Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma HealeyElizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey

Elizabeth Is Missing

byEmma Healey

Paperback | June 2, 2015

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WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL

Meet Maud.

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn't remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. Sometimes her home is unrecognizable--or her daughter Helen seems a total stranger.

But there's one thing Maud is sure of: her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, to leave it alone, to shut up, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

Because somewhere in Maud's damaged mind lies the answer to an unsolved seventy-year-old mystery. One everyone has forgotten about.

Everyone, except Maud . . .
EMMA HEALEY grew up in London where she completed her first degree in bookbinding (learning how to put books together but not how to write them), which she followed with an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in 2011. Elizabeth Is Missing is her first novel.
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Title:Elizabeth Is MissingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.97 × 5.19 × 0.76 inPublished:June 2, 2015Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345808312

ISBN - 13:9780345808318

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating and Mysterious The narrator and protagonist is an elderly woman with Alzheimer's and the author captured the disease perfectly. It was brilliant.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking & Beautiful I absolutely adored this book. It is written from the perspective of an aging woman who is slowly losing her mind. It is heartbreaking but beautiful to read at the same time.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book club loved it My book club loved it. There is something that rings authentic in Elizabeth is Missing. The narrator's Alzheimer's is believable without ever being overly frustrating for the reader. The story isn't overly saccharine, which it could have been. Generally the narrator (Maud) is very upbeat and determined. This would be a great gift for a relative of someone suffering for Alzheimer's who enjoys reading fiction. Would recommend to readers and other book clubs (lots to discuss).
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4 Stars Maud is slowly but surely losing her memories and ability to function. She doesn't know why she went to the grocery store or why people are losing patience with her, but she does know one thing: Elizabeth is missing. And while she is unable to retain memories of present times, she does remember the very distant past. A past where her older sister was most likely murdered. Did her sister just run away? or did her abusive husband take her life? Maud is desperate to solve two mysteries, unaware that she has already lost herself. Elizabeth is Missing is a good book and the only issue I have with it is the answer to Maud's biggest question: where is Elizabeth? It wasn't a satisfying answer. Very anti-climatic. But otherwise I greatly enjoyed this novel. An accurate and heart-breaking depiction of Alzheimer's and how it affects the victim's loved ones.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I liked this Book! This was an interesting book for me. On the one hand, I feel the author did a really good job narrating the story from the perspective of an elderly woman suffering from dementia and all the disjointed thoughts, actions and images that come along with that. A task I am confident is not an easy one. On the other hand, there were times that I was frustrated and confused with the overall flow. Saying that, I think the story shows a true reflection of the affects dementia has not only on the suffers but also on their caregivers.
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book! A story of an older woman who is suffering from dementia. Her mind travels back and forth in time. Her sister disappeared when she was a young woman. Now she is convinced that her friend Elizabeth is missing. She writes herself a series of notes to try to keep herself on the right track of solving the mystery.
Date published: 2016-05-23

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Prologue‘Maud? Was I boring you so much that you’d rather stand outside in the dark?’A woman calls to me from the warm light of a cluttered dining room. My breath curls towards her, wet and ghostly, but no words follow. The snow, sparse but bright on the ground, reflects the light on to her face, which is drawn tight in an attempt to see. I know, though, that she can’t see very well, even in the daylight.‘Come inside,’ she says. ‘It’s freezing. I promise I won’t say another word about frogs and snails and majolica ware.’‘I wasn’t bored,’ I say, realizing too late that she’s joking. ‘I’ll be there in a minute. I’m just looking for something.’ In my hand is the thing I’ve already found, still clotted with mud. A small thing, easily missed. The broken lid of an old compact, its silver tarnished, its navy-blue enamel no longer glassy but scratched and dull. The mildewed mirror is like a window on a faded world, like a porthole looking out under the ocean. It makes me squirm with memories.‘What have you lost?’ The woman steps, precarious and trembling, out on to the patio. ‘Can I help? I might not be able to see it, but I can probably manage to trip over it if it’s not toowell hidden.’I smile, but I don’t move from the grass. Snow has collected on the ridges of a shoeprint and it looks like a tiny dinosaur fossil freshly uncovered. I clutch at the compact lid in my hand, soil tightening my skin as it dries. I’ve missed this tiny thing for nearly seventy years. And now the earth, made sludgy and chewable with the melting snow, has spat out a relic. Spat itinto my hand. But where from? That’s what I can’t discover. Where did it lie before it became the gristle in the earth’s meal?An ancient noise, like a fox bark, makes an attempt at the edges of my brain. ‘Elizabeth?’ I ask. ‘Did you ever grow marrows?’

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Elizabeth Is Missing:"Spellbinding." The New York Times"Engaging and beautifully written.... Elizabeth Is Missing not only introduces, in Maud, an unforgettable and poignant character, but it also heralds, in Healey, a new talent with a remarkable knack for observation and an ear for dialogue." Toronto Star"A page turner; clever, well-written and full of insight." The London Free Press"A compelling work that crosses literary genres.... Bold, touching and hugely memorable." The Sunday Times