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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
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?
|Publication date:||1st September 2016|
|Publisher:||The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Primary Genre||Thriller and Suspense|
Closing date: 30/06/2021
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.
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'
'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'
'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'
'Beautifully written and laced with dark humour. Dive in.'
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.More About Susie Steiner