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Elizabeth is Missing, Emma Healey's stunning debut novel, introduces a mystery, an unsolved crime and one of the most unforgettable characters since Mark Haddon's Christopher. Meet Maud ... 'Elizabeth is missing', reads the note in Maud's pocket in her own handwriting. 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. A fast-paced mystery with a wonderful leading character: Maud will make you laugh and cry, but she certainly won't be forgotten. 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.

Heart-wrenching, sad and about how friendship does persist even nasty dementia. Wanted to give Maud a big hug!

— ichundelaine

Oppressive. Now I'm scared that I will be demented when I'm older. But the story was interesting and different.

— Cattie
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  • Heart-wrenching and sad

    Elizabeth is Missing

    ichundelaine

    16. September 2016 um 08:39

    There are books I put off reading for the topic is "too heavy". This story about a demented grandmother (Maud), seeking for her friend Elizabeth who may or may not be gone missing hit a little too close to home for me (Grandma had dementia, too). Even though I was stable when starting to read this book, it still shook me pretty bad. To say the least, it is a shattering picture of what dementia does to people, their brains and even their character, but also a light crime story where two people from Maud's life go missing. It is a sad story that leads to an inevitable end, still I heartily recommend reading it!The story revolves around 82-year-old widow Maud who has dementia. She still lives at home, but keeps on forgetting if she ate, where she put things and the word for spoon. The book is written from her perspective, so the reader looses his mind together with her, getting a deep insight into the head of an elderly demented person. This is pretty scary at times, yet heart-wrenching at the same time. I just wanted to give Maud a hug and yell at the people who treat her like a retard. Maud tries to keep things together by creating a "paper brain" - lots and lots of little notes she cannot remember writing or their intended purpose. Still, there is one note that keeps popping up "Elizabeth is missing" and thus the little Granny sets out to find her beloved friend, when no one around her wants to believe or listen to her. Maud's mind is also deeply busied with an incident the past - her sister Suki went missing after WW2 and as of yet hasn't been found either. By means of flashbacks the reader has to put together the puzzle of Maud's past and try to find out what happened to her sister. The style of writing jumps back and forth between present and past, which might be confusing to some, still, it serves to depict the confusion in Maud's head just perfectly. Not to tell too much in advance: there is no happy end to this story, which isn't surprising. This books doesn't need one, for it is certainly not one of these unrealistic happy-go-lucky tell-tales but a story about true people and a scary illness. I now rest my case and deeply recommend reading "Elizabeth is missing" to everyone!

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  • A novel about friendship and family, about loss and grief, about forgetting -- and remembering

    Elizabeth is Missing

    kleinegrauewolke

    15. March 2015 um 23:13

    Maud forgets things. Little things, such as the fact that she had already made herself some toast earlier, and what she wanted to buy in the shop. Bigger things, such as what things are called, even quite ordinary things that she has used every day in her life, and the fact that she no longer volunteers at the charity shop. And really big things -- who her children are, and that she even has them and is not still a young girl who has yet to be kissed by anyone. But there is one thing Maud almost never forgets -- the fact that Elizabeth is missing. And if she forgets, she has a note in her pocket to remind her of it. Elizabeth is Maud's friend, a friend she has made quite late in life, and the way this friendship came about is one of the many lovely scenes in this book. And while Maud quite doggedly pursues this mystery, it becomes clear that this loss is not the first one she has suffered, that there is another person who has gone missing from her life, ever so many years and decades ago. "Elizabeth is missing", is a novel about friendship and family, about loss and grief, about forgetting -- and remembering. It is one of the best books I've read so far this year and it was made even better by the expert narration of Davina Porter who succeeds brilliantly at giving the young and the old versions of Maud their own distinctive voice and characteristic style.

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  • Berührend, aber nicht herausragend

    Elizabeth is Missing

    WildRose

    19. January 2015 um 20:22

    Insgesamt ist "Elizabeth is missing" ein wirklich gelungener und durchaus lesenswerter Debütroman. Autorin Emma Healy erzählt aus der Perspektive der an Alzheimer erkrankten Maud, die das Verschwinden ihrer Freundin Elizabeth aufklären will. Natürlich gerät Maud ständig durcheinander und weiß die meiste Zeit überhaupt nicht, wo sie sich befindet und wonach sie sucht. Das Buch gibt auf eine wirklich realistische und berührende Weise das Leben aus Sicht eines Alzheimerpatienten wieder. Für mich waren diese   aufwühlenden Schilderungen über Mauds Gedächtnisprobleme  im Alltag das Highlight des Buches. Die eigentliche Geschichte um das Verschwinden von Elizabeth geht allerdings leider ein wenig unter: Ständige Rückblenden in die Vergangenheit erschweren es dem Leser, dem eigentlichen Handlungsstrang zu folgen. Viele dieser Rückblenden empfand ich als Leserin als zu detailliert, außerdem waren es für meinen Geschmack einfach zu viele Rückblenden in zu kurzen Abständen. Diese Ausschmückungen dürften aber notwendig gewesen sein, um das Buch zu füllen. So wird der Handlungsstrang um Elizabeth fast schon ein wenig an den Rand des Buches gedrängt, während Mauds Vergangenheit, überschattet vom rätselhaften Verschwinden ihrer Schwester Sukey, im Buch eine zentrale Position einnimmt. Ein wenig enttäuscht war ich von der Auflösung. Diese kommt sehr plötzlich und ohne wirkliche Überraschungen daher. Aus dem Krimi-Aspekt des Buches hätte man sicher mehr machen können. Trotzdem geht "Elizabeth is missing" ans Herz.

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  • Dementia brings back memories

    Elizabeth is Missing

    Cattie

    11. October 2014 um 15:33

    "Elizabeth is missing" by Emma Healey is the story about 80-something Maud who has dementia and whos best friends Elizabeth is missing. Story: Maud has dementia. She has to write everything down, otherwise she doesn't remember what she is doing something for or what she has to do. One note says "Elizabeth is missing". Elizabeth is her best friend and Maud can't find anything out about where she is. It's like when her sister Sukey disappeared in 1946. And things in the present make Maud remember the time when she searched for her sister. Characters: Maud is the protagonist here. She is about 80 and seems to be a nice old lady. Her dementia is a main topic of the story and it made me feel very uncomfortable, reading about her and how she forgot all these things and couldn't remember something that has just happend moments ago. I hope I'll never experience this myself. Helen is Maud's daughter and visits her everyday. She is very patient what I really admire. I don't know if I could handle the difficult situation as well as she does. Elizabeth is missing. At least that's what Maud thinks. We don't know much about her, but she is Maud's best friend and her son Peter seems to know something about her. Sukey is missing, too, but that is a long time ago. Back then, Maud searched for her everywhere and the two sisters had a good relationship. Sukey seemed to be a pleasant person, from what Maud remembers, but she had her secrets. I can't understand why she had married Frank, they don't fit together. Writing: I liked the interaction from the present and the past. Both searches are different and alike in the same way. You really don't know what happened to Elizabeth and Sukey, you can only guess, but there aren't any real proofs what makes the story interesting. Nevertheless, it was quite wordy in some parts and it took me a while to read the book.  Furthermore, Healey described the dementia from maud really well, I felt uncomfortable reading about it, as if I was dealing with this myself. I think, you can never understand what the persons have to deal with, but by reading the book, you get a good insight. I give 4 of 5 notes for this book. It was different and interesting and like nothing I've ever read before, first of all because of the dementia part.

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