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Elly ist weg. Eines Tages verschwindet die Elfjährige spurlos aus dem Leben ihrer Familie. Die Eltern und Ellys ältere Schwester bleiben zurück und versuchen trotz des Verlustes weiterzumachen. Doch die drei können nicht loslassen, Elly bleibt allgegenwärtig, in Gedanken, Taten und Schuldgefühlen. Jeder spielt den Tag, nach dem nichts mehr war wie zuvor, unablässig im Kopf ...more
Hardcover, 148 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Schöffling & Co.
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Michelle
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
What a strange little novella this is.

Eleven year old Elly rides her bike to her sports class as she has done many times before however this time she doesn't arrive. She also doesn't return home. The police investigation can find no explanation for her disappearance. The family is told to move on.

Four years later and Elly returns. Or did she?

"Finally Elly appears, transformed. She is much older, her eyes are dark. We stare at her. Then my mother puts her arms around her and embraces her. W
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Vonda
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
What an amazing little book! It wrapped so much depth of characters and story in 148 pages. Originally written in Germany the translation is flawless and smooth. How do you deal with losing a child? What do you do when a child shows up 4 years later stating she is your daughter? Very thought provoking story.
Abbie | ab_reads
Thank you @scribe_uk for gifting me an advanced copy of Elly by Maike Wetzel to review! This literary thriller translated from German by Lyn Marven took me by surprise - it’s a very powerful little novel packed into just 137 pages.
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Elly disappeared four years ago. Although her family searched and searched, no hint of her whereabouts was ever found. But now, four years later, Elly’s come back. The family are thrilled, they didn’t dare dream that one day they might be reunited with their youngest
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Andy Weston
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
11 year old Elly, youngest daughter of Judith and Hamid, seemingly disappears when cycling to her Judo lesson. Four years later she is identified living rough in Denmark following what appears to be both physical and sexual abuse.
Narrated alternately by her and her family, this is a chapter by chapter gradual reveal that indicate things aren’t as clear as they may seen at first, and Wetzel does a great job of building a sense of unease and unreliability.
It stands-out in the wodge of books abou
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Scribe Publications
Elly is a book about the dark side of longing.
Hubert Spiegel, speech at the Robert Gernhardt Prize

In few yet incredibly precise words, Maike Wetzel creates an oppressive tension around a family falling apart. A book that will not let you go.
Brigitte Woman

Reminiscent of Ian McEwan’s A Child in Time, Elly will have wide appeal ... Maike Wetzel’s fresh, original take on the popular literary theme of missing children is delivered in her clear, understated prose with its unflinching eye for detai
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Theresa Smith
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Every family’s worst nightmare forms the basis of this story: the disappearance of a child. Eleven-year-old Elly rides to judo one afternoon, a route she regularly follows, but she never arrives. The last ever sighting of her is in the middle of the road very close to her destination, picking up her sports bag which had come loose from her bike rack and fallen into the busy street. Her bike is left abandoned in the gutter.

‘There are no more first moments. When your child disappears, everything s
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Kerrie
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Let me point out first of all that I don't think this is crime fiction, although it certainly presents a mystery, and most probably a crime was committed.

Part of the mystery is trying to work out who is the narrator as the chapters swap from one to another narrator, with only references to other people as the clue. It is almost like a jigsaw puzzle.

Elly disappears one hot June afternoon on her way to the local sports hall. Her sports bag falls off her bike in the middle of an intersection. She d
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Jules
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
3,5 Sterne
Laura (Bookie_mama_bear)
⭐️ BOOK REVIEW ⭐️
Thank you to @scribe_uk & @maikewetzel for my ARC of Elly. This book will be available in April 2020.
This book is nothing short of incredible. It’s 137 pages long but do not underestimate what can happen in such a short amount of pages. My head is buzzing with it all!! Here’s the blurb:
Eleven year old Elly is missing. After an extensive police search she is presumed dead, and her family must learn to live with a gaping hole in their lives. Then, four years later, she reappears.
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Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
3 1/2 stars rounded up- great premise - taut writing

My View:
Sparsely written, staccato in style – a story of loss, grief, desperation and the longing for completeness, of family.
This is a quick yet powerful read; there is a darkness buried deep in our soul that is slowly pared back, revealed by the knife of grief and longing. The sister and her desire to “claim”, reinvent a new sister, the family unit in its desperate need to believe that the “returned” child is their own, that child’s need for
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booksbytheboats
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Everything we had goes out of focus, everything we experienced with her falls apart’ - Elly - Maike Wetzel 🚲

Well, that was weird. I don’t even know how to review this book. A mere 137 pages of beautiful writing and lovely descriptions and not much else.

The final chapter is all we needed really. It was written in an odd but fascinating way that drew me in and held my attention but I guess I’m just used to getting more from a book.

If you enjoy reading beautiful pieces of writing I highly recommen
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Ville Prusti
Kertomus Elly-nimisen tytön katoamisesta (ja löytymisestä) ja katoamisen vaikutuksesta muuhun perheeseen. Jos tätä lukisi perinteisempänä dekkarina tai trillerinä, ehkä voisi pettyä. Sitä se ei minusta ole, vaan pikemminkin kirjassa tutkitaan menetyksen, surun, kaltoinkohtelun ja traumojen luonnetta ja seurauksia. Tunnelma on painostava ja unenomaisella tavalla raskas.

Pidin tästä yllättävänkin paljon, mutta selkeitä puutteita siinä on. Henkilöistä pidin ja he olivat uskottavia, eräät juonenkään
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Ella Kurki
Sep 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Beautifully written novella. I found the first chapters very cool, but the last few left me wishing the story had wrapped up in a more impactful way. Positive surprise for a book with such a low goodreads score.
Scribe Publications
Elly is a book about the dark side of longing.
Hubert Spiegel, speech at the Robert Gernhardt Prize

In few yet incredibly precise words, Maike Wetzel creates an oppressive tension around a family falling apart. A book that will not let you go.
Brigitte Woman

Reminiscent of Ian McEwan’s A Child in Time, Elly will have wide appeal ... Maike Wetzel’s fresh, original take on the popular literary theme of missing children is delivered in her clear, understated prose with its unflinching eye for detai
...more
Scribe Publications
Elly is a book about the dark side of longing.
Hubert Spiegel, speech at the Robert Gernhardt Prize

In few yet incredibly precise words, Maike Wetzel creates an oppressive tension around a family falling apart. A book that will not let you go.
Brigitte Woman

Reminiscent of Ian McEwan’s A Child in Time, Elly will have wide appeal ... Maike Wetzel’s fresh, original take on the popular literary theme of missing children is delivered in her clear, understated prose with its unflinching eye for detai
...more
Andrea
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, european-crime
Elly was once a sister to Ines, and a daughter to Judith and Hamid. She lives on in the stories told by others and most importantly, in the stories told by her own family. Elly is a curious novella that depicts the isolated roads that we journey through grief, surrounded by others but essentially always alone.

Elly exits the stage with no explanation, leaving only a backpack in the middle of the road to mark her last interaction with a world that had always seemed safe and secure. The fissure tha
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Danielle
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
"A missing child is a nightmare for any family"
The nightmare of when Elly goes missing is the focus of this novel, one where the ripples are provided via multiple viewpoints; her sister and parents, one that's personal with an unreliable flare at times. I was mesmerised by the writing, as well as the thoughts of the inhabitants trapped within the pages. The allure of this domestic thriller intrigued me with its distorted type plotline, one that changed from point of views in a short choppy way t
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Sharon Mensing
This is a strange little book. Reading it is a bit like being in an extended dream sequence, looping around from one character to another but not escaping the surreal feel. Elly disappears, Elly comes back, and we don't find out what happened to Elly until the very end of the book. Each very short chapter switches narrator, with the characters being Elly's sister, mother, father, Elly (in two incarnations), and a girl Elly's sister shares a hospital room with. We learn some backstory and some de ...more
Sonal
May 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Elly is an 11 year old girl who goes missing while on her way to a judo class. Four years later she has come back.
This story is not like other missing persons stories I have read, it is not a thriller or whodunit mystery, instead it focuses on each individual character and how they have been affected. I really wanted to like this book, there were a lot of positives about it. It was interesting to read all the different perspectives, I even made myself push past the writing style, which I was not
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Hannah Rae
Huge thank you to @scribe_uk for sending me a proof copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
I loved the style of writing here, and how wonderfully the prose was translated. That is incredibly hard to maintain, as with translated texts you often lose that raw feeling of emotion when it has been translated from the books native language.
The story itself I found intriguing, however I feel it lacked any completion at the end. I feel like it was a spiral of guessing games as to what the
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Jamie Love
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read Elly by @maikewetzel in a matter of hours last Sunday. It was the perfect book to read with a cuppa whilst the rain seemed to pour non-stop and the kids were playing or having a nap.

Synopsis: Eleven-year-old Elly is missing. After an extensive police search she is presumed dead, and her family must learn to live with a gaping hole in their lives. Then, four years later, she reappears. But soon her parents and sister are plagued by doubts. Is this stranger really the same little girl who w
...more
Surbhi Sinha
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Elly is a mystery & thriller novel written by Maike Wetzel and originally published in German. It’s been translated into English by Lyn Marven. It’s been scheduled to be come out on 09-April-2020, so keep an eye for it guys!

Elly is a gripping story about an 11-year old girl who just disappears out of the blue and without a trace. Now, when I read the blurb, I was quite excited to read the book as I had recently seen the Netflix documentary “The Disappearance of Madeline McCain” – here too a 3-ye
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Rebecca
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: germany, translated
Quite an unsettling read and not at all what I was expecting. I knew it wasn’t a crime story but it’s also not really the ‘usual’ story about a family coming to terms with the abduction of their daughter. At the beginning it reminded me of books like Fever Dream where you are reading with a constant sense of discomfort, disorientation and foreboding. In this case you know Elly has already disappeared and you also know from the advertising material that she will come back, but there’s something e ...more
Kath Lau
Elly is about an 11-year old girl who went missing. She is presumed dead by the police after getting no single trace of her disappearance. Then four years later, she returns. Her family is beyond ecstatic about her come back but it didn't last long. They soon start to have doubts about her. Is she the same Elly or do they welcome a random stranger in their family?

This book is written in multiple first person POVs and at first I had a hard time to tell them apart. But the author did great capturi
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Louise
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bram
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not entirely convinced by the ending, but this is otherwise a brilliantly subtle, sad and complex chain-of-voices family tragedy. Reminded me of a more tightly contained riff on one of my favourite novels of the last twenty years, The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard. Probably a 4.5 but Goodreads doesn't allow half stars.
Karen
May 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
There isn't enough to this book. It's 130 pages and takes 6 different points of view, and covers Elly's disappearance, return, and what happens after. That amount of content crammed into so few pages doesn't leave room to get into the characters or their lives, it's just constantly introducing something new
Jill Burgin
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A subtle, small story about loss and grief and desperately wanting things back to normal. When an eleven year old goes missing, the world continues, except for the family, friends and acquaintances of someone who has disappeared, either voluntarily or snatched. This is what happens.
Jennifer Walton
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Quick, easy read. Intriguing and odd.
Ronsens
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dieses schmale Buch hatte jetzt noch ein (überraschendes) Zusatzvergnügen für mich: es spielt exakt dort, wo ich aufgewachsen bin und also für mich auf mythischem Grund. Ich kenne die Kreuzung, wo Elly verschwindet, ich weiß, wo es zum Judo und Tramolinspringen geht usw. usf.
Dieses zufällig Privatmyhtische passt damit wunderbar zur Geschichte, die ja auch ähnlich untergründig anfängt (die Einstiegs-Krankenhausepisode fand ich auch am Stärksten) Die beteiligten Personen entrollen in Schlaglichte
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