6 Degrees of Separation: Elizabeth is Missing

May 9, 2015 | 2 comments


6 Degrees of Separation (hosted by Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman) is my favourite book meme. The goal is to construct a chain with 6 other books, using any criteria you want, and see where you end up.

For this round, the starting book is Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. This physcological mystery is Healey’s debut novel and a recent addition to my tbr list.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things is another recent addition. I don’t usually read a lot of historical fiction, but this one sounded too beautiful to miss. It is about the life of a woman named Alma Whittaker and her experiences with the spiritual, divine and magical wonders of the world.

The Wonder of All Things is Jason Mott’s debut novel. It starts with a plane crash, after which a girl named Ava magically heals her best Wash’s wounds.

Under the Dome by Stephen King also start with a plane crash. It is a very vivid scene both in the book (and in the tv show based on the book). One of the things that stand out about Under the Dome is the high number of fatalities – no one is guaranteed to survive. Under the Dome has also been published as Die Arena.

Die Arena would also be a suitable alternative title for The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. In it, a game for survival takes place on an arena under a dome. In theory, the game goes on until only one participant is left standing.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin is another book where most of the characters are killed. It is the first book in the series A Song of Ice and Fire (and I’m ashamed to admit that I never made it through the rest of the series).

Fire and Ice by Anne Stuart is the fifth book in the Ice series. I’ve been reading it out of order and cannot quite decide if I like it or not. Each book focuses on a different pair of characters, which I usually like, but I think this is one of those series where the book titles are better than the books themselves.


This time, my chain took me from a physcological mystery I haven’t read yet to a romantic mystery I’m not sure I want to read. A funny tidbit is that for the May 2014 6 Degrees of Separation I also used both Under the Dome and A Game of Thrones (and the latter was even in the same place in the chain) but the links were very different.

See Annabel’s chain here and Emma’s chain here. Or make your own. Starting with Elizabeth is Missing, where will you end up?


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