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Missing, Presumed – Susie Steiner


Edith Hind is gone, leaving just her coat, a smear of blood and a half-open door.

Each of her friends and relatives has a version of the truth. But none quite adds up.

The press grows hungrier by the day. Can DS Manon Bradshaw fend them off, before a missing persons case becomes a murder investigation?

I would like to thank Netgalley for sending me a copy of this book. It took me a while to actually pick this book up because of uni and just life getting in the way which made it hard for me to read. But I finally did read this book and I didn’t really like it, I couldn’t get into the writing and honestly all the way through I was just like when is this going to end. I wouldn’t say it’s a fast-paced novel, obviously, it’s a mystery so it does need a pace but erm that really distracted me for this.

I feel like for me getting back into mystery this maybe was not the best book to start off with, there were quite a few characters we had multiple POVs which wasn’t a bad thing, I really liked the multiple POV because it helped to see in each of the characters’ head and what they were thinking.

The plot was very complex the main thing was Edith going missing but the author managed to weave some other plot points into it including personal lives and other things. The way that everything linked to the main plot truly was clever and I really enjoyed how complex it was, and to be honest at no point in this story could I guess what was about to happen. I had no idea there was loads of twists and turns and I didn’t guess any of them which is always good. Sometimes it sucks when I guess plot points.

Detective Manon was a really interesting character and she was very complex with being in charge of the case and trying to keep everything away from the press as well as trying to solve the case. We also saw into her personal life and we saw how much she wanted a life away from her job and she kept trying online dating as well as dates to try and do this, we also discovered that she didn’t really talk to the family. I love the fact there were many different sides of her character. It wasn’t just her character it was all the characters that were very 3D. I did care about this character and what she was going to do with her life.

Detective Davy he works with Manon and honestly I loved the friendship those two have at times they just bounced off each other and I really loved the chapters of Davy and I did just love his chapters that’s all I have to say about him.

Edith, we don’t see much of, she is the person who has gone missing and we learn about her life from other people and what she was involved in, we do get her reasons for everything at the end of the book but I really didn’t like her and I honestly couldn’t care about the fact that she had gone missing.

Miriam was Edith’s mother she showed a lot just how much she missed and cared about Edith but again I really didn’t care about what happened to her. The concern she had for her daughter was fair enough but it was quite annoying when they didn’t want certain knowledge about her daughter getting out because it would make them look bad as well as her. The knowledge they wanted to release to me really wasn’t damaging to her as a person it was just choices she had made so there was no reason to protect that. Her husband Ian and Edith’s father he was dodgy from the beginning I really can’t go into much more detail because it gives it away.

Her husband Will I think he may have been called I really can’t remember that’s how effective he was to me in this book I felt like at times he used the fact his wife had gone missing just as publicity because he does go on television and I felt like he was just using it.

As I say I wasn’t a fan of the writing though it was good writing I just couldn’t get into it, but it was a good novel just not for me. What was a big plus was that this was set in England, so when the writer was talking about places and stuff I actually knew where it was so that was a big plus.

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