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Published: 1 September 2016
Reviewed: 31 October 2016

4 out of 5 stars

Copy supplied by The Borough Press in return for an honest review

 

Description:

72 HOURS TO FIND HER…

‘Hits the sweet spot between literary and crime fiction – Gripping’ ERIN KELLY

‘For those who love their crime fiction rich in psychology, beautifully written and laced with dark humour. Dive in’ LUCIE WHITEHOUSE

A MISSING GIRL
Edith Hind is gone, leaving just her coat, a smear of blood and a half-open door.

A DESPERATE FAMILY
Each of her friends and relatives has a version of the truth. But none quite adds up.

A DETECTIVE AT BREAKING POINT
The press grows hungrier by the day. Can DS Manon Bradshaw fend them off, before a missing persons case becomes a murder investigation?

My Thoughts & Review:

Missing, Presumed was one of those books that everyone was saying good things about so it was only natural for me to want to read it and see whether they were right.  Thank goodness I was able to get a copy, it is a good police procedural with drama and is very character driven.
The reader is introduced to Detective Manon Bradshaw and her team who are investigating the disappearance of Edith Hind.

Detective Bradshaw is a great character, she is a woman who wants to find love and have children some day and her experiences of internet dating were far from positive.  She’s quite a realistic and believable character, her forays into the world of dating are numerous and add a light-hearted feel to the narrative in places.  Her colleagues are equally interesting and entertaining, especially DI Harper.  The in-depth interviews carried out in the course of the investigation with Edith’s family allow good scope for character development and but also meant that the more I learned about these people the less empathy I felt towards them.

For me the pace of this book was more of a slow burn rather than a speed reading exercise but the writing makes up for this.  It’s cleverly plotted, wonderfully descriptive and quite an intelligent read.  It is clear from reading this book that time and care has been taken over the research, the police procedural aspect felt realistic.  A very good read, and one I would recommend.

You can buy a copy of Missing, Presumed here.

 

 

 

 

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