What I’m Reading: Missing Presumed

I finished listening to Missing, Presumed: A Novel by Susie Steiner.

I got this from my on line library.

I swear, I’ve been getting dud books lately.  I want a good book.  I want one that I think about after I’ve read it.

This book sadly, isn’t a book you need to run out and purchase.  It’s slow.  I don’t know why I finished it.  There are bi-sexual relationships in the book. I didn’t get attached to the characters. I often like mysteries and “who dun it books”.  I thought this might be a good one…wrong.  When I don’t care about the characters it leaves me lackluster.

Anyway…here’s what Amazon said about the book, “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 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 that 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, 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.

Suspenseful and keenly observed, Missing, Presumed is a brilliantly twisting novel of how we seek connection, grant forgiveness, and reveal the truth about who we are.”

I am kicking myself.  As I was writing this review I checked Amazon and readers only gave the book 3.8 stars.  AH!!!!  Why didn’t I read the review before I wasted time on the book?!

I honestly found myself trying to think of things I could do so I wouldn’t have to read the book.  That’s when I should  have delete the book but this time, I didn’t have any other books available on my on line library and I’ve been trying hard to be patient and not burn up all of my Audible credits.  Lesson learned.  Burn the Audible credits rather than waste my time on a bad book…In fact, I just went to Audible and upped the amount of credits I get and now I’m off to find Hubby and tell him that he’s off the hook for any Valentines present for me as I added Audible credits…(don’t remind him that we don’t ever get Valentine gifts for each other)  As much as I love books, spending a little more money on a hobby I so enjoy isn’t a bad thing.

4 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: Missing Presumed”

  1. I would highly recommend the Miss Fortune mystery series by Jana DeLeon. Best to start with the first one (Louisiana Longshot) as they build on each other – not that you can’t start in the middle but then you might be a little lost. I have loved each book in the series – I read them in print version from my library but I know they are available in electronic format and may be available in audible format as well. They are laugh at loud funny even though they are light-hearted mysteries.

  2. Here are a few of my all time favorites. Anything by Sandra Dallas but especially “The Persian Pickle Club”. “The Forgotten Garden” by Kate Morton. “The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford. “Half Broke Horses” by Jeannette Walls.

  3. I’ve read Alan Furst books and love them. I’m not sure if they are all available in audiobook format, but she hey are definitely worth the Audible credit. They are written during WWII and his style is a bit different. Also, there are a host of characters so you do need to pay attention, but I love his books.

  4. I’m currently reading “The Orphan Keeper” and loving it, by Camron Wright. It is the story of a young boy adopted from India, brought to the US and his quest to find his natural family. I think you would like it.

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