Three Things About Elsie

Joanna Can­non Bor­ough Press, €12.00; ebook, €7.25

Irish Examiner - Weekend - - Books - Re­view: Rachel How­dle

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.

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