'Steiner populates this hot-button narrative with achingly human characters, but no one compares to the hormonal, mordantly funny mom-cop who'll stop at nothing to save her son.'
– People magazine
'Smart and funny...the racial theme cuts deep enough to hurt.' – New York Times
'A stellar sequel to Missing, Presumed. Not to be missed.' – Publishers Weekly starred review
'A second adventure that strikes all the right notes—layered mystery, incisive cultural context, and a delightful protagonist who deserves a place alongside other beloved literary detectives.'
– Kirkus starred review
"She has created a masterful mystery within an engaging narrative perfect for Kate Atkinson fans. Readers will be astonished by the unexpected turns at the conclusion, which will leave fans eagerly awaiting the next book. This series needs to be snapped up by the BBC or PBS.'
– Booklist starred review
A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice •
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • NAMED ONE OF THE 10 BEST MYSTERIES OF THE YEAR BY THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
'A wonderfully written novel. One of the most ambitious police procedurals of the year.'
– Wall Street Journal
'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'
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This novel stands out from the pack in two significant ways: first of all, in the solution, which reflects a sophisticated commentary on today’s news stories about how prejudices about race and privilege play out in our justice system; and second, in the wounded, compassionate, human character of Manon. Her struggles to define love and family at a time when both are open to interpretation make for a highly charismatic and engaging story.'
– Kirkus starred review (Missing, Presumed)
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
“Missing, Presumed is fast-paced, twisty and full of realistic characters and scenarios With any luck Detective Bradshaw will be back in future instalments, since she is a quirky, likable character, capable of carrying a series.” — Vancouver Sun, best summer reads
Missing, Presumed is an extraordinarily assured police procedural in the tradition of Ruth Rendell and Elizabeth George — the surprises continue to the last page as Steiner blasts expectations and assumptions to dig deep into questions of trust, betrayal, class and family bonds. Dazzling.' - JOSEPH FINDER, New York Times bestseller
'Missing, Presumed is a gripping, suspenseful, gratifyingly unpredictable detective novel, with enough plot twists to satisfy fans of the genre. But it’s also a beautifully written reflection on loneliness, and that’s what will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page. I hope we'll see more of Steiner's prickly, all-too-human DS Manon Bradshaw'— MAGGIE MITCHELL, author of Pretty Is
'Manon Bradshaw is unforgettable. She charges through Missing, Presumed with twin goals – to find the body, and to find durable love. The resolution of this gripping novel astonishes, and leaves a long afterglow.'
– AMITY GAIGE, author of Schroder, longlisted for the Folio prize
'A vein of dark humor pulses beneath this compelling whodunit with an appealing, complicated heroine at its center.' - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
A young woman vanishes. A smear of blood in the kitchen of the house she shares with her boyfriend suggests a struggle...
As soon as Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw sees the photograph of missing Edith Hind - a beautiful Cambridge post-grad from a well-connected family - she knows the case will be big. And she's right: pressure soon mounts from the media and from on high.Can Manon see clearly enough to solve the mystery of Edith's disappearance? Can she withstand intimidation from Sir Ian Hind, Edith's father, who has friends in high places? And when a body is found, will it mean the end or just the beginning?
The author gets inside the minds and lives of her book’s socially disparate personalities with the grace of a novelist of manners, even as she pulls tight the strands of one of the most ambitious police procedurals of the year. – Wall Street Journal
I loved Susie Steiner’s detective Manon Bradshaw from her opening scene, on an agonizing internet date. The story of Bradshaw and her team investigating the disappearance of a daughter of the English upper class is framed as a police procedural but drenched in character and setting, with pinpoint detail that breathes life and color into every sentence. This may be my favorite of the June releases.
Raleigh News & Observer