At thirty-nine, Manon Bradshaw is a devoted and respected member of the Cambridgeshire police force, and though she loves her job, what she longs for is a personal life. Single and distant from her family, she wants a husband and children of her own. One night, after yet another disastrous Internet date, she turns on her police radio to help herself fall asleep—and receives an alert that sends her to a puzzling crime scene.
Edith Hind—a beautiful graduate student at Cambridge University and daughter of the surgeon to the Royal Family—has been reported missing for nearly twenty-four hours. Her home offers few clues: a smattering of blood in the kitchen, her keys and phone left behind, the front door ajar but showing no signs of forced entry. Manon instantly knows this case will be big—and that every second is crucial to finding Edith alive.
The investigation starts with Edith’s loved ones: her attentive boyfriend, her reserved best friend, and her patrician parents. As the search widens and press coverage reaches a frenzied pitch, secrets begin to emerge about Edith’s tangled love life and her erratic behavior leading up to her disappearance. With no clear leads, Manon summons every last bit of her skill and intuition to close the case, and what she discovers will have shocking consequences not just for Edith’s family, but for Manon herself.
I was lucky enough to win a copy of Missing Presumed in a Goodreads giveaway this year, and it’s taken me ages to get to it, but here we are! 😂
This book is a slow burner, it’s not a whack you round the head shocker, but it builds the tension slowly enough that without realising it you are wound with tension! I didn’t expect to be gripped, but in the final quarter I was racing through the pages putting two and two together, coming up with five and starting all over again because I got it all wrong!!!!
Missing Presumed follows the investigation into Edith Hind, a college student living with her boyfriend off campus. She appears to have essentially disappeared without a trace into the night, leaving behin blood and some small signs of a possible struggle.
What follows, is a literary journey into the minds of those involved in the investigation, as well as Edith’s parents and friends. The chapters alternated, bu it was easy enough to follow the story from everyone’s point of view.
I really liked Manon Bradshaw as a character too, but at times she came across as very cold dutning the course of the book. That being said, she’s really well written and very relatable for various reasons. I enjoyed her relationships with the people in her team too, all of whom were also well fleshed out characters.
Missing Presumed is an interesting read. It’s full of red herrings and sidebars that you wouldn’t expect to be there! Towards the end, everything seemed to mesh together and that’s when I thought I had it all figured out, I was wrong 😂
I thoroughly enjoyed Missing Presumed, I gave it 4⭐️ on Goodreads! It’s out now and you can order a copy by clicking on the link below:
Missing Presumed by Susie Steiner
Happy reading 😊📖