Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

‘Trace. Interview. Eliminate.’ ‘Just … don’t walk,’ Harriet is saying, covering a yawn with her fist. ‘You don’t know –we don’t know –who’s out there.’

Obviously this is a crime thriller style story, which is pretty much what I was expecting.

It is written turn-style, with different character viewpoints, thoughts and experiences. Now, I don’t mind this style of writing as I feel it is a good way of getting a story across, but I know that some people really don’t like it. However, it is worth persevering as in this instance there are different ‘opinions’ about what has or is happening, so you, the reader, needs to ‘hear’ what each of the characters have to ‘say’.

Edith Hind has gone missing! Her keys, passport and phone are still at home, the door is unlatched. A broken glass is in the kitchen and a trail of blood leads through her house.

Manon is on the case, she is single, lonely and looking for someone to make her life complete.

Edith’s mother, Miriam, is questioning her relationships, with Edith her daughter; and with Sir Ian her husband. She has doubts and worries, she wants everything to be fine and normal.

There are many people involved in this story of a person gone missing. There is death and intrigue. It is not what or who you think it is. And although you think you know, you definitely don’t!

I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. NetGalley does not allow for paid reviews.

4/5 Stars (What this means…five-stars-applied-carefully)

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Official description:
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?
Advance Praise
“The most satisfying read in ages…slyly funny… so CLEVER… so well-written. Utterly brilliant.” INDIA KNIGHT

“A cracking page-turner” WOMAN & HOME

“clever, witty… an absorbing plot with a startling twist” SUNDAY EXPRESS

“spectacular and deeply satisfying” RED

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