This book by Emma Healey won the Costa prize last year and was long-listed for the Baileys fiction prize this year and it’s easy to see why.
The story is told by Maud, a woman in her 80s with dementia. As far as unreliable narrators go she is pretty much as unreliable as it gets – her memory is failing but she does know that her friend Elizabeth is missing, which leads her to remember how her sister disappeared over 50 years before.
When I started reading this book I was a little worried that it might get repetitive or that the plot would struggle because of the narrative style, but it actually worked really well and Healey presents a highly believable imagining of Maud’s mind. I would say that I found the ending a little disappointing and would like more strings tied up to make it more satisfying. However, overall I really enjoyed the way that past and present blurred and formed an interesting narrative.