There are a lot of novels about police officers some good, some bad and some well, just average. It took me some time to pick up Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner as I felt after reading the description that it was more than likely just going to be average.
Telling the story mostly from the point of view of DS Manon Bradshaw, falling into the hunt for the high profile missing person Edith Hind. The book is so much more than just the following of a police case. Steiner allows us such an insight into Manon’s, and those surrounding the cases lives. Manon is a truly fantastic character. It is such a long time since I have connected with a character.
Missing, Presumed has the feeling of an accurate police investigation. Having to manage both the budget and both civilian expectations seems far more realistic than many of the police procedural novels and TV shows currently doing the rounds. I know, this may sound boring, but sincerely it is not. Using this, the author makes you root for the police officers trying their hardest to solve the case.
The writing of Missing, Presumed is absolutely flawless. A joy to read with no niggling spelling or grammar issues to distract from the story. Susie Steiner has real flair, with clear and precise prose that are a joy to read.
As you can probably, I really enjoyed this book. I can’t actually praise this book highly enough. Thoroughly gripping and always intriguing, this is a 5 star read. I can’t recommend highly enough.
****Disclaimer – The author Susie Steiner, HarperCollins UK and Netgalley kindly provided a copy of Missing, Presumed in exchange for an honest review. This is my honest review and all opinions expressed are my own****