Hello everyone! How are you? And how is the book challenge going? Did anyone join me in reading Elizabeth is Missing? Did any of you get to the end of chapter nine? I am really enjoying this read, and I honestly think Emma Healey did an outstanding job at portraying Maud’s feelings and emotions throughout the novel.
As promised, I will share a few reflective thoughts on the book, by answering some questions I wrote for myself, and for all of you who got to the end of chapter nine…
- Why do you think the author chose to intermingle Maud’s present life with her childhood memories?
- Why do you think the author chose to use sensorial stimuli to evoke the flashbacks?
- Do you believe there is any connection between the disappearance of Sukey and that of Elizabeth?
- Do you believe that Maud has founded reasons to be worried about Elizabeth?
- How do you feel about Helen’s character? Do you think she is being a good daughter to Maud? Do you believe she is hiding something from her?
- Maud has experienced heart-breaking mysterious losses twice in her life. The disappearance of Sukey in her childhood, and that of Elizabeth in her old age. I believe the author chose to interweave the two stories to highlight Maud’s perspective on them. Through the time skips, we get to experience Maud’s internal journey, her thoughts, her fears and how she developed her coping skills. But furthermore, we get an insight in the curious, sharp and bubbly mind of a youthful Maud. In addition to that, I am also starting to believe that the crossover teases the idea of ‘overlapping’ characters…
- Sensorial stimuli are known to have the power to recall long lost emotional memories that are stored in the human brain. They are powerful, accurate, but also extremely brief. As Maud’s character seems to be suffering from a form of memory loss disease, such as Alzheimer’s or Senile Dementia, these triggers seem like the perfect expedient to provoke the linking dive into Maud’s ancient memories.
- To be 100% honest with you, I sometimes do wonder if Maud confuses the disappearance of Elizabeth with that of Sukey. However, I still keep questioning that, as we still have no proof that Elizabeth is dead, nor that Sukey has never been found. So, could it possibly be that Sukey restarted a new life as Elizabeth? Or is it just me allowing my fantasy to run too wild?
- This is a tricky question, because we really don’t know if Elizabeth simply died of an old age, or if something has actually happened to her.
- I believe that Helen is being a great caring daughter to Maud. However, I do believe she might be hiding the truth of what happened to Elizabeth from her. Maybe just to protect her, and maybe just out of love. But don’t you believe that Maud has the right to know what happened to the best friend she so deeply cares for?
Now it’s your turn! What are your answers to the questions above?
Leave your responses below, and don’t forget to share your book club pictures on Instagram and hashtag them #ellysdiarybc.
Also, keep an eye out here, as I will soon be announcing the date of my first Instagram Live Book Club Chat, where we can all discuss our thoughts on the book together.
Until then, keep reading, and make sure you get to the end of the book by January 31st .
Bye bye for now!
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