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Morning Book Group: Missing, Presumed

The book cover for Missing Presumed with the title against background of a wood wall covered with police tape

Join the Library's morning book group in reading and discussing Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner.

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, and with no clear leads, Manon summons every last bit of her skill and intuition to close the case. 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.

Susie Steiner is a former Guardian journalist. She was a commissioning editor for that paper for eleven years and prior to that worked for The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and the Evening Standard. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

Print, ebooks and downloadable audiobook copies will be available to borrow from the Library or Libby. This discussion will be hybrid, with in-person or Zoom options. 

The Book Group will be held in the Board Room.

Email sbplprograms@southburlingtonvt.gov or call 802-846-4140 if you have questions or would like to be added to the email list for this group.

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