This review is written with thanks to Harper Collins UK and Netgalley for my copy of Missing, Presumed.
One night, just before Christmas, Edith Hind, the daughter of one of the doctors to the Royal Family, is reported missing. It falls to DS Manon Bradshaw and her team to find out what happened to her. As the investigation into Edith's disappearance develops, the police uncover secrets about Edith and her family, and the case becomes entwined with the investigation into the death of a local young person, Taylor Dent. Will Edith be found alive?
Missing, Presumed is written from several different viewpoints, including those of the police officers working on Edith's investigation, Edith's mother and Edith's friend, Helena. This sets the novel apart from many crime novels, as it allows the reader to consider the impact of the investigation on everyone who is involved in it. It also provides insight into the personalities of the characters, particularly the police officers, and this heightened the personal element of the plot, and allowed me to engage with it. However, at times, the rotating narratives were confusing to follow and this caused the plot to lose momentum.
Unlike many of the crime novels I have read recently, Missing, Presumed was quite slow paced, particularly at the beginning. Although this helped Steiner to build tension, it meant that at times, I struggled to maintain my interest. The investigation itself seemed to be progressing slowly, and the links made by the police seemed to be tenuous, and I found it difficult to follow the different strands of the plot in places. However, despite this, the separate elements of the plot did come together eventually, and they created a rather unusual ending which will stay with me for some time.
When I started reading Missing, Presumed, I was concerned that, as it follows similar themes to other books released recently, it would struggle to stand out. Steiner approaches the issues she raises with originality, and therefore the novel is distinguishable from other similar books. However, Missing, Presumed lacks the grittiness I would expect from a crime novel, which left me feeling slightly underwhelmed.
Missing, Presumed is available from Amazon.