Missing, Presumed

Missing, Presumed

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"Detective Manon Bradshaw is 39, single, and miserable as sin. She has endured some of the worst dates in internet history. But she loves her job and performs it brilliantly; all she needs to rise up in the ranks is a big break. Edith Hind is a gorgeous, intrepid graduate student at Cambridge University who seems to have it all: a doting boyfriend, a devoted friend named Helena, a loving mother and a father who is a surgeon to the Royal Family. When Edith turns up missing from her apartment one evening, leaving only a single streak of blood along the front foyer wall, the case becomes a national media sensation. In the first frenzied 72 hours of being assigned to the case, Bradshaw will make a number of alarming discoveries: Edith's behavior had been erratic in the run-up to her disappearance, and her close friend Helena, the last person to see her, is clearly hiding something. A known sex offender appears in CCTV footage of Edith taken a short while before she goes missing. Then a body is discovered floating in a nearby river. Is Edith Hind alive or dead? Was her "complex love life" at the heart of her disappearance, as the tabloids are suggesting? Why is there reluctance, in the senior ranks, to press too hard on some elements of the story? Detective Bradshaw must use all her skill and resources to bring closure to the case for Edith's family, as she finds herself becoming ever more personally, and dangerously, invested"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, HarperCollinsPublishersLtd,, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781443450508
Characteristics: 406 pages ; 23 cm


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samdog123 Aug 28, 2017

This is a fantastic start to a new British mystery series, featuring DS Manon Bradshaw. When a young university student suddenly goes missing, Bradshaw views it as a big case that could make her career. Facing issues of loneliness, dating gone wrong and her own muddled life, Manon is a great character. Its so well-written--I tend to be a bit of what I call a 'skim reader,' but I read every word and enjoyed it while I did so! I already have the next in the series ready to read-'Persons Unknown.'

Apr 26, 2017

I found this book difficult to get into for a good portion of it, but stuck with it and then I couldn't wait to get back to it. It could however, have benefited from some better editing. I did enjoy it though and do look forward to the next DI Manon Bradshaw installment.

Apr 12, 2017

English mystery about the police departments efforts to find a young woman who mysteriously disappears among curious circumstances. Can be a bit hard to follow at times because of the English verbiage and various acronyms for the departments involved in the case but the gist is there. Very chronological and told from different points of view. Very disappointed at the end - not very exciting and not enough of a reason. Disappointed.

CMLReads_Kristin Mar 23, 2017

An excellent first in series. It's a mystery, yes, but the lives of the detectives away from work, separate from their case work, are richer than in most mysteries. Great for fans of Tana French! I look forward to checking in with Manon again when Persons Unknown comes out in 2017.

Mar 17, 2017

A plausible story but the writing author's style is not very exciting. I found it easy to set down. She fills the novel with extraneous fluff that makes it move a lot more slowly than it needs to.

Schmonette Feb 21, 2017

What I loved about this book wasn't the detective/mystery storyline, but the central characters 'in shambles' life. Great flawed female character's and some hilarious dialogue. Navigating online dating while catching killers - just another day in the life of Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw.

Feb 18, 2017

As good as it gets! Writing from inside the head of each character, the author is one of those people who understands how people operate and juggles the similarities and differences of these characters. The only reason I'd say it's not a "page turner" is because it feels like the author is continually showing the kind of fresh wisdom that makes you put the book down for a moment and think about what was just said.
She has a new one out - can't wait!!!

Feb 02, 2017

Please avoid this book. I bailed on page 151, and there were almost 200 pages to go. A boring story with no one to care for, but you do learn that the detective has curly hair and is very lonely.

Jan 09, 2017

A bit wordy; a bit long; a bit scattered. It isn't a police procedural. It isn't really a mystery. Sometimes it is hard to remember who the central character is supposed to be because every chapter has a different narrator and many focus on the other characters' actions rather than on the narrator. I am hoping the next novel is more focused. It is hard to like the people here, and hard to feel attached to a DI who is sleeping her way through every man on her dating app while whining that they all think she is needy and desperate.

Dec 21, 2016

(The first book in the DS Manon series)

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Oct 24, 2016

‘[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’

Oct 24, 2016

'You might come to Missing, Presumed for the police procedural; you’ll stay for the layered, authentic characters that Steiner brings to life.' - Bethanne Patrick, NPR

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