Last summer (around this time actually) I read Joanna Cannon’s debut novel, The Trouble With Goats and Sheep. It had a massive amount of hype on booktube, and although it wasn’t my favourite book of the year it was one that I really very much enjoyed. It’s no surprise that Joanna’s next book, Three Things About Elsie, was an instant hit on booktube once more, and I will admit that the gorgeous battenberg inspired cover design had me instantly wanting to haul this.
Three Things About Elsie does not follow Elsie, as you might expect, but Florence, her best friend. As the novel opens we find that 84 year old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. Waiting to be rescued, Florence reflects on her long life and the many memories she has with Elsie. Yet not all of these remembrances are good ones, and Florence can’t help but think of the new resident at Cherry Tree; the charming man who looks exactly like someone she once knew who died sixty years ago. Lying alone in her front room, Florence can’t help but wonder if the awful secret from her past is about to be discovered.