This is an interesting book. Edith Hind, a young postgraduate disappears. The front door of her home is wide-open and there is blood in the kitchen. As the case progresses, Steiner depicts the impact of Hind's disappearance on her leading characters: the mother, the father, the best friend, and the lead detective and her team. Steiner delves into her characters, possibly a little too deeply and because of it, the story loses momentum. But she has a nice turn of phrase and imagery which is appealing.
My one criticism surrounds the lead detective, Manon Bradshaw. She's a complex character; 39 going on 18, binge drinking and internet dating, having sex indiscriminately because she is so desperate and needy for a relationship. In this story, she blows the one opportunity she has for a meaningful relationship because she is so emotionally fraught, she clings and suffocates. As a character, I found her annoying, cloying and her behaviour more akin to teenager angst than to a mature professional woman.
I may not read anymore Manon Bradshaw but I will look out for other works by Susie Steiner.