Three Things About Elsie is a novel about aging, friendship, with a side of mystery. The first half of the novel had me interested, however, it was particularly hard to find much interest in sticking with the second half. I felt the novel dragged on and felt just flat and grey. I wasn’t much interested in learning about the third thing about Elsie.
Elsie is the best friend of Florence, who is slowing loosing her memories as she ages. Long ago, Elsie’s sister and Florence’s friend, Beryl died by drowning and Florence seems to think it wasn’t an accident. She and Elsie attempt to solve their mystery of sorts, but in the context of an assisted living facility.
This book is well-written with well developed characters, but it failed to WOW me. This is a book about the characters, their friendships and living with a secret. Sometimes a book will drag it's heels and make you want to quit it. Yes, Three Things about Elsie made me want to quit. It was, however, an Advanced Reader Copy, and really, the deal is, read on to give your opinion.
I wish some of the revelations would have be given to the reader sooner, to hold their interest. I just didn’t care much by the time it was all revealed.
My thanks to #NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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