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?
Missing, Presumed introduces DS Manon Bradshaw. It feels like a Bridget Jones cross police procedural. It is one that has had lots of praise. I would like to add mine. I rather enjoyed it.
We meet Manon, a woman with a weird name and an obsession with finding Mr. Right. Hence, my comparison with Bridget Jones. She is 39 and rather desperate to settle down and become a mother. She compulsively dates and sleeps with the wrong men. Manon is also a serving police officer, which she is slightly more successful at. She finds herself part of the team hunting for a missing person, Edith Hind. Edith is a young hippy PhD student, from a very middle class background. The case follows the clues, as the police seek answers in the life of Edith, her family and friends.
There was plenty to enjoy about Missing, Presumed. We get links to real life cases, to add authenticity. The Soham murders were repeatedly mentioned. We all remember that case. The police investigation and the way it is presented is strong and engaging. Manon is a character, that you will either love or hate. She does grate at times with her repetitive dialogue about being single. We truly want Manon and Davy, her young and optimistic sidekick, to get to the truth.
I enjoyed solving the mystery. We often see this kind of case, in the media. It all felt familiar. Susie Steiner did a great job, in adding authenticity and in the characterisation. I only wanted to scream at Manon to stop moaning about being single, a thousand times. It could have been worse. I didn’t like the present tense narrative. Overall, this is a promising start to a series; with very little in the way of real surprises for the seasoned crime reader.