What if you could remember just one thing?
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. Back home she finds the place horribly unrecognizable - just like she sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is 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 . . .
Read Caroline Baum's Review
Elizabeth is Missing sounds like it might be in the Gone Girl (can't wait for the film, not sure about the trailer) psychological suspense genre but it's not. It's a novel about the onset of the absent mindedness (making a cup of tea and then forgetting to drink it) that can be a sign of dementia, and the unsettling way that memory comes and goes, to everyone's confusion and frustration. Maud knows her only surviving friend has gone missing, but no one seems to care or believe her, so she has to undertake her own investigation, despite her daughter Helen's objections. A poignant, bittersweet examination of the impact of aging that will offer solace to those watching their parents lose and forget themselves and their loved ones as the fog descends.
About the Author
Emma Healey is 28 years old and grew up in London. She has spent most of her working life in libraries, bookshops and galleries. She completed the MA in Creative Writing: Prose at UEA in 2011. Elizabeth is Missing is her first novel.
'One of those semi-mythical beasts, the book you cannot put down.' Jonathan Coe
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 28th May 2014
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.3
Weight (kg): 23.5