A Psychological Mystery: Elizabeth Is Missing

If you are looking for a nice debut fresh out of the oven, take a look at Emma Healy’s Elizabeth Is Missing, which is a brilliantly constructed novel with some mystic elements.

A Brief Summary:

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?

Our Take:

A well-written and compelling emotional story…Emma Healy is a great talent.

What was kind of new for us (and interesting) is that the main Protagonist Maud is 82 years old and even in the beginning of the book is well down the dementia path – and she just gets worse as the book goes along. So we kind of felt in the beginning maybe this is one of those stories where everything is just in Maud’s head.

You will like this book if you are into deep psychological mysteries.

Our Rating: 3.8

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