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|The Borough Press|
An imprint of Harper Collins Publishers
February 25th 2016
Edith Hind, the beautiful, earnest Cambridge post-grad living on the outskirts of the city has left nothing behind but a streak of blood and her coat hanging up for her boyfriend, Will, to find. The news spreads fast: to her parents, prestigious doctor Sir Ian and Lady Hind, and straight on to the police.
Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw soothes her insomnia with the din of the police radio she keeps by her bed. After another bad date, it takes the crackling voices to lull her to sleep. But one night she hears something. A girl is missing. For Manon the hunt for Edith Hind might be the career-defining case she has been waiting for. For the family this is the beginning of their nightmare.
As Manon sinks her teeth into the investigation and lines up those closest to Edith, she starts to smooth out the kinks in their stories and catch the eyes that won’t meet hers. But when disturbing facts come to light, the stakes jolt up and Manon has to manage the wave of terror that erupts from the family.
When talented post-grad student, Edith Hind goes missing, only a smear of blood left in the kitchen of her home suggests that foul play may have played a part in her disappearance and yet, for DS Manon Bradshaw and her investigative team, the clues don't really stack up, and what's left behind starts to open up more questions than it does answers. All too poignantly, those who are left behind must try to rationalise what has happened, but for her parents, boyfriend, and best friend, Edith’s disappearance is so out of character that they can find little rational explanation. However, piece by tantalising piece the story starts to unravel, and very soon it becomes obvious that there is more going on in Edith’s life than could ever have been imagined.
Some of the story, particularly at the start can seem a little slow, but do stay with it, as once the investigation gets underway, the action, whilst never frenetic, develops quite nicely into a cleverly imagined whodunit. There are several sub plots, which add interest, and I especially enjoyed getting to know and understand DS Bradshaw. She is quite an enigma, often appears lost and lonely in her personal life, and yet is focused and determined when working professionally. I rather liked this flaw in her character as it made her appear more realistic. The other characters, which flit into and out of the story, are nicely balanced and add nice distinctions of light and shade. There are lots of twists and turns, red herrings and also some whopping great clues, which all add up to a really satisfying read.
I think that DS Manon Bradshaw and her investigative team could be developed into a really good crime series. I’m sure that in the hands of this talented writer more adventures could very easily be persuaded to come their way...
Best read with… Several glasses of a rich, organic red wine, heavy on the tannin and slices of mature cheese on crumbly crackers...
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My thanks to the author for her invitation to join in with this blog tour and to Hayley at Harper Collins for sending me the ARC of Missing, Presumed.