Missing, Presumed – Susie Steiner

Mid-December, and Cambridgeshire is blanketed with snow. Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw tries to sleep after yet another soul-destroying Internet date – the low murmuring of her police radio her only solace.

Over the airwaves come reports of a missing woman – door ajar, keys and phone left behind, a spatter of blood on the kitchen floor. Manon knows the first 72 hours are critical: you find her, or you look for a body. And as soon as she sees a picture of Edith Hind, a Cambridge post-graduate from a well-connected family, she knows this case will be big.

Is Edith alive or dead? Was her ‘complex love life’ at the heart of her disappearance, as a senior officer tells the increasingly hungry press? And when a body is found, is it the end or only the beginning? – Goodreads.com

I received this book free from the publisher via netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve heard the name of this book floating around for so long and was so happy when I was approved to review it.

I went in expecting pretty much a straight up crime novel, all technicalities and forensics and dead bodies but it ended up being so much more than that. The crime itself comes second to the personal relationships and stories in the novel. You get in depth looks into multiple characters, how trauma affects them and how they manage their work-life balance or lack there of.

The characters are so absolutely human and lovable and the friendships so real that it’s a challenge not to like them all, even the ones you might not like so much in the beginning.

Nothing is what it seems with this novel! I urge you to read it for yourself and see what you take from it.

I hope for a sequel, soon!

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