Friday, July 3, 2015

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

Title: Elizabeth is Missing

Author: Emma Healey

Published: Penguin, January 2015

Pages: 275

Summary: Maud keeps finding notes in her pockets with this message scrawled on it, but she can’t remember writing it. That said, she can’t remember much these days: the time of day, whether she’s eaten lunch, if her daughter’s come to visit, how much toast she’s eaten. Still, the notes about Elizabeth nag at her. When was the last time she spoke with her best friend? It feels like ages ago...

Frustratingly, no one seems willing to help Maud find her: not the police nor Elizabeth’s son - not even Maud’s own daughter or granddaughter. It’s like they’re hiding something.

Maud resolves to take matters into her own hands, and begins digging for the truth. There are many clues, but unhelpfully, they all seem to point to another unsolved disappearance: that of Maud’s sister Sukey just after the war.
Could the mystery of Sukey’s disappearance lead Maud to the truth about Elizabeth? As Maud’s mind retreats into the past at a frightening pace, alienating her from her family and carers, vivid memories of what happened over fifty years ago come flooding back to give her quest new momentum.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: Elizabeth is Missing is so beautifully written.  Healey's use of language is so amazing and she just captured the emotions of the moments so well.

I will admit I was a little bit scared reading this book and so I kept putting it down.  The reason I was scared, is because this book is so sad and I felt like it was so difficult to read about Maud's decline in health, regarding her memory.  I didn't want it to get worse so it took me a little longer to read than I had expected.

The mystery aspect is what initially had me interested in Elizabeth is Missing.  Interestingly enough, there were actually two mysteries in the book, one set in the past and one in the present and it was presented really well.  The mystery of what happened to Maud's sister is told in flashbacks where Maud is remembering events from her past.  I have to say that I guessed pretty well what had happened to Sukey.  I had a couple of ideas about Elizabeth's disappearance and while I didn't guess completely what had happened I was pretty close.

Elizabeth is Missing is about a lot more than just the two disappearances however, it's also about Maud and her slow decline in health, particularly to do with her memory.

I absolutely loved Elizabeth is Missing and feel as though I would definitely like to read more books by Emma Healey in the future.

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