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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
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.
AN UNMISSABLE NEW NOVEL FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'I'm so impressed I want to tell everyone... Police procedural with real imagination and heart, and a marvellous lightness of style and wit' PHILIP PULLMAN 'A brilliantly gripping tale' LUCY FOLEY A TRAGIC DEATH. A TOWN FILLED WITH SECRETS. A NAMELESS BODY A young man is found hanging from a tree, with nothing to identify him. NO LEADS TO FOLLOW Was he driven to suicide, or was he silenced? Somebody knows, but they're not saying. WHO'S NEXT? With potential witnesses too scared to talk to her, can DI Manon Bradshaw discover the truth before more innocent people die?