Book Review: Elizabeth is Missing – Emma Healey

Elizabeth is Missing cover

Title: Elizabeth is Missing
Author: Emma Healey
ISBN: 9780062309662
Pages: 320
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Publisher: Harper
Genre:  Literary Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3.5 out of 5


Maud is slowly losing touch with reality, as her memories are slipping away from her. One thing she knows though: her friend, Elizabeth, is missing, though no one will believe her when she tells them so. As Maud tries to uncover what happened to Elizabeth, those memories blur with ones from her childhood, and a new mystery presents itself that has haunted Maud all these years.

Snapshot Review:

Elizabeth is Missing is a harrowing portrait of what it must be like to slip into dementia, aware of what you are losing and panicked at how much you’ve forgotten at one moment and blissfully ignorant the next. It’s incredibly well done, to the point it’s sometimes difficult to get through, to connect the pieces of Maud’s fracturing mind. I had trouble with it while reading, though, because it’s presented as a psychological thriller, and I expected the pace to be on the quicker side. It’s not, actually—it’s a much more literary novel with a slower pace. Had I known this beforehand, I would have been happy to treat it as such while reading, but in this case my expectations hampered my enjoyment of the novel. The mystery takes a backseat to Maud’s condition, getting inside her head and emphasizing how difficult dementia is, both on the person suffering and those around them.

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  1. It must be difficult to review a book like this! I would like to read this though.

  2. I too thought it was a psychological thriller. That’s how it was presented to me by the publisher. I’ve read enough reviews now to know that it isn’t, but still they are being rather misleading about it. Sometimes it’s nice to know what you are getting into before you’re into it. At least a little.

  3. I enjoyed the book, but I did the same thing looking for more of the thriller or mystery that was eluded to.


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