Series: DS Manon #1
Author: Susie Steiner
Format/Page Count: e-book, 416
Published: The Borough Press, September 1, 2016
A MISSING GIRL
Edith Hind is gone, leaving just her coat, a smear of blood and a half-open door.
A DESPERATE FAMILY
Each of her friends and relatives has a version of the truth. But none quite adds up.
A DETECTIVE AT BREAKING POINT
The press grows hungrier by the day. Can DS Manon Bradshaw fend them off, before a missing persons case becomes a murder investigation?
I don’t know what I was expecting when I started this book. Don’t get me wrong, I knew what I was getting into, a thriller about a missing young woman who leaves no traces behind. From its cover to its plot, this was enough for me to be curious. What I didn’t expect were the multiple points of view of several people who are involved in the case. There was, what I sensed as, a main voice of DS Bradshaw, a member of the team who investigated the missing woman case. But other than Bradshaw, we heard the voices of some other key people, including the missing girl’s mother. I admit, I did find this a bit odd at first, thought it was even perhaps a wee bit unnecessary, but later, when I thought it through, perhaps this was a way to let us see different sides in a crime like this. Since there weren’t many leads, we were left with the emotional trauma the case has caused. How these very opposite characters dealt with things.
The storytelling first scared me with the multiple points of view. But I quickly got the hang of it, and besides, the case was too interesting to be stuck on such a detail. Following the case through different characters made things a lot more interesting. Everyone added something else to the missing girl’s character, revealed something different about her, and that was the pleasure of it all. To find out about the victim and putting the pieces together.
This was a really enjoyable read, and a good example of a thriller. This is what I like about this genre. There’s a world of different styles and you don’t have to follow a certain template, so authors experiment. This one, I think, has succeeded, and I’d definitely love to see more of this author.
I’m adding four spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge.
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