Wednesday 16 June 2021

Book Review | Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey | prettylittlewriter

  I was recommended this book by a couple of relatives, and after reading the synopsis, it sounded just like something I would enjoy. 

A scatty mystery with an unreliable narrator. Heartfelt and hilarious.

'Lately, Maud's been getting forgetful. She keeps buying peach slices when she has a cupboard full, forgets to drink the cups of tea she's made and writes notes to remind herself of things. But Maud is determined to discover what has happened to her friend, Elizabeth, and what it has to do with the unsolved disappearance of her sister Sukey, years back, just after the war.'

I love a good mystery novel, especially when it's something incredibly unique like in this case, with the character of Maud suffering from dementia and being a completely unreliable narrator. 

The way Emma Healey writes the character is incredible, you truly get a sense of how a dementia sufferer's mind works, and it creates such strong empathy for them.
Emma also links certain things throughout the novel very well, such as the marrows, and their significance is unknown until you get near the end of the novel.

I did struggle to get through this book however, as I was getting a bit frustrated with Maud's character. With Maud being unreliable, I was struggling with her forgetfulness and I just wanted to know what had happened to both her friend Elizabeth, and her sister, Sukey (I guess I need to work on my patience!). 
It was a hard read with the repetitiveness of Maud, but other than that it was a great read, with a lovely storyline and interesting mystery. Some of the moments were laugh out loud, as Maud got herself in some very curious situations!
I also enjoyed the twist at the end (although I did guess it, which I always love to do!)

3/5 stars

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