17 May 2014

Elizabeth is Missing; Emma Healey

Elizabeth Is MissingElizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This wasn't quite what I expected, hence the drop in rating. When the blurbage promises a mystery based on the memory of an Alzheimer's patient, that's what I expect. And while we did dwell on whether or not Elizabeth was missing, as perceived by her friend Maud, whose mental state is deteriorating rapidly, there's much more about the past, when Maud's sister truly did go missing. The intersection of those mysteries is where the heart of the book lies and it's an interesting one.

I felt Maud's confusion: what were these notes in her pocket about? why were the notes about not cooking, and why did the caretaker keep saying not to eat dinner now? Not remembering must be beyond disorienting, it must be terrifying. When the memories of the past start leaking into the present it must be even more terrifying. Without spoiling the ending, those memories do eventually merge into a truth but (and this isn't covered in the book) will Maud really understand what has happened?

ARC provided by publisher.

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