Joanne’s Mystery Picks

missing, presumed coverMissing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

“You can choose your friends but you sure can’t choose your family”.  What is that saying about families?  This phrase certainly resonates with Manon Bradshaw, an officer with the Cambridgeshire police force.  She’s estranged from her immediate family and complete bollocks at relationships, yet has a fast and true friendship with Bryony, another member of the force.

When she attends the scene of a suspected missing person case after hearing the call-out on her police radio, she knows that this case will need every bit of her attention.  Edith Hind, a Cambridge graduate student and daughter of the surgeon to the Royal Family, has disappeared and as the team begins the tedious investigation into her personal life, secrets are revealed that will reverberate through her entire family.

Steiner takes us on a roller-coaster ride with quick stops, frequent accelerations, and many twists and turns. Laced with humour and many “yes!” moments, the end comes as a complete surprise and leaves the reader contemplating “families” in all their forms

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