Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey – Book Review

I have to start this review out by letting you know that I absolutely loved this book. The main character, Maud, is an 80+ year old that has some form of dementia.  She is busy worrying about her friend Elizabeth who she believes is missing. From that mystery, we are led into a deeper and more troubling mystery – the fact that her sister Sukey went missing 70 years ago, and this mystery too, is unsolved.  Maud reminds herself of all the little things by writing notes to herself and leaving them in her pockets.  That way, she never forgets that Elizabeth is missing.  I liked this aspect of her character.  How many of us leave notes for ourselves so that we don’t forget the important things?

I loved the way the story was told from Maud’s confused point-of-view. She mixes up the past with the present and as a result we, the reader, are kept on our toes in order to keep track of which time-frame we’re in. I found Maud’s history to be the most interesting aspect of this book. She lived through World War II and the deprivations it caused to England which lasted well into the 1950’s. Her rendering of this time period was extremely important to the story. Life was much different back then, and her sister was not to be spoken of by the family. This caused mental and emotional scarring, that leads right into Maud’s feelings of the fact that her friend Elizabeth has also gone missing.

The care that Maud’s daughter takes with her is sweet, while also touching on the frustration that Maud’s dementia causes. I will not tell you if these two mysteries ever get solved. I recommend reading this wonderful book to find these answers yourself!


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