Elizabeth is Missing – Emma Healey

26 Jan

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This debut novel by Emma Healey is a thoroughly good read. Told through the narration of Maude it recounts the duel stories of her quest to uncover what has happened to her friend Elizabeth, who is missing, and her sister Sukey, who also went missing some seventy years earlier. Both are intertwined as the book becomes part crime novel and part an exploration of family and mental health.

At times the decent into dementia was difficult to read. The combination of frustration for those around Maude, desperate sympathy for her and a sense of worry that this is a possible future for me and my elderly relatives was not always pleasant. It reminded me a lot at times of Nathan Filer’s ‘Shock of the Fall.’ Given that was my book of the year for 2014 that isn’t a bad thing.

This is the first book of 2015 that has stood out as one that I will still consider in a few months or years time. Highly recommended.

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