A missing persons case is at the core of the story although there is much more going on character-wise. Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw has just returned from another internet date gone wrong and is unwinding listening to her police radio when a report comes in of a missing woman. Edith Hind—daughter of Sir Ian Hind, physician to the royal family—has gone missing. Her flat door left open, blood at the scene, and she hasn't taken her handbag, keys, or phone. Bradshaw realizes how big this case is, and that the first 72 hours are critical in any missing persons case — you find the girl, or you look to recover a body.
The story unravels through multiple perspectives. Steiner develops her characters through their personal lives and relationships. I feel like we've only scratched the surface with Manon. She is a character with many layers and I like how a woman in such a powerful position was juxtaposed with such vulnerability with love and relationships. I can't wait to see how she develops over the series.
This was my first Susie Steiner read and I loved it! I could totally see this as a BBC show, a dark copper drama like Luther or Broadchurch. In fact, Davey reminded me of Justin Ripley from Luther.
Can't wait for book two!