Friday, 17 November 2017

Book Review: Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner

The sequel to Susie Steiner's bestselling MISSING, PRESUMED.

Manon has settled back into life in Cambridgeshire with her adopted son, Fly. She's perfectly happy working on cold cases until a man is stabbed to death just yards from the police station, and both the victim and the prime suspect turn out to be much closer to home than she would like. How well does Manon know her loved ones, and are they capable of murder? 

Let me just start this review by saying; I read this book completely out of sequence. Although I downloaded Susie Steiner's Missing, Presumed a while back on my Kindle, I hadn't got around to reading it when I saw Persons Unknown in Tesco. At the time of reading Persons Unknown, I had no idea it was the sequel to Susie Steiner's bestselling Missing, Presumed. And, to be honest, I don't think reading the books out of sequence ruined my reading experience. Persons Unknown works well as a standalone novel; you don't need to have read Missing, Presumed to make sense of Steiner's second novel.

Now that's out of the way, what did I think of the book? 

Persons Unknown was a really gripping read. Without knowing the backstory that Missing, Presumed brings, I was still drawn into Manon's world. I felt strongly for her adopted son, Fly, and this made me very invested in the novel, and its outcome. At times, I was so gripped with fear and anxiety, as the outcome looked uncertain. This was a real page-turner, with every chapter ending on a cliff-hanger. I raced through it in a matter of days, and was both relieved and disappointed when I turned the last page. Disappointed because, well, I wanted to carry on reading about Manon, Fly and what happened next. And relieved because...well, I can't disclose that without letting slip a major spoiler. Suffice it to say, this is one you really need to read! You won't see the twist coming. 

Rating: ****

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