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Jun 2015 by PCI College

Bite-Sized Book Review: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

Sinéad Ní Mháille, of the PCI College Marketing Team, reviews her recent holiday read 'Elizabeth is Missing' by Emma Healey

Elizabeth is missing but no-one will help Maud to find her.  Emma Healey has created a masterpiece in evocative, heart-rending fiction in her first novel ‘Elizabeth is Missing’. Told by Maud, the novel weaves together two stories; one from the past and one from the present, as she tries to piece together the mystery behind Elizabeth’s disappearance.   Maud’s mind is different as she battles with dementia, and though some things are a challenge to her understanding, one thing she is certain about is that Elizabeth is not where she should be and she must not give up the search to find her friend. 

With incredible insights into a fractured memory, this book allows the reader to get some sense of the realities of dementia from Maud’s point of view. Told in simple terms and everyday incidents, Healey illustrates the difficulties with daily words, the erratic recognition of loved ones and the slow deterioration over time of the remarkable faculty that is our human memory. Where one part withers, the other blooms and Maud reveals a terrible mystery, hidden for years as she seeks to find out what has happened to Elizabeth.

At times heart breaking and upsetting, the book also has moments of laughter and lightness and above all, tells the story of a strong character, an indomitable spirit and a loyal friend.


Sinéad Ní Mháille (June 2015)

PCI College Executive Marketing Executive

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