Elizabeth Is Missing


Book Title: Elizabeth Is Missing

Author: Emma Healey

Publisher: Penguin

Publication Date: January 1st 2015

Genre(s): Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)

Pages: 288

Format Received: Paperback

Goodreads: In this darkly riveting debut novel—a sophisticated psychological mystery that is also a heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity, and aging—an elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared, and her search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences.

Maud, an aging grandmother, is slowly losing her memory—and her grip on everyday life. Yet she refuses to forget her best friend Elizabeth, who she is convinced is missing and in terrible danger.

But no one will listen to Maud—not her frustrated daughter, Helen, not her caretakers, not the police, and especially not Elizabeth’s mercurial son, Peter. Armed with handwritten notes she leaves for herself and an overwhelming feeling that Elizabeth needs her help, Maud resolves to discover the truth and save her beloved friend.

This singular obsession forms a cornerstone of Maud’s rapidly dissolving present. But the clues she discovers seem only to lead her deeper into her past, to another unsolved disappearance: her sister, Sukey, who vanished shortly after World War II.

As vivid memories of a tragedy that occurred more fifty years ago come flooding back, Maud discovers new momentum in her search for her friend. Could the mystery of Sukey’s disappearance hold the key to finding Elizabeth?

My Review: I really enjoyed this novel. A great debut from Emma Healey. I found it to be very believable in terms of character building.

The novel revolves around an 82 year old woman who suffers from severe memory loss. Alternatively, the story travels back in time to when the woman is much younger and searching for her missing sister. Without giving anything away – the novel all comes together in the end. It is a clever intricately woven written piece of fiction.

As a BSc student of psychology who is hell bent on an obsession with the mind, the brain and in particular memory loss, this novel was right up my street and kept me intrigued from the first word to the very last.

Well done Emma Healey to a fantastic debut!!

About the Author: Emma Healey grew up in London where she completed her first degree in bookbinding and was the third generation of women in her family to go to art college. She then worked for two libraries, two bookshops, two art galleries and two universities, and was busily pursuing a career in the art world before writing overtook everything. In 2008, after the death of one grandmother and the decline of the other, she began to explore the idea of dementia in fiction, and she moved to Norwich in 2010 to study for the MA in Creative Writing at UEA. Elizabeth is Missing is her first novel. For more information on Emma Healey, visit her website.

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