Author: Susie Steiner
Publisher: Random House
Rating: 4 stars
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Blurb: At thirty-nine, 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 reported missing for nearly twenty-four 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 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, and 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.
Review: First, I must say that I absolutely freaking adored Manon and how she operated. She was lovely in her method of investigating, in her humanity, and in the way she behaved throughout the entire novel. I loved the story and the arc of her character and I would enjoy seeing more of her. Unfortunately, I wasn’t as fond of the way the story line for everyone else went.
This is a haunting mystery about a woman who went missing and the entire sweeping drama that occurred when everyone realized she was missing.
What a freak-out.
At first, it seemed like there was a struggle–broken glass, blood, no signs of her taking her phone or keys. Her well-breed, rich fiance is desperate to have her found as well as her parents and best friend. Add in the fact that her father treats the royal family (he’s a physician) and it’s instantly TOP NEWS! It’s on TV 24/7 and the police officers who’ve been assigned the case know that they’ve got not only the pressure from the press but from the higher ups to contend with. They’ve got to solve it asap! Get her found alive with the golden hours after her going missing. They’ve got 72 hours tops before it becomes more likely they’re searching for a body instead of someone who’s alive.
Their reputations and careers depend on it.
What will happen when the leads are taking Manon in a direction that her superiors don’t like?
I enjoyed a lot of this book. It was convincing and detailed and I really liked Manon. I just didn’t like the way it devolved….too much for me. But if you like very British, highly detailed and very convoluted mysteries, then this is for you. Thanks!