Yeah! At last a book that I have actually read (my review will follow on Thursday), this month's choice is ......
Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn't remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. Sometimes her home is unrecognisable - or her daughter Helen seems a total stranger.
But there's one thing Maud is sure of: her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, to leave it alone, to shut up, Maud will get to the bottom of it.
Because somewhere in Maud's damaged mind lies the answer to an unsolved seventy-year-old mystery. One everyone has forgotten about.
Everyone, except Maud ...
- Back cover blurb.
Elizabeth Is Missing brings to my mind .....
#1 SWALLOWING GRANDMA: Yet another story of a delightfully quirky if highly cantankerous elderly woman, the partially sighted Poll.
#2 THE RAGING QUIET: In Raver we have another sense-impaired character. His deafness mistaken as madness, both he and Marnie (a newcomer to the village) are set apart as being different, he whipped for being possessed of the devil, she put on trial as a witch.
#3 WEIRDO. MOSHER. FREAK: IF ONLY THEY'D STOPPED AT NAME CALLING: A real-life story of a couple vilified, he badly beaten, she kicked and stamped to death by a pack of feral youths. Their 'crime'? Daring to be different, Sophie's killing cited by the press as another example of a Broken Britain.
#4 STREET KID: Considered by some as feral. The story of a young girl living in the shadow of her father's terrifying cruelty, kept in the backyard, eating from the bins to survive.
#5 THE READER: Just as in Street Kid Judy's father (a seemingly charming spiritualist preacher) is not all he seems so in The Reader Hanna is far from what she seems. The much older lover of the then fifteen year old Michael years later he discovers her on trial as a war criminal.
#6 THE STORYTELLER: Slowly the truth from the darkest horrors of war are uncovered in this story of a young woman's friendship with a quiet, well respected man who is old enough to be her grandfather.