Missing, Presumed: A Novel
By Susie Steiner
A high profile missing persons case is the last thing Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw anticipates as she hears the call on the police radio, but that is exactly what has landed square in her lap. A young, beautiful and successful daughter of a high-profile couple has gone missing, and all signs point to possible abduction, if not murder.
There is a cast of likely suspects, but no one seems to fit the role perfectly. Manon and her colleagues investigate further, casting their net wider and wider until a particularly painful incident makes Manon even more determined to draw a final conclusion between the pieces drifting about in the sea of inquiry detritus. It’s there, this tenuous link that may be the clue the team has been looking for . . . but the real answers lie deeper, and in a direction no one has anticipated.
Missing, Presumed is told through multiple points of view, from the police officers involved in the inquiry to the mother of the victim. The various perspectives spiral together then spin off from one another, which serves not only to advance the plot but also to create empathy for all sides involved in the case. Time passes with an intensity that seems effortless, adding to the sense of urgency as the story unfolds towards an unexpected series of events and conclusions. Manon Bradshaw is at turns complex and base, brilliantly flawed as the best fictional detectives often seem to be. Missing, Presumed is creatively suspenseful, a wonderfully readable mystery, especially for fans of British police procedurals. Well done!
Joyce Greenfield, ReaderToReader.com