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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of the “remarkable...masterfully constructed, pitch-perfect” (Booklist, starred review) debut The Trouble with Goats and Sheep delivers a suspenseful and emotionally satisfying novel about a lifelong friendship, a devastating secret, and the small acts of kindness that bring people together.

There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first thing is that she’s my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third thing...might take a bit more explaining.

Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, she thinks about her friend Elsie and wonders if a terrible secret from their past is about to come to light. If the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died 60 years ago? 

Three Things About Elsie is a story about forever friends on the twisting path of life. As we uncover their buried secrets, we learn how the fine threads of humanity connect us all.

©2018 Joanna Cannon (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Very well written But a sad story about aging.

Sorry to say that this beautifully written book is about old age and the view of it was more than depressing. Not really a mystery just a story of how time and age and how it takes it's toll. The ending is sad and does tie up the ends nicely. I would not read this again and feel I must warn anyone who is sensitive about this topic. I am sorry I used a credit and will ask for it back.

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Great story line, just a little lengthy

I really enjoyed the characters of the book. The narrative was great as well. The only thing I would say is that it seemed to drag on a little in the middle. I think the story line could have been completely covered in less time. I never quit a book, even if I don’t like it, but I reached a point where I was just ready for more progression in the story.

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Loved it

Love this author , her first book was great but this is even better. The story of 2 elderly ladies in an assisted living facility, and a mystery that develops one day with a new resident. It reminds me, in a way, of her first book, as it also has 2 main female characters who are searching for the answer to a mystery also. I won’t give away any more than this, as it’d be hard to review without telling the complete story. It’s very good and the narrator’s voice is terrific.

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Poignant

Joanna Cannon's first book, "The Trouble With Goats and Sheep" was told from the perspective of a child. This book flips the perspective to that of an elderly woman in an assisted care facility. Both books feature a strong friendship between two girls/women; the plot of the both books is secondary to beautifully drawn characterization.
*Spoiler* Quite early in this story, I figured out that Elsie was imaginary, but that didn't detract from the plot. There is a mystery that motivates Florence/Elsie and Jack, another resident in the facility, to "investigate". This investigation uncovers secrets and corrects misunderstandings and misplaced guilt from the past. It was also the weak part of the story for me. There were too many inconsistencies, the most glaring one being *Spoiler* why would Ronnie come after Florence after (60) years ?
As I already mentioned, the characters are wonderful, and the narration is wonderful.

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Beautiful story, beautifully written.

The narrator is wonderful. She was perfect in "Goats & Sheep", and she was wonderful here. Three things about Elsie is one of my favorite books I've read this year.

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Gem of a Book

This mystery novel wove in suspense as well as a beautifully written narrative of the process of getting older. I loved so many of the life observations by the characters that I plan to buy the book and read it again, highlighting the ones I want to remember. Ms Cannon understands the human condition and writes so eloquently in a compassionate way that it honors all of us. Thank you, Paula.

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Another Great Novel from Ms. Cannon

A beautiful, captivating story about how lives are intertwined — how one life affects others in ways we cannot realize. Just as in real life, Ms. Cannon’s writing mixes deadly serious matters and laugh-out-loud matters. A delight to read.

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The narrator!!

Wow!! Great story. To be honest I’m not sure I would’ve enjoyed it that much without this new router though. Hands-down

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