Three Things About Elsie
Joanna Cannon Borough Press, €12.00; ebook, €7.25
IT is rare to come across a book that is thoughtful, insightful and filled with suspense until the last page.
Cleverly, Joanna Cannon, whose previous novel The Trouble With Goats And Sheep was equally well thought out.
In Three Things About Elsie we meet Florence, 84, who has had a fall in her nursing home, as she imagines who will find her as she lays dying.
Florence lives at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly and keeps herself to herself, apart from her inseparable lifelong friend Elsie.
Then a face from her distant past returns. She can’t put her finger on why though, and his name isn’t right. Can Flo work through her tangled memories and remember long-buried secrets before her time runs out?
Cannon’s handling of Flo’s misadventures through her memory to find that missing block is both light and yet heartbreaking at the same time.
A joy to read.