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Is 'Elizabeth is missing' worth persevering with?

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Destinysdaughter Mon 11-Jan-16 21:17:55

I've started reading this and I'm finding it so depressing I'm not sure I want to continue with it. I know it's had good reviews but my dad had dementia and I was his carer for a while so I think I'm finding it too close to home tbh. I hate reading books or films about dementia in general having witnessed it but wondered if this book is worth carrying on reading, any thoughts?

sunnydayinmay Mon 11-Jan-16 21:28:47

I enjoyed it, but I can see where you're coming from.

southeastdweller Mon 11-Jan-16 21:50:11

Didn't like this book at all. It had too much of a creative writing feel, just didn't ring true at all. Life's too short to read books you're not enjoying.

Readysteadyknit Mon 11-Jan-16 21:53:41

I thought it was well written and a good read but think it's probably to near the knuckle if you have a loved one with dementia

Readysteadyknit Mon 11-Jan-16 21:54:16

"Too" not "to"

RoganJosh Mon 11-Jan-16 21:55:17

I would say not. I plodded on hoping it would improve and it didn't.

barnet Mon 11-Jan-16 21:55:43

I liked it, but it is sad. I think in your situation i wouldn't carry on with it. I appreciated it for the insight into dementia, but that's because I have no experience of it.

CocktailQueen Mon 11-Jan-16 21:56:35

I enjoyed it. Have had a bad year with dh's mum and dementia but this was uplifting in a way - I'd persevere.

Destinysdaughter Tue 12-Jan-16 10:08:29

Thanks for all your views, I'll park it for the time being, have got lots of other books to read!

squidgyapple Wed 13-Jan-16 20:25:47

I really enjoyed it but can understand that you wouldn't if it's too close to home.

SageMist Wed 13-Jan-16 20:31:44

I listened to this as an audio book from Audible. I must admit it took ages to get into, but I realised about a third of the way through that I was hooked. I'm really glad I persevered with it.

Bbqsareoverrated Wed 13-Jan-16 20:51:21

I read it and, overall, didn't find it as depressing as other dementia-related books (like Still Alice or the film Away from her which I sobbed my dad has dementia). I remember finding the beginning more true to home than later on. However, I completely understand that different things will trigger different reactions in different people.

The main reason I would stop reading it as I didn't think it was very good and didn't life up to the hype!

LilacSpunkMonkey Wed 13-Jan-16 20:54:26

I read it last week and I enjoyed it as much as it's possible to 'enjoy' a book with the subject matter of dementia.

I stuck with it to find out where Elizabeth was and to find out what happened to Sukey.

Doubt I'll read it again though.

hollowlegs Wed 13-Jan-16 22:39:19

It bored me silly.

chrome100 Wed 20-Jan-16 16:00:58

I really enjoyed it, I thought it was a good story. My mum has dementia.

redhat Wed 20-Jan-16 16:03:07

I got half way through the audiobook and abandoned it. It was very boring.

Pootle40 Sun 24-Jan-16 20:55:00

I enjoyed it but it does seem one of those 'marmite' books!

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