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Author: Emma Healey Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2014 ISBN: 9780062357328
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ingeniously structured and remarkably poignant, Elizabeth is Missing is a riveting story of friendship and loss that will have you compulsively puzzling fact from fiction as you race to the last page. Immersed in the narrator’s increasingly fragmented world, the story questions the true meaning of memory and proves the enduring power of love.”

    Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia

  • “[A] knockout debut…Healey’s audacious conception and formidable talent combine in a bravura performance that sustains its momentum and pathos to the last.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Maud Horsham, the narrator of Emma Healey’s spellbinding first novel, Elizabeth Is Missing, is aware that she’s slipping into dementia…It’s a sad and lonely business, watching your identity slowly slip away. But even at the end, Maud insists on making herself heard and understood.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This is no conventional crime novel but a compelling work that crosses literary genres…The result is bold, touching, and hugely memorable.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • Elizabeth Is Missing is every bit as compelling as the frenzied hype suggests…Both a gripping detective yarn and a haunting depiction of mental illness, but also more poignant and blackly comic than you might expect.”

    Observer (London)

  • “It is a gripping thriller, but it’s also about life and love, the love of an exasperated daughter for her mother, the love of sisters and of friends, and the love I felt for Maud.”

    Independent (London)

  • “A compelling read, Elizabeth Is Missing offers added depth of mystery and suspense along with aptly portraying a family trying to cope with illness.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Where Maud has difficulty keeping track of her current life from moment to moment, the past becomes clearer and forms a disturbing picture—one that may connect to the missing Elizabeth. Delving into the mind of a woman suffering from dementia, Healey uses her unreliable narrator to create realistic tension. Suspenseful and emotional in equal parts, the author’s debut hits all the right notes.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Part mystery, part meditation on memory…this is altogether brilliant.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Davina Porter narrates Emma Healey’s compelling story of memory, identity, and loss. A story about someone who has to repeatedly ask the same questions may sound tedious, but both Healey and Porter are at the top of their game, and the result is a compelling audiobook. Porter modulates her voice to sound slightly younger or older depending on whether she’s narrating a present-day portion of the story or scenes from Maud’s past. It could have been difficult for the listener to differentiate between the time periods, but Porter’s performance invokes just the right amount of subtlety to make it easy, thus making this an outstanding listen. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “British author Healey draws on her own grandmothers’ experiences to create the distinctive narrator of her first novel…An absorbing tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “What’s truly astonishing about the book is that its author…isn’t even thirty years old. How can she know what it’s like for a person to lose herself, bit by bit? How can her descriptions of World War II, with all the shabbiness and rationing and black-market intrigue, be so vivid? Of course, Healey is able to imagine and empathize on such a level because she’s simply a brilliant writer. Let’s hope we hear much more from her over the years.”


  • “Maud’s memory is failing, slipping further away each day. So how can she convince anyone that her best friend is truly missing?…A poignant novel of loss.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This novel genuinely is one of those semi-mythical beasts, the book you cannot put down.”

    Jonathan Coe, author of The Rotter’s Club

  • “A thrillingly assured, haunting and unsettling novel, I read it at a gulp.”

    Deborah Moggach, author of Heartbreak Hotel

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A BookPage Top Pick for June 2014
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2014
  • One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Editors' Pick
  • Winner of the 2014 Costa Book Award for First Novel
  • A June 2014 LibraryReads Pick

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About the Author

Emma Healey is the author of Elizabeth Is Missing. She holds a degree in bookbinding and a master’s in creative writing. She lives in London, where she was raised.

About the Narrator

Davina Porter has been enthralling listeners for over twenty-five years with her ability to mine the psychological depths of the characters she reads and bring them convincingly to life. In 2006, she won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Female Narration and in 2004 for Best Inspirational Literature Narration. She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and has won nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she has appeared on stage at the Vineyard Playhouse and the Square One Theater, among others.