Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey – Book Review Week 16

Elizabeth is Missing

From the start of the book, Elizabeth is Missing, I was very impressed with the writing. Emma Healey gave me an idea of what it’s like to get older and lose your memory.

The book is written from the point of view of one person, Maud but over 2 timelines, today and the 1940s.
Today, Maud is in her 80s and is suffering from some kind of dementia. She lives alone but has daily carers and a daughter who look after her.

Maud forgets things very easily and her past memories get confused with her present day life. She thinks her friend, Elizabeth, is missing.

In the 1940s, Maud is a young girl with another missing person in her life, her married sister, Sukie. She lives with her mum and dad and their lodger, Douglas.
Douglas has a soft spot for Sukie and does everything he can think of to find her. He believes her husband, Frank has something to do with her disappearance. Douglas never trusted him and thinks Sukie was wrong to marry him.

These two mysteries intermingle causing much confusion to elderly Maud. There wasn’t a twist at the end which disappointed me a little. For some reason, I expected one but I wonder if that’s because of the recent books I’ve been reading!

You can read the blurb and more reviews on Goodreads.

I like Emma Healey’s writing style and think that for a debut novel, it was very, very good.

Elizabeth Is Missing


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