Friday, 9 March 2018

Book Review: Missing, Presumed by 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 comes 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? 

After reading Susie Steiner's second novel in the DS Manon series earlier in 2017, I decided to pick up the first book in the series when I spotted it on a charity shop's shelves. Susie Steiner has cemented herself as a favourite author of mine with Persons Unknown, and Missing, Presumed just confirmed that.

Missing, Presumed was a stellar introduction to what is going to be a fantastic series. Both books in the series boast strong, likeable characters, a gripping story, and a multitude of plot twists to keep the reader on their toes. Well written, with a narrative that flows well, Susie Steiner has a fantastic skill and has created a fantastic crime fiction series. I'm already excited for the next book in the series to be released!

Rating: ****

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