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, whom 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?
I found this to be a sad mystery, Maud is losing her memory, and the author gets this through to the reader very well indeed. Well written from the point of view of Maud, it is almost as if you are in her head, losing your memory as time goes. I did get frustrated as I though her daughter and all the other characters where ignoring her. Maud recall the past with the disappearance of her sister Sukey with clarity, but he can´t remember recent events.
I found myself feeling sad as I read this book, feeling that life can change, often in a negative way and how it must be to lose something as precious as your memory. It is a very good novel, and at time heartbreaking and very moving.
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.
About the Book
- File Size: 879 KB
- Print Length: 323 pages
- Publisher: Harper (June 10, 2014)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FJ3AAWQ