Missing, Presumed

Missing, Presumed

by Susie Steiner


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A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice • A page-turning mystery that brings to life a complex and strong-willed detective assigned to a high-risk missing persons case


“An extraordinarily assured police procedural in the tradition of Ruth Rendell and Elizabeth George.”—Joseph Finder, author of The Fixer

“Surprise-filled . . . one of the most ambitious police procedurals of the year. Detective Bradshaw’s biting wit is a bonus.”The Wall Street Journal

Missing, Presumed has future BBC miniseries written all over it.”Redbook

“A highly charismatic and engaging story.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This combination of police procedural and an unfolding family drama that continuously twists and turns will work well for fans of Kate Atkinson and Tana French.”Booklist

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.

Praise for Missing, Presumed

“Smart, stylish . . . Manon is portrayed with an irresistible blend of sympathy and snark. By the time she hits bottom, professionally and privately, we’re entirely caught up in her story.”The New York Times Book Review

“Nuanced suspense that’s perfect for Kate Atkinson fans.”People

“Drenched in character and setting, with pinpoint detail that breathes life and color into every sentence.”The News & Observer

“You might come to Missing, Presumed for the police procedural; you’ll stay for the layered, authentic characters that Steiner brings to life.”—Bethanne Patrick, NPR

“Where [Susie] Steiner excels is in the depth and clarity with which she depicts her characters. . . . It all adds up to a world that feels much bigger than the novel in which it is contained.”The Guardian

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812987744
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 68,087
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Susie Steiner is a former Guardian journalist. She was a commissioning editor for that paper for eleven years and prior to that worked for The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and the Evening Standard. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

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Missing, Presumed 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The most self absorbed characters, flimsy premise and a sorry inept police dept. Don't waste your money or time. If still intrigued check it out at the library, sooooo glad I didn't waste my money on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot, kept me guessing until the end. The characters were engaging and believable. I loved the British vernacular and the colorful vocabulary - a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters are not likeable. Police are inept. H ard to follow at times. Not worth the time or money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's frustrating when reading a mystery novel having to spend time figuring out what the author has to say. "Missing, Presumed" is very well written and easy to read. As an American there were certain terms I was unfamiliar with, but nothing that stopped me from enjoying the story. Manon is a very relatable character, even if you don't share her path in life. I am an avid reader and never would have guessed how all the pieces fit together. This is a murder mystery/police procedural lite--without all the disgusting detail. I appreciate that. But it is more the story of a woman approaching middle age who wants it all but has difficulty figuring out what that is and if having it all is worth the effort. I recommend this book highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have ordered # 2, fortunately, it will be available tomorrow! Clever, witty, intelligent...what more can you ask for??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am hard to interest and this was an interesting tale. I admit that i could not relate to Mannon, the cop, who was so very stupid and inept in her search for a male partner. The other characters and the plot were creative, unique.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had trouble getting into the book, but I liked it enough to keep reading. I think it was a very good book, showing many points of everyday life. Loved the ending!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are so good they overcome two implausible quirks in the story
ScotsLass More than 1 year ago
Missing, Presumed by Suzie Steiner is more than just a mystery story. It is the skillful character based police procedural. Through the investigation of a missing Cambridge grad student Edith Hind, the reader begins to understand the toll that a high-risk missing person investigation takes on the investigators, family and suspects. The main character is Manon Bradshaw who is a highly respected police officer within the Cambridgeshire police force but she wishes for a meaningful life and family of her own. When Edith Hind disappears there are few clues left behind, an open door, traces of blood, a broken glass, and coats on the floor and the clock is ticking to find her. Through alternating perspectives the characters become more developed, her loving boyfriend, her best friend, and her parents, all with their hidden secrets. The reader also learns about Manon’s coworkers and how the investigation influences their lives. With twists, turns and revelations the effects of the disappearance are shown on each of the characters. The story shows how each in their need for love, purpose, and forgiveness is changed by this case. Although I found this book to drag at certain points, it was skillfully written with well-developed characters that continued to develop through the story. This book would make an excellent first book in a series, as I would like to see what more happens within a few of the characters lives. I hope to read more from Suzie Steiner in the future. I was provided with a copy of this book from NetGalley and Random House Publishing group in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Twink More than 1 year ago
Susie Steiner's newest book, Missing, Presumed, has just released. The opening chapters introduce us to to DS Manon Bradshaw of the Cambridgeshire Police. Manon comes across as real - the insecurities about her own life and relationships make her both believable and likable. Her internet dating forays are quite laughable. As Manon and her squad are called out to a missing persons case, we get to see a different side of Manon - the calm, cool professional. Edith, the missing person is high profile - her father is surgeon to the Royal Family - and he wants results. I always enjoy British police procedurals - the focus is not on blood or gore, but on the clues, the investigation, and the players. Missing, Presumed has a good mystery as its basis, but it is a character driven novel. The interactions between the parents, the glimpses into the life of the missing girl, her friends and family drive the story as much as the crime. Relationships and interactions between the member of the police squad are just as detailed. I was quite drawn to Davy - the 'nice guy' of the group. I liked that many characters are given a voice and a point of view - the reader benefits from having information and perspective from many. The plotting is good and moves along at a good pace. There are many possibilities as to what has happened and whodunit. The ending is not what I expected at all. At first, it made me a little angry, but with reflection it fits well with the character driven plot that came before. I really liked Manon as a lead character and would love to see her again. Looks like I'll get my wish - Steiner has said there will be another Manon book in 2017.
BrandieC More than 1 year ago
I may be a ratings snob. I primarily read literary fiction, so when I want to cleanse my reading palate, I want to turn to something lighter, something less intellectually demanding. In practice, that means I turn to genre fiction: mystery, thriller, fantasy, science fiction (hold the romance, please). By this, I don't mean to say that there are no stimulating, thought-provoking, challenging works and authors in these genres, far from it; many of the best books I have ever read fall into these categories. But when it comes time to rate them on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, most genre books don't seem to be playing on the same field as lit fic: seen one murder mystery, seen them all, right? Susie Steiner's Missing, Presumed explodes that preconception. Is it a mystery? Yes. Did I tear through it to find out what happened to Edith, Miriam's missing daughter? Yes. But nothing about Steiner's story can be described as cardboard or cookie-cutter. Alternating primarily between Miriam's point of view and that of lead investigator Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw, Steiner gives the reader two deeply drawn and relatable characters. Manon, with her Internet dating and police scanner sleep aid, is as lonely as Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallender but without the unending bleakness, and I hope Steiner's plan is to build a series around her and Detective Constable Davy Walker. (On the other hand, Ms. Steiner, I've had enough of DI Harriet Harper until she buys some bras that fit, so she doesn't have to pull up the strap every 40 pages.) Where Steiner really shines, though, is in her depiction of Miriam. Usually the distraught mother in missing children tales is either a prop trotted out for the occasional public appeal or a lackadaisical, if not outright neglectful, woman who practically "deserves" to have her child taken. Miriam, however, is a loving parent struggling to deal with the evidence that she really didn't know her daughter at all: "Any confidence Miriam ever had in herself as a mother has been eroded, and what is that confidence built on anyway, she thinks now - the luck of one's children? The DNA lottery? If they're bright and successful, you congratulate yourself. If they fall by the wayside, the world judges you. These days, she could be told anything at all about Edith and she'd be forced to accommodate it, because she knows nothing." As the mother of two daughters, I can say that Steiner has perfectly captured that ever-tottering seesaw between self-congratulation and self-flagellation. Steiner is no dunce when it comes to plotting, either. While I identified the villain fairly early on, the motivation came as a complete surprise. With Missing, Presumed, the reader is in the assured hands of an exciting new mystery novelist. I received a free copy of Missing, Presumed from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
KarenfromDothan More than 1 year ago
When the daughter of a prominent physician goes missing, it’s an all out search to find her. As the days turn to weeks, and hope begins to fade, there are few clues to be found. The Major Incident Team (MIT) of the Cambridgeshire police force is working round the clock to solve the case. Missing, Presumed, by Susie Steiner is a detective story and whodunit in one. It moves along at a steady pace and has some surprises. The novel explores the personal lives of some of the members of the police unit and by doing so humanizes them. In fact, I think the story is as much or more about their personal relationships as it is about the case. The chapters alternate between various characters of the book, including the missing woman’s mother and her best friend, but mostly center on the main character, DS Manon Bradshaw. It was a pleasurable read, and I enjoyed the Briticisms.
Becky-Books More than 1 year ago
Disappointing. The storyline wasn't very strong, the ending was very disappointing, and not very enjoyable. I would not recommend this book.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
A blend of British police procedural, literary mystery and dark social commentary, Susie Steiner’s Missing, Presumed brings to life the Cambridgeshire countryside, the splits between town, gown and village, and the great divide between the rich and poor. Browbeaten characters, dark motivations, and a missing girl case that drags too long for politics and convenience… together it makes for a prickly read that blends being depressing with constant hints of promise for the future. It all feels all too real. But it’s also oddly compelling—the reader wants to know, wants to find out not just who-done-what but why and where and how all the side avenues may or may not be connected. In the end, Missing, Presumed is a fascinating mystery, an absorbing commentary on modern life and politics, and an oddly haunting tale with characters who stick in the mind, and promise that lifts it from miserable to hope. It’s a long slow read, but a rewarding one. Disclosure: I got it on a deal and I offer my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has to be one of the most over-written books that I have ever read. I'm the type of person that even if a book is awful, I need to finish it, and I have to say it was painful to read. There are so many pointless details throughout the entire book that it seems like she was writing just to occupy pages. Don't waste your money.
Haziegaze More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty good book, not the best I’ve read, but pretty good. There are some great characters, especially the lead protagonist DS Manon Bradshaw with whom I felt able to connect with. The writing flowed well making it easy to read. The story kept my interest throughout and I felt the police investigation aspect was quite believable. This is the first in a series of books featuring DS Bradshaw, I am tempted to read more. Thanks go to the publisher, HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction and NetGalley for my copy in return for an unbiased review.
SkyeCaitlin More than 1 year ago
Taut, riveting police procedural that focuses on the investigation of a missing Cambridge student. The plot is heavily imbued with intimate details of Detective Manon Bradshaw and other members of the force. Steiner has the unique ability to 'show' and 'tell' the reader, and this renders a journey into profound perceptions of all involved in this unusual case. Main and ancillary characters are thoroughly examined, exposed, and the reader comes away breathless and transformed. I loved this book.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
If you love guessing up until the very end, then this is the book for you. Clues and misdirections abound, mixed perfectly to lead you down countless potential trails of exploration. Manon is a unique character and the first book in this series shows us how intricately woven her personal and professional lives. Both sides of her life have such an impact on each other and I really enjoyed being fully immersed into her life (and it's an interesting one). My one and only dislike about Manon is she is a bit too depressed most of the book. She's a little too lost at times, and one period of being lost is followed up by another one - while she may be on the ball professionally, her personal life is a mess - but I needed a little bright side to it before the end of the book. But, we're really reading this for the crime. Edith is missing, foul play is almost certain, and the police are rapidly running out of time. This part of the story was beyond perfect. I really enjoyed seeing the glimpses into Edith's parents' lives and the lives of her friends that are involved in the investigation. Things don't go smoothly, and things go horribly wrong at one point. In fact, I think it's safe to say it all starts to fall apart. But there is a solution to the case. It isn't what I expected (which is good), but looking back through the bits and pieces of clues I can see it (which is good). It's a little out there, but completely believable. If Manon could just find a little light in her life, then I think this book would be just about perfect.
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Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This book was an okay read. I think the story went a little different than I would like. The author mentions over and over how much overtime these officers are putting in on this missing girl case. However, a majority of the book deals with their extra curricular activities. I'm sure a lot of people would be into that. For me, I like more fast paced and I don't really care what the new baby twins are doing. I still think the writing was good and the characters were well developed. I guess you could call this a mystery hidden somewhere in a police drama soap opera. I'm not saying that in a negative way at all, just how I would describe it. Thanks to Random House and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel captured me from the onset. Each chapter is about one of the characters and the reader is quickly drawn in. There are enough twists in the plot to keep you interested and the characters actually seem more real than in most novels. They have lives and sometimes lose sight of what is happening to their case(s) when life intervenes. It reads quickly and will hold your interest. Thanks to Net Galley and Random House for an ARC for an honest review.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner is a highly recommended well plotted character driven police procedural. Manon Bradshaw, 39, is a Detective Sargent on the Cambridgeshire police force who loves her job, but longs for a more fulfilling personal life, including a baby. She can hear her biological clock ticking and has been trying an internet dating site lately, unsuccessfully. After another dreadful date, Manon, who typically falls asleep to the calls on her police radio, hears a call that sends her out to the crime scene. Edith Hind, a 24 year-old Cambridge graduate student has been reported missing for 24 hours by her boyfriend. The front door was left ajar, there is blood in the kitchen, and her keys and phone are in the cottage they share. Edith is beautiful, smart, spoiled, and self-centered; she is also the daughter of Sir Ian Hind, physician to the royal family. Manon and her partner Davy know that the pressure will be on to solve this case quickly, as the media attention and her well-connected parents are going to make it headline news. As they are investigating all leads, another body is found. This time it is a young black man. Could there be a connection. This is a well written procedural that also focuses on establishing and developing the characters. The story is told through alternating narrators, which Steiner is quite successful at navigating between and keeping the complex plot moving along smoothly through the many directions the investigation takes. Manon is a credible, flawed character who is successful at her job, but struggling personally. The other characters who narrate parts of the story are also uniquely individual voices and characters. Their different viewpoints add an additional potency to the investigation. Since the novel is character driven, it has a more measured, even pace rather than utilizing many thrill-a-second surprises. There are a few twists. I will admit I wasn't totally surprised by the ending as I had surmised parts of it. This didn't lessen my enjoyment of the novel because it is character driven - and I needed to see if my suspicions were correct. Part of the pleasure in reading Missing, Presumed was found in the characters and the journey. It will be interesting to see if Steiner continues with these characters in another book and this becomes a series. Disclosure: My advanced reading copy was courtesy of the publisher for review purposes.
vacg More than 1 year ago
Previously published in the UK, Missing, Presumed, has a tentative US publication date in late June, 2016. I became aware of the book via NetGalley and subsequently received an e copy in exchange for a review. I am delighted to tell you that if you are a fan of British police procedurals, and murder mysteries in general, this may be a read you need to be lining up for! Susie Steiner is a skilled journalist, but I believe this is her first novel. Her writing skills, her mastery of writing a variety of English dialects, and her careful placement of subtle clues might lead one to assume she is a seasoned novelist as well. There are a large number of characters in the story and that number increases as "the plot thickens." The missing person is the elite and entitled daughter of two established and successful doctors. Her name is Edith Hind, and we are destined to learn about Edith from her family, friends and acquaintances, since she is (duh,) missing. A little blood, some broken glass in her kitchen, her front door open and obviously not secured, is what her fiance' finds when he returns to the apartment they share. Steiner has created a cast of believable police detectives and support personnel. They are all under the gun to find the missing person quickly, before pressure is applied from on high due to the importance of Edith's family and their contacts in high places. The police are competent, but busy, especially as time passes and Edith's whereabouts remain unknown. What they do unearth are some very unsavory details about her personal life and the lives of some friends and acquaintances. The detectives are exhausted, working long hours, exploring leads that lead to more questions, but not to Edith. They must begin to give attention to other cases which frustrates Edith's parents enormously. And her girl friend who was with her the night she disappeared is slowly falling to pieces. And it's not just that. Manon Bradshaw is the lead detective, a 39 year old single woman who is desperately wanting to become part of a couple. Her online dating track record is disastrous and a real confidence killer. Her younger partner Davy is a good cop with a sweet heart but a live in girl friend that Manon believes is all wrong for him. So as time passes Manon and Davy begin to focus a little more on their "outside the job" lives. Manon experiences some jolting personal disappointments, but returns totally refocused, to look again at the growing cast of suspects and the new details they have unearthed in Edith's history. This complicated case just may be unraveled after all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This British mystery is entertaining and literary, a combination difficult to achieve. The writer portrays Manon, our hero, as a somewhat lonely and tired police detective. She catches a kidnapping, always a difficult crime to solve. The victim is the child of a well-known doctor who happens to be the physician to the Royal Family. There are any number of viable suspects and it is Manon’s job to sort out the real from those who are not capable of this horrendous crime. How she does it tells us as much about her as it does about crime and its far-flung consequences. Missing Presumed achieves quite a lot, propelling the author to the admirable status of a literary mystery writer.