Monday, June 20, 2016

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

It all begins with a high profile missing person.  She's assigned to the case and is told it is top priority.  The woman just disappeared, without taking anything with her.

Random House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 28th.

Edith is smart, has a boyfriend she lives with and is going far in the world.  When she disappears, it's a crisis for her parents.  Her father is friends with one of the upper crusts in the police department, so it soon becomes a crisis for the cops, too.

Manon is a good cop but she's a disaster in her love life.  She's even gotten so desperate she's doing dating sites where they match you to someone.  That's not working out well.  She grabs this case and gets all over it.  When others despair, she pushes on.  She never expects what she will find at the end...

Edith always wanted to be perfect for her father.  She doesn't succeed.  Then she finds out he's not perfect either. It destroys her life.

Manon finds a man she thinks she loves and the sex is marvelous and then he breaks up with her.  She has nothing once again.  But she has found a young boy who is facing the death of his mother and his only sibling, a brother, has been killed.  She befriends him and it helps complete her in a way she didn't know she was missing.

While everyone thinks Edith is dead, Manon and Edith's mother don't think she is.  As they try to figure out how all the various players are involved and what really transpired, they get closer to the truth.  The truth is ugly and not at all what I was expecting.

The tale is gripping, the lives of the cops overlap with the drama of the case and before the story is over they have all been changed in some way.  I'd read another tale about Manon.  She's a complex creature and a dedicated cop.

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