Elizabeth Is Missing

Elizabeth Is Missing

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In this darkly riveting debut novel, a sophisticated psychological mystery, one woman will stop at nothing to fiFInd her best friend, who seems to have gone missing. . . .Despite Maud's growing anxiety about Elizabeth's welfare, no one takes her concerns seriously—not her frustrated daughter, not her caretakers, not the police, and especially not Elizabeth's mercurial son—because Maud suffers from dementia. But even as her memory disintegrates and she becomes increasingly dependent on the trail of handwritten notes she leaves for herself in her pockets and around her house, Maud cannot forget her best friend. Armed with only an overwhelming feeling that Elizabeth needs her help, Maud resolves to discover the truth—no matter what it takes.As this singular obsession forms a cornerstone of Maud's rapidly dissolving present, the clues she uncovers lead her deeper into her past, to another unsolved disappearance: that of her sister, Sukey, who vanished shortly after World War II. As vivid memories of a tragedy that occurred more than fifty years ago come flooding back, Maud's search for Elizabeth develops a frantic momentum. Whom can she trust? Can she trust herself?A page-turning novel of suspense, Elizabeth Is Missing also hauntingly reminds us that we are all at the mercy of our memory. Always compelling, often poignant, and at times even blackly witty, this is an absolutely unforgettable novel.
Publisher: New York : HarperAudio, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062357328
Branch Call Number: OverDrive Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: Porter, Davina
OverDrive, Inc

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artemishi
Dec 30, 2014

Elizabeth is Missing is a contemporary novel whose narrator is a completely, refreshingly, frighteningly new voice for me. This is the first time I've read a fiction wherein the narrator was losing her mind to dementia (or Alzheimer's). And it was chillingly exactly like what I fear I'll go through in 5 more decades (or what either of my parents will go through. Or my brothers. Or Fedora. But I'm the one with the existing memory problems, so it'll probably be me.)

So my own fears aside, it was wonderfully balanced (despite the recall difficulty Maude, the MC, is going through). There are two mysteries threaded throughout the narrative- Elizabeth, the friend who is missing in present day, and Sookie, the sister who went missing in 1946. While I had some suspicions (that changed as we went through), I had no answers on either mystery until the final few chapters of the book. But it didn't seem rushed, or open-ended, or neglected at all. The balance between the tension-filled mystery and the slow (and sometimes self-aware) descent into dementia were equal plot drivers.

And I lovedlovedloved that none of the characters are painted as good or bad. Each is flawed by naivety, impatience, addiction, etc but all are admirable and understandable. Even the ones I initially disliked, I grew to have a grudging respect for.

It bears noting that the audiobook version is fantastic- the narrator was utterly believable as all of the characters.

I highly recommend this one to fans of fiction (adult), mysteries, and the exploration of the self and of aging. And pretty much for everyone, because it was surprisingly poignant, interesting, and unnerving.

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