Elizabeth Is Missing

Elizabeth Is Missing

Book - 2014
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HOW DO YOU SOLVE A MYSTERY WHEN YOU CAN'T REMEMBER THE CLUES?

In this darkly riveting debut novel--a sophisticated psychological mystery that is also an 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, and her search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences.

Maud, an aging grandmother, is slowly losing her memory--and 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 Maud--not her frustrated daughter, Helen, not her caretakers, not the police, and especially not Elizabeth's 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 Maud's 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 Sukey's disappearance hold the key to finding Elizabeth?

Publisher: New York: HarperCollins, c2014
ISBN: 9780062309662
0062309668
Branch Call Number: FIC Heal
Characteristics: 303 p. ; 24 cm

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PimaLib_MaryG Mar 22, 2018

This is an excellent, excellent book. It is really three tales in one - two mysteries and the story of Maud and her increasing disability. First, there is the mystery of the title - what happened to her friend Elizabeth? This mystery brings back memories of the unsolved disappearance of Maud's sister decades ago. Finally, both of these intertwined tales are told through the imperfect narration of Maud, whose dementia increases as the book goes on.

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darladoodles
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.

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mariaR
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.

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ALW7033
Nov 27, 2017

I hated this book. I could no finish it.

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uncommonreader
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.

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jazpur
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.

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poodlegirl
Nov 10, 2016

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

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becker
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.

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MarionAn
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.

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Tergel4444
Jun 22, 2016

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

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Jun 24, 2014

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LibrarianNancy
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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