Persons Unknown

by Susie Steiner

Part of the A Manon Bradshaw Thriller Series

Audiobooks of the Month Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Persons Unknown

Manon Bradshaw of Missing, Presumed is back only she is now pregnant, attached to the Cambridgeshire police but working on cold cases until a murder occurs close to the school her adopted son attends.  He is arrested for it.  He is 12-years old.  Written in alternative chapters between herself and a man who was once her junior, DS Davy Walker and a good friend, we follow the detail of police procedure over thirty-two days, straddling Christmas.  Davy gives us the detail, Manon the family drama, spotted in between is the odd narrative from a few suspects, and others involved.  It is both riveting and fascinating.  Manon’s adopted son is black, so lots of problems in Cambridgeshire.  Manon shares a house with her single mum sister and the girl’s autistic (although no-one says so), 2-year old toddler, Solomon.  The boy’s father reappears and wants contact with his son which complicates the story, a story full of twists.  Great stuff.

Sarah Broadhurst

Persons Unknown Synopsis

Manon Bradshaw is back. As dusk falls a young man staggers through a park, far from home, bleeding from a stab wound. He dies where he falls; cradled by a stranger, a woman's name on his lips in his last seconds of life. DI Manon Bradshaw can't help taking an interest - these days she only handles cold cases, but the man died just yards from the police station where she works. She's horrified to discover that both victim and prime suspect are more closely linked to her than she could have imagined. And as the Cambridgeshire police force closes ranks against her, she is forced to contemplate the unthinkable. How well does she know her loved ones, and are they capable of murder?

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Persons Unknown Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Laura Nazmdeh - 'A great follow up to Missing, Presumed; perhaps more of a slow burner but multiple narrators and high stakes for Manon means plenty of mystery and intrigue. Plus the writing is, as ever, excellent!'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'This was like putting a perfect fitting glove on – I love the flowing yet engaging style of Steiner’s crime writing and the wicked sense of humour of her lead DI.'
  • Elaine Lowe - 'Realistic characters, a crime with a gripping plot add up to make a satisfying read. Crime writing at its best.'
  • Lynn Pettitt - 'I found it an easy read, I read it in a long rainy afternoon.'
  • Sue Burton - 'This is a great police procedural novel that encompasses a love story with a twist.'
  • Kerry Bridges - 'All in all, this follow up didn't grab me as much as the first novel .'
  • Mandy Carver - 'I haven't read any other books by Susie Steiner before, but I will definitely be doing so now!'
  • Emily Curnow - 'a compulsive read and touches on many aspects that are neglected in other crime novels. Highly recommended.'
  • Alfred Nobile - 'This was a superb book...a multifaceted tale told from different perspectives and grips from the start...A 5 star read for me.'
  • Angie Rhodes - Dusk is falling as a young man falls to the ground, blood seeping from a stab wound.  With his dying breath, cradled in a woman's arms, he says one word "Sas".   This is the start of a nightmare for Manon Bradshaw.
  • Sabine Little - 'Susie Steiner’s second book featuring DI Manon Bradshaw builds seamlessly on the success of Missing, Presumed, and is a very enjoyable way to spend a few hours.'    
  • Natasha Motton - 'Compelling thriller that grabs you from the first page and drags you into a complicated investigation that leaves everyone questioning who they can trust and who is hiding sinister secrets.'    
  • Cathy Small - 'A light hearted thriller that will keep you entertained as you read.'
  • Kathryn Eastman - 'A darker, more addictive read, Steiner’s brilliantly written Manon Bradshaw series gets personal when a murder case threatens characters and relationships so well established in Missing, Presumed.'       
  • Lyn Barrett - 'Susie Steiner impresses us all last year with Missing, Presumed and she has certainly not disappointed with the next in the DI Manon Bradshaw series, Persons Unknown.'
  • Carol Attridge - 'It’s an Intelligent read but not gripping as promised in the back cover.'

Persons Unknown Press Reviews

Praise for Persons Unknown:

`I loved it ... Persons Unknown is like walking on quicksand, for reader and detective alike   VAL MCDERMID 

'I doubt I'll read a better crime novel this year. I'm already a Steiner addict'  MARK BILLINGHAM

'Strikingly modern ... clever and original. A series to watch from a confident writer who draws even minor characters with care and sympathy'  Sunday Times

`Susie Steiner goes from strength to strength: Persons Unknown is by turns tense and tender, gripping and moving, and always beautifully written. I didn't read this book so much as live it: DI Manon Bradshaw is so convincingly human that I often wonder what she's up to now  ERIN KELLY, author of He Said, She Said

`Stylish, literary crime fiction at its very best  PETER JAMES

`The best new crime series in years  SARAH PERRY

`Superb storytelling - a joy to read. I am hooked on Manon Bradshaw  RENEE KNIGHT, author of Disclaimer

`[Steiner] solidified the promise of last year's debut, Missing, Presumed, with another hyper-realistic police procedural  Guardian: Books of the Year 2017

'Steiner has a quirky, evocative prose style that is often very funny and her novels are highly entertaining and full of memorable, well-rounded characters'  Sunday Express

'Bradshaw is an engaging heroine, full of self-doubt and contradiction, but whose caustic wit gleams through the grim murder inquiry'  Daily Mail

'A smart and funny rumination on motherhood'  The New York Times

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008123376
Publication date: 05/04/2018
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008123338
Publication date: 29/06/2017
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008123376
Publication date: 5th April 2018
Author: Susie Steiner
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Audiobooks of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense,

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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