“Missing, Presumed has future BBC miniseries written all over it.”—Redbook
What a fantastic book! I really wanted to tell my husband what happened and he let me. (Because he didn’t plan on reading it himself and he knew I really, really wanted to share!) In setting up this blog posting, I couldn’t help but notice there is a sequel due out this summer Persons Unknown. Looking forward to it. ~ Seann Vinyasa-Billson (Founder of Home for Book Lovers)
Book Description: At thirty-nine, Manon Bradshaw is a devoted and respected member of the Cambridgeshire police force, and though she loves her job, what she longs for is a personal life. Single and distant from her family, she wants a husband and children of her own. One night, after yet another disastrous Internet date, she turns on her police radio to help herself fall asleep—and receives an alert that sends her to a puzzling crime scene.
Edith Hind—a beautiful graduate student at Cambridge University and daughter of the surgeon to the Royal Family—has been missing for nearly twenty-four hours. Her home offers few clues: a smattering of blood in the kitchen, her keys and phone left behind, the front door ajar but showing no signs of forced entry. Manon instantly knows that this case will be big—and that every second is crucial to finding Edith alive.
The investigation starts with Edith’s loved ones: her attentive boyfriend, her reserved best friend, her patrician parents. As the search widens and press coverage reaches a frenzied pitch, secrets begin to emerge about Edith’s tangled love life and her erratic behavior leading up to her disappearance. With no clear leads, Manon summons every last bit of her skill and intuition to close the case, and what she discovers will have shocking consequences not just for Edith’s family but for Manon herself.
Suspenseful and keenly observed, Missing, Presumed is a brilliantly twisting novel of how we seek connection, grant forgiveness, and reveal the truth about who we are.
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I recommend this book highly… Someone compared this writer to Elizabeth George which is why I purchased a copy. That is a fair comparison. The writing is crisp and fluid. The characters sharply drawn, strikingly realistic, the plot completely plausible. This is a well thought out and well crafted novel. It is a police procedural but like Elizabeth George and PD James it is also fine literary fiction. Books I would give a five star review to are Yiddish Detectives Union and Benjamin Blacks Quirk mysteries. This is close. All in all I recommend this book highly. One last thing, the protagonist is a women, and much of the book is narrated in first person. The author’s insights into the world as viewed by a female police officer of a certain age are extremely compelling and offers a wonderful perspective in favor of feminism. ~ Review by Goodman B