Runner-up for the Betty Trask Award 2015.
One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections.
Eighty-something Maud is getting forgetful and so writes notes to herself. ‘Elizabeth is missing’ is one such note which Maud then becomes obsessed with for Elizabeth is indeed missing. She tells her daughter, the police, anyone who will listen. Maud is suffering from dementia which gets gradually worse throughout the book. Her daughter has to eventually take her in … and still, for Maud at least, Elizabeth is missing. For us, the reader too, only we do discover why. Slowly we get Maud’s back story and a strange mystery about her sister and her very dodgy husband. All becomes clear in a startling conclusion. The stages of dementia are thoroughly explored in a thoughtful, impressive manner. A fascinating debut. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015.
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015.
Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2014.
The Costa Judges said Healey's book was “Utterly captivating and original.”
One of our Books of the Year 2014.
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014.
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...
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
At nearly ninety, Maud forgets where she is or why she has gone out, or when her daughter is coming, so she writes herself notes. When she visits her friend Elizabeth and she is not in, she writes a note: ‘Elizabeth is missing’. Although this continues to disturb her, no one will take her seriously. The narrative moves between the old forgetful Maud and a young Maud, remembering how her older married sister went missing. This is a magnificently assured debut from an intuitive writer.
'A thrillingly assured, haunting and unsettling novel, I read it at a gulp.' Deborah Moggach, author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
'Elizabeth Is Missing will stir and shake you: the most likeably unreliable of narrators, real mystery at its compassionate core...' Emma Donoghue, author of Room
'Resembling a version of Memento written by Alan Bennett.' Daily Telegraph
'One of those mythical beasts, the book you cannot put down' Jonathan Coe, author of The Rotters Club
'Every bit as compelling as the frenzied hype suggests. Gripping, haunting.' Observer
'If you're after a read you can't put down, then look no further.' New!
Publication date: 01/01/2015
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||1st January 2015|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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). She graduated from the MA in Creative Writing: Prose at UEA in 2011. Elizabeth is Missing is her first novel and was published in June 2014.More About Emma Healey