When Manon Bradshaw, loyal member of the Cambridgeshire police force, receives an alert that sends her to a baffling crime scene in the middle of the night. The prestigious Edith Hind, daughter of the surgeon to the royal family, has been missing for 24 hours and Manon dives into the case just as the press coverage of the search is being blown wide open. Secrets begin to emerge about Edith’s tangled love life and her erratic behavior leading up to her disappearance. Manon uses every last resource she has to break the case, and what she comes to find will not only shock Edith’s family, but will have devastating consequences for Manon’s own life.
Songs for the Missing
Stewart O’Nan’s novel Songs for the Missing is a rich portrayal of one Ohio community’s efforts to find a missing young woman. While the writing has the pacing of a suspenseful thriller, it slows nicely to a profound and insightful read about the lasting effects Kim Larson’s unsolved case has on her entire family. O’Nan creates an intimate account that examines how each of them manage—or don’t manage—to pick up the pieces in the wake of her disappearance, not knowing whether she’ll ever return home again.
Girl Missing (Previously published as Peggy Sue Got Murdered)
Medical examiner Kat Novak finds a matchbook with seven numbers scrawled inside, clutched in the hand of a female victim brought to her office one evening. When a second victim is discovered, Kat suspects that this is the work of a serial killer, but the police and the town mayor are not convinced she has enough evidence. When the daughter of a prominent town citizen goes missing, Kate suspects her father might be guilty, and fears she’s the target of the next attack. Tess Gerritsen, author of the Rizzoli & Isles series, writes her thrillers with a touch of conspiracy, and her heroines have a penchant for danger that will make you thrillingly nervous at the turn of each page.
Suspense novels about the mysterious circumstances of missing persons cases are nothing new, but, perhaps fueled by the wild success of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, novels about the disappearance of seemingly ordinary women are suddenly everywhere. They’re addictive and entertaining—there’s just something about a strong, female protagonist, a mysterious disappearance and the palpable element of the power struggle that imbues each storyline. Here are five recent mysteries about girls that are, well . . . gone, and the women who are tirelessly searching for them.
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