Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

Admittedly I didn’t enjoy this one as much as The Trouble With Goats and Sheep. I found many of the plot twists quite obvious and not as deftly written as they could have been – the plot and the creative connections buried within though were very clever!

We start the novel with Florence as she has taken a fall in her aged care facility, and time-stamped snippets of her time waiting for help are interwoven throughout the rest of the novel. The primary narrative follows her journey to that point, particularly her friendship with her dear friend Elsie and a series of events in their youth that changed their lives forever.

The characters are an absolute delight, their quirks and whimsy are charming in a very British way, and they propelled me to keep reading when the plot itself seemed a little slow.

There were some aspects of the ending that I think would be been brilliant if teased out a bit more during the narrative itself, though their inclusion did leave the reader with much to contemplate after turning the final page!


I enjoyed this read and time spent in Florence’s world, and look forward to what Cannon pens next! Thanks to the delightful @kdwinchester for buddy-reading this one with me, and to @offtheshelfofficial who sent me this ARC during one of their giveaways. 🌟🌟🌟🌟



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