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Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

The story of a woman living with Dementia convinced her friend Elizabeth has gone missing

Reviewed by Angela Bevington
Reviewed by Angela Bevington


Maud is in her eighties and is suffering from dementia. She is confused. Her memories of the past and the disappearance of her sister, Sukey in 1946 become mixed up with the recent disappearance of her friend, Elizabeth in the present day.

About the book

This was Emma Healey’s first book, published in 2014. It sold a million copies world wide and won several awards including the Costa First Novel Award. The BBC made it into a film starring Glenda Jackson who won a BAFTA for her portrayal of the main protagonist, Maud.

The book is very well-written and well researched. Poor Maud is losing her memory and I found her very lovable. She is described with great sensitivity, compassion and understanding. I felt so sorry for her and her family, especially her long-suffering daughter, Helen – I know just how she feels as my husband suffers from dementia. The book is funny and sad, quite harrowing in places too, accurately portraying the devastating effect that dementia has on families but also with a gripping storyline.

Our Rating


Would you recommend this book?

I really enjoyed the book and would certainly recommend it – a great plot combined with an insight into the life of an elderly lady with dementia who manages to unravel a mystery.