#BookReview : Missing, Presumed by @SusieSteiner1


‘Hits the sweet spot between literary and crime fiction – Gripping’ ERIN KELLY
‘For those who love their crime fiction rich in psychology, beautifully written and laced with dark humour. Dive in’ LUCIE WHITEHOUSE
‘DS Manon Bradshaw is a messed-up, big-hearted detective in the best tradition’ HARRIET LANE
Edith Hind is gone, leaving just her coat, a smear of blood and a half-open door.

Each of her friends and relatives has a version of the truth. But none quite adds up.

The press grows hungrier by the day. Can DS Manon Bradshaw fend them off, before a missing persons case becomes a murder investigation?


I was lucky enough to win Missing, Presumed through a competition on Lovereading. 

I am ashamed to say that until the competition I had neither heard of Susie Steiner or her book.  

How fortunate was I to win! Now not only do I have an amazing book sitting on my bookshelf, I also have a new author to follow. 
So where do I start with this amazing book? The beginning is probably a good place to start I hear you say! 

For me there were two stories going on throughout. 

 Firstly, the missing girl called Edith; a privileged girl from a wealthy family with seemingly no worries or stresses.  

What has happened to her? Who would want to harm her? The clock is ticking and the first 72 hours are always the most critical in a missing person’s case. 
As the story progresses we are introduced to all the people who are close to Edith and the impact her disappearance has on them. The torment and pain of the unknown on her family is beautifully written and enabled the reader to connect on some level with these characters. 

Secondly we have Manon Bradshaw; a Detective Sergeant, who is smart and sassy but who is in need of love and security was so relatable to me 
Manon was real; Susie Steiner wrote her in such a way that I could connect with her, even want to be friends with her.  

I felt her pain and struggles along the way and when she received the text from Alan Prenderghast   saying he was looking for something exceptional, I wanted to give him what for and tell Manon she was better off without him - so powerful was the writing and storytelling! 

 So here you have a missing girl, and Manon (who is lost on some level also) looking for her.  

Their two stories weaved throughout the book beautifully and sensitively. 
I enjoyed all the characters, from Miriam to Davy to Fly.  

Fly was another endearing character; who was struggling to survive in a world that had shown him little more than how power, money and the system can really work against you. 

This wasn’t just another one of those detective books, or another story of someone going missing.  

Here is the introduction of, I hope, a new and strong female Detective that can show you weak and strong, beauty and horror, happy and sad whilst hunting criminals and making time for herself and her own desires. 

I do hope there will be other stories to come about Manon Bradshaw and that Susie Steiner continues to deliver such high quality story telling!

I cannot recommend this book more highly.  If you have not read it, please read it.  If it is on your TBR pile, put it to the top!  

If you have read it, pass it on to your friends so they can enter the amazing world of Manon Bradshaw and Susie Steiner.


★ ★★★★

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