possesses excellent interview and people skills. She begins by spending time with each of her fellow hikers to gather more info. Soon into their hike, strange things begin happening with their food and provisions, wild animals, and secrets surfacing about that night. They have no cell phone reception and no way to get help. TRUST NO ONE! Nothing is as it appears. Soon Frankie discovers that the most significant danger is not the wilderness but the seven others on their team who hiked into it. Who will survive and be left standing? Frankie had not considered that there may be more bodies than the one they were searching for. WOW! This is one INTENSE book. Dark evil secrets of the past are unraveled. The setting is atmospheric and claustrophobic. If you are an avid hiker like myself, ONE STEP TOO FAR will have you thinking hard about the next time to tackle the wilderness alone (in this case, you cannot trust the people you are with). I LOVE FRANKIE! Lisa Gardner has outdone herself with the creation of Frankie to add to her list of tough-driven female characters and series like: Det. DD Warren, FBI Kimberly Quincy, and Vigilante Flora Dane. (A huge fan —I have read all her books) Combine Lisa’s killer talent and these top-notch characters, plus they are plot and character-driven = masterpiece. The best crime thriller author out today. SERIES ADAPTATION: So EXCITED! We already know Hilary Swank is to star In & EP ‘Before She Disappeared’ Series Adaptation From eOne (if you have not read #BeforeSheDisappeared do so now and meet the heroine Frankie Elkin). If you loved her in #1, you will devour her in #2. This series joins the others. Lisa has brilliantly created and cannot wait for more Frankie! Wilderness, hiking, murder, cold case, mountains? What is not to love? Cannot wait to see where she lands next! Please, let there be more books in the series, or Lisa, please put Frankie on a case with DD and Flora! I read this one in one sitting and was excited to catch up with Frankie Elkin - what a series! Thank you #NetGalley and #Dutton, for a digital ARC. Heart-pounding riveting suspense! I read the e-book, purchased a signed hardcover copy, and the audiobook narrated by the fab Hillary Huber. Get this on your list now. Top Books of 2022! Highly recommend all her books and this series. Blog Review:

ONE STEP TOO FAR (Frankie Elkin #2) @JudithDCollins #JDCMustReadBooks My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ++ Top Books of 2022

Interview with Lisa where we go behind the scenes of the first book in the Frankie Elkin Series and fun facts about the author (the master of suspense).

Now available in paperback!

“[An] outstanding crime novel…. Gardner pulls no punches in this socially conscious standalone.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Lisa Gardner, a #1 New York Times bestselling thriller novelist, began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has transformed her interest in police procedure and criminal minds into a streak of internationally acclaimed novels, published across 30 countries. She’s also had four books become TV movies (At the Midnight Hour; The Perfect Husband; The Survivors Club; Hide) and has made personal appearances on TruTV and CNN.

Lisa’s books have received awards from across the globe. Her novel, The Neighbor, won Best Hardcover Novel from the International Thriller Writers, while also receiving the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle in France. She was also recognized with the Daphne du Maurier Award in 2000 for The Other Daughter. Finally, Lisa received the Silver Bullet Award from the International Thriller Writers in 2017 for her work on behalf of at-risk children and the Humane Society.

For a bit of fun, Lisa invites her readers to enter the annual “Kill a Friend, Maim a Buddy” Sweepstakes at Every year, one Lucky Stiff is selected to meet a grand end in Lisa’s latest novel. Past winners have nominated spouses, best friends and even themselves.

Lisa lives in New Hampshire where she spends her time with an assortment of canine companions. When not writing, she loves to hike, garden, snowshoe and play cribbage. Website







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