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Mid-December, and Cambridgeshire is blanketed with snow. Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw tries to sleep after yet another soul-destroying Internet date - the low murmuring of her police radio her only solace.
Over the airwaves come reports of a missing woman - door ajar, keys and phone left behind, a spatter of blood on the kitchen floor. Manon knows the first 72 hours are critical: you find her, or you look for a body. And as soon as she sees a picture of Edith Hind, a Cambridge postgraduate from a well-connected family, she knows this case will be big.
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Very mediocre which was a shame as I had listened to the author on a local radio program and it was set close to my home.
First bugbear and it was my own fault - I cannot stand stories written in the present tense. They grate on me so much that I cannot get past the tense and into the story with ease.
I don't much like female narrators either, especially when they properly read every word and are somewhat prissy into the bargain. This one wasn't great at male voices and her accents, especially the Scots, were haphazard.
Beyond all that, the premise of the story was interesting - was she missing or was she dead? The main female lead was far too emotionally flakey for a middle level police officer and she stepped over the line with her emotional entanglements with players, witnesses, on the fringe of the story line. I wanted to smack her several times.
Of course one had to tick all the PC boxes - the lesbian relationship, the gay relationship, the heroic villain and the good black person. It'd be nice to read something without the "gay is normal and widespread" mantra being thrust down ones throat.
It was well over long, I think the author sought to enlist the aid of every descriptor known to man (or woman) - it could have been reduced by 1/3 and no one would have noticed.
I still ask myself why I bothered with it - apathy and no other good yarns on my iPhone at the time but I won't be getting the next in the series where the flakey, now DI, seems to have got herself knocked up. This book really irritated me - I don't usually write reviews!
Loved it. Great story. Great characters. Good narrator apart from the Scottish accent! I'm off to see if there are others in the series.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
The book had a really weak story, I didn't really like the writing style and kept hanging on thinking it would get better, but it didn't.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Some well drawn characters but overall a weak plot with too many cliches, "to be fair" twice in the first paragraph. Most irritating of all was the narration, which was obviously not checked by editors. The narrator seemed nervous, inexperienced and self conscious, putting full stops after each word at times and misunderstanding word and sentence stress. Not at all a relaxing listen, maybe I would have enjoyed this book more if I'd read it rather than listened.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
It was okay but nothing to get excited about. I kept waiting for it to warm up but sadly it didn't.
Would you recommend Missing, Presumed to your friends? Why or why not?
No, I don't think so. I wouldn't put them off it but I wouldn't recommend it either.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Sometimes it was hard to tell between different characters and although the narrator has a nice tone of voice, her Scottish and Irish accents were unbelievably bad.
Do you think Missing, Presumed needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Not for me. I found the main character to be one of the most irritating in the book.
Any additional comments?
Aside from poor narration, the biggest problem was that some of the lead characters came across more like caricatures. They just didn't seem like real people so inevitably I didn't warm to them or care about them.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
No idea. Maybe someone who was in a hospital bed,in a coma
Would you ever listen to anything by Susie Steiner again?
Would you be willing to try another one of Juanita McMahon’s performances?
What character would you cut from Missing, Presumed?
all of them
Any additional comments?
don't!<br/>Feel bad writing a bad review as maybe it just wasn't right for me. Was just too rambling & didn't take to the narrator
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
This book has little or no pace to it. Nothing like the authors compared to
The story would probably sound less mediocre if it weren’t for the very stereotypical, almost caricature-like characters, which aren’t very likeable. The main character MB is especially so. I don’t know what makes her (or anyone in this book) a “good, intelligent copper” as she herself claims to be. ??
There is little mistery to the story from the start to the end and the writing often rambles that honestly, I lost interest half way thru the book. It reads like a book that tried to be deeper and more than a thriller by numbers and one that fails at it. :/
My first novel from this author and enjoyed it immensely. Well written and plotted, with some lovely humorous moments. The main characters were well rounded and realistic and the plot excellent. I thought the use of different viewpoints might be clunky, but they worked very well. Off to buy more if her work.
Any additional comments?
I thought the narrator did a wonderful job despite some other reviewers comments about her male and scottish accents. This didn't seem to matter within such a "human" book. The story was good with some surprises but it was outweighed but such great characters, black humour and empathy. The writer used such beautiful prose which never lurched into sentimentality. I have pre-ordered the next in the series and truly hope it is as excellent.
I struggled a little as I didn't like the narration as a lot of the male characters sounded a little stupid. Once I got over that I found it a little slow and has taken me weeks to finish it. Once it getting going, about two thirds of the way in, it was more gripping and actually a great story. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it rather than listened to it.
Loved Manon, lead detective. I enjoyed all of this book but a word of warning, the narrator reads like she's reciting a poem and it drove me mad. As the book progressed she read more like a good narrator should. Not sure I could do another with her though