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Review by Suze
A young woman is missing, her name is Edith. Manon Bradshaw is a DS who's working on the case. She knows she has the best shot at finding Edith in the first 72 hours, but there are hardly any leads. She has no idea if Edith is dead or alive. Edith's parents have friends in high places, which means the case will be big. Edith's love life was complicated and the team is looking for clues in that direction, but is it really the reason behind Edith's disappearance? When a body is found by a river the case changes direction. Will Manon and her colleagues be able to solve their mysterious case and find out what happened to Edith?
Manon is single, but desperately wants a relationship. Her personal life is a mess, but at work she's thorough and dedicated. She's committed to what she does, so much even that the case will drastically change the direction of her life. I liked that about her. Susie Steiner has written this book from the points of view of several different characters and they're all great, but Manon is my definite favorite. I'm glad there will be more books about her. She's wonderfully weird, tough and sensitive, which is a combination that works.
Missing Presumed is a gripping read. Susie Steiner's writing flows easily and I was immediately fascinated by the story. There are plenty of interesting twists and turns. What I liked very much is that the case is just as important as the personal lives of the main characters. That enables the reader to see the same story from many different angles. The ending is surprising and fitting at the same time. The circumstances are messy and I liked that chaos a lot. Susie Steiner is always in control, but her characters aren't good at managing their lives. It's an interesting angle that suits the story.
Missing Presumed is a psychological story with many intriguing aspects and complex situations. The writing is literary and while it's beautiful it's still easy to read and understand. The ending made me think and Susie Steiner leaves room for her readers to form her own opinion about the characters, which is a strong aspect of the novel. I absolutely loved this amazing book and highly recommend it.