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 postgraduate 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?
©2015 Susie Steiner (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Gripping, authentic, funny and moving, Missing, Presumed hits the sweet spot between literary and crime fiction. The plot is gripping, with a twist that knocked me sideways, swiftly followed by another one that knocked me back in the other direction. More than that, the characters became dear friends over the course of the book. I'm already looking forward to the next one." (Erin Kelly)
"DS Manon Bradshaw is a messed-up, big-hearted detective in the best tradition." (Harriet Lane)
"Within a chapter, DS Manon Bradshaw announces herself as a detective to follow through books and books to come. A treat in store for those who love their crime fiction rich in psychology, beautifully written and laced with dark humour. Dive in." (Lucie Whitehouse)
Some well drawn characters but overall a weak plot with too many cliches, "to be fair" twice in the first paragraph. Most irritating of all was the narration, which was obviously not checked by editors. The narrator seemed nervous, inexperienced and self conscious, putting full stops after each word at times and misunderstanding word and sentence stress. Not at all a relaxing listen, maybe I would have enjoyed this book more if I'd read it rather than listened.
The book had a really weak story, I didn't really like the writing style and kept hanging on thinking it would get better, but it didn't.
It was okay but nothing to get excited about. I kept waiting for it to warm up but sadly it didn't.
No, I don't think so. I wouldn't put them off it but I wouldn't recommend it either.
Sometimes it was hard to tell between different characters and although the narrator has a nice tone of voice, her Scottish and Irish accents were unbelievably bad.
Not for me. I found the main character to be one of the most irritating in the book.
Aside from poor narration, the biggest problem was that some of the lead characters came across more like caricatures. They just didn't seem like real people so inevitably I didn't warm to them or care about them.
No idea. Maybe someone who was in a hospital bed,in a coma
all of them
Feel bad writing a bad review as maybe it just wasn't right for me. Was just too rambling & didn't take to the narrator
This was so well written, with real people with real problems, the detective was so believable, and the story plausible. Recommended thriller, good narration
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