I just finished listening to the book, Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey. When my online library comes out with new audio books I often “judge a book by it’s cover” and quickly put it on the waiting list. The audio books get snapped up really fast and soon there may be a list of five or more people on the waiting list. Then I go to my hold section, read more about the book and put a few back. This book is one I snapped up and ended up keeping on my holds list and I am so glad I did.
At first I didn’t know how the book would go as the story is told by an aging lady suffering from Alzheimers. It was so interesting to listen to as Maud, the main character, would mix past with present…I never knew if something she said was a clue to the past or a clue to the present. In the end, I very much enjoyed the story…at times I was heart broken for Maud and her deteriorating memory. Other times I was cheering for her as she connected clues.
Here’s what Amazon had to say about it, “In this darkly riveting debut novel—a sophisticated psychological mystery that is also an 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?”
Amazon readers say 4.1 stars. I think I would give it a little more… 4.5. It was actually a book I would recommend…in fact I have recommended it to a couple family members already.