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Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

Missing, Presumed

Part of the A Manon Bradshaw Thriller Series
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If you're looking for a fresh, addictive police procedural with characters who spring into vivid life, then look no further than Susie Steiner's Missing, Presumed. It's Steiner's first venture into the crime genre - her debut, Homecoming, was more literary - and it follows the efforts of DS Manon Bradshaw, a single woman in her late 30s, who is trying to get a handle on the case of the missing Edith Hind. Edith, a Cambridge post-grad, was dropped home by a friend to the house she shares with her boyfriend; the next day, he returns to find the door open, coats scattered, blood on the floor. Manon knows she has hours to find Edith before the hunt will switch to one for a body, rather than a missing person, but the time slips away and Edith can't be found. Steiner follows the case from various perspectives - Manon's, her colleagues, Edith's mother - using the effect to build a compelling, thrilling crime novel which I thoroughly recommend. ~ Alison Flood

March 2016 Book of the Month.

If you like Susie Steiner you might also like to read books by Sarah Hilary, M. J. Arlidge and Ruth Rendell.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our expert opinion, a small number of our Lovereading reader review panel members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. You can read the full reviews here.

  • Hannah Leslie - 'Amazing writing, storytelling and characters! A must read!'
  • Geraldine Gibson - 'A million miles from the usual 'what happens next' narrative of much of the genre. I can't remember when I've enjoyed a book to much!'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'A very original take on the very popular mystery genre by focusing as much as those left behind as uncovering the truth of the victim.  Captivating.'
  • Gavin Dimmock - 'A missing student, a high profile father, a body. Can DS Manon Bradshaw stay on top of the case and her personal life? an absolute joy to read and lose yourself in.'
  • Ray Orgill - 'It is a truly puzzling investigation with a startling conclusion which leaves Manon still without her romance but with a consolation.  I think this is not the last we will hear of Manon Bradshaw.'
  • Lynda DeFreitas - 'Gripping and gritty. It had me hooked from the beginning. There are so many possibilities and false leads. There are twists and turns galore. I coldn't put it down.'
  • Margaret Freeman - 'I loved this gripping and intense crime thriller! And, best of all, it is beautifully written.'
  • Carol Peace - 'A great read which will have you on the edge of your seat.'
  • Susan Andrews - 'I'll start of by saying I loved this book. It's a real page turner and gave me some late nights!'
  • Marie Fitzgerald - 'More than a stunning dark crime novel. If you are looking for a feel good read then this is not it.'
  • Cleo Bannister - 'A deep dive into a missing person investigation.'
  • Farah Alam - 'This book is one of the most interesting crime fiction I've read so far with an unexpected ending.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This was a very thought provoking book about how are actions alone can affect the lives of others...'
  • Helen Treadwell - 'I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it kept me hooked and there is a twist to keep the reader on their toes as well.  I would love to read more novels featuring Manon Bradshaw.'
  • Linda Amos - 'A missing person, blood in the house, an illicit affair. There are secrets in the family but will they survive intact? An excellent story with a great twist at the end.'
  • Rachel Bridgeman - 'A superb debut thriller, the missing girl, Edith Hind, is seen through the perspective of Manon Bradshaw, lead detective on the investigation into her disappearance and family and friends.'
  • Vicki Sharman - 'Enjoyable, light crime thriller that is fast and page-turning, and not predictable.'
  • Helen Jones - 'We need more detective stories like this. Compelling and well written with a slightly messed up female detective. Just Brilliant. A crime story with a difference.'

Win Books from the Manon Bradshaw Thriller Series!

Persons Unknown, the second book in Susie Steiner's crime thriller series, is now out in paperback and to mark the publication we are giving away paperback copies of both Missing, Presumed and Persons Unknown to THREE lucky winners!

To have a chance of winning one of these fantastic prizes, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 30 April 2018. The winners will be notified by 14 May 2018,

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 30/04/2018


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 come 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?


Praise for MISSING, PRESUMED: 'The most satisfying read in ages...Utterly brilliant

'Loving Missing, Presumed - intelligent, funny, gripping and beautifully written'

'Gripping, authentic, funny and moving, Missing, Presumed hits the sweet spot between literary and crime fiction. The plot is gripping, with a twist that knocked me sideways, swiftly followed by another one that knocked me back in the other direction. More than that, the characters became dear friends over the course of the book. I'm already looking forward to the next one.'

'Within a chapter, DS Manon Bradshaw announces herself as a detective to follow through books and books to come. A treat in store for those who love their crime fiction rich in psychology, beautifully written and laced with dark humour. Dive in.'

' intriguing mix of light and shade. DS Manon Bradshaw is a messed-up, big-hearted detective in the best tradition'

About the Author

Susie Steiner

Susie Steiner began her writing career as a news reporter first on local papers, then on the Evening Standard, the Daily Telegraph and The Times. In 2001 she joined the Guardian, where she worked as a commissioning editor for 11 years. Her first novel, Homecoming - described as 'truly exceptional' by the Observer - was published by Faber & Faber in 2013. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

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Publication date

25th February 2016


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The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


416 pages


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