Elizabeth Is Missing

Elizabeth Is Missing

Book - 2014
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In a heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity, and aging, an elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared. Convinced Elizabeth is missing and in terrible danger, Maud's search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences. As this singular obsession forms a cornerstone of Maud's rapidly dissolving present, the clues she discovers seem to lead to another unsolved disappearance: her sister, Sukey, who vanished shortly after World War II.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062309686
Branch Call Number: M HEALEY EMMA
Characteristics: 303 pages ; 24 cm


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“Maude sinks into a confusing world in this gripping psychological mystery written in the voice of an aging woman with Alzheimer’s. She can’t remember what she’s doing or where she is, but she is obsessed with one thought–her good friend Elizabeth is missing. Book groups will enjoy this satisfyin... Read More »

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Mar 13, 2018

This story contains not one, but two mysteries -- decades apart. We are inside the mind of Maud who is wondering what has happened to her dear friend Elizabeth. Her mind also vividly remembers the events from 1946 when her sister Sukey disappeared. Clues that Elizabeth turns up connect to that past mystery and also to the one she is currently obsessing over. The plot intricately weaves the two stories together and gives the reader closure. Getting ready to discuss this with a book group later this week. I am anticipating a lively group for this one.

Feb 04, 2018

Couldn't put this one down. It's written from the point of view of a woman who is suffering from dementia, who, somehow, can still pull threads together.

Nov 27, 2017

I hated this book. I could no finish it.

Apr 19, 2017

This book has an intriguing premise. Maud, although suffering from dementia, uses her long term memory to solve a mystery from the past. One suspects that the author is basing the character of Maud on her own grandmother. However, the plot itself is implausible and the first person narrative - ranging from memory loss to complete clarity - also does not work.

Feb 07, 2017

I'm ambivalent about this. It had its moments but they were few and far between. Muddled like the poor woman with the dementia.

Nov 10, 2016

Way too long, extremely tedious, disappointed in the ending.

Oct 19, 2016

A story told from the perspective of the muddled mind of an older woman with dementia. A family mystery is slowly revealed by weaving around large holes in her memory. Maud's character is written with compassion and warmth. It will appeal to those who enjoy a character driven book.

Sep 18, 2016

I've never read anything like this. It's like an experience in someone else's mind. The repetition is part of the understanding and frustration. Read it for the creative approach, and for the writer's grip on writing. The outcome is not difficult to predict, but it's her journey traveled within her limitations. A revelation for those of us who have seen anothers' journey into dementia.

Jun 22, 2016

I liked the storyline so far, also the characters, the twist was also another thing

May 20, 2016

Yes she will be a good writer but the thriller part fall flat. Too complicated and even at the end I was not even sure who had done it! But Maud reflections are a vivid image of the evolution of dementia.

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Jul 07, 2014

When the main character is elderly and has some serious memory loss, it's hard to know which way the story leads -- and that's a good thing in this well-written page turner. Has something happened to Maud's friend, Elizabeth? Or, just as likely, did something happen to Maud's beloved sister, Sukey, 45 years ago?


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