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Missing, Presumed Audiobook

Missing, Presumed: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

For listeners of Kate Atkinson and Tana French comes a pause-resisting literary mystery that brings to life the complex and wholly relatable Manon Bradshaw, a strong-willed detective assigned to a high-risk missing person case.

At 39, Manon Bradshaw is a devoted and respected member of the Cambridgeshire police force, and though she loves her job, what she longs for is a personal life. Single and distant from her family, she wants a husband and children of her own. One night, after yet another disastrous Internet date, she turns on her police radio to help herself fall asleep - and receives an alert that sends her to a puzzling crime scene.

Edith Hind - a beautiful graduate student at Cambridge University and daughter of the surgeon to the Royal Family - has been missing for nearly 24 hours. Her home offers few clues: a smattering of blood in the kitchen, her keys and phone left behind, the front door ajar but showing no signs of forced entry. Manon instantly knows that this case will be big - and that every second is crucial to finding Edith alive.

The investigation starts with Edith's loved ones: her attentive boyfriend, her reserved best friend, her patrician parents. As the search widens and press coverage reaches a frenzied pitch, secrets begin to emerge about Edith's tangled love life and her erratic behavior leading up to her disappearance. With no clear leads, Manon summons every last bit of her skill and intuition to close the case, and what she discovers will have shocking consequences not just for Edith's family but for Manon herself.

Suspenseful and keenly observed, Missing, Presumed is a brilliantly twisting novel of how we seek connection, grant forgiveness, and reveal the truth about who we are.

©2016 Susie Steiner (P)2016 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"An extraordinarily assured police procedural in the tradition of Ruth Rendell and Elizabeth George." (Joseph Finder, author of The Fixer)

"A vein of dark humor pulses beneath this compelling whodunit with an appealing, complicated heroine at its center." (Publishers Weekly)

"A highly charismatic and engaging story.... This novel stands out from the pack." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Amazon Customer Wichita, KS USA 07-20-16
    Amazon Customer Wichita, KS USA 07-20-16 Member Since 2010
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    "A mystery lover's treat!"

    This is one of those books I couldn't put down, but didn't want it to end. I did read on Amazon that this author's next book is about this same character, which makes me feel a lot better - I don't want to say goodbye to her!

    I can't say enough good things about this book. The characters are real, and at times very funny. I laughed out loud a lot! They're also full of issues, longing, vulnerability, and they tend to kick themselves around a bit, especially the main character.

    The narration was superb. There are men's voices, women's voices, and children's voices, and everyone has a lovely British accent. With this book, the narration enhanced the story - which is often not the case with audiobooks. I haven't enjoyed narration so much since I finished "The Help" and "Angela's Ashes."

    This book is on a par with those written by Tana French and Robert Galbraith. I wait eagerly for their next books, and this author has been added to that list.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    S. Yates 07-17-16
    S. Yates 07-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent mystery and character study"
    If you could sum up Missing, Presumed in three words, what would they be?

    Nuanced, vulnerable, believable.


    What about Juanita McMahon’s performance did you like?

    Everything. She made characters distinct and injected humor and pathos into the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book and would have given it 4.5 stars if I could have. It has an emotional mystery at its center and enough twists (most of them plausible) to keep a mystery-lover engaged. But more important than the mystery is the keen eye the author brings to the characters and how the mystery impacts their lives. This is largely character study and the characters feel real and human and flawed and interesting. Many mysteries concentrate on law enforcement, but often do not peak into their private lives - this one not only allows you to voyeuristically see how an investigation might impact the police detectives (and see them as humans off the job), but also offers a vantage point into the family and friends of one person gone missing and another murdered. I sincerely hope that Steiner writes more in this vein, especially with DSI Manon Bradshaw.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    K. T. Dallas, Tx 07-19-16
    K. T. Dallas, Tx 07-19-16 Member Since 2016

    teacherlady

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    "Caution: depression ahead!"

    On the bright side-- it's an interesting story with a decent mystery development, characters one comes to care about, and an excellent verbal performance.

    The downside is that 9/10 of this book is about as thoroughly depressing as a book can be: loneliness, depression, isolation, abandonment, brokenness all described in intimate detail in between micro-steps in the plot. If you are the least bit depressed before starting the book, you may well be suicidal halfway through! That said, it all comes together in the end, isn't unexpected or jarring, and leaves you with a ray of sunshine breaking through the clouds. Just be forewarned it's a LOT of clouds!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kathi 11-29-16
    Kathi 11-29-16 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "Novel? Mystery? Police procedural?"

    This is a very long novel. For a while, I found myself thinking that this was a police procedural--a very good one--and hoping it would become a series. Then about halfway through, it hit me that this is a novel, and doesn't need to follow any of the standard formulas for that kind of book, and indeed, after a point, it does not. It begins and ends within the pages of this book. All to the good of the story.

    Read with excellent narration, this book explores the extremely complicated feelings and relationships in both (victim) Edith Hind's world, and that of the other characters, especially Manon Bradshaw, a police detective, as well. In especially the second half of the book, the author gives us touching insight into the tortured minds and feelings of friends and family waiting for news, as well as the police who are frantically working on solving the mystery. Since it is pointedly a novel and not a police procedural per se, it doesn't need to go down the expected paths one might expect it to take, but slowly brings the listener to the conclusion which hold some surprises.

    This is purely a matter of personal taste, but if I could have made one thing different, it would have been the style in which it is written. Though it moves from character to character, and one time frame to another, it is always written in the present tense style, so often used when giving a synopsis (as I am doing here) or the telling of a dream. I found it a little wearying to have that all the time. But as I said, that is just my taste, and I'm still giving 5 stars for a really good book and performance.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MarisaReads 10-26-16
    MarisaReads 10-26-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Smart, Engaging Suspense with a dash of good humor"
    What made the experience of listening to Missing, Presumed the most enjoyable?

    I loved this audiobook. The main characters make a great team. Each has his or her own story to tell. The mystery itself was multilayered and kept me interested to the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are vivid, fallible, human. I loved that these finely-drawn figures were so true-to-life.


    Which character – as performed by Juanita McMahon – was your favorite?

    My favorite character is Manon Bradshaw, the spunky detective who leads the charge on the case of the missing Edith Hind. She is smart when it comes to police work, but touchingly less savvy in her love life, where she longs to find Mr. Right and leaps into the world of online dating to locate that one person who she can be herself with. Ultimately, does being herself lead to disaster or are the suitors lacking the special main ingredient?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made me laugh out loud many times, especially at the escapades of Manon and her team.


    Any additional comments?

    The mystery of the missing girl, with ties to royalty and a seemingly loyal family, loving boyfriend and doting best friend, is brought together by the author's fleshing out the mystery using multiple points of view and different character's stories. The dark humor running through the story is a delight. I liked this book so much that I bought it for my best friend, because she reminds me so much of Manon. Great, seamless and enjoyable narration. I highly recommend "Missing, Presumed."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Seattle, WA, United States 07-25-16
    Michael Seattle, WA, United States 07-25-16 Member Since 2007

    I'm an inventor and author, living in Seattle; an old man, living a full life with Kathy, my first and only wife.

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    "Interesting character study, but not a mystery"

    There's a very little bit of mystery tucked in here and there, but for the most part this book is more of a character study. I found it interesting, but overlong and the reader didn't do the book any favors.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-16-16 Member Since 2010

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    "A thriller with heart"

    loved it, listened whether I had 5 minutes or 30. A police procedural in England. with issues of class, race, family, friendship. excellent reading and writing.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Michele McKeon Blooming Grove, New York USA 09-02-16
    Michele McKeon Blooming Grove, New York USA 09-02-16 Member Since 2011
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    I liked this story. It took me sometime to figure it all out which I liked. The performance was good, just a little weak with male characters.

    Overall, satisfying!

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    Lucido 12-07-16
    Lucido 12-07-16
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    "literary mystery with wonderful character details"
    Would you listen to Missing, Presumed again? Why?

    No, but not because I didn't love it. I don't re-listen to anything.


    What other book might you compare Missing, Presumed to and why?

    Well, prior to reading this book I saw Steiner was compared to Kate Atkinson and Tana French, who are two of my favorites. While Steiner isn't really like either of them (she's got her own style), her writing is smart, insightful and often funny. She's apparently gradually losing her eyesight and claims that has caused her to focus on non-visual details. I found her descriptions of the sound and smell of things to come across as both new and familiar, which is something most writers probably strive for but few accomplish.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many well-done scenes to chose one, but the end was particularly vivid in a gratifying way.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I wanted to spread it out to make it last a few days. I was enjoying being in Manon's and Miriam's world too much to gobble it all up in one go.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not a murder mystery, it's more of a character study situated within a crime investigation. Steiner's characters -- all the ones she focused on -- seem utterly real, as if I could pop along to Cambridgeshire or Hampstead, knock on their doors and find them there, exactly as she described them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Brown New York City 11-19-16
    Susan Brown New York City 11-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Best reading ever!"
    What did you love best about Missing, Presumed?

    Juanita McMahon's reading was unusually compelling


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not just a thriller but a real character study


    Which character – as performed by Juanita McMahon – was your favorite?

    Can't really choose one...all so different and well-done


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I wanted it to last longer so I rationed my listening over several weeks. I used the sleep timer and enjoyed putting myself to sleep with this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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