The Book List #12 | Three Things About Elsie.

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Ever read a book so powerful you simply cannot hide the tears? Ever read a book with such a twist you gasp so loud, your mum asks if everything is ok (haha)? Ever read a book so good you cannot read it fast enough, the pages are simply not turning quick enough? - I may be sounding a tad dramatic in this introduction right here, but I honestly can't not emphasise how good this book was. With a combination of mystery, happiness, a touch of sadness and just a little of a thriller mixed together, if you're looking for a book that will both make you smile as well as cry with sadness (and no, completely not in the way you'd think) then this book is one hundred percent is one to pick up this summer... 

It's set at Cherry Tree, a residential home for the elderly and opens with Florence, an 84 year old who has fallen in her room. As she waits for help she begins to tell the story of her time at the home, with the storyline flicking between the past and present day. As the book goes on, she recalls many a happy memory spent with fellow friends in the Home; Jack and Elsie. Its a very sweet story, but what drew me in and absolutely kept me from putting it down was the element of mystery that flowed throughout...

See Florence, who seems to be a little forgetful from time to time (but that's one of the three things about Elsie: she always helps her remember) suddenly has a very large situation on her hands, a man from her past appears as a resident at Cherry Tree; Ronnie Butler, but this mans name is Gabriel Price.. huh?! The mystery is, the new resident that appears, should have died in the 1950s. Throughout the book this plot is unravelled and becomes more and more intriguing as the familiar man arrives under a different name but is identical to the man she knew all those years ago. Therefore the twists and turns of Florence, Jack and of course Elsie's adventures are recalled all whilst Florence flicks back to the present day, alone on her floor waiting assistance.

I can honestly say, despite the book very much being at the centre, a heart warming read of life at a residential home, the plot that winds through it surrounding this mystery man makes it all the more appealing. As the story concluded, as with every book surrounding a person of age you'd expect the typical ending, but this really was not the case at all. I can honestly say the last few pages of the story, everything is neatly brought together but absolutely broke my heart. I've never cried at a book before but I was WEEPING, partly because of how unexpected it was (well I never saw the conclusion to be as it was)

I cannot recommend this enough. Three Things About Elsie is a book I will not forget in a hurry. I've read a lot of fiction over the years, some good, some bad but never have I read a book which made me experience quite as many emotion as this one did.



  1. I've been waiting for someone else to have read this book to see their thoughts on it! I'm so glad you enjoyed it because I just honestly couldn't get into this book. I actually guessed the 'plot twist' somewhat in the middle of the book and it just took me too long to get into it. I'm going to give it to my Mum and Aunty to read and see their thoughts, it's so interesting how different books are to other people! xx

    1. Ah really, see I think purely because I had no idea that was the plot twist, I was so shocked and that’s why I loved it so much! I get what you mean though, if you had guessed that, it would have dragged a bit. I’m desperate for my mum to read to see what she thinks now haha! xx