Book: Missing, Presumed
Series: DS Manon #1
Author: Susie Steiner
Mid-December, and Cambridgeshire is blanketed with snow. Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw tries to sleep after yet another soul-destroying Internet date – the low murmuring of her police radio her only solace.
Over the airwaves come reports of a missing woman – door ajar, keys and phone left behind, a spatter of blood on the kitchen floor. Manon knows the first 72 hours are critical: you find her, or you look for a body. And as soon as she sees a picture of Edith Hind, a Cambridge post-graduate from a well-connected family, she knows this case will be big.
Is Edith alive or dead? Was her ‘complex love life’ at the heart of her disappearance, as a senior officer tells the increasingly hungry press? And when a body is found, is it the end or only the beginning?-Goodreads
Review: DS Manon Bradshaw is 39 years old and feels the clock ticking. After another failed internet date, she's called in to help on a missing persons cases. Edith, a Cambridge post-graduate student, has been reported missing by her boyfriend. Edith's father is a physician and personal friend of the Home Secretary, so there is a lot of pressure to solve this quickly.
This book reminded me of 'Unraveling Oliver' in that is doesn't read like a typical thriller. If you are looking for a fast paced, James Patterson-esque book, you will be sorely disappointed. This is more 'fiction with a side of mystery' if that makes any sense. I enjoyed Steiner's writing style and I liked DS Manon. The victim, Edith, was a horrible, horrible person, and it's always challenging reading a book when you don't really care what happened to the individual. Overall, I liked this one and will definitely continue with the series.