Title: Missing, Presumed
Author: Susie Steiner
Publisher:The Borough Press
Published Date: February 25th 2016
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for kindly offering this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis (From Goodreads)
At thirty-nine, Manon Bradshaw is a devoted and respected member of the Cambridgeshire police force, and though she loves her job, what she longs for is a personal life. Single and distant from her family, she wants a husband and children of her own. One night, after yet another disastrous Internet date, she turns on her police radio to help herself fall asleep—and receives an alert that sends her to a puzzling crime scene.
Edith Hind—a beautiful graduate student at Cambridge University and daughter of the surgeon to the Royal Family—has been reported missing for nearly twenty-four hours. Her home offers few clues: a smattering of blood in the kitchen, her keys and phone left behind, the front door ajar but showing no signs of forced entry. Manon instantly knows this case will be big—and that every second is crucial to finding Edith alive.
The investigation starts with Edith’s loved ones: her attentive boyfriend, her reserved best friend, and her patrician parents. As the search widens and press coverage reaches a frenzied pitch, secrets begin to emerge about Edith’s tangled love life and her erratic behavior leading up to her disappearance. With no clear leads, Manon summons every last bit of her skill and intuition to close the case, and what she discovers will have shocking consequences not just for Edith’s family, but for Manon herself.
Suspenseful and keenly observed, Missing, Presumed is a brilliantly twisting novel of how we seek connection, grant forgiveness, and reveal the truth about who we are.
Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner was an enjoyable book. The premise was very intriguing. The back and forth between the police and the family and the public was very believable.I really like that this was in multiple points of view, however, I don’t feel that the characters were very hashed out.
I can’t say there was a single character that stands out in my mind. They all sort of just mesh together. The MC, detective Manon was a seriously boy obsessed 39 year old. I was actually a little annoyed with how much she whined about guys, but always sabotaged herself regarding them. That was the main reason this book got 3 stars, was because the mystery takes a back seat to the characters personal lives during the investigation.
The twist at the end came out of left field! I can’t believe it! This was what saved the novel from being merely okay.