Elizabeth is Missing, Emma Healey's stunning debut novel, introduces a mystery, an unsolved crime and one of the most unforgettable characters since Mark Haddon's Christopher. Meet Maud ...
'Elizabeth is missing', reads the note in Maud's pocket in her own handwriting.
Lately, Maud's been getting forgetful. She keeps buying peach slices when she has a cupboard full, forgets to drink the cups of tea she's made and writes notes to remind herself of things. But Maud is determined to discover what has happened to her friend, Elizabeth, and what it has to do with the unsolved disappearance of her sister Sukey, years back, just after the war.
A fast-paced mystery with a wonderful leading character: Maud will make you laugh and cry, but she certainly won't be forgotten.
Emma Healey is 28 years old and grew up in London. She has spent most of her working life in libraries, bookshops and galleries. She completed the MA in Creative Writing: Prose at UEA in 2011. Elizabeth is Missing is her first novel.
Jen has finally got her daughter home. But why does fifteen-year-old Lana still feel lost? When Lana goes missing for four desperate days and returns refusing to speak of what happened, Jen fears the very worst. She thinks she's failed as a mother, that her daughter is beyond reach and that she must do something - anything - to bring her back. The family returns to London where everyone but Jen seems happy to carry on as normal. Jen's husband Hugh thinks she's going crazy - and their eldest daughter Meg is tired of Lana getting all the attention. But Jen knows Lana has changed, and can't understand why. Does the answer lie in those four missing days? And how can Jen find out? 'As gripping as Elizabeth is Missing ' Elle 'Utterly compelling' Rosamund Lupton '[A] satisfying, cathartic mystery' Jenny Colgan 'A compelling modern family drama with witty and wonderful characters. Utter bliss' Nina Stibbe, bestselling author of Love, Nina 'Intriguing and entertaining' Observer
Tout se mélange un peu dans la tête de Maud, mais elle n'en démord pas : Elizabeth a disparu. Sa fille a beau lui répéter inlassablement que tout va bien, c'est noté là, sur un de ces bouts de papier qui l'aident à se souvenir : sa vieille amie et voisine, Elizabeth, a disparu. Exactement comme Sukey, sa grande soeur bien-aimée, soixante ans plus tôt. Maud confondrait-elle les époques ? Mais n'y a-t-il pas tout autant de mystères autour d'elle aujourd'hui qu'hier ?
Malgré la maladie qui dévore sa mémoire, Maud interroge le présent, sonde le passé, en quête de vérité avant que tout s'efface...