Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey is the only book I haven't finished in a very long time - which made me annoyed with myself as it's actually quite a short book. I picked it up as part of my reading quest (25 before 25) and as part of the Amazon 3 for £10 deal as part of a crime/thriller binge and it turned out to be completely not what I expected - teaches me for not reading reviews eh? (I can't count this towards my 50 books as it will remain unfinished :( )
This was sold to me as a crime thriller - 'How can you solve a crime when you can't remember the clues?' and I didn't expect it to be anything less, until I read the first chapter and was introduced to Maud, who has dementia, who's friend Elizabeth has gone missing.
I did read the first few chapters - the premise is, Maud has left herself lots of notes reminding herself of things, and her best friend Elizabeth has gone missing, but no-one seems to want to help. The book is interspersed with flashbacks of when Maud's sister Sukey went missing decades ago and was never found.
I feel like a horrible person saying this, but I just didn't have the patience for this book. It is written from Maud's point of view, and thus includes everything she forgets - therefore the story is very slow and resets every so often as Maud's mind does. I found the writing was a bit hard to digest too, as I found it a bit too descriptive and floundery - yes, I know something is shiny and blue, I don't need another 4 descriptive words on top of that.
It is scary in that it makes you realise that dementia can happen to any of us, and just how terrifying it would be if it does. The ending of the book itself is quite predictable though - I admit I skim read the last chapter to see if I was right (I was).
This isn't to say I wouldn't recommend this book, you'll just have to have more patience than me!
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