Susie Steiner was previously a journalist for 20 years before becoming a novelist and her second novel was first catapulted to our attention in the Richard and Judy Book Club and was one of 2016 bestsellers.
‘Missing, Presumed‘ introduces new detective DS Manon Bradshaw, a respected member of the Cambridgeshire police force, who receives an alert that sends her to a puzzling crime scene.
Edith Hind has been missing 24 hours, her home offers few clues, family and friends give conflicting stories and secrets emerge about her love life and erratic behaviour before her disappearance. Manon uses every bit of skill and intuition to find her but what she discovers will have shocking consequences, not just for Edith’s family but for Manon herself.
Door ajar, drops of blood in some rooms, broken drinking glass and another one not used and a girl in her 20’s reported missing by her boyfriend.
I found the story good at setting the scene and in the description of the main characters in the story. I liked the short chapters as I thought it made it easier to read and seemed to move the story along at a good pace. Each chapter was headed with the name of the character and was from their point of view.
I felt the explanation of what happened was weak and the end of the story, that takes place a year later, was disappointing but overall I enjoyed the book and thought it was well worth reading.
I enjoyed the Susie Steiner book ‘Missing, Presumed’. Normally, I am not too keen of books that have a person’s name at the start of chapter but in this case, I was pleasantly suprised.
The characters were strong and theory line good. To me, it’s entirely believable that a ‘rich kid’ would do what Edith did. What I couldn’t see was Manon adopting the kid Fly but that said, it didn’t spoil it for me.
Overall a good read and I will read another of hers soon.
The Crime Group’s next meeting will be Thursday 11th May where they will be talking about Nele Neuhaus ‘Snow White Must Die‘.
Susie Steiner brings out a second novel with DS Manon Bradshaw ‘Persons Unknown’ and is out in June.