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Missing, Presumed

(DS Manon Bradshaw #1)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  24,392 ratings  ·  3,213 reviews
Mid-December, and Cambridgeshire is blanketed with snow. Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw tries to sleep after yet another soul-destroying Internet date – the low murmuring of her police radio her only solace.

Over the airwaves come reports of a missing woman – door ajar, keys and phone left behind, a spatter of blood on the kitchen floor. Manon knows the first 72 hours ar
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published February 25th 2016 by The Borough Press
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Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
look - a book involving a missing woman that ISN'T compared to Gone Girl!

it is however, compared to both tana french and kate atkinson, which are totally fair comparisons - kate atkinson for her jackson brodie novels, and tana french for … any of 'em.

it's similar to tana french in that they are both character-driven british police procedurals, but this one seems slightly more weighted towards "character" than "crime." this debut doesn't have the same confident insider-vibe in its police parts a
Jeffrey Keeten
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-mystery
”Misanthrope, staring down the barrel of childlessness. Yawning ability to find fault. Can give off WoD (Whiff of Desperation). A vast, bottomless galaxy of loneliness. Educated: to an intimidating degree. Willing to hide this. Prone to tears. Can be needy. Often found googling ‘having a baby at 40.’

Age: 39

Looking for: book-reading philanthropist with psychotherapy training who can put up shelves. Can wear glasses (relaxed about this).

Dislikes: most of the fucktards I meet on the internet.”

Chelsea Humphrey
I was immediately requesting this book once I saw it compared to Tana French (Gimmie Gimmie!); my love of a good police procedural knows no bounds. This one turned out to be very classic in its unraveling, reminiscent of something much richer than your typical thriller as it goes much deeper into its various character’s lives than most books do. The POV changes frequently between Manon (detective assigned to missing girl’s high profile case), Miriam (missing girl’s mother), Edith (missing girl), ...more
Will Byrnes
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: procedural
Susie Steiner’s new novel, Missing, Presumed, is a welcome addition to the world of British procedurals. It is the first in what one hopes is a long series of whodunits. Steiner offers a fascinating puzzle and a marvelously accessible and engaging heroine to guide us through the mess that is everyday, everywhere.

Twenty-four-year-old Edith Hind is a Cambridge University postgrad who lives with her matinee-idol-handsome boyfriend, Will Carter. Her father is an eminent surgeon, who counts the Home
2.5 stars

I hated this more than I liked it. But I finished it, so there is something to be said about the writing that made me keep going.

I think the lack of suspense was the first thing I was missing right from the start. The story revolves around the disappearance of Edith Hinds-the daughter of a well known prominent physician. Was she kidnapped? Is she still alive? The story is told in multiple POV's, but anything pertaining to Edith's disappearance seemed to take a back seat to the character
Mar 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, mystery-thriller
I received an ARC from the publisher for review, and initially I was really enthralled and excited by the book. It combines many elements that I tend to enjoy, like the British upper class, psychological thrillers, a large cast of detectives, and a slow burn mystery. I've seen it compared to the Tana French books (which are my favorites forever). But about 2/3 of the way through, I figured out that this actually wasn't a mystery book: it's bad literary fiction with a salacious side plot thrown i ...more
3.5 stars
Think less crime, more character study - If you do that this could be a gem. Though you might want to enjoy both if you pick this up :)

^I didn't have the right expectations when expecting full blown mystery. I would've enjoyed it more had I known.

Twenty four year old Cambridge student Edith Hind is missing. She’s the daughter of Sir Ian Hind, a distinguished doctor to the royal family. Her boyfriend arrived home to find the front door left wide open and signs of a struggle including a b
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christine by: Elaine to read
Shelves: british, net-galley
I wish to thank Net Galley, Random House, and Ms. Susie Steiner for an advanced review copy of this novel in exchange for an unbiased review.

I went into this read with few expectations, basically just knowing I liked the blurb, and I was in the mood for a police procedural. Well, what a terrific surprise it was—I just loved this book!

This is Susie Steiner’s 2nd book and first crime fiction novel. I would actually classify it as a semi-literary police procedural with psychological overlay. I th
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5* Missing Presumed is a highly charged British crime mystery following the daily lives of Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw and DC Davy Walker with the Cambridgeshire Major Incident Team. Early one morning, they are notified of a missing female, Edith Hind, who has disappeared on a frosty wintry day leaving behind her personal items; keys, phone, coat and her car parked outside. Arriving at Edith’s apartment they are met by Edith’s boyfriend Will Carter who is frantic and extremely upset abou ...more
Diane S ☔
3.5 A young woman from a prominent family goes missing and the case is assigned to a team from the Cambridgeshire police force. Not so much a mystery as a character study of all involved, but features 39 year old, Mahon, who is looking for love and Davy, who thinks he has found it.

Very slowly paced, especially the first half. Since it centers on Manon more than the others it is important I think for the reader to like this character or at least be able to identify with her in some way. I didn't,
I had heard many good things about this book so was really looking forward to reading it. I was not disappointed in the slightest, it is a brilliant and atmospheric police procedural. Detective Manon Bradshaw is overburdened with insecurities, has bad internet dating experiences, desperate to lose her single status and wants children. She is also about to find herself on a heavily pressurised case.

Will Carter, the boyfriend of Edith Hind, reports her missing after the state of her home raises s
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
God, this book felt long. Looooong. It was one of those that made me check the percentage left to read pretty often, with the despairing realisation that there was loads more to go. I had to continue because I'd already put in so much effort and wanted to know what happened at the end. But damn, it was drawn out.

Even though there were a few moments of amusing interaction on the part of the lead detective, her constant moaning about how desperate she was for a relationship got on my nerves, and I
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
An enthusiastic 4+ stars. Missing, Presumed was a real treat. I love good mysteries, but they’re not always easy to find. Missing, Presumed fit the bill, having all the right ingredients:

-Strong smart female lead detective with plenty of flaws and troubles to keep her interesting
-Good set up, which is the disappearance of a female graduate student from Cambridge
-Story told from the perspective of a handful of interesting characters, including the mother of the missing person
-Decent pacing, wit
Krystin Rachel
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If you’ve ever thought to yourself “what would Bridget Jones be like as a homicide detective?” …then read this book.

I myself have never wondered about Bridget Jones taking on different career paths, (really she does enough of that in her own stories,) but now that I have some idea of what a DS Jones would look like, I’ll tell you, it doesn’t work for me.

Missing, Presumed is the first book in the DS Manon Bradshow series – a UK police procedural. This first novel revolves around
Liz Barnsley
Missing, Presumed was a really excellent read - probably one of the most authentic feeling crime novels I have read recently, in that it was less mystery and more character study - of the various people caught up in the investigation of a missing woman. Police, parents, friends, boyfriends, all caught up in the vortex of not knowing, each one carefully drawn and intuitively emotional on completely different levels.

Possible signs of a struggle, an open front door and Edith is gone - vanished into
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw is thirty nine when we first meet her. A capable officer, she works at Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, for the Major Incident Team, and spends much of her spare time internet dating – often with hilarious, although disastrous, consequences. Edith Hind is a young, beautiful Post-grad student at Cambridge University; who lives with her handsome boyfriend, Will Carter. When Will returns from a visit to his mother, he finds the front door of their home open, lights left ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it


Wow! What a wonderful story that at its core is a missing person, murder/abduction mystery but slowly and deliciously incrementally blossoms into a seductive exploration of human relationships and our often times illusory and unrealistic expectations of life. The police investigation provides the skeleton of the story. The relationships between parents and children, husband and wife, boyfriends and girlfriends, professors and students and fellow police officers, is the musc
MISSING, PRESUMED by Susie Steiner’s is her second book but first crime police procedural novel. This is the first novel I have read by this author and I was very impressed with the level of literary writing. The novel has also elements of psychological suspense, and is very much character-driven to flush out all the main characters, and allow them to come to life with all their dark humor and wit.

The protagonist, 39 year old Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw is a respected member of the Cambri
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a great crime novel and I had not heard of this author before, I will now look out for more of her books. The story is told by the individual characters themselves, this gives the reader a much broader perspective of each character and makes you feel like you know them quite well.
A beautiful young girl goes missing from her home, the front door is found wide open, possible evidence of a struggle, shattered wine glass, what can possibly have happened? Believe me a lot, and thi
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve picked up and started, then restarted this book many times in a year.
I was totally not going to be defeated. Determined to finish it.

I found it highly confusing at the beginning as the POV characters were more than 3. My brains slowing down and I got foggy from having to think too hard.
Brain ache. A bit like toothache.

Anyway on my last attempt I did it. I reached the end.

The beginning was difficult to take in.
The middle bit was my favourite.
The ending a bit of a classic. No surprises ther
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
I had such high hopes for this book but unfortunately it failed to live up to my expectations. While it is very much a literary mystery, it wasn’t the page-turning or suspenseful read which is how it is described in the blurb and which I expected. In my mind ‘mystery crime thrillers’ should be suspenseful and page-turning.

The focus in this book is very much character development and these are normally the type of books I enjoy most. The problem occurs when character development takes over the en
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best crime novel I've read in a long time.

I read a lot of 'em, and usually I give 'em 3 stars ("I liked the book"), move on to the next one, and forget all about 'em. This book, however, is a cut above the rest. The writing is beautiful; the present-tense narration is unusual. Manon, the main character, is someone I can relate to and someone I like. The plot was interesting, with enough turns to keep me guessing.

I'm pleased that there's another book about Manon coming in 2017! I will
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was so excited to have the opportunity to read Missing, Presumed--It did not disappoint! Please note that the story is more focused on the members of the Cambridgeshire police force than the case that they are working to resolve.

When 25 year old Edith Hind, daughter of a prominent physician is reported missing, DS Manon Bradshaw and her colleagues, Davy and Harriet, begin investigating. Has Edith been murdered, kidnapped, or has she just run away? The police don’t have much information to work
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
4 stars for Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner.

This is quite a complex book. And while it is complex, it is never confusing. It is so much more than a police procedural. Susie Steiner has a way with words and a grand insight into the human psyche. She writes with grace and with humour.

While DS Manon Bradshaw is trying to sleep following yet another disastrous internet date a woman is reported missing. Her partner has come home to find the door open, blood in the kitchen, Edie's car, phone and co
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sue by: Jeffrey Keeten
As the title indicates, Steiner's Missing, Presumed involves a complex missing persons case. Edith Hind, the 24 year old, graduate student daughter of a physician to the royal family, has gone missing. A week before Christmas. There are few clues but dogged police on the case. Here the book separates itself from the average police procedural and moves into the rarer air.

First there is the matter of characterization--both major and bit parts. The novel is written from multiple points of view, gi
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
DS Manon Bradshaw of the Cambridgeshire Police is a 39 year old detective who enjoys her work but is single and lonely. Her biological clock is ticking but her internet dating is a disaster and Mr Right just doesn't seem to be around. In the meantime she's assigned to investigate a missing student, Edith Hind, who vanished from her home without her bag and coat and with traces of her blood found in the kitchen. The investigation stalls after a few days as Edith's boyfriend and friends all seem t ...more
What a pleasant surprise this crime novel turned out to be. Fortunately I've read many good books this year so far - and this one reminded me how much I enjoy a well-rendered, character-driven police procedural.

As one would expect, the novel is centered around a missing persons case. When weeks go by without sign of the missing woman it is presumed she is the victim of a homicide. Told by various persons and points of view, the story gives a well-rounded account of the case.

And the police... I L
Missing, Presumed by Susan Steiner is a 2016 Random House publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

With a title like this one and the synopsis shoring up the notion this book is a missing persons case, and a police procedural, I was ready to dive into what promised to be a good novel of suspense.

However, this story does not read like the typical British style mystery. In fact, the missing persons case seems to take a back s
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have never read this author but understand that this is her first crime novel. First off I love that the blurb of this book stated that it is a “page-turning literary mystery that brings to life the complex and wholly relatable Manon Bradshaw, a strong-willed detective assigned to a high-risk missing persons case”.

I’m so glad to have a blurb actually reveal the true nature of a book and not classi
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I hate to give a negative review, but I was really disappointed in this book. I was expecting and edge-of-your-seat type of mystery and what I got was a slow, plodding story buried under a pile of exposition. I did like Manon, but even her character was not enough to make this a satisfying read. In the end, I started skimming the final third of the book and that is something I would hardly ever do, because I just couldn't face the endless minutae. The resolution, too, felt a little flat and not ...more
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