Missing, Presumed (DS Manon, Book 1)

by Susie Steiner

Part of the A Manon Bradshaw Thriller Series

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Crime / Mystery Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Missing, Presumed (DS Manon, Book 1)

One of our Books of the Year 2016.

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

Alison Flood

Missing, Presumed (DS Manon, Book 1) Synopsis

72 HOURS TO FIND HER...'Hits the sweet spot between literary and crime fiction - Gripping' ERIN KELLY 'For those who love their crime fiction rich in psychology, beautifully written and laced with dark humour. Dive in' LUCIE WHITEHOUSE 'DS Manon Bradshaw is a messed-up, big-hearted detective in the best tradition' HARRIET LANE A MISSING GIRL Edith Hind is gone, leaving just her coat, a smear of blood and a half-open door. A DESPERATE FAMILY Each of her friends and relatives has a version of the truth. But none quite adds up. A DETECTIVE AT BREAKING POINT The press grows hungrier by the day. Can DS Manon Bradshaw fend them off, before a missing persons case becomes a murder investigation?

Missing, Presumed (DS Manon, Book 1) 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.'
  • Hilary Durham - 'Excellent well written thriller! Keeps you on your toes till the end! ...I was gripped the whole way through! Well worth reading!'
  • 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.'

Missing, Presumed (DS Manon, Book 1) Press Reviews

Praise for MISSING, PRESUMED:

'Where Steiner excels is in the depth and clarity with which she depicts her characters. Manon is sad and lonely, estranged from her sister and something of a misanthrope. But she's also funny and clever, and interesting. I defy you not to fall for her'
Thriller of the Month, Observer

'A cracking page-turner'
Woman & Home

'This clever, witty novel is one of those rare books that marries excellent writing and memorable characters with an absorbing plot and a startling twist'
Sunday Express

'Steiner's engrossing, gripping and wry prose, beautifully detailed storytelling and the wonderfully drawn DS Manon Bradshaw elevate this missing person novel into something quite spectacular and deeply satisfying'
Best crime thrillers of 2016, Red

'[Steiner] gets inside the minds and lives of her book's socially disparate personalities with the grace of a novelist of manners, even as she pulls tight the strands of one of the most ambitious police procedurals of the year'
Wall Street Journal

'Smart and stylish...Manon is portrayed with an irresistible blend of sympathy and snark'
New York Times

'With luck, we'll be see more of them in the future.' 'The most satisfying read in ages...Utterly brilliant'
INDIA KNIGHT

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

'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'
ERIN KELLY

'Beautifully written and laced with dark humour. Dive in.'
LUCIE WHITEHOUSE

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ISBN: 9780008123321
Publication date: 01/09/2016
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008123321
Publication date: 1st September 2016
Author: Susie Steiner
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About 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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