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. Back home she finds the place horribly unrecognizable – just like she sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is 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 . . .
is a debut novel about a mind in the grips of dementia. Simultaneously a fast-paced mystery and a moving meditation on memory and identity and told through Maud’s unforgettable voice, it humanises a condition most of us find impenetrable and frustrating.
I’m not going to misbehave and write a full review so far in advance of the publication date, but I really just have to make my book loving friends aware of this wonderful book – due for publication by Penguin Books UK in June 2014. I was lucky enough to get an advance reading e-copy via netgalley, and I have to say I was blown away by it, wonderful writing, something really special and different, really original in its narration, and a quite fantastic read. At the moment, I’ll limit myself to reproducing the synopsis, and review in full at a later date – but don’t miss this one, whatever you do.