‘Missing, Presumed’ by Susie Steiner [Book Review]

I love a good book club pick, especially crime and thrillers, so when Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner was included on WH Smith’s Richard and Judy’s list in Autumn 2016, it instantly ended up on my TBR list. I finally got around to reading it for the 2017 Reading Challenge.

Title: Missing, Presumed
Author: Susie Steiner
Released: 2016
Pages: 420
Category: #42 A bestseller from 2016
Rating: 5/10

“One minute you are loved, and then you are not.”

Written from the perspective of detective Manon, Missing, Presumed follows the police investigation of missing person Edith Hind. When Edith’s flat is found empty with the door ajar and blood splatters on surfaces, a full-scale enquiry is launched.

The novel explores police procedures and the influence of the media and high profile individuals on missing person cases, as well as the more typical whodunit element.

Although the novel has received comparisons with Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, I feel that this is detrimental towards Flynn’s novel. As a character, Manon annoyed me profusely, reducing my interest in her investigation (though thankfully she had a couple of redeeming qualities towards the end of the book). Additionally, it wasn’t the addictive thriller I had expected; it was painfully slow in places and the writing was repetitive, resulting in profound disappointment.

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