In this darkly riveting debut novelâa sophisticated psychological mystery that is also an heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity, and agingâan elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared, and her search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences.
Maud, an aging grandmother, is slowly losing her memoryâand her grip on everyday life. Yet she refuses to forget her best friend Elizabeth, whom she is convinced is missing and in terrible danger.
But no one will listen to Maudânot her frustrated daughter, Helen, not her caretakers, not the police, and especially not Elizabethâs mercurial son, Peter. Armed with handwritten notes she leaves for herself and an overwhelming feeling that Elizabeth needs her help, Maud resolves to discover the truth and save her beloved friend.
This singular obsession forms a cornerstone of Maudâs rapidly dissolving present. But the clues she discovers seem only to lead her deeper into her past, to another unsolved disappearance: her sister, Sukey, who vanished shortly after World War II.
As vivid memories of a tragedy that occurred more fifty years ago come flooding back, Maud discovers new momentum in her search for her friend. Could the mystery of Sukeyâs disappearance hold the key to finding Elizabeth?
About: In this darkly riveting debut novelâa sophisticated psychological mystery that is also an heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity, and agingâan elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared, and her search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences.
About: Sunday times top five bestseller elizabeth is missing is the stunning, smash-hit debut novel from new author emma healeywinner of the costa first novel award 2014shortlisted for national book awards popular fiction book 2014shortlisted for national book awards new writer of the year 2014longlisted for the dylan thomas prize 2014longlisted for the baileys prize for women's fiction 2015'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.
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