I was paging through People Magazine this weekend when I came across this bit about hot, new books. I was so excited to see a book I finished recently -and LOVED – on the list! It’s “Missing, Presumed,” by Susie Steiner:
Here’s my review of the book, which is out now!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a police procedural – but not your typical investigative novel, which lines up suspects and “drops” clues, to see if you can figure out who-dun-it before the big reveal. “Missing, Presumed,” is more novel noir, a dark, gripping novel, which slowly reveals its inner demons.
I couldn’t put it down!
The main storyline follows the disappearance of Edith Hind, a young graduate student at Cambridge, who disappears after a night out with friends. Is she alive?; Dead?; Who’s responsible for her death? The investigation stalls and tensions grow. Meanwhile, a young man is found dead, but no one seems to really care about his death too much. Is he tied to Edith? Or was it just some random drug deal gone bad?
The story also encompasses the investigative team’s personal lives – Manon can’t find a good relationship; Davy is growing disillusioned with his girlfriend; and the Hinds seem to be falling apart as their daughter’s disappearance lingers. This personal aspect to the story is what really set the novel apart from your typical cop novel.
The novel is told from various viewpoints, which I liked. It kept you guessing, because it didn’t commit you to seeing one person as good, another as bad. You saw things from all sides.
The novel was not fast-paced, but it slowly revealed little hints which came together. I enjoyed this as well, but can see where some adrenaline-junkies wouldn’t like that. It’s like a thriller where the bad guy is lurking amongst the crowd, but you just can’t put your finger on what he/she has done and why. The story eventually wraps up neatly, though there were some loose ends I might’ve missed.
Overall, I loved this book and would recommend it highly. It’s like a “Gone GIrl,” that lives up to the hype: keeping you guessing and a little off-balance.