Elizabeth is Missing – Emma Healey


A mystery, an unsolved crime and one of the most unforgettable characters since Mark Haddon’s Christopher. Meet Maud …

‘Elizabeth is missing’ reads the note in Maud’s pocket in her own handwriting, and the one on the wall.

Maud’s been getting forgetful. She keeps buying peach slices when she has a cupboard full, forgets to drink the cups of tea she’s made and writes notes to remind herself of things. But Maud is determined to discover what has happened to her friend, Elizabeth, and what it has to do with the unsolved disappearance of her sister Sukey, years back, just after the war.

A fast-paced mystery, an unforgettable voice: you will laugh and cry but you’ll never forget Maud.

This is not your conventional crime novel and I felt putting it in that genre would be a miss justice.

The book had a very interesting premise and was thought provoking. It really made you think what it would be like to live with dementia and at times you really did feel sorry for Maude.

However, moving past the above point, I didn’t feel there was much else in the book to keep me ‘hooked’. It was pretty obvious, to me at least, what the outcome of the book was. At times, it was incredibly repetitive.

I felt there could have been some improvements, for example I would have loved to have seen some different perspectives. How does Helen see Maude and the situation? That would have really added another element.

It is for the above reasons that I rated it a 3 out of 5.

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