Saturday 17 January 2015

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

I'd heard so much about this book and so many people where talking about it in the last few months, even my fellow book blogger Margaret Madden was raving about it that I decided to pick up a copy of it last week and I am so glad that I did and started it straight away.

The story starts where we meet Maud, an aging grandmother, whom has dementia and is slowly losing her memory and her grip on everyday life. She refuses to forget her best friend Elizabeth, whom she is convinced is missing and in terrible danger. Equipped 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 but no one will listen to Maud - not her frustrated daughter, Helen, not her caretakers, not the police, and especially not Elizabeth’s temperamental son, Peter.

This story is set in two time frames - Maud's past and the present day. The singular obsession of Maud finding Elizabeth 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?

This was a very bittersweet & heart-warming read, the story flows well throughout the book. Parts of the story even reduced me to tears, it's heart-breaking, funny and such a warm novel.  I really loved Emma's book which I read in a couple of days, it kept me turning the pages until the very end. This story had it all love, life, family, to been humorous at times to the more sensitive issue of dementia - I found I had a little tear in my eye at the end along with shedding a few along the way, so grab this book, curl up on the couch and prepare to have a few lump in your throat moments too.  It definitely didn't disappoint and I'd highly recommend it.

Elizabeth is Missing is available on Kindle and from all good bookstores.

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